Expressions Graphics is a non-profit printmaking cooperative and fine arts gallery. Our volunteer-run facilities include a working press shop, committed to safe and eco-friendly alternative methods, and a gallery space open to the public. We offer art classes and education outreach programs for children and adults of all skill levels. Our gallery presents monthly exhibitions and printmaking demonstrations in order to share our expertise with the community and to promote a general interest in art.
Our Studio: has three printing presses in our studio as well as blankets, solvents, and other supplies. Some paper & plates are available for purchase. Our presses include a Griffin steel bed 18″x34”, a Charles Brand steel bed 16″x30”, and a Wright 27″x48” convertible press.
Etching, intaglio, monoprinting, block printing collagraph !
Our screen printing area, has screens, a screen press with t-shirt platen, inks, UV light box, power sprayer, and an assortment of different size squeegees.
Screen printing in our studio
Our studio has been a host for other paper arts classes, like calligraphy, paper-making, bookmaking, marbling, etc.
Papermaking, Bookmaking and more!
We also hold kids classes for all ages!
Press time is available to members for $7 and hour or 8 hours for $50 a month. Print Club is available to all members for $10.
Our group is supported by its members, press shop/studio rental fees, class and workshop fess as well as help with grants from The Oak Park Area Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council.
Guest Artist Nicolas de Jesus with Janet Schill ,E.G. director, presents his Expressions Graphics Studio print to both Camille Wilson-White (Right) Director of the Oak Park Area Arts Council and to Ruth McLaren (Left) Senior Vice President, Operations of Community Bank of Oak Park.
Guest Printmakers: One of our on going projects has been a visiting artist program where we’ve asked printmakers to share in their experiences with our group. This is done usually with an exhibition of their work, classes and workshops, a demonstration open to the public and running an edition of prints in our studio.
Gallery: Expressions Graphics also has a gallery area where we exhibit printworks. Our printmakers can even hold a private print show!