Expressions Graphics in Cross Town Exchange at Spudnick Press

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Throughout Chicago’s history, printmakers played an active role in the community as publishers and distributors. Local papers were printed and distributed as early as 1833. With easy access to freight lines, numerous plants, and a growing workforce, Chicago rose to become a printing giant during the late 19th Century. At a time ruled by commercial printing, many printers and publishers relocated south of the Loop into Printers Row, also known as Printing House Row, allowing them to expand into larger facilities and bringing them closer to the Dearborn Street train station. By 1960, there were 2,100 printing establishments in the city, including the world’s three largest at the time.

But as use of automation and digital technology changed the face of commercial printing, a new group of Chicago printers emerged. Independent, artist-run shops, including Landfall Press and Plucked Chicken Press opened in the 1970s. Since then, and no longer centralized in Printers Row, many print shops sprouted throughout the city and continue to engage the community through the creation of art that embraces socially engaged themes and/or by addressing a wide range of commercial needs.

Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange is an exhibition that features a print portfolio of the same name, bringing together 26 artists/collectives from numerous print shops and studios across the city and surrounding neighborhoods. While this is a small sampling of the city’s thriving printmaking community, it is demonstrative of Chicago’s collaborative spirit and the many spaces that allow for the creation of printed work. This portfolio of prints includes multiple print processes such as screen printing, relief, intaglio, and more.

February Exhibit – “The Art of Hearts”


Expressions Graphics Studio Gallery February 2018

Enter a print which examines the phrase “The Art of Hearts ”. Interpret it in any way. Printmaking must be part of your artwork. You may enter more than one piece! Cannot be a photocopy, laser print, photograph.

All entries will be accepted. There will be an award for 1st place. (Award TBD) Friends of E.G. members may also apply!

Judge : (TBD) 1st Place gets Janet Schill to help you print for an afternoon!

Hanging Fee: $10 per piece

Sales: 60% retained by the artist

Any Size: We can accommodate some framed pieces, but prefer unframed.

Reception: Friday February 16, 7-9pm.

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Drop off and hang date: January 30, 6:30pm .

Expressions Graphics is partially funded by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Village of Oak Park and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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January – Riverside After School Arts Exhibit


Come and see our exhibition of students artwork from the Riverside After School Arts class. Students grades K – 11th will be showing their classroom art projects from our Fall 2017 class at Expressions Graphics Studio. The reception will take place Saturday, January 28, 1:00pm. Please bring a treat to share! When the reception is over all the pieces will be taken down and sent home.

Instructors: Janet Schill, Stephanie Schultz and Ellen Fong

Exhibition: Jan. 8 – 28, 2018

Reception: Sunday, January 28, 1:00PM for students, parents, friends & family


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Print Club

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Expressions Graphics Members ~ Drop in studio work time

Drop-in and work on your printmaking projects with other members.  Fun to share ideas and techniques.  Experienced printer on hand for help. If you would like, bring a snack to share.

Tuesday: 6:30 – 8:30PM

Friday: noon – 2:00PM

Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00PM

ONLY $5 an hour

Where:  Expression Graphics,  29 Harrison Street, Illinois, 60304

Why:  Because we like working together!