Saturday, 16 November 2013

BIG Show SMALL Print...Sneak Peeks!

Brace yourselves, Art folks...

The CPC's 24th Annual International Small Print show is ALMOST here!

Official Exhibition Opening: Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8

11 - 7pm, both days

PREVIEW the Small Print show: Friday, Dec 6, 12-5pm

with special holiday open hours: 12-5pm Tuesdays - Sundays (December 10 - 22 only)

We've been doing this show for 24 years, and it just keeps getting better! 
Over 60 artists, as well as your veteran faves.   
 Purchase unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday, as well as support local and international artists - Many prints under $100!
 Meet and greet over hot cider, fresh brewed coffee, and artist-made treats in an oasis of warmth on Western Avenue.... We can't wait to see you and show you around! 
This show will also feature a HUGE selection of small artist-made cards, books, t-shirts, posters and other DIY gifts. 

Jill Chitenden, Pinus Strobus-White Pine, Etching, $80
Matt Bodett, I Can't Understand, Drypoint & Mixed Media,  $90
CPC Holiday Storefront
Over 200 prints to choose from!


Grazvyda Andrijauskaite
(Lithuania), Hiroshi Ariyama, Colleen Aufderheide, Chris Blume, Matt Bodett, George Bodmer, Jill Chittenden, Aaron Coleman, Caitlin Driscoll, Zach Fitchner, Christine Gendre-Bergere (France), Sanya Glisic, Karinna Gomez, Misha Goro, Dan Grzeca, Eric Hoffman, Eric Johnson, Phineas Jones, Ryan Kapp, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Scott Kiefer, Deborah Maris Lader, Jeff Lassahn, Kim Laurel, Andrea Lauren, Letterform, Kate Lilly, Siu Jane Liu (China), Barton Longacre, Maggie Marlin, Ray Maseman, Michelle McCoy, Bert Menco, Maria Mungai, Ashley Nason, Dennis O'Malley, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Neal Pitak, Artemio Rodriguez (Mexico), Maria Sanchez, Justin Santora, Casey Searles, Andrea Schumacher, Jeff Sippel, Sarah Smelser, Shawn Smith, Chase Sperry, Starshaped Press (Jen Farrell), Megan Sterling, Shawn Stucky, Joseph Taylor, Kyra Termini, Charlie Van Gilder, Kim Vanderheiden, Amy Ventura, Scott Westgard, Cleo Wilkinson (Australia), Nele Zirnite (Latvia)
BIG Show SMALL Print exhibition runs through January 31, 2014. 

We're excited to meet you and show you the variety of work that we have! 
If you have any questions, please call us at (773) 293-2070, email us at or just stop by during our public hours, every Friday and Saturday from 12-5pm. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

New Intern!!

Hi, I'm Anna Papadimitriou, the CPC's newest intern. I came to Chicago a year ago from Louisiana, and received my undergrad in both Public Relations and Fine Arts at LSU-Shreveport. I currently work as an assistant to Stan Klein at Firecat Projects in Bucktown, and am excited to explore my passion further for art and communications at the CPC. I love process work and anything hands-on, so I'm quite thrilled to be in such a creative environment. Maybe I'll see you one weekend during our public gallery hours, or during one of our printmaking classes! Come in and check out the work, I'd love to meet you!

Meet Anna!
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5PM
CPC Phone: 773.293.2070

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Get ready for the Intervention Reception!

Next Saturday, October 5th, is the open house and reception for our current print show Intervention. We're open our regular hours from 12 to 5, with fun activities all day long.

Come by and fold paper cranes with Coach Adam at 2pm, and watch Matt Bodett's drypoint intaglio demonstration at 4.

The artist's reception is 5pm to 8pm, where you can rub elbows with artists from the show and enjoy refreshments while taking in the fabulous prints on display.

If you can't join us on October 5th, please stop by during our normal shop hours. The exhibition runs September 21- November 2, 2013.

Exhibition description:
Playing with the notion that an intervention is to come, appear, or lie between two things, this exhibition showcases eight artists whose work either formally or conceptually involves the idea of intervention in some manner. This is distinguished either in the processes in which they approach their art, in the meaning or imagery from which their work is derived, or both.

Curated by Megan Sterling, Intervention features wonderful artists Christopher Blume, Matt Bodett, Jeremy Cody, Jeanine Coupe-Ryding, Michelle McCoy, Duffy O’Connor, Megan Sterling and Kasia Stachowiak.

Mark your calendars to visit us at Show of Hands, a new craft show for the indie pro, presented by Orange Beautiful. It's Saturday Nov. 23rd and Sunday Nov. 24th, 10am-5pm, located in the Ravenswood Event Center Showroom. It's going to be great!

Saturday, 31 August 2013

New Intern! Also...'Soundcheck' exhibition has been extended one week!

Meet our newest intern at the CPC!....

               Hello, my name is Neal Pitak, I'm the newest intern here. I received my Masters in Printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I currently live in Bridgeport in an Artist Commune. You'll see me around working on a bunch of stuff - what ever I can get my hands on. I'm excited to be here and be a part of a great community of artists!

Fresh meat @ the CPC!!

In other News...

Our current exhibition, SOUNDCHECK, has been extended until Saturday, September 7th, 2013.


Don't miss out on this exhibition which showcases a portfolio of prints made by 9 Printmaker-Musicians.  The SOUNDCHECK portfolio features an edition of 20 prints and is accompanied by a CD of 9 songs (related to the artwork & recorded by each artist).  The 12" x 12" SOUNDCHECK portfolio is packaged to resemble a classic vinyl album cover.  There are a limited number of portfolios available to the public for purchase, as well as individual proofs by each artist.

                  Our gallery hours are:

            Friday & Saturday 12-5


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Check out Chicago Printmakers Collaborative at Square Roots Festival this weekend!

Stop by the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative tent while sippin' on a frosty brew and listenin' to some local tunes!  We have a wide variety of new prints, posters, tees and more!

We're excited to debut our newly designed tee 'MAKE PRINTS' for only $20!

Make your friends jealous with this awesome CPC tee!

Square Roots Festival hours: 

Friday, July 12th, 5:00 - 10:00 PM

Saturday, July 13th, 12:00 - 10:00 PM

Sunday, July 14th, 12:00 - 8:00 PM

 Square Roots Fest is located in Lincoln Square between Montrose and Wilson. 
More info:

In the meantime, what's going on back at the shop?....

            Our exhibition featuring Musician-Printmakers, SOUNDCHECK, is up and running until August 31, 2013.  

Here's a description of the conceptual idea behind SOUNDCHECK:

  •  SOUNDCHECK aims to celebrate the work of Musician-Printmakers who actively and enthusiastically express themselves in multiple art forms. To pick careers in both music and art is not exactly the most lucrative choice, and yet, these artists strive for the highest standards in both of their chosen mediums. These art forms are related. The act of recording is an act of layering, as the rhythms are often tracked first, with layers and layers of instruments and vocals resting upon one another in a complex matrix of sound. So too are prints made, with layers of visual information entered upon stone or plate or screen in order to produce a rich and penetrating image.

                SOUNDCHECK showcases a portfolio of prints made by 9 artists in an edition of 20 and is accompanied by a CD of 9 songs (related to the artwork, recorded by each artist). The 12" x 12" SOUNDCHECK portfolio is packaged to resemble a vinyl album cover. There are 10 portfolios available to the public for purchase, as well as individual proofs by each artist.

Take a gander at the opening reception of Soundcheck:

Some of the Soundcheck Artists, L - R: Christopher Blume, Jon Langford, Megan Sterling, Deborah Maris Lader, Michael Jackson, Brandon Ross.
Checkin' out the snazzy portfolio
Some hustle and bustle in the shop!
Violet and Maria slangin' some drinks.. just kidding!

Kasia and Megan
Kate Lilly cracking up Alan Lerner
Havin' a ball!
A peek of some of the original prints featured in Soundcheck's portfolio:

Jon Langford, "Bonehead", screen print, 12 x 12 inches, ©2013
Alan Lerner, "37 Questions", screenprint, 12 x 12 inches, ©2013
Michael Jackson, "The Gal From Ochi", lithograph w/ chine collĂ©, 12 x 12 inches, ©2013
To view the rest of the Soundcheck portfolio, come visit the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative!
The CPC gallery is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 - 5:00 PM, or by appointment.
Contact us: 773-293-2070 /

Last but not least, we'd like to  introduce,  Aaron Coleman, the CPC's new litho intructor!

Chris Blume and Aaron Coleman
Aaron Coleman will begin teaching traditional litho in our upcoming fall class!
Heads up - we're offering a $25 DISCOUNT if you register for any of these fall classes BEFORE August 1st!! 
Email or call us RIGHT AWAY to register!
please include your name, address, tel and method of preferred payment (mailed check, cash, or Visa/Mastercard by phone)
Blast Into Screenprinting
with  Megan Sterling

Sundays, September 8 - November 10, 2013
10 weeks, 4 - 7pm
Cost: $350
Traditional Lithography
 (Class limited to 7 students)

Wednesdays, September 11 - November 13, 2013
10 weeks, 6 - 9pm (includes 2 additional worksessions - to be scheduled)
Cost: $375
Traditional Etching

Thursdays, September 19 - November 21, 2013
10 weeks, 6 - 9pm
Cost: $350
Fundamentals of Relief Printmaking

Sundays, October 6 - November 24, 2013
8 weeks, 12 - 3pm
Cost: $300

To register, or for more information please email us at  or call 773-293-2070.

4642 North Western Avenue · Chicago, IL 60625 ·

get inky, people!!!!

Friday, 28 June 2013


Hey Printees! Wondering what's new with the Chicago Printmakers Collabortive?  There's PLENTY! First of all, we have Megan Sterling's  Blast into Screen Printing class that started a few weeks ago! Her students have been busy creating/ gettin' inky and we're so proud..
Susanna registering her owl
Fillin' up the drying rack with some colorful screen prints
The class learning how to properly wash out an inky screen
Secondly, we've been anxiously awaiting the opening of our new exhibition, Soundcheck - An Exhibition of Printmaker Musicians, the reception is this Saturday, June 29th from 5 - 8 pm.
The Soundcheck portfolio covers ready to be filled!
Soundcheck is a portfolio of prints and music by people who make prints and music. Published by Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in an edition of 20.
*Editioned, boxed suites will be available for $750, along with additional, individually-priced  
proofs by each artist.

Featured Artists:
  Christopher Blume (Rivals), Chris Flynn (Hyperbole Ensemble), Wyatt Grant (Pool Holograph), Michael Jackson (Heart, Head, and Tails), Deborah Maris Lader (Sons of the Never Wrong), Jon Langford, Alan Lerner (37 Questions), Brandon Ross & Maria Sanchez (The Glorious Vapors), Justin Santora & Jason S Thompson (The Sky We Scrape)

Chris and Megan working out some kinks for the Soundcheck portfolio covers
Our Rocker Lady in the window for our Soundcheck exhibition
Kate Lilly working on some outdoor signage for Soundcheck
Organizing the edition suite for Soundcheck
Deb and Kate collating the Soundcheck prints for the portfolio
Last but not least, the CPC has an upcoming class you don't want to miss out on! 
 Our hugely popular, Etching Bootcamp! - A week long INTENSIVE intaglio class, instructed by Duffy O'Connor. 

Duffy O'Connor workin' some copper plate magic!
 The CPC's Etching Bootcamp is scheduled for Monday, July 8 -12, 2013.
 Class times are 9:30am - 3:30pm daily (with additional work time available Saturday, July 13).   $550 ($100 deposit required).

 Duffy O'Connor will be teaching traditional intaglio printmaking techniques of line, aquatint and softground using zinc or copper plates.  Drypoint and engraving will be addressed!  The instruction will be flexible to accommodate beginners as well as experienced printmakers who would like to refresh their etching and printing skills.  Students will explore black and white as well as color imagery. 

To register for classes, or for more information please email us at or call 773-293-2070.

Friday, 7 June 2013

New Intern: Kate Lilly

New at the CPC

Hi! I'm Kate Lilly and the newest intern here. I just recently graduated from the University of Missouri--Saint Louis where I majored in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. If you come in you may see me working on lithography or etching, my processes of choice. I'm excited to be in Chicago and here at the collaborative for all the great classes, print sales, and events happening this summer.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

CPC UPDATES: 6th Annual Cash 'n Carry Opening / Scott Westgard Prints now added to the $20 Sale!!

Hello Printy Folks! 

Our 6th Annual Cash 'n Carry opening was amazing! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the CPC! The $20 sale will be up until Saturday, June 8th. Come check out the show while it's still here! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to buy some affordable artwork from our talented local artists! 

Here's a look at the $20 Sale Opening...

Lots of prints, lots of people!
The crowd couldn't wait to get their hands on some new art!
The hustle and bustle of the $20 Sale opening day!

Just browsing through some Justin Santora posters...
The cupcake truck, Sweet Ride, visited our $20 sale opening...they definitely satisfied our sweet tooth!

Prints and cupcakes... What more could you ask for?

In other exciting CPC $20 Sale news:

We just added a limited amount of Scott Westgard Prints to our $20 sale!!
Get them before they are all gone!!

"A Gibbering Blabbermouth" by Scott Westgard
"Soul Food"  by Scott Westgard
"Roaches" by Scott Westgard

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Cash 'N Carry! $20 Print Sale is right around the corner!

Our $20 Cash 'N Carry print sale opens this upcoming Saturday, May 18th from 12-6pm!   Our sale features outrageously affordable prints, posters, tees, books and more..

The $20 print show will run through Saturday, June 8th. We are open to the public on Fridays & Saturdays from 12-5pm AND by appointment. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to buy affordable art by talented local artists. 

Check out these photos of the CPC crew installing the $20 show...

 Oooh, oooh, I see Dan Grzeca, Mike Schwindenhammer, Cait Driscoll, Justin Santora, Phineas Jones, Evan Silver, Starshaped Press, Jay Ryan, Chris Blume, Dan MacAdam, Sanya Glisic, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Dennis O'Malley, Kyra Termini...OMG THIS is SO ROMPER ROOM!!!

Sanya Glisic caught red handed in the midst of trimming down her posters advertising her relief class with Duffy O'Connor. And yes, these will also be for sale at the show - take home some historic CPC ephemera! Poster designed and hand printed by Sanya AND Duffy O'Connor

There are just TOO many prints at the CPC, so PLEASE come lighten our load!! They're ripe for the taking, and you'll never see them at this price again. Well, at least til next year...