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.
Etching, intaglio, monoprinting, relief & collagraph and screen printing!
Private press time is available to studio members for $7/hour or 8 hours for $50 a month – you have a key to the door! Open (community) studio time is available to general and studio members for $5/hour.
- Griffin steel bed 18″x34”
- Charles Brand steel bed 16″x30”
- Wright 27″x48” convertible press.
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. Members can make their own prints or fabric pieces – or take a class to learn!
Our studio has been a host for other paper arts classes, like calligraphy, paper-making, bookmaking, marbling, etc. We also hold kids classes for all ages!
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.
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.
Expressions Graphics also has a gallery area where we exhibit printworks. Our printmakers can even hold a private print show!