Chronicling the Summer of Print in Chicago

Kim Laurel - Imperial Panel 4 monoprint on Dura-Lar film; 19 x 20 inches

Woman Made Gallery’s current group exhibitions “Her Way with Print” and “Category: Printmaking”, as well as the solo exhibition “In Flanders Fields” by Fran Bull, are quite fitting with the theme of several other Chicago arts organizations and galleries this summer. The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Anchor Graphics (at Columbia College), Fermilab Art Gallery, and The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art are all showcasing traditional, digital, experimental and multi-media printmaking exhibitions. 

The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) and Anchor Graphics (at Columbia College) are sister organizations that were founded in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Both organizations have been providing printmaking services, educational programs, dialog, and community to Chicago artists and printmakers for over 20 years. 2010 marks the celebration for these two organizations with a rich variety of exhibitions in and around the Chicago-land area. Included on the menu are “Incised, Bitten and Gouged: The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and Anchor Graphics 20 Years of Printmaking” at The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art through September 12, 2010. Inspired by three printmaking terminologies, “Incised, Bitten and Gouged” alludes to the numerous printmaking techniques represented in this group exhibition. Artists from CPC and Anchor Graphics are showing works made in intaglio, silkscreen, embossment, woodcut, lithography and various innovations on traditional printmaking techniques. 

Concurrently CPC is hosting its 20th Anniversary Summer Show, “Twenty Summers” on exhibit through August 28th with work by gallery artists and participants in the Chicago debut of the “Dream Threads Project”. 

Eight printmakers, Hiroshi Ariyama, Michael Goro, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Duffy O’Connor, Dennis O’Malley, Megan Sterling, and Anatole Upart are showing their works in “Collaborative” at the Fermilab Art Gallery, through September 7, 2010. 

Last but not least, do not miss the printmaking exhibitions on display through August 26 at Woman Made Gallery. “Category: Printmaking”, juried by senior curator at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Debora Wood, includes works by 33 artists. “Her Way with Print”, conceived and organized by Kim Laurel, is an investigation of printmaking and experimental print works by Caroline Anderson, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Sarah Nishiura, Mary K. O’Shaughnessy, and Megan Sterling. 

 The solo show, “In Flanders Fields” by award-winning sculptor, painter, and printmaker Fran Bull, includes printmaking and sculpture inspired by a famous poem of the same name from World War I, written in the midst of “seventeen days of Hades” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. 

Clearly, there is a great convergence of printmaking showcased in Chicago-land this summer.  Now is the perfect time to escape the sweltering August heat to check out some extraordinary work at the various destinations listed. Enjoy, and look out for future exhibitions at these galleries as well!  

– Kim Laurel, Artist and Beate Minkovski, Executive Director

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