Welcome to the Chicago Calligraphy Collective—an organization actively engaging in the study, pursuit and enjoyment of this dynamic art of letterforms!

We are now accepting entries for the 29th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

All pieces accepted into Exploration 2015 will be eligible for the Newberry Purchase Prize of $2,000.

The deadline for entries is January 10, 2015.

Click here for the Call for Entries and timeline.

Click here for the application form.

For more information, contact Mary Zabrin, Exhibits Director, at exhibits@chicagocalligraphy.org


All Members’ Show 2014

Creative Correspondence

December 1- December 31, 2014

Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Our annual All Members’ Show showcases the diversity of our collective. This non-juried exhibit is designed to include everyone – from beginners to veterans!

Creative Correspondence will focus on the many types of greetings we send through the postal service or, as we lovingly refer to it, “snail mail”. This is a great opportunity to display our collective talents! Use your creativity!


As calligraphers what we love are letters of all kinds; white space; text; the process; ink; gouache; brushes; pens of all sorts—although some you love and some you hate—coke pens and funky tools; paper—yeah, paper, especially handmade paper; watching the ink flow onto the page; sticks and cracks in the sidewalk, and things that look like letters; graffiti; kid’s writing; old handwritten letters; handwriting. We love the smell of sumi; the feel of paper; the sound of a pen on both the down and the upstrokes. We also appreciate the community, as we share new and old information; classes; conferences; blogs; twitters; cool websites; board meetings; and most of all, play dates!

Wonderful Workshops Coming Up!  Click HERE For Details!


For Chicago-area calligraphy classes, please click here.

For information about The Passionate Pen, the 34th Annual Calligraphy Conference in Rohnert Park, California, please click here.


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