WTTW Talks to Alum René Arceo About Continuing Mexico’s Printmaking Tradition

a bald man wearing an apron and blue shirt stands at their workstation, working on a print
René Arceo. Image courtesy of WTTW News

The life of alum René Arceo (BFA 1985) is the latest to be featured on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, a documentary-style series spotlighting “everyday Chicagoans who reflect the city’s 77 diverse community areas.” Following a nearly two-decade career as a Chicago Public Schools teacher, Arceo’s video portrait affirms his newfound recommitment to his artistic practice of Mexican printmaking, a tradition dating back to the 1800s. In the interview, the artist also describes his journey from 19-year-old immigrant from a small town near Guadalajara to US citizen, School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum, and founder of Arceo Press, where he publishes prints with artists from around the world.