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GRAPHIC ARTS CENTER PUBLISHING COMPANY was a book publishing company based in Portland , Oregon
Oregon
, United States
United States
.

Graphic Arts Center was one of the Northwest\'s largest book publishers, publishing about 40 books annually and selling over 500 titles to the U.S., Canada
Canada
, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Europe
Europe
. Using three imprints — GRAPHIC ARTS BOOKS, ALASKA NORTHWEST BOOKS, and WESTWINDS PRESS — Graphic Arts published and distributed books that focused on lifestyle and place.

HISTORY

Graphic Arts Center Publishing
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
Oregon
2 and Oregon III.

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
Alaska
Northwest Books, the largest trade book publisher in the Alaskan market.

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 . In October 2006, Ingram Content Group
Ingram Content Group
invested in Graphic Arts as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan. In January 2007, Graphic Arts Center Publishing
Publishing
Company emerged from bankruptcy. The company again filed for bankruptcy in order to liquidate in November 2009.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Milliot, Jim (April 10, 2006). "Graphic Arts Files Chapter 11". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on April 11, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-17. * ^ " Publishing
Publishing
in the Northwest". Open Spaces Quarterly. Retrieved 2006-11-17. * ^ Maul, Kimberly (October 23, 2006). "Ingram Invests in Graphic Arts Center Publishing
Publishing
Company". The Book
Book
Standard. Retrieved 2006-11-20. * ^ 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. * ^ Hunsberger, Brent (November 16, 2009). "Portland coffee table book publisher files for bankruptcy". The Oregonian
The Oregonian
. Retrieved 2009-11-17.

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