Saturday, 15 February 2014

Upcoming NY Etching show, Apron Project and FedEx Grant....

Hey Everybody!
Mark your calenders because there's lots of awesome stuff going on at the CPC just on the horizon! 
First of all, we're stoked to share a preview of our upcoming exhibition, New Work: New York, featuring the New York Society of Etchers. Be sure to come out to the official opening on Saturday, March 1, from 12-6pm for Intaglio demos, artists, great conversation and some tasty snacks.
Through Hiker by Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti
Flying Fish (In Blue) By Stephen Fredericks
Marsh Reed, I by Stephen Fredericks
Through Humans' Scope by Elana Goren
Lost Innocence by Denise Kasof

Featured Artists of New Work: New York -
Andy Hoogenboom, Kirsten Flaherty, Bruce Waldman, Ann Chernow, Stephen Fredericks, Denise Kasof, Richie Lasansky, Brian Lynch, Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti, Elana Goren.

In other news, we're currently in the running to win a grant from FedEx for small businesses. PLEASE VOTE! You can vote once a day..every vote counts!

ALSO... Please remember that we have finally launched, The APRON PROJECT!

Friday, 14 February 2014

The Apron Project: The CPC's newest collaborative, interactive event to celebrate 25 on!

Hello Everyone!

This year the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is approaching its 25th year as a community resource for all things inky, and we're marking this milestone with an interactive endeavor called "The Apron Project." We've designed this project to celebrate the artist-printmakers, students, faculty, friends and other inkslingers who have passed through our doors or who're currently running prints through our presses. 

The way it works: Snap a picture of yourself wearing your CPC apron doing something crafty, crazy, random, serious, or for its intended purpose - making prints! We've included a few pictures for you as an example... The idea is that we collect a boatload of photos from all over the world of folks sporting CPC aprons as if it's their favorite accessory. Further accessorizing is encouraged (think tools, hats, cool environments, shooting skeet, etc).

What we'll do with your sweet pics: We've created a special blog specifically for this project - - where we'll post what you've sent us, along with a caption (you can send us something you've written, or we can write one for you). Our plan is to eventually make a cool poster featuring everyone who's participated! We've even made a special email where you can send us all of your Apron Project info: 

If you participate, this is what we'll need from you:
-Your CPC apron photo(s)
-Your name
-Your location (i.e. - America, New Zealand, Utah, The Bermuda Triangle, but please keep it real so we know where you're actually located! Because that's part of the fun, knowing where our CPC aprons have traveled...)
-A caption for your photo
-Optional: A few lines about your experience with the CPC (this won't be published on Tumblr, but we may use it in our 25th anniversary book.)

We'll also offer prize drawings for all of the contributors (win a new Apron or tee or print!). 
The Apron Project blog was created to visually acknowledge the PEOPLE who have made this little engine of a printshop in Chicago last this long, and to showcase the vast and colorful array of artists around the world who wear our trademark Chicago Printmakers Collaborative aprons while creating art (or really good barbeque...). 

We're really excited to get this project going, so have fun with it! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Love always, 
The CPC team 

P.S. - If you'd like to participate, but don't have an apron, borrow one! Or we're reprinting a bunch in anticipation of an onslaught of orders. They're only $20 if you buy them at the CPC, and $25 (including shipping, both nationally and internationally) if you buy them online (an easy PayPal button is included below!). Just email us with your orders (, and we'll fill your orders with a mailed check, credit card # (over the phone), or we'll send an invoice via PayPal for online orders!

Friday, 7 February 2014

New Work : New York - The New York Society of Etchers Exhibition @ The CPC

Greetings from the CPC!

If you're having trouble staying warm this winter, stop by the studio where the hotplate is likely to be turned way up while melting an aquatint, or the nitric acid is generating some heat while etching a piece of copper, or where some student is getting a great workout grinding stones in one of our Bikram Litho classes (omg, look at those biceps!), or where interns are re-heating the morning coffee. We got rid of our burning barrel due to fire hazards, but we do have adhesive toe warmers for anyone who is still feeling a chill.

And speaking of HEAT, we're really STOKED for our next exhibit with The New York Society of Etchers, New Work: New York, which exclusively features the printmaking medium of Intaglio (also known as Etching).  We invite all who are interested in learning about etching to attend our big fun day of intaglio demonstrations, right here at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative:

Opening March 1, 2014, 12-6pm

Reception and demonstrations of etching 

Free and open to the public!

Featured Artists of New Work: New York -
Andy Hoogenboom, Kirsten Flaherty, Bruce Waldman, Ann Chernow, Stephen Fredericks, Denise Kasof, Richie Lasansky, Brian Lynch, Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti, Elana Goren.
Kirsten Flaherty, "Salem", solar plate etching w/chine collĂ©, ©2013
Exhibit runs through April 26, 2014