Board of Directors
HR Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art
Board Member since: 2016
CPA, CBIZ Valuation Group, LLC
Board Member since: 2015
Director of Development, DePaul University
Board Member since: 2015
Enthusiastic Marketing Manager with 10+ years of proven expertise driving brand awareness through compelling campaigns and multi-channel communications integrating social media, website content, public relations material, advertising, media, and team collaboration. Adept at event planning and project management as well as building mutually beneficial partnerships with various stakeholders including business and community partners. Well-versed with guiding effective campaigns from conception to fruition using strategies to get the attention of the target audience.
Originally from Rhode Island, Stephen studied and worked in New York as commercial still-life photographer for twenty-six years (including commuting between NY and Paris for two years) for clients including Estee Lauder, The Wall Street Journal, NYC MTA and People Magazine. In 2008, he moved to Chicago to earn his MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. In Chicago, Stephen has curated exhibitions including a moving CTA train car for “Art on Track”, “Hearts-a-Bluhm” on Michigan Avenue and co-curated the “Marilyn Sward: Speaking in Paper” exhibition. As Director of Academic Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago, he managed special projects including exhibitions of faculty and student work, conferences, and the Art + Activism program and student organization. Stephen’s photographs and artists’ books have been exhibited internationally including at the Seoul Artists’ Book Fair, Printworks Gallery in Chicago and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. His work is included in the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and the University of Iowa Library Special Collection.
Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago. He graduated from New York University in 1982, after which he remained in Manhattan, working with arts organizations during this noteworthy and particularly fertile period for artistic innovation and experimentation in Soho and the East Village. In the 1990’s, he spent eight years working within the non-profit sector in San Francisco as a curator during a time of transition and expansion in the dot-com sector that had a significant impact on technology and the arts. Bert moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to open his first gallery. There he was instrumental in cultivating community awareness and organizing events that enlisted the participation of local public and private arts institutions. He subsequently relocated his gallery to Downtown Los Angeles in 2004. The DTLA opening of Bert Green Fine Art, in what was at the time an especially marginalized part of the city’s historic downtown core, and his role in founding the Gallery Row arts district and the Downtown Art Walk, contributed significantly to the revitalization of the city’s center. His work with city government, public, private and not-for-profit arts organizations and the downtown business community has been acknowledged with awards and recognition from organizations including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Downtown News, the American Planning Association California State Chapter and City of Los Angeles Chapter Grassroots Initiative Award, and the Urban Land Institute. In 2012, Bert Green relocated Bert Green Fine Art to Chicago, IL in an historic high rise on Michigan Avenue, across from Millennium Park and a block north of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Residency Period:Sep 2008–Nov 2008
Project Statement:Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger’s first collaborative show occurred at Western Exhibitions in the Spring of 2007 and was reviewed in TimeOut Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago-based couple has been creating collaborative works since they starting dating years ago, this work creates a distinct body of work separate from their individual studio practices. Miller’s personal work is often paintings or collages with themes of hardcore gay, hyper masculine, body-centric images, rather than focusing on partnerships and domestic.
Jessica Cochran is a curator living and working in Chicago. She is recently completed a curatorial fellowship at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and her recent & upcoming exhibitions include Roman Susan (Chicago), McCormick Gallery (Chicago), Center for the Book (New York) and the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago). After seven years spent in academic galleries, including the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, she is now a lecturer in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the curatorial manager of a private family collection of contemporary art based in Chicago, Indiana and Palm Springs. Jessica has been on the Spudnik Press Board of Directors since 2011, and was elected Vice President in 2013.
President, Board of Directors
Megan Klawitter has been teaching at Spudnik since 2008 when she still lived in the apartment she shared with Spudnik founder Angee Lennard. You’ll primarily find her teaching t-shirt printing workshops with the occasional lithography class thrown in. She received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Western Kentucky University.
Megan joined the Spudnik Press staff in 2013 as the Development Assistant. In this role she assists the Executive Director with fundraising and grant writing.
Megan has been a member of the Spudnik Press Board of Directors since 2011, and she was elected Board President in 2013.
Classes by this Artist:Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt, Sunday 6/22
Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt, Sunday 7/27
Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt
Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt (Jan 2015)
Wearable Print: Screen Print Your Own… (Jan 2016)
Wearable Print: Screen Print Your Own… (March 2016)