Thursday, April 5 -- 3:30pm - 4:30pm -- Bally's, Skyview 2


The “ventures and adventures” of starting up a non-profit printshop are rife with both possibilities and pitfalls. This Inkubator will address experiences as shops evolved, altering the cultural landscape through education and community participation.


Marilyn Propp, co-founder of Anchor Graphics, Chicago, and the Center for Collaborative Research, Kenosha WI, will lead the discussion, as she, and participants Angee Lennard, Founder/ Executive Director of Spudnik Press Cooperative, and Liz Maughans, Co-founder of Zygote Press, will share their experiences and attained wisdom as they developed their shops.


Their missions have been to provide affordable access to professional facilities, and to promote experimentation, professionalism, and community access.  Also addressed will be the tension between those visions and the reality of running sustainable shops and will include their varied experiences in beginning, sustaining, and transforming their shops. Marilyn and her partner are reinventing Anchor Graphics as the Center for Collaborative Research, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The insight gained from this experience will be part of the discussion. Bring your questions!



Raised in upstate New York, Marilyn Propp is an artist/educator whose practice includes painting, printmaking and papermaking. Co-Founder, Anchor Graphics, Chicago, she relocated in 2016 to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she co-founded the Center for Collaborative Research. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Brooklyn Museum Art School, Provincetown Workshop, and San Francisco Art Institute’s pre-MFA program. Received BA University of Pennsylvania and MA University of Missouri-Kansas City. Teaching includes School of the Art Institute, Chicago; Loyola University Chicago; and currently Carthage College and Columbia College Chicago.


Exhibitions include DePaul Art Museum; Rockford University/Clark Art Gallery; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art; Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee; Columbia University School of the Arts, NYC; Illinois Wesleyan University; Galeria AP, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico; Louisiana Tech University Gallery; St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame; State College of Florida, Bradenton; Gallery 400, NYC; Koehnline Museum; Brad Cooper Gallery, FL; A+D Gallery and Printworks, Chicago.


Collections include DePaul Art Museum; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; Summer Palace, Saudi Arabia; Amnesty International NYC; Old St. Patrick's Church, Chicago; Hallmark Collection and the AT&T Collection, Kansas City; and private collections throughout the U.S.


Residencies/Visiting Artist: Skowhegan, Provincetown Workshop, Jentel, Wyoming; Ragdale. Cill Rialaig, Ireland; Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; State College of Florida, Bradenton; Louisiana Tech University.


Awards: Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award; IAC Professional Development Grant; CAAP grants, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs; Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and Columbia College Faculty Professional Development Grants.