Chandler O'Leary

Awarded 2020

We here at the Foundation have recently learned about the passing of one of our MAC Fellows, Chandler O’Leary. It is with heavy hearts we share this information with you. Thank you Chandler for sharing yourself, your time and talent, and your work with not only the MAC, but with the world. You are gone, but not forgotten.

Chandler leaves behind a husband and four year old son. To learn more about Chandler and ways you can help, please visit her website here.

I am an illustrator, letterer, and writer; a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design; and the proprietor of Anagram Press, a one-woman studio and stationery business. My work is anchored by narrative and a strong sense of place, linked together by drawing and handwork. I have exhibited my work internationally, and my prints and artist books are housed in over 50 public permanent collections, including the Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Yale University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, Stanford University, Washington State Library, University of Utah, Smith College, Brown University, the Newberry Library and Harvard College. I am also the author of the illustrated travel blog, “Drawn the Road Again” and one half of the collaborative team behind the “Dead Feminists” letterpress broadside series. Our book, “Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color” (published in 2016 by Sasquatch Books), won a Pacific Northwest Book Award. My second book, “The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas,” was published by Sasquatch Books in spring 2019, followed by a companion book of postcards in March 2020. My next illustrated travel book, “On Island Time,” will be published by Sasquatch Books in spring 2023. I live in Tacoma, Washington with my spouse and one-year-old son, and work full-time as an independent artist in my home studio.

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