About

Self-portrait by Chandler O'LearyI am an illustrator, letterer(erer) and entrepreneur living and working in Tacoma, Washington. I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and I have run my in-house imprint, Anagram Press, since 2004. I was born 50 miles west of Wall Drug, grew up on Cape Cod, spent a year in Rome, and have crept more or less westward ever since. Now I’ve settled in a historic Craftsman house overlooking Puget Sound, where I get to hear gulls crying and sea lions barking—my favorite sounds in the world. I spend my days drawing pictures, my winters doing weird seasonal-foodie things like storing pumpkins in the root cellar, and every free moment criss-crossing the continent on winding back roads.

In addition to doing illustration and lettering work for clients, I spend a lot of my time on personal side projects. Besides the products I create under my Anagram Press brand, I am also one half of the creative team behind the Dead Feminists poster series. I also post my sketchbook drawings (many of which involve Paul Bunyan) and road-trip-themed artwork on my illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again.

Collections

Baylor University (Crouch Fine Arts Library), Waco, TX
Brown University (Harris Collection of American Poetry & Plays), Providence, RI
Carleton College (Gould Library), Northfield, MN
City of Kitakyushu (Mayor’s Office Collection), Kitakyushu, Japan
City of Tacoma (Portable Works Collection), Tacoma, WA
City of Tacoma (Public Art Collection), Tacoma, WA
Denison University (Doane Library Special Collections), Granville, OH
Emory University (Woodruff Library), Atlanta, GA
George Mason University (Fenwick Library), Fairfax, VA
Harvard College (Widener Library), Cambridge, MA
Hennepin County Library (Hosmer Special Collections), Minneapolis, MN
Hennepin County Library (Ridgedale Library), Minnetonka, MN
Lafayette College (Skillman Library Special Collections), Easton, PA
Miami University Library (Havighurst Special Collections), Oxford, OH
Minneapolis College of Art & Design Library, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Alcott Library), Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Historical Society Library (Special Collections), Saint Paul, MN
Multnomah County Library (Wilson Special Collections), Portland, OR
National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Newberry Library (American West Collection), Chicago, IL
Northwestern University (Deering Library Special Collections), Evanston, IL
Nova Southeastern University (Farquhar College of Arts & Sciences), Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phoenix Public Library (Rare Book Room), Phoenix, AZ
Pierce County Art Bank (Portable Works Collection), Tacoma, WA
Rhode Island School of Design (Fleet Library), Providence, RI
Saint Olaf College (Rolvaag Memorial Library), Northfield, MN
San Diego State University (Special Collections), San Diego, CA
San Francisco Center for the Book (Prints Collection), San Francisco, CA
San Jose State University (King Library), San Jose, CA
South Berwick Public Library (Special Collections), South Berwick, ME
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Flaxman Library), Chicago, IL
Scripps College (Ella Strong Denison Library), Claremont, CA
Stanford University (Art & Architecture Library), Palo Alto, CA
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (Special Collections), Topeka, KS
University of California Los Angeles (Darling BioMedical Library Special Collections), Los Angeles, CA
University of California Santa Barbara (Davidson Library Special Collections), Santa Barbara, CA
University of Connecticut (Dodd Research Center), Storrs, CT
University of Denver (Penrose Library Special Collections), Denver, CO
University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Libraries (Special Collections), Iowa City, IA
University of Puget Sound (Collins Memorial Library), Tacoma, WA
University of Utah (Marriott Library), Salt Lake City, UT
University of Vermont (Bailey/Howe Library), Burlington, VT
University of Virginia (Small Special Collections Library), Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington Libraries (Book Arts Collection), Seattle, WA
Walker Art Center (Furtak Collection), Minneapolis, MN
Washington State Library (Special Collections), Tumwater, WA
Yale University (Haas Arts Library Special Collections), New Haven, CT

Solo Shows

Farm to Table, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2016 (upcoming)
Dead Feminists
(two-person exhibition), 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2016 (upcoming)
Drawn the Road Again
, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA, 2014
You’ll Like Tacoma, Brooks Dental Studio, Tacoma, WA, 2014
Hillside Sketchbook, Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Local Conditions, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2010-2011
Feminist Wiles (two-person exhibition), Ted Sanford Gallery, University Place, WA, 2010
Mnemonic Sampler, The Tempest, Tacoma, WA, 2010
In Her Element, Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, WA, 2009
Flock, Rosewood Cafe, Tacoma, WA, 2009
Mnemonic Sampler, Pacific Lutheran University Gallery, Parkland, WA, 2009
To the Letter, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2009
The Faery Gardener, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
Collected, Gallery 4, Fargo, ND, 2003

Group Shows

Just One Look, Special Collections Gallery, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA, 2016 (upcoming)
Beyond Brand
, Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
Bakken Boom: Artists Respond to the ND Oil Rush
, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, 2015
The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist Book, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
Carpe Librum 2015, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA, 2015
Artifacts of Loss: Memorial in Artists’ Books, UW Allen Library Special Collections Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2015
5th Annual Puget Sound Book Artists, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2015
Curated Collection: Broadsides, 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2015
CODEX Finds, 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2015
Sacred/Profane, 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2014
The Mother Hen Project, Room Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, 2014
Capitolized, TypeCon, Washington, DC, 2014
Grafiikan Mestareita (Masters of Printmaking), Galleria Dix, Helsinki, Finland, 2014
Ink This, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, 2014
The Printed Page, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO, 2014
Book Power Redux, traveling exhibition:
— 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2014
— Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2014
Wayzgoose Retrospective, Brooks Dental Studio, Tacoma, WA, 2014
Tacoma Playing Cards, STAR Center, Tacoma, WA, 2014
Steamroller Prints
, Ted Sanford Gallery, University Place, WA, 2014
Undercover Stories: the Secret Lives of Books, artEAST Gallery, Issaquah, WA, 2014
Wordplay: The Materiality of Text in the Modern Book Arts, Suzzallo Library, Seattle, WA, 2014
Wayzgoose, Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA, 2014
The Art of Wayzgoose, Pacific Lutheran University Gallery, Parkland, WA, 2014
4th Annual Puget Sound Book Artists, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2014
Feast, 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2013
Eläin (Animal), Brooks Dental Studio, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Confluence, Brooks Dental Studio, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Setting Sail: Artists at Sea, Brooks Dental Studio, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Foundation of Art, Brooks Dental Studio, Tacoma, WA, 2013
The Creative World of Book Arts, Brooks Dental Studio, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Steamroller Prints, Ted Sanford Gallery, University Place, WA, 2013
Wayzgoose, Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Tacoma Playing Cards II, STAR Center, Tacoma, WA, 2013
3rd Annual Puget Sound Book Artists, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Tacoma Wayzgoose, Ted Sanford Gallery, University Place, WA, 2013
INKED! Contemporary Northwest Letterpress, 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012
Expanding Communities, BookWorks Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2012
Anniversary Broadside Exhibition, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, 2012
Posted, Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ, 2012
Instructors, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC, 2012
Exploding the Codex, Austin/Burch Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2012
Foundation of Art, B2 Gallery, Tacoma, WA, 2012
2nd Annual Puget Sound Book Artists, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Abecedaria, Mid-America Print Council Biennial, Gape Girardeau, MO, 2012
Sister Cities, Kitakyushu Cultural Festival, Kitakyushu, Japan, 2012
Tacoma Playing Cards, Amocat Cafe, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Tacomapocalypse, Amocat Cafe, Tacoma, WA, 2012
The Apocalype Calendar, Challengers Comics, Chicago, IL, 2012
National Print Exhibition
, Pacific Lutheran University Gallery, Parkland, WA, 2012
Wayzgoose, Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA, 2011
Ladies of Letterpress, BookWorks Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2011
Bookworks, Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, ID, 2011
Letterpress for Japan, Books Kubrick Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan, 2011
Parts of a Whole, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
Hand2Hand: The Book as Art, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA, WA, 2010
Page Turner: Contemporary Artist Books, Burien Arts Gallery, Burien, WA, 2010
The Mother Hen Project, Galleria, San Anselmo, CA, 2010
Make No Little Plans, Logical Diagram Gallery, Tacoma, WA, 2009-2010
Wayzgoose, Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA, 2009
Feminist Art, Tacoma Community College Gallery, Tacoma, WA, 2009
Front, Back & Between, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
Broadsided!, 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, 2009
The Sketchbook Project, traveling exhibition, selected venues:
— Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2009
— Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC, 2009
— Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA, 2009
— Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2009
— Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2009
— Soulard Art Market, St. Louis, MO 2009
— 3rd Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
— Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA, 2009
Wayzgoose, Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA, 2009
National Print Exhibition, Pacific Lutheran University Gallery, Parkland, WA, 2009
Rock, Paper, Scissors
, Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, WA, 2008
49th Midwestern, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, 2008
48th Midwestern, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, 2007
Action/Interaction, Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts, Chicago, IL, 2007
Cultivate, Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
New Work, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
47th Midwestern
, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, 2006
Books Abound, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
Bookish, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
Spot-On, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
46th Midwestern, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, 2005
45th Midwestern, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, 2004
Illustration, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, 2003
Amorous Art, Rourke Gallery, Moorhead, MN, 2003
Show, ISB Gallery, Providence, RI, 2003
44th Midwestern
, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, 2003
A Woman’s Perspective, Rourke Gallery, Moorhead, MN, 2002
Primavera (Spring)
, Palazzetto Cenci, Rome, Italy, 2002
I Libri dei Schizzi (Sketchbooks), Palazzetto Cenci, Rome, Italy, 2001

Selected Clients

Blank is the New Black, Chicago, IL
Book Arts Guild, Seattle, WA
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma, WA
City of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Dandelion Wishes, Tacoma, WA
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, EA
Encore Media, Seattle, WA
Exit 133, Tacoma, WA
Hooked on Books, Colorado Springs, CO
Igloo Letterpress, Worthington, OH
Irving House, Cambridge, MA
Kafe 421, Minneapolis, MN
King’s Books, Tacoma, WA
Lettuce Press, Portland, OR
Meta Books, Tacoma, WA
Metro Parks, Tacoma, WA
Minneapolis Farmers Market, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Saint Paul, MN
Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle, WA
Pacific Fabrics, Seattle, WA
Pint Defiance, Tacoma, WA
Quarto Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, WA
San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
School of Visual Concepts, Seattle, WA
Seven Stars Bakery, Providence, RI
Shelter Corporation, Hopkins, MN
Side x Side Creative, Tacoma, WA
Sonja Silver Apparel, Tacoma, WA
Stages Theatre, Hopkins, MN
Tacoma Community House, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Food Coop, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Makes, Tacoma, WA
Trollwood Performing Arts School, Moorhead, MN
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Zerr Berg Architects, Fargo, ND

Honors

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program award: Tacoma Arts Commission, 2015-2016
Instructor, School of Visual Concepts: Seattle, WA, 2009-2015
Nominee, Foundation of Art Award: Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, 2009, 2013
Panelist, Establishing Your Practice, Building Demand: Tacoma Arts Conference, 2013
Visiting instructor, Penland School of Crafts: Penland, NC, 2012
Bronze award, Excellence in Design: CASE Awards, 2012
Board member, Book Arts Guild: Seattle, WA: 2009-2011
Featured artist, Roadworks: San Francisco, CA, 2011
Featured presenter, Art & Industry: Ladies of Letterpress, Asheville, NC, 2011
Selected artist, Public Art: In Depth: City of Tacoma, WA, 2011
Panelist, The Art of Social Media: Tacoma Arts Symposium, 2011
Panelist, The Art of Small-Press Publishing: Olympia, WA, 2010
Tacoma Artists Initiative Program award: Tacoma Arts Commission, 2009-2010
Finalist, Art vs. Design: Artists Wanted, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
Artist mentor, ByDesign: Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), Minneapolis, MN, 2005-2008
Artist-in-residence, MCBA: Minneapolis, MN, 2007
Panel moderator, The Influence of Book Arts on Graphic Design: MCBA Symposium, 2007
Winner, Minnesota Book Award: Minnesota Humanities Commission, 2005