People

Spudnik Press Cooperative has 4 permanent staff. Our Board of Directors works closely with staff to guide overall policy and direction. Each year, we work with 4 Fellows who monitor our open studio program, and approximately 25 teaching artists.

Our Member Directory highlights the amazing community of artists involved with Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Orr Gidon

Orr Gidon currently resides in Chicago as a freelance artist, designer, and fabricator. Gidon recently earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they studied Printmedia and 3D Design & Fabrication. In their 2D work, Gidon is stimulated by pattern, repetition of line and shape to create visual movements and optical illusions. Within their 3D practice, Gidon explores concepts of change and movement through processes of material manipulation, particularly using wood, metal, and glass.

Their design work emphasizes principles of ergonomics, multi-functionality, and sustainability with a sculptural approach. Part of their time is spent working with steel at Manifold, a metal furniture fabrication studio, and building light fixtures at Hangout Lighting.

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting 201: Textiles
Relief Printing & Repeat Patterns (June 2017)

April Sheridan

April Sheridan is a letterpress printer who is particularly interested in the artistic and experimental possibilities of the broadside and its historic place in American culture. For ten years she ran the letterpress printing, papermaking, and bookbinding studios at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. As an advocate for book arts education she has spoken at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum Wayzgoose/Educators Conference,Letterpress: Forward Thinking Conference at St. Bride Library in London, and at the &Now Conference at CalArts. She currently serves on the boards of the American Printing History Association, Inland Chapter and the WasteShed and was previously assistant director of the Chicago Printers Guild.

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Sep 2016)
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (March 2017)
Printing for Poets: Chapbooks & Movable Type (August 2017)
Working with Woodtype

Jake Saunders

Jake Saunders is a Chicago artist working in printmaking as well as drawing and painting. Hailing from Muncie, Indiana, Jake grew up with a love for a variety of narrative based art forms, which became his focus in his art practice. After becoming fascinated with the unique aesthetics of woodcuts and etchings and their aptitude for seriality and multiplicity, Jake earned a BFA and MA in printmaking from Ball State University and went on to earn his MFA at the University of Connecticut. He has since gone on to show nationally and internationally. Today, Jake’s work amalgamates narratives to explore the concept of tragedy in forms both grand and mundane.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

jakesaunders.net/

Residency Period:

Sep 2016–Dec 2016

Project Statement:

Through the use of pre­-established and widely known narratives, my works use symbols, references and visual tropes as a foil for personal and often common experiences. My use of these stories provides a ready-­made visual language of symbolic and allegorical tools in which I utilize to my own ends. An array of artists have frequently used self images as acts of strategic and symbolic significance. Caravaggio frequently portrayed himself as the dismembered head of Goliath, Medusa or Saint John the Baptist while leading an extremely self destructive and violent life. In the same fashion I utilize my self image and the images of friends and loved ones strategically. This way my works tell a story within the confines of another story. Using a well known narrative to express things outside its traditional confines, I inevitably comment upon the narrative itself, its subject or its origin. I often use a story against itself to criticize, subvert or bring to light problematic areas of a culturally relevant anecdote. Print media is philosophically in line with the storyteller. The print’s high aptitude for multiplicity and seriality go hand in hand with storytelling and its need for proliferation. However, more than anything, I view print media like intaglio and relief as a way of extending the act of drawing. As a natural draftsman, I often engage printmaking as a means of refinement.

Classes by this Artist:

Relief Printmaking
Etching & Intaglio Printmaking (May 2017)

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Grace Calderone

Teaching Artist

Grace Calderone is a Graphic Designer, Calligrapher, and Printer. She earned her BFA in Graphic Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2015. Her work can be found in breweries across Indiana, and focuses heavily on the uses of hand lettering and typography. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

Website:

www.gracecalderone.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Modern Calligraphy
Modern Calligraphy

Rachel Foster

Studio Coordinator

Rachel Foster is an artist and printmaker living in Chicago. She has an MFA from the California College of the Arts and a BFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been shown at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and Western Exhibitions, amongst others.

Website:

rachelefoster.com

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting Photos: Halftones and Found Images
Printmaking Foundations (July 2017)
Print As Protest: Posters for the People

Keara McGraw

Keara McGraw is a Chicago-based illustrator whose passion for storytelling just barely eclipses that for peanut butter. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago, and was named Columbia College’s 2015 Illustrator of the Year.

Illustration is her library, and she loves archiving details through research and linework. She began screenprinting because her heart felt a calling for handmade kitchen towels, and thinks ironing is cathartic. She will never stop drawing birds.

Website:

www.kearamcgrawcreative.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Wearable Prints: Screen Print Your Own… (Sep 2016)
Wearable Prints: Screen Print Your Own…
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (April 2017)

Mary Clare Butler

Mary Clare Butler is an artist and designer from Chicago. Through process-driven offset and letterpress printing, her work investigates the relationship between modes of production and the representation of ideas. 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). In 2015, she co-founded Fata Morgana Press with Amy Leners (MFA, 2015). Together they collaborate on a variety of publishing projects, experimental prints, and artists’ books.

Website:

www.fatamorganapress.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Self-Publishing Offset Apprenticeship
Offset Printing: High Speed Print Production
Offset Printing: High Speed Print Production

Raychel Steinbach

Printing Apprentice

Raychel Steinbach is a letterpress printer working as Current Location Letterpress & Curiosities. Travel, nature, and maps are key elements in her work is influenced by the place she lives — she is new to Chicago, IL; having previously lived in Bangkok, Thailand; Minneapolis, MN; Ballyvaughan, Ireland; Hong Kong, PRC; and Appleton, WI. She received her BFA in Printmaking, Papermaking, & Book Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

Website:

www.CurrentLocationPress.com

Project Statement:

As the Printing Apprentice at Spudnik, Raychel will help with the publishing side of Spudnik while also pursuing her own personal printing project spanning over the course of 10 months. Her project will focus on refining the brand of Current Location & creating a line of printed products including greeting cards, posters, & ephemera.

Leila Abdelrazaq

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Palestinian, Chicago-based artist, author, and activist. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards. She is also the author and illustrator of a variety of short comic zines. She views alternative comix as a powerful political tool in social movements.

Leila graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Arabic Studies. Her work has been featured in World War 3 Illustrated, the Electronic Intifada, and PEN America. She has given workshops and spoken on the intersections of art and activism in classrooms, bookstores, and community centers from Bridgeview to Beirut.

Classes by this Artist:

Saturday Morning Comics Club
Saturday Morning Illustration Club
Saturday Morning Zine Club

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Carla Fisher Schwartz

 

Carla Fisher Schwartz is a visual artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her studio practice investigates the relationship between the mapped image and contemporary notions of exploration, virtuality, and the simulated environment through print media, sculpture and video installation. Her art has been exhibited across the United States, including the Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), the McKendree University Art Gallery (Lebanon, IL), and the Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA). Recent residencies include HATCH Projects (Chicago, IL) and The Hyde Park Art Center Program (Chicago, IL), and a studio fellowship with Spudnik Press Cooperative. Schwartz received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was awarded the Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking, and her BA in Studio Art with a minor in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art and Architecture at Harold Washington College.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

carlafisherschwartz.com

Classes by this Artist:

Pronto Plate Lithography
The Great Pronto Plate: Polymer Plate Lithography

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Angelika Piwowarczyk

Design by Angelika

Angelika is the founder and owner of Design by Angelika, a multi-service design and print shop based in Chicago, Illinois. We specialize in design for all of life’s special occasions and love to work on projects that reflect our love for travel, illustration and all things nature. We’ve worked with engaged couples, expecting couples, non-profits, small businesses, illustration lovers to create custom invitations, commissioned art, logos and branding, tattoo designs and so much more!

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Illustration

Website:

www.designbyangelika.com

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art (WI2015)
Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art
Card Making Workshop: Hand Lettering and Screenprinting
Screenprint Your Own Gift Set
DIY Gifts: Kitchen Tea Towels
Hand Lettering Workshop
Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting
Illustrative Lettering: Combining Word & Image
Make Your Own Wall Art: Chicago Edition
Adobe Illustrator for Printmakers
DIY Screenprinted Tea Towels

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Matt Davis

Matt Davis is a printmaker and occasional cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. He runs a very small Risograph print shop called Perfectly Acceptable that offers affordable commission printing as well as a curated series of artist prints and books. He graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Russian Language a few years ago.

Website:

mhmdavis.com

Classes by this Artist:

Risography 101
Risography 101 (Feb 2015)
Risography (April 2015)
Risography 101 (May2015)
Risography 101 (June 2015)
Risography 101 (July 2015)
Risography 101 (Aug 2015)
Risography 101 (Sep 2015)
Risography 101 (Oct 2015)
Risography 101 (Nov 2015)
Risography 101 (Jan 2016)
Risography 101 (March 2016)
Risography 101 (May 2016)
Risography 101 (June 2016)
Risography 101 (August 2016)
Risography 101 (Sep 2016)
Risography 101 (Oct 2016)
Risography 101 (January 2017)
Risography 101 (February 2017)
Risography 101 (April 2017)
Risography 201: From Pre-Press to Publication
Risography 101 (August 2017)
Risography 101 (June 2017)
Risography 101 (July 2017)
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