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‘Together Again Soon’ Print Offers Hope To Chicagoans Stuck At Home

"I just wanted to make an image that might help people envision the 'after' of this awful moment."

"Together Again Soon" print by Chicago artist Ryan Duggan.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Chicago’s favorite screen printing couple has made a Chicago-centric print for this current moment.

Ryan Duggan and Elizabeth Kovach, the husband-and-wife screen printer duo who run the studio/gallery Paper Hat 1953 N. Campbell Ave., are behind the print.

The print, which is now available online for $30 plus shipping, is an updated version of a gig poster Duggan did for a Mavis Staples show in 2017: An illustration of a rally in front of the famous Chicago Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza.

Duggan just changed the rally signs and the main banner. The banner now reads, “Together Again Soon.”

“With everything going on I was trying to think of a positive, forward-thinking image and I realized I was sitting on something already,” he said in an email.

Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Duggan
(from left) Husband-and-wife duo Elizabeth Kovach and Ryan Duggan are opening a printmaking studio in Logan Square that will double as an event space.

Duggan said print sales will help keep Paper Hat afloat, which, like countless other small businesses across the country, has been hit hard during the pandemic. The print studio/gallery makes posters for events and gigs, of which there are none right now.

“Since we primarily work in concert posters we lost nearly every job on our calendar back in the second week of March. Not to mention the art openings planned for our gallery are all postponed for the foreseeable future,” he said.

“Like thousands of other small businesses we are navigating the grant/loan/assistance channels right now but the rent and utilities on our space are not going anywhere.”

So far, the couple has made 75 prints but Duggan said they’ll make more if the demand is there.

“I just wanted to make an image that might help people envision the ‘after’ of this awful moment,” he said.

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