Graphic Chemical & Ink Company is a world leader in the fine art field of printmaking. We manufacture our own time-tested inks for etching, litho and relief printing, as well as sell screen print inks, papers, tools, chemistry, plates and supplies for all of a printmaker's needs

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Location: Villa Park, Illinois, United States

I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I have posted the information below as a service to our friends at Washington Printmakers Gallery. Questions can be directed to Ellen Winkler

Calling all printmakers

Washington Printmakers Gallery announces its 12th National Small Works Show This year's juror is Jane Haslem - Director of Jane Haslem Gallery & a nationally known print dealer. First prize is a solo show at Washington Printmakers Gallery, located in Washington DC's renowned Dupont Circle gallery district. Deadline is May 25. A prospectus is attached* and also may be downloaded at

* It's supposed to be attached, but I can't figure out how to do it! Dean

Monday, February 16, 2009


I have posted this as is for any of you who would be interested in a good reason to go to there's a bad reason to go.

Summer Class in Florence, Italy
Syracuse University

Experimental Printmaking and the Artist's Book
(PRT 300/500, 3 credits, undergraduate or graduate)
May 28 – July 11, 2009
Prof. Holly Greenberg

This is a hands-on studio for art students interested in exploring new ways of image-making through experimental methods of printmaking and the artist's book. Demonstrations include: monotype, collagraph, photo-collagraph, Pronto plates, gum printing, chine colle, eastern and western bookbinding, and marbleizing paper. Studio work is complemented with field trips to the Uffizi Gallery and area artisans working in book arts, printmaking, and fine art papers.

Dusty Herbig
Assistant Professor of Art-Printmaking
Syracuse University
School of Visual & Performing Art
Comstock Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13210


Sunday, February 08, 2009


Susan and I just returned from what I believe was a fairly
successful trip to the Paperworld Trade Show in Frankfurt, Germany. This show is about a lot more than paper, and it's huge! The best part of the show, other than renewing acquaintances with many of our friends and customers, is the variety of new products we've planned to add to our inventory - soon.
For the paper connoisseur, we've seen some amazing papers that will soon grace our shelves - and your studios. Our freinds Nancy and Peter from the Japanese Paper Place have introduced us toMr. Moriki of the world famous Moriki Paper Company. The pride that he shows in his product is remarkable, and rightly so. Moriki has been making fine relief papers for generations. We have ordered some remarkable sheets that hopefully we'll have to show at the upcoming Southern Graphics Conference in Chicago (mark your calendars - it's just around the corner).
Some of these new papers are limited availability, but they are well worth the effort.
We also visited with Barbara from Lascaux Colors in Switzerland. After a lengthy and very productive meeting, we're adding a couple of color ranges to our already large inventory of these products. In addition to the Sirius Acrylic, Sirius Watercolors, and Gouache lines already on our shelves, we're adding the Studio Acrylics and the Resonance Gouaches. These products are great for painting, monoprintinhg and screen printing.The Resonance line is also ideally suited for art therapy applications. Lascaux refers to this range as "a colour filled with lifew impulses.These colors support and encourage the soul's expressive potential and have a harmonic effect on both the individual and his or her environment."
These unique colors with 28 hues can be used in all applications in which color should be realized as a sensuous quality beyound its visual presence. Look for these also at SGC. We'll be offering a special on the 85 ml Studio Acrylic set buy three colors and get a fourth one free!
We weren't done yet, however. We stumbled across a new source for brayers, barens, carving tools and much more. This source from the U.K. has safety cutters, innovative hand guards,and bench hooks. These products are affordable - especially with the Dollar showing some signs of strength right now.
It wasn't all work, we were able to sleep on the plane - sort of. In the middle of all this, the great State of Illinois chose that exact moment to throw the Governor out of office! We couldn't get much in the way of news from the U.S. but they all know about Blagojevich (even if they couldn't pronounce his name!)
Finally, I've talked a lot about showcasing all of the new products at SGC, but the other thing that we fully expect to do is to host an Open House following the conference on Sunday, March 29 at Graphic Chemical & Ink Company.
Come on out and join us for a few minutes or a few hours between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. We're located at 728 North Yale Avenue, in Villa Park. Just 17 miles west of downtown Chicago, convenient to major highways and public transportation, and if we get enough people willing to commit to the trip, we'll look into hiring a bus to make the trip easier for you.

Friday, February 06, 2009


The following was received from Roxanne Sexauer, announcing an opening as described below:

Executive Director Job Search

Self Help Graphics is seeking to hire an executive director who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of operations and execution of long-term artistic vision to ensure the organization fulfills its mission. The ideal candidate will have sensitivity to, knowledge of and respect for the special needs of Chicano and Latino artists in Los Angeles and beyond. He/she will have experience working with diverse stakeholders including artists, volunteers, community members, funders, peer organizations and elected officials. The executive director will also have a proven track record in business management and fund development. The Executive Director reports directly to the SHG Board of Directors.

The executive director will supervise the activities of the master printmaker, printer's apprentice and the printmaking facility. Under the direction of the SHG Board of Directors, the executive director will develop job descriptions for and hire new staff members as needed.


· Bachelor's Degree
· Masters Degree or MFA preferred

· Desired 10+ years of management experience with supervisory responsibility
· Finance, accounting and business management experience
· Fund development, grant making and/or management experience
· Experience in the arts, preferably visual arts
· Deep knowledge of Chicano and Latino art history
· Significant experience in the non-profit or public sector
· Command of Chicano and/or Latino history, culture and current issues
· Strong communication and interpersonal skills
· Experience with accounting software a plus
· Proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience plus benefits

All applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the attention of Rose Ramirez by February 28, 2009.