Offsite Visit: The University Club of Chicago

Sunday, March 8 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

$10 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

  • How do private venues like Chicago’s University Club contribute to the larger context or “ecosystem” of artist opportunities in Chicago?
  • How can emerging artists connect with collectors and galleries, to promote and sell their work to a larger audience?
  • How does the context and site of an exhibition space effect how an artist will create, produce, and install their work for that particular show?

To answer these questions and more, Spudnik Press members are invited to a tour of The University Club on Sunday, March 11 from 11am – 12pm. Founded in 1887 to promote literature and arts among college and university graduates, the Club has members from nearly every profession and boasts a library, private art collection, and gallery. Through these resources, the Club continues to build a museum-quality art collection and offer world-class cultural programming inspired by the can-do spirit of Chicago.

Our visit will begin with a viewing of pieces in their private collection normally only open to Club members, led by George William Price, the Director of Collections. We will also be joined by artist Andrew Bearnot (coming to Spudnik for a residency in March 2020) who currently has a solo exhibition on view, to talk about the sculptural artist books he created specifically in response to this unique exhibition opportunity in the Club’s library stacks. Finally, George will lead us in a conversation about how Spudnik members can build their professional practice by connecting with collectors, curators, and private arts organizations such as the University Club. Come get inspired about Chicago’s possibilities as we peak behind the scenes of this prestigious establishment!

Registration Details:
Advanced registration is required and the non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. We will be meeting at The University Club, located at 76 E. Monroe Street in downtown Chicago. Please note the Club has a weekend dress code that prohibits “distressed” denim (no rips or tears) and menswear must include a collared shirt.

If you are not a member and wish to participate in this off-site visit, please join or renew your membership.

Image: Artist Book by Andrew Bearnot in stacks, an exhibition in the University Club library.