In 2010, nine Latinx and Latin American artists formed Instituto Grafico de Chicago (IGC). We are a collective of printmakers who are also educators, studio artists, arts administrators and teaching artists who live and work in Chicago's Latinx communities. As grassroot printmakers, we build community and continue the legacy of printmaking by creating international art exchanges and spaces for the public to learn about printmaking. We exhibit our portfolios throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Our participatory workshops engage Latinx communities in the Midwest. We inspire new generations to engage in printmaking as a social force.
The Instituto Gráfico de Chicago is dedicated to maintaining the critical activist tradition of Latino printmaking that unites communities of struggle around the world. We are inspired by the socio-political art of Mexico's Taller de Grafica Popular (The People's Print Workshop) and use our art as a platform to inform and generate community discourse about urgent social issues. We believe that art is not separate from public life.
IGC advances the legacy and vitality of printmaking by fostering collaboration and solidarity amongst print artists through transnational dialogue and art making. We also create programming outside of formal education settings that celebrates and demystifies printmaking techniques and process for the public. Our praxis responds to the social conditions that impede equity and access to art-making and critical consciousness.