Workshops & Retreats

Julie Wildman

Julie Wildman graduated in 1987 with a BA in graphic design from Columbia College in Chicago, and began her career with a small design firm until going on her own as a freelance designer in 1995.

In 1998, she had the privilege of taking a year-long master class with a world-renown calligrapher, thus beginning a passion to make beautiful letters. That passion continued when she became a member of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective, a group of professional and amateur lettering artists whose desire is to promote the “art of beautiful writing.”

Through the CCC, she has studied with numerous artists and calligraphers, and has exhibited her art in their All Members’ Shows, as well as the juried shows at the Newberry Library in Chicago. In 2007 and 2014, her pieces titled “Psalm 117” and “An
Alphabet Book” respectively, both won the Newberry’s Purchase Prize Award and are now in their permanent collection. For a complete list of exhibits and awards, please see her curriculum vitae at

Her work has also been published in several publications, including the 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Annual Juried Issues of Letter Arts Review, an internationally-recognized and award-winning publication for calligraphers and lettering artists. Her article titled “An Alphabet Book” was featured in the Volume 11, Number 4 of Bound & Lettered, a magazine for artists’ books, bookbinding, paper craft and calligraphy. For a complete list of publications and awards, please see her curriculum vitae at

Her calligraphic expertise is frequently sought after for staff development classes, on-site promotional events, community programs and personal growth workshops both locally in the Chicagoland area and throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Julie Wildman

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