The Chicago Calligraphy Collective (CCC) is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. See the Archives to view the CCC application and approval documents.
The CCC 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. By offering educational opportunities we can achieve the initiative of enhancing public awareness and interest in the calligraphic lettering arts.
Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, like architecture, has a rich history in Chicago. By examining works from lettering luminaries such as Ray DaBoll, James Hayes, and R. Hunter Middleton, one can easily trace a clear and graceful calligraphic timeline. The Reverend Edward Catich, a leading authority on the Roman letter, continually paid homage to his early days of study and practice in Chicago. Many of his theories derive from this period of study. With a firm foundation of lettering excellence and extensive calligraphic collections housed in its museums and libraries, it’s no wonder that Chicago maintains its unique status as a calligraphic center.
The CCC was founded in 1976 to represent the interests of the calligraphic community of the Chicago area. Over the past three decades, the CCC has fostered the development of many hundreds of calligraphers, including many who have achieved national renown.
Chicago continues to cultivate and nurture an active community of calligraphic artists. By sponsoring exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and various educational activities, it provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, techniques and instruction related to letterforms and their application in numerous artistic mediums. The Collective also serves as a professional network for its members. Today, the Chicago Calligraphy Collective thrives with more than 250 members committed to the support and preservation of the lettering arts.
Artwork by Mary Zabrin