The Colleagues of Calligraphy based in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. is pleased to have you visit our digital home. We hope you enjoy what you find here and see why we think the world is a more interesting place wherever calligraphy is found.

The Latest News


03.14.18  There is a new challenge for you at our CoC Practice Project! Check it out under "LETTERING" on the Calligraphy Calisthenics page.

03.14.18  And, consider entering the Graceful Envelope contest. Check it out under "LETTERING" on the Calligraphy Calisthenics page or click this link. The deadline is Monday, March 26 so get crackin’!

03.11.2018  It is a pleasure to announce that Erin Dung is the winner of the 2018 Jo White Scholarship Award! Read about her plans for calligraphic study here.

03.04.2018  We have lost another long-time friend, Sue Stover. Please read our remembrance and share your memories here

02.21.18  We are sad to relay the news that Jo White passed away last night. We invite you to share your memories of Jo and to find details for services here.

02.16.18  Registration is now open for Kristen Doty's "Drawing for Calligraphers" workshop in April! Click here to read the workshop description and to register.

02.14.18  Get out your supplies! We are so excited to kick off our new calligraphy challenge, the “CoC Practice Project.” Read all about it on the Calligraphy Calisthenics page and get ready to practice your Foundational Hand.

01.31.18  Our hearts are heavy to share the sad news that long-time and beloved Colleagues member Maxine Coldren has passed away. Maxine was a walking love package....Updated information here.

01.30.18  At our October program, Roz Stendahl provided a super-informative hand-out which she generously said we could share with members who could not attend. Find it on the Members Only page. 

01.23.18  Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is doing a series of Thursday lectures by scholars from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University. Check it out here. Many of our members know two of the presenters, Fr. Columba and Tim Ternes.

Fr. Columba was featured on CBS 60 Minutes recently. He is integral to a project to rescue and restore ancient manuscripts that were left in ruins due to violence by ISIS in Northern Iraq. Click here for a link to the story.

01.23.18  And speaking of the HMML, Jean Formo, our programs director, has put together an excellent guide for how to arrange a meaningful one and one-half day study time at HMML or a two and one-half day visit to study the manuscript holdings at HMML. The article tells you exactly how to do it, all the steps involved, and in what order to accomplish everything. Read it here.






President’s Message


I am fond of saying that when you discover calligraphy, and others who share your love of the art of beautiful handwriting, you have found your tribe.

From the look and feel of lush papers to out-of-the-ordinary surfaces lettered with rich inks, pigments or paints, hand-made lettering simply takes our breath away.

Maybe you are new to appreciating or learning about calligraphy. Perhaps you are a long-time student or master of this art.

Whatever your background, I invite you to explore how we express our passion for calligraphy. Our members are a generous, welcoming group of people, eager to learn from you and share what they know.

This website, newly re-designed as of July 2017, enables us to be more interactive. We expect and are excited for how it will change and develop over time.

I invite you to share your thoughts and ideas about what you find here – or would like to find – by contacting me at president@colleaguesofcalligraphy.com.

Maura Lynch


Mission Statement

Our mission is to PROMOTE the critical practice of calligraphy as a craft and as an art form, and to ENCOURAGE individual excellence, and to FOSTER a wider appreciation and a deeper understanding of calligraphy, its history and applications through the free interchange of ideas and techniques.

Art credits this page:  Diane von Arx – Colleagues of Calligraphy logo

Copyright for all art resides with the Colleagues of Calligraphy or the originators of the works. No reproduction is allowed without the express written permission of the Colleagues of Calligraphy or the individual artists.