Call for Participants for Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange | Print Exchange & Exhibition


Spudnik Press, in collaboration with the 2017 Spudnik Press Exhibition Committee, is excited to announce its next print exchange and exhibition, Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange.

Over the years, printmakers have played an active role in the Chicago community, taking on roles as publishers, distributors and organizers. However, as use of automation and digital technology changed the face of commercial printing, a new group of Chicago printers emerged. Independent, artist-run shops, including Landfall Press and Plucked Chicken Press were among the first to open in the 1970s. Today, numerous print shops have sprouted across the city and  continue to engage the community through organizing and education. Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange seeks to invite discussion and collaboration among the diverse and exciting body of printers living and working across Chicago.

All interested printmakers must live/work in Chicago. Artists affiliated with a local printmaking studio or organization(s) are strongly encouraged to apply, including Spudnik Press students.

The portfolio culminates in an exhibition at Spudnik Press Cooperative’s Annex Gallery, 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622. Each participant will receive a portfolio with 20 randomly collated prints from the exchange in a protective case.


Theme: Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange
Co-Curators: 2017 Spudnik Press Exhibition Committee and Marcela Andrade Serment, Program Director
Paper Size: 11” x 14”
Medium: Fine art prints. No digital prints please.
Edition Size: 25 signed and numbered prints
Participation Fee: $20 payable to Spudnik Press upon registration*
*Fee covers the cost of the colophon, glassine, and portfolio case.


Deadline to Apply: October 22, 2017
Deadline to Receive Prints: December 15, 2017
Exhibition: January 19 – February 24, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, January 19, 2018, 6-9 pm

To Apply:

1. Download the prospectus.
2. Please complete and submit the registration form.
3. Submit payment with registrations form.
4. Make sure to drop off work by December 15, 2017 deadline.

At the time of drop off, portfolio participants will be checked against a list for pre-registration. Editions will be checked for compliance with the portfolio guidelines and participant will need to complete a submission form listing title, media, etc. Questions? Email