Here is the updated schedule with exact times for attendees. More details for parking, transportation and restaurants will be included in the welcome program.
June 25th, Thursday evening hospitality, 6-9pm
Columbia College Chicago Book and Paper Center
1104 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor
Join fellow printers for snacks and drinks, pick up your registration packet and enjoy the incredible letterpress studio. Packets will also be distributed Friday morning.
June 26th, Friday morning, meeting at 10am (details sent to registrants via email)
Printers’ Row Walking Tour. We will break into smaller groups led by 3 distinguished guides and will view the remains of Chicago’s once-vibrant printing history. See the Linotype Building, the first RR Donnelly building, the sales home of Vandercook, Dearborn Station from where all printed matter was shipped and more.
Lunch will be on your own. Recommendations will be provided for different tastes and budgets.
June 26th, Friday afternoon, 2pm (details sent to registrants via email)
Ravenswood Walking Tour. After spending the morning learning about Chicago’s past, it’s time to look to the future! The Ravenswood neighborhood is nestled in the north side of the city and boasts many small businesses, studios, galleries and print shops. We will visit Starshaped Press, Pollock Prints, Lillstreet Art Center and A. Favorite Design.
Friday evening and all Saturday events will take place at:
Bethany United Church of Christ
4250 N. Paulina Street
The church has both a large gym and meeting room that cater to the rest of the weekend’s activities. The neighborhood is lovely (you could visit Rahm Emanuel’s house), street parking is ample and it’s close to public transport.
June 26th, Friday evening, 6pm
You may seek dinner on your own or register for a boxed dinner catered by a Chicago institution, Superdawg. Non-alcoholic beverages will be served and there will be time to socialize.
Guest presenter: Gary Mordhorst, Accucolor Plus, Inc.
Gary runs one of the premier commercial letterpress shops in the city and has produced incredible work that spans offset, letterpress and foil stamping. He’ll outline how he got started, what his focus is, the types of big name clients he attracts as well as show images of the shop and samples of his work.
June 27th, Saturday morning, 9am-12pm
Swap meet! The much anticipated morning of letterpress shopping. Come check out what’s for sale and grab some type, printing equipment, books, paper samples, etc. Open to the public.
Swap meet participants will receive specific info via email about load in times, setup, load out, etc.
If you need to ship items ahead of you for the sale, please send them direct to Jen at Starshaped Press, preferably through UPS. Starshaped has a daily drop off/pick up and is a secure building about 4 blocks from the church.
Lunch will be on your own. Recommendations will be provided for different tastes and budgets in the program.
Auction is at 1:30pm
This is an entertaining event to watch and many of the proceeds collected directly benefit the APA. Open to all registrants.
There will be time in the afternoon to either rest and freshen up at your lodging, or explore another aspect of the city. Visit the Points of Interest Page for suggestions.
June 27th, Saturday evening, 6pm
Catered banquet by delicious Rub (yes, tasty vegetarian options are available!). One banquet meal is included in your registration and you may also pay for an additional meal if you wish to bring a significant other that is not attending the conference. The meal will be family style and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.
Guest presenters in a moderated panel: Jenna Rodriguez, Heather Buechler, Lindsay Schmittle, Cathy Batliner
Haven’t heard of these ladies? You will soon, as they are the future of letterpress and book arts. Each represents a different university and level of education, giving perspective on how letterpress and book arts are being taught around the country. They will present the ups and downs of a project and talk a bit about how they got into letterpress and where they see it going. It’s an excellent opportunity for the ‘elder statesmen’ of the APA to engage in a dialog with the next generation to both assist them in practice and learn from their fresh explorations with the medium.
June 28th, Sunday morning, 9:30am
Chicago Printmakers’ Collaborative
4912 N. Western Ave.
Refreshments provided by Dolce Casa Cafe
The CPC has been around for 25 years and is rehabbing a new building to specifically accommodate a modern community print shop in Chicago. While the space will still be raw in June, they have graciously allowed us to use it and to share their vision of what printmaking will look like in the future.
Guest speaker: Dave Peat, introduced by Erin Beckloff
Dave will be speaking about collectibles related to the printing arts but not necessarily used for printing. Erin is working on a documentary about many of the printing relationships in our community and will be introducing the project. A curated show of progressive letterpress work will also be on display.