CPG Mission Statement:
“The Chicago Printers Guild bridges the gap between commercial printing and fine art print making. CPG strives to bring awareness of print culture to the Chicago area through activity such as lectures, workshops, field trips, and art exhibits. It serves to build a supportive network for printers, graphic designers, and print interest-minded people to keep print culture alive and visible. The central aim of CPG is to explore aspects of print culture through the monthly meetings of its members.”
The Chicago Printers Guild supports and fosters the work of printers of all backgrounds with opportunities to share knowledge, information and ideas among printers and the printing community; and the Guild strives to bring awareness of printmaking taking place in Chicago and beyond to the community at large.
Guild Members network and pick-up tips of the trade from fellow printers at the casual monthly meetings. There they can get a heads up on upcoming shows, contests and other opportunities to promote their work. The meetings are usually held in a Guild Member’s studio or shop, with a tour and the presentation of work included as part of the meeting.
Multiple annual field trips to printing-related destinations in the Midwest offer an opportunity to learn more about the tools we use to get our work out, as well as get to know each other better. Road trips are bonding experiences! Past trips have been to French Paper in Niles, MI, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and upcoming trips are in the works for the Platen Press Museum in Zion, IL, and a large-scale Chicago printer (think newspapers!).
The Guild also supports and promotes the work of members, either through the organization of group shows for members, or by assisting Members through the process of organizing their own shows or events, and by seeking out opportunities to promote Members’ work in Chicago and beyond. The Guild is a great place to get advice and share your experiences with fellow printers – the collective wisdom available to any Member is extensive and invaluable.