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Here you can find the most recent news about what's happening at Anchor Graphics. An archive of Anchor Graphics Newsletters is also available as downloadable  PDFs by clicking the links below. Newsletters include in-depth information on Anchor publishing projects, interviews with artists-in-residence, and special programing information. 

David Jones Accepts Invitation to Shenzhen, China for 2014 Guanlan International Print Conference

The opening in Shenzhen, China of what may be the largest museum in the world for printmaking will coincide with the 2014 Guanlan International Print Conference. Anchor Graphics’ David Jones will be participating in this noteworthy eight-day event as speaker, academic panelist, and invited guest artist. Conference organizers have scheduled a comprehensive printmaking fair and many conference  lecture and panel events, but have also left plenty of time for collaborative art making among the conference participants. Event organizers have designed the incubation space and time of the conference to spark new international connections, and facilitate the creation of groundbreaking new work in print media.


The Guanlan Original Printmaking Base is one of the largest printmaking organizations in the world, jointly established by Shenzhen Bao’an District People’s Government, Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the China Artists Association. Among their initiatives are spacious print workshop facilities, an artists’ village and artists’ residency program, museum exhibition galleries and a special collection, and an international printmaking fair. The 2014 Conference will take place May 11–18, at the Base’s extensive academic campus.


Anchor Graphics hosts table
at the 2014 Southern Graphics Council Conference


The SGC International hosted its 42nd annual conference in the San Francisco Bay Area, the first West Coast conference in the organization’s history. This year's theme was Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism and welcomed a large contingent from Columbia College Chicago: Anchor Director (and SGC President) DAvid Jones; A+D faculty member Marilyn Propp; and Master printer Chris Flynn, along with many of Anchor's students and past artists in residence.


Printmaking has historically been celebrated as a hybrid medium that embraces diverse working methodologies. Tradition joins with creativity; the familiar is married to the unknown. The print is a means for dissemination of ideas and a catalyst for social change.
The SGC Conference March 26-29, 2014 investigated the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies and how these tools are vehicles for creating meaningful and critical discourse around contemporary issues.

Announcing a Special Manifest Celebration Sale
of Original Prints from the Anchor Graphics Archives!

These limited edition prints were all created and printed at Anchor Graphics between 1990 and 2012, and will be offered for sale during Manifest 2013 at special prices!


Ellen Lanyon
Beyond the Borders
Six color lithograph with hand coloring, 1996, 20-1/2" X 15"
Original Price: $700 | SPECIAL MANIFEST PRICE: $350


Steve Campbell
Lithograph, 1997, 18" X 24"
Original Price: $650 | SPECIAL MANIFEST PRICE: $325

Cannonball Press
(Mike Houston and Martin Mazorra)

One-color lithograph on 100% cotton paper, 2012
29-3/4" x 22-1/2""
Original Price: $100 | SPECIAL MANIFEST PRICE: $50

Michiko Itatani
Childhood's End
Eight color lithograph, 1994, 20-1/2" x 15"
Original Price: $600 | SPECIAL MANIFEST PRICE: $300
hull Richard Hull
Lithograph, 1999, 18-1/8" x 24"  
Original Price: $500 | SPECIAL MANIFEST PRICE: $250



Arthur Binion 
(2 prints)
Driving Through Mississippi In Detroit, 
Driving Through Mississippi in Chicago

Lithographs, 2009, each 22-1/2" x 26-1/2" 
Original Price: $1500 each

~~~ But WAIT! There's more!~~~

Anchor Graphics renowned Slated Portfolio Series will also be on sale! Click on the link to learn more about the Slate Portfolio Series.

Coming soon!

Anchor Graphics' Second Release Series

Second Release is a new monthly series featuring the work of two different artists in the Anchor Graphics Special Collection archives. Each month on the Second Release page of the Anchor Graphics website Second Release will post an image and description of each piece, which will be available at a special price for a limited time only.   

The inaugural Second Release will feature work by:

Louise LeBourgois

Three Stones
Four-color soft ground etching with aquatint, 2002
10-3/4" x 11-1/4" | Originally $400, SR price $200)

Elena Climent

Mesa de Mosaicos con Objetos
Lithograph, 1997, 30" x 22"
Originally $300, SR Price: $150

Check Anchor's website and Facebook page for the announcement! Don't miss this window of opportunity to add to your collection.


Anchor Graphics Rocks at 2013 SGC International Conference

Milwaukee was a printmaker's paradise from March 20–23 at this year's Southern Graphics Council International Conference, hosted by Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and Peck School of the Arts (PSOA). Prominent in both the Awards presentation and the Publisher's Fair was Anchor Graphics, whose staff (Master Printers and artists David Jones and Chris Flynn) manned the well-attended Anchor Graphics booth, fielding questions from collectors, curators, and faculty and students from colleges around the world.


Anchor unveiled the latest work in their Columbia Multiples series, Margo Humphrey's limited edition print Black Madonna or Hold on I Gotcha. The fine art lithographic print, which is composed of 11 colors plus gold leaf, was on display at MIAD's Frederick Layton Gallery, as well as at Milwaukee's Peltz Gallery, a contemporary art exposition space housed in a Victorian landmark on Milwaukee’s East Side.

During the conference, Ms. Humphrey was recipient of the SGCI Printmaker Emeritus award. Anchor's David Jones, who is also on the SGCInternational Board of Directors, received the SGCI Print:Maker award for his work in fine art printing, print innovation, and publishing in the Midwest and nationally.


"We really notice that student interest and participation in the SGCinternational is growing," says Jones. "We are seeing more and more students eager to learn about print culture, and getting involved in all manner of print related activities, from fine are to multiples to 'zines. At the booth we were able to connect all these emerging printmakers with Columbia College programming, academics, and events."


SGCI is the largest print organization in North America, with its annual conference focused on the field of printmaking drawing artists from across the United States, Canada, South and Central America, and Europe.

Tours of Anchor Graphics


Faculty from art schools around the Chicago area are welcome to bring their students for a tour of our facilities, which includes an overview lecture of the etching and lithographic printing processes performed at Anchor. Recent visitors include Julie Nauman Mikulski's graphic design students from the Art Institute of Illinois/Tinley Park. The students were shown artists' prints from the Anchor Graphics Special Collection.


Chris Flynn and David Jones of Anchor talked to the students about how each visiting artist at Anchor works collaboratively with Anchor's Master Printers to complete a piece, exploring the different techniques of printmaking to achieve unique and expressive results.


For more information, or to schedule a tour for a school or arts group, please call 312.369.6865.

Artist-in-Residence Lecture: Jaxon Pallas
at Anchor Graphics 623 S. Wabash Ave., #201
312-369-6865 | anchorgraphics@colum.edu

 Jaxon Pallas
Come join Jaxon Pallas, this winter's Anchor/CBPA Artist-in-Residence as he discusses his current project, The Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation, Volume1: Hands On Learning. The leture will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Q+A adn light refreshments. 

J. Thomas Pallas received his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2008, focusing on the dialectics of abstraction/representation, authenticity/appropriation, complicity/political activity, and ethics/aesthetics. He currently teaches at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, in the Foundations Department at the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago, and leads the Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He earned BA degrees in Studio Art/Art History and English from Rice University with a thesis focused on contemporary queer drama, and has also studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the European College of Liberal Arts (Berlin). His work has been exhibited in Chicago and at venues throughout the country, such as Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin), Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids), Truman State University Art Gallery (Missouri), Arizona State University, and the Indianapolis Art Center.  


This project is sponsored in part by individuals; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Packaging Corporation of America; Columbia College Chicago; the Art+Design Department; and the Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Anchor Graphics Investigates Uses of Digital Color Proofing for Hand Lithography

Producing complex hand lithographic prints that can involve up to twelve colors requires consistent checks and balances each step of the way. Anchor Graphics' master printer Chris Flynn has devised an innovative way to view a pre-plate color proof that integrates new technology with traditional printmaking techniques. 

"Working with visiting artists from around the country means that they are not always at Anchor during all phases of an edition's creation," says Flynn. "When we move forward to continue aspects of the project in the absence of the artist, asking questions via email and phone may not always clear up an issue or question." Flynn has found a way to use the masks for each color and Photoshop to create an on-screen proof that can give a fairly accurate on-screen proof of the final image.


Flynn photographs each hand-made mask for every color a print requires (including rainbow masks and double-burns), and brings the digital images into Photoshop. He composites them together in the order of lay-down, and comes up with a proof that will show how all plates will combine in the finished prints.

The technique has proven especially useful in prints requiring many colors, such as the "Columbia Multiples" edition by Margo Humphrey which is currently in production at Anchor. "When we made a composite of all the masks, we discovered that there was some shading and color missing which Margo had intended to put in the face of one of the characters,” says Flynn.


"We were able to pinpoint the missing area, and send Margo a digital proof through email to show her what we thought the problem was. She came back to Anchor to add in that essential drawing information before we started the final print run for the edition. If we hadn't caught it using this new proofing process, the next time Margo would have seen it would have been the final prints. We would have had to start printing all over from the beginning."

The Humphrey print Fear Not! I Got You, is being produced in a limited edition of 30 prints for the Columbia Multiples program. For more information on the program click here. For more information on editioning at Anchor Graphics, click here.

Anchor Graphics Newsletters Downloadable PDF Files

Summer 2012
Featuring work by Enrique Chagoya, Audrey Niffenegger, and Karl Wirsum. 

Summer/Fall 2011
The amazing world of Saya Woolfalk, China Marks draws with fabric, and our latest publishing projects.

Winter 2010
Gordon Brennan and John Brown discuss their fascination with ephemera, exploring Mexican party games in a new print by Don Colley, and a preview of our current project with Industry of the Ordinary.

Spring 2010
Nicholas Sistler's imaginary hotel and Fred Stonehouse vs the Roman God Vertumnus.

Summer 2009
The life and times of McArthur Binion, Chris Dacre talks about his multi media installations, and a history of the cutting edge visual culture anthology BLAB!

Fall 2008
A preview of the 2009 Southern Graphics Council Conference, the art and activism of Sue Coe, and an interview with creator of printed environments Lauren Kussro.

Spring 2008
The International Print Center New York's New Prints: Autumn 2007 exhibition, the science of safer etching, and the lithographs of Margo Humphrey.

Fall 2007
New etchings from Lorie Hogin, an interview with the dynamic duo of print Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson, and a closer look at carborundum prints with Tom Lucas.

Spring 2007
An interview with Kartoon King's Chris Sperandio, the woodcuts and public health advocacy of Dr. Eric Avery, and making zines at Columbia College Chicago.

Fall 2006
Anchor Graphics and Columbia College Chicago join forces, our new facilities on campus, and the reopening of the Robert Blackburn Printmakers Workshop.