Mary Clare Butler is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer from Chicago. She is the founder and creative director of Fata Morgana Press, an experimental studio operating at the intersection of printing, art, and design.

At Fata Morgana, Butler works with small businesses, cultural institutions, and community organizations to translate their ideas into compelling printed and digital communications.

Through process-driven offset and letterpress printing, her art practice investigates the relationship between modes of production and the environment. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago (2016) and her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2009).

Clients + Collaborators

The Get Agency
Organized by Kammy
DCW Woodworks
Angela Davis Fegan
The Arts Club of Chicago
Intuit Healing
Alight Solutions
Gail Golden Consulting
The Poetry Foundation
Chicago Public Library
Uptown Bikes


Greenhouse: A Show About Plants
Paper Hat Chicago

Chicago Printers Guild 10th Anniversary Show
Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Center

Let’s Do It!: Twenty-Three Years of Book and Paper Arts
Glass Curtain Gallery

Playing With Words
Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Roe v. Wade
Uri-Eichen Gallery

The Poster Artist Show
Black Moon Collective

Otro Ritmo
One City Tap

Collective Ground
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Co-Prosperity Sphere

Weisman Award Exhibition
Arcade Gallery

EXPO Chicago
Navy Pier

Annual Faculty Exhibition
American Academy of Art

MFA Thesis Exhibition
Columbia College Chicago

Pulp, Ink, Thread
C33 Gallery

New Impressions in American Letterpress
Hamilton Woodtype and Manufacturing Museum

The Documentary Book
Columbia College Chicago