IGC is dedicated to sharing and collaboration. For a number of years now IGC has orchestrated multiple international print portfolio exchanges. These exchanges allow printmakers from different locations to share artistic styles, new techniques, and a diversity of ideas via the hand printed multiple. 


The way it works:
A set number of printmakers/artists from different locations are selected to participate in a pre-determined themed portfolio. For example 30 artists are chosen.  Each of these 30 artists/printmakers are required to make 30 prints using their own technique and style but sticking to the theme. Each set of 30 prints is then sent to IGC, where each set then gets broken down and divided into the 30 portfolios. Each of these portfolios thus contain a collection of 30 different prints from each artist. These portfolios then get sent back to each participating artist. The power of the print within these portfolios allows for multiple places, multiple exhibitions, and multiple audiences to view these artistic collaborations.
Below are past portfolio projects that have been completed by IGC.


Carlos Cortéz Koyokuikatl / 10 Years / in memoriom
25 artists celebrate the life and work of Carlos Cortez!


Carlos Cortéz (August 13, 1923 – January 19, 2005) was a poet, artist, photographer, muralist and political activist, active for six decades in the Industrial Workers of the World.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1923, the son of a Mexican-Indian Wobbly union organizer father and a German socialist pacifist mother, Cortez spent 18 months in a US prison as a conscientious objector during the World War II, refusing to "shoot at fellow draftees." Cortez joined the Industrial Workers of the World in 1947, identifying himself as an anarcho-syndicalist, writing articles and drawing cartoons for the union newspaper the Industrial Worker for several decades. As an accomplished artist and a highly influential political artist, Cortez is perhaps best known for his wood and linoleum-cut graphics. His work is represented in the collections of several museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago holds the largest, most complete collection of Carlos Cortez's work. In 2002, Cortez edited and introduced the book Viva Posada: A Salute to the Great Printmaker of the Mexican Revolution.

Portfolio Exchange Description: Carlos Cortéz was not only an artist but also a multi facet person that saw the importance in being involved in social matters that needed to be addressed.20 printmaking artists will try to reflect, capture and interpret the poems, graphic works, political and social issues that made Carlos the passionate artist he was and continues to be. This portfolio exchange will be exhibited in various Chicago galleries as well as other galleries throughout the US and Mexico.

Portfolio Exchange Logistics
Publisher: Instituto Gráfico de Chicago

Theme: " Carlos Cortéz Koyokuikatl " artists are asked to create a print that is based on the poems, political, social issues and graphic work of Carlos Cortéz. Artists are also encouraged to integrate not only his poems but also his works and anecdote’s that describe Carlos Cortez.

Paper: 11 x 15 inches / 28 x 38 centimeters
Paper Type: BFK Reaves white
Format: Vertical or Horizontal
Media: Relief Prints will only be accepted.
Edition: 25 / One design per artist.

Complete: 2014



Dichos y Diretes
29 Printmakers celebrate popular sayings, Quotes About Double Entendre


Portfolio Exchange Description: Dichos y Diretes will have the participation of 30 artists and we hope to reflect, capture and interpret the sayings used in the daily life of your average and typical individual in the world. How can we interpret a famous quote or a proverbs related to food, work, sports, love, sex, and gossip via a graphic print. We would like to create a collection of work that can demonstrate showcase human ingenuity through their double meanings via the graphics.

This portfolio exchange will be exhibited during the second print festival held in Chicago called, Grabadolandia. This one day print festival will showcase different printmaker's displaying their work for sale and have printmaking demonstration
Complete: 2013


Posada Presente 30 Printmakers celebrating Jose Guadalupe Posada

Portfolio Exchange Description: Given the chance to have lived through the Mexican Revolution; what would Mexico’s most recognized printmaker, Jose Guadalupe Posada be printing today?! What satirical, social injustice, political, or popular cultural event would he print? Posada Presente will include artwork from 30 different printmaker's, creating prints in response to this question: What would Jose Guadalupe Posada print today?

This portfolio exchange will be exhibited during a print festival held in Chicago called, Grabadolandia. This one day print festival will showcase different printmakers displaying their work for sale and have printmaking demonstration.


Dia De los Muertos / Dia de los Muertos Portfolio

Members of Instituto Gráfico de Chicago created their first portfolio exchange within the group. IGC members decided to create a small portfolio exchange to begin the dialogue of print exchange with a message.

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Portfolio Exchange

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