Printmaking Blog Information

The Lillstreet Art Center Printmaking studio is also home to Hummingbird Press, a fine-art publishing collaboration between artists and printmakers.


Print A Gallery Opening

The Lillstreet Printmaking Department now has a dedicated exhibition space in Printshop A called "Print A Gallery" on the third floor of Lillstreet Art Center in the northwest corner of the building.  Our goal will be to showcase printmaking from  resident artists, students and prints created by Hummingbird Press Editions.

Please stop by the printshop Friday, Dec 3rd during Lillstreet's Holiday Party from 6-10pm for our first exhibition of work by:

Ian Weaver ( upcoming resident artist in printmaking)
Woodcuts and Paintings
Hiram Long   


Printing an Etching

Lillstreet Art Center printmaking instructor and Master Printer of Hummingbird Press, LAC, Tom Lucas, demonstrates how to print an etching.

Check out other Lillstreet videos on LillstreetChicago's Channel on YouTube.


First Time Screen Printing

The second session for First Time Screen printing is underway! Thought you'd all like to see what's possible in a first-timer's class.

If you've got some first-time prints you'd like to share - send them along!!


Upcoming Events

Just thought you would like to know about some activities that Tom will participating in during this month outside the printshop. He's participating in a group show in Pilsen...

It's the first ever exhibition of the Chicago Printers Guild (CPG) featuring following artists:
Angee Lennard, Billy Craven, The Bird Machine, CJ Mace, Celene Aubry, Chad Kouri, Cherie Tymkiw, Dan Macadam, Dan Grezca, Daniel Mellis, Delicious Design League, Diana Sudyka, Erin Page, Fugscreen Studios, Jennifer Farrell, Jeremiah Chiu, Taylor-Caponigro, Johnny Sampson, Josh Davis, Julia Hendrickson, Justin Santora, Kathleen Judge, Keith Herzik, Kim Ambriz, Kwasi Amankwah, Kyle Baker, Llyod Patterson, Megan Sterling, Michael Lauritano, Michael Schwindenhammer, Mike McQuade, Phineas X. Jones, Rebecca Rakstad, Rich Kelly, Ryan Kapp, Sanya Glisic, Shawn Roberts, Sonnenzimmer, Screwball Press, Thomas Lucas, Winterbureau, William Sturgis

Friday, October 8, 2010 – Sunday, October 17, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday October 8, 2010, 6-11pm

On View: Saturday, October 9, 2010, 1-5pm (printing demos!), Sunday, October 10 2010, 1-5pm , Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6-9pm, Friday, October 15, 2010, 6-9pm, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 1-5pm (printing demos!), Sunday, October 17, 2010, 1-5pm

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...and a panel discussion at DePaul:

Printmaker as Distributor, Collaborator, and Facilitator
October 7, 6-7:30pm
DePaul University Museum
2350 N. Kenmore Ave

How does the history of print as a medium for the dissemination of information affect the role of contemporary printmakers? Does this draw more educators to the medium? How does the communal print studio affect the nature of artwork being created? Does the emphasis on technique, craft, and tools create an environment welcoming to new students or restricted?

Printmaker as Distributor, Collaborator, and Facilitator will explore the role of education within contemporary printmaking. Panelists will include Wrik Repasky, Coordinator of Printmaking at Harold Washington, Tom Lucas, Director of the Printmaking Department at Lill Street Art Center, and CJ Mace, MFA student through Columbia College Book and Paper program. The panel will be moderated by Angee Lennard, founder and director of Spudnik Press Cooperative.

It would be great to see you at either event if you're able to come!
See side panel for more info...


Happy New Year

There are lots of great changes in store for printmaking this fall. We're getting new windows installed in the studios, and Tom is working on a new configuration for optimum space in there as well.

We welcome new faculty members this season, new course offerings, and of course, there is a new look to the blog.

Make sure to sign-up for this upcoming term! Classes start September 13.

Please send your comments, questions, and some finished work so we can make sure that this blog works for you.



The end of August brought free workshops throughout the Lillstreet Building in all departments.

Etching Demo with upcoming Artist-in Residence, Ian Weaver.

Hands-On Workshop Screenprinting on Paper with Lill Street faculty member Matt Ginsberg.


Spring Session Class Photos

Printmaking on Clay




Multi-Level Etching



It's not too late to sign up for our Winter Session First-time Screenprint on Paper Classes.
Choose from 5 week classes on Saturdays 10-1pm or Sundays 5-8pm.
All materials and equipment included!
Go to or contact lillstreet art center for more details and pricing.