Event—Public Programming

Try Your Hand at Calligraphy

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Join us and the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for an interactive and family-friendly event focused on the history of handwriting.

Calligraphy evolved into a fine art practice in the mid-20th century, and it continues to be reimagined by artists today. To keep the art of beautiful lettering alive, it must be practiced.

Join us and the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for an interactive and family-friendly event focused on the history of handwriting. Enjoy demonstrations of different lettering styles, participate in hands-on lettering activities, and tour our current exhibition, Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print. This event is open to writers of all ages.

Take in this open-house-style event at your own pace, and enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee as you circulate.

Hands-On Tables:

Andrea Reno - Gothic - arenocalligraphy@gmail.com
Mary Zabrin - Foundational - mary.zabrin@gmail.com
Tim Botts - Uncial - tnbotts@aol.com
Karen Brooks - Spencerian - penwomankb@comcast.net
Debbie Gallas - Creative Caps - speechiegal@sbcglobal.net

Demonstration Tables:
Karen Ness - Hebrew - karen@nessberg.com
Devina Dhawan - Hindi - devinad@gmail.com
Zeeshan Farooq - Arabic - creationzart@gmail.com
Mike Kecseg - Flourished Copperplate - mkecseg@gmail.com
Julie Wildman - Ruling Pen - julie@wildmandesigns.com

30-Minute Exhibition Tours at 10:15 and 11:15 am

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of promoting the study, practice and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications and strives to enhance public awareness and interest in the calligraphic lettering arts.

This event is part of the programming inspired by the Newberry exhibition A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print, open September 9 through December 30, 2022.

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This program is free and open to all.

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Event—Exhibition

A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print

Sep 09-Dec 30, 2022

Handwriting didn't disappear with the invention of the printing press. Or the typewriter. Or the Internet. It evolved.

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