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BLICK Celebrates 110 Years of Serving Artists with Anniversary Sale and Exclusive Paint & Drawing Sets

The national art supply company was founded in 1911 and is in its third generation of family ownership.

April 2, 2021 | Chicago, Illinois — Blick Art Materials, the nation’s leading provider of art supplies, is celebrating the 110th anniversary of its founding. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Blick offers nearly 100,000 art supplies with products for a wide range of creative needs, from children in educational settings to professional artists. The company operates two distribution centers in Galesburg, Illinois and one in Monroe, New Jersey, with a home office located in Highland Park, Illinois just outside of Chicago.

Established as a mail-order business in Galesburg, the company issued its first catalog in 1911. After early success with materials for advertising, the company later expanded into general art supplies. “We are proud our roots in Galesburg and grateful to the community here for their continued support over the years,” said Blick CEO Robert Buchsbaum. “In celebrating this milestone, we proudly recognize the city of Galesburg as having helped Blick become a leader in the art materials industry. We look toward the future with excitement and optimism.”

Blick will host a series of events throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary. In addition to an April 14th sale at retail stores nationwide, including the outlet store in Galesburg, BLICK has produced exclusive sets in collaboration with leading art brands. Customers will also have the opportunity to participate in an online anniversary trivia contest for a chance to win more than $500 dollars in art supplies from Blick and Utrecht.

About Blick Art Materials:

Founded in Galesburg, Illinois in 1911, Blick Art Materials is the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States. Its products cater to the full spectrum of artists — from the youngest child to gallery-represented professionals. A long-time advocate of art education in the U.S., Blick also provides support for scholastic, collegiate, and professional art shows, both financially and through a variety of materials that emphasize the benefits of art education. The company's corporate office is located in Highland Park, Illinois, and its main operations are located in Galesburg, Illinois. Blick acquired Utrecht's paint manufacturing facility and 40 retail stores in 2013. For more information, visit

About Utrecht Manufacturing:

Founded more than 65 years ago in the neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Utrecht is known worldwide as a leading manufacturer of top-quality, handcrafted paints and other art supplies. Utrecht is officially recognized with Gold Certification status by the Brooklyn Made program. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Brooklyn Made program recognizes the company as a leading, locally based manufacturer and employer.

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