Gaylord Schanilec

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Gaylord Schanilec (born 15 April 1955) is a notable American wood engraver & printer. He is the proprietor of the press Midnight Paper Sales, located in Stockholm, Wisconsin. Schanilec has used traditional wood engraving processes to create illustrations for hundreds of works.[1][2]

He graduated with a BA in visual arts from the University of North Dakota in 1977. He worked in the Twin Cities until he relocated to Stockholm, Wisconsin, where he built the studio in which he now works.

Schanilec is a frequent lecturer and leads workshops at Minnesota Center for Book Arts & University of Iowa. His works can be found in the collections of major academic institutions and museums.[3]

Recent works[edit]

In 2005, Schanilec created the multiple award winning Mayflies of the Driftless Region offering detailed closeup engravings of mayflies as well as lengthy descriptions. In 2006, Schanilec provided illustrations for "Old Swayback".

Currently in progress is a book that will focus on the intricacy of trees, entitled Sylva: Farm 590.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gaylord Schanilec, 'Sylvae: an Adventure in Fine Printmaking', in Parenthesis; 15 (2008 Autumn), p.26-30 [edited reprint of an article published in The Bonefolder: an e-journal ...; 4:1 (2007 Fall)]


  1. ^ Esslemont, David; Schanilec, Gaylord; Armacost, J. Andrew; Chambers, David (2003), Ink on the elbow: conversations between David Esslemont & Gaylord Schanilec, Solmentes Press, ISBN 978-0-907014-20-1 
  2. ^ Johnson, Annysa. "Artist's Books Leave Impression." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 18, 2007
  3. ^ Abbe, Mary. "A Bookmaker, Unbound." Star Tribune (Minneapolis), February 3, 2012

"Coping with 9/11, Riding on Two Wheels" by Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times, Sunday, August 26, 2011.

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