Tacoma Public Library hosts Art Chantry Sept. 22

Tacoma resident and graphic design luminary Art Chantry will be at the Tacoma Public Library in September to discuss his new book.

Chantry is largely known for creating collage-style, low-tech posters and album covers that singularly evoked Seattle’s music scene during the 1990s for bands such as Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Neko Case, Presidents of the United States of America, The Fastbacks, Sub Pop, Estrus Records, and Rhino Records (among many others).

Beyond music, Chantry’s design clients included Seattle institutions like the Bathhouse, New City, Empty Space, Organic and Repertory Theatres, the Center on Contemporary Art, and the Give Peace a Dance and Hempfest benefits.

Chantry’s work was published in Some People Can’t Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry (Chronicle Books, $27.50), and exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Louvre.

His new book, Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design (Feral House, $24.95), is a collection of essays that covers the graphic design field—from its language to its notable figures to the tools of the trade—in a way that is irreverent at times, but always informed and entertaining.

Chantry was raised in Tacoma’s Parkland neighborhood and later moved to Seattle, where he was art director of the influential music magazine The Rocket. He moved back to Tacoma in 2006, where he lives today near the city’s McKinley Hill neighborhood. Chantry was recently featured in the Tacoma Daily Index (see “Art Chantry Speaks: The graphic design luminary on Tacoma, his new book, and why he’s no artist,” Tacoma Daily Index, Aug. 11, 2015).

The Tacoma Public Library will host a discussion and book signing with Chantry on Tues., Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Olympic Room of the Tacoma Public Library, located at 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., in Tacoma. More information is available online here.