Graphic Arts Center Publishing

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Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Industry Publishing
Founded 1968
Headquarters Portland, Oregon, USA
Key people
Mike Hopkins, president
Products books, calendars
Number of employees
Website[dead link]

Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company was a book publishing company based in Portland, Oregon, United States.

Graphic Arts Center was one of the Northwest's largest book publishers,[clarification needed][citation needed] publishing about 40 books annually and selling over 500 titles to the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Europe.[1] Using three imprints — Graphic Arts Books, Alaska Northwest Books, and WestWinds Press — Graphic Arts published and distributed books that focused on lifestyle and place.[clarification needed]


Graphic Arts Center Publishing started in 1967 as a division of Graphic Arts Center, Inc., Oregon's largest printer. The publishing house was one of the pioneers in publishing large-format, full-color print books. These became known as "coffee table books." Their first book in this format was the popular Oregon, a book of photographs by Ray Atkeson, which became a series that includes Oregon 2 and Oregon III.[2]

In the mid 1980s, Graphic Arts began to diversify from photographic books into subjects like children’s fiction and non-fiction. In 1993, Graphic Arts acquired Alaska Northwest Books, the largest trade book publisher in the Alaskan market.[citation needed]

In 1998, Graphic Arts started its third imprint, WestWinds Press, to launch a series of Western titles and photography books.

In April 2006, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[1] In October 2006, Ingram Content Group invested in Graphic Arts as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan.[3] In January 2007, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company emerged from bankruptcy.[4] The company again filed for bankruptcy in order to liquidate in November 2009.[5]


  1. ^ a b Milliot, Jim (April 10, 2006). "Graphic Arts Files Chapter 11". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2006-11-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Publishing in the Northwest". Open Spaces Quarterly. Retrieved 2006-11-17. 
  3. ^ Maul, Kimberly (October 23, 2006). "Ingram Invests in Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company". The Book Standard. Retrieved 2006-11-20. [dead link]
  4. ^ Bryson, George (April 21, 2007). "Regional publisher closes book on Chapter 11". Anchorage Daily News. Archived from the original on 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  5. ^ Hunsberger, Brent (November 16, 2009). "Portland coffee table book publisher files for bankruptcy". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-11-17.