Nick Butcher
Graphic Design
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Since 2006, I’ve co-run an internationally recognized graphic arts studio called Sonnenzimmer with my wife Nadine Nakanishi. We produce commissioned work for a variety of clients as well as producing our own publications and exhibitions.
Courses Taught
Studio in Graphic Design
Research Interests
My work with Sonnenzimmer explores the contemporary and historic impact of the “graphic impulse” through publishing, exhibitions, graphic design, and performance. While we work in an array of media, our focus is on triangulating a deeper understanding of the role of graphic expression at large. In addition to our self-driven work, we actively engage in commissioned projects aiming to reshape preconceived notions of the graphic arts.

Middle Tennessee State University, B.F.A.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.F.A.

Selected Publications

Sisson, Patrick. “This is Chicago.” Chicago: AIGA, 2015. Book.

Foster, John. “Paper and Ink Workshop.” Minneapolis: Rockport Publisher, 2013. Book.

Williamson, Caspar. “Low-Tech Print: Contemporary Hand-Made Printing.” London: Laurence King Publishing, 2013. Book.

Borrelli, Christopher. “Taking stock of the Chicago concert-poster scene.” Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2012. Print.

John. “New Masters of Poster Design, Volume 2: Poster Design for This Century and Beyond.” Minneapolis: Rockport Publisher, 2012. Book.

Perry, Mike. “Press, Pulled: A Catalog of Screenprinting.” New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. Book.

Foster, John. “1,000 Indie Posters.” Rockport Publisher, 2011.

Book. Lijklema, Hans. “Design For Music, Pictographic 2.” Amsterdam: Pepin Press, 2011. Book.

Klanten, Robert. Hellige, Hendrik. “Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design.” Berlin: Gestalten, 2010. Book.

Selected Exhibitions

Puddles, Gelbes Haus, Lucerne, Switzerland, 2018

Shape Song, Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery, Nashville, Tenn., 2018

Café Avatar, Cress Gallery, University of Chattanooga, Tenn., 2017

Gaussian Blur, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, Ill., 2017

byobuoy, Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., 2017

Plane Shapes, Facebook Classic Campus, Menlo Park, Calif., 2017

Sonnenzimmer: The Arts Club of Chicago at 100, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 2016

Greige Fabrik, Vebikus Kunsthalle Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 2016

Vector Sculptures, Elastic Arts Foundation, Chicago, Ill., 2016

Objects of Practice, Morrissey Gallery, St. Ambrose University Art , Department, Davenport, Iowa, 2015

The Impossibility of Language of Construction, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University Art Department, Davenport, Iowa, 2015

Selected Performances

Performance, Zine Not Dead VIII, Elastic Arts, Chicago, Ill., 2018

Performance, Graphic Impulse w/ Parlour Tapes Residency, Comfort Station, Chicago, Ill., 2017

Dubbing Stills, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ill., 2016

Grafikklang, Grafisches Forum Zürich, Rosengarten, Zürich, Switzerland, 2014

Office Hours
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