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.

Heather K. Anderson

Littlehahas, HKAnders, ThisNewForest

As, Lookingglass Theatre’s first graphic designer, Heather worked on promotions from concept to finish and became a design resource for the company. Currently she runs her own studio This New Forest, works on illustrations through Little Hahas (commissioned illustrations, cards and wrapping papers) and produces art, HKAnders.com. Her personal work focuses the fleeting reality of life and explores natural elements . She is on the working board at the Chicago Design Museum, where she actively volunteers as an Event Director. She is also prints, makes and creates at Spudnik Press.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

littlehahas.com/ thisnewforest.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Pocket Movies: Make Your Own Flipbooks
Screenprinting for Tree Huggers

Janice Cho

Miss Marimos

Janice Cho is an artist and designer living in Chicago, IL. She comes from the sunny west coast but has made the midwest her home since receiving her M.A. in Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she also received her letterpress training.
Janice has been involved with local letterpress studio, Starshaped Press, for several years, and has attended Penland School of Craft’s artist residency program for two winter sessions where she explores and experiments with different letterpress techniques. Her work has been published in the book, “For the Love of Letterpress,” and she has also exhibited at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.missmarimos.com

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type, Begins 5/3
Holiday Card Printing: Letterpress (12/7/14)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (Jan 2015)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (March 2016)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

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Morgan Sims

Morgan Sims received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and his BFA from the University of Washington-Seattle in 2004.  He teaches at Harold Washington College in Chicago, and recently taught at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.  His practice involves printmaking, painting, and working with neon.  You can view his work at www.morgan-sims.com.

Website:

morgan-sims.com

Classes by this Artist:

Plate Lithography
Printmaking Survey: Screenprinting, Relief, Lithography
Photo Lithography (SP2015)
Printmaking Foundations: Relief, Screen, Etching (SP2015)
Printmaking Foundations: Screenprinting, Relief, Etching
Printmaking Foundations: Relief, Etching, Screen

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Lydia Evans

Lydia Godfrey Evans is a letterpress printer who incorporates design, illustration, and many printing and craft methods to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She specializes in wedding invitations and other custom pieces for clients, in addition to printing for other designers. Lydia designs and prints unique pieces for each client to match their style and bring their vision to life. She loves the creative process and the craft of letterpress and how it can empower individuals to express themselves in a personal, tangible way. Share the joy of letterpress!

Website:

www.letterpressbylydia.com

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress 201: The Vandercook: Maintenance, Adjustments & TLC
Letterpress 201: The Vandercook: Maintenance, Adjustments & TLC
Letterpress 201: Perfecting the Platen Press
Letterpress Refresher
Letterpress Refresher

Elise Forer

Elise Forer is a printmaker and Minnesota native living and working in the Chicago area. Forer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in Moorhead, MN in 2013. In her time at MSUM she served as Studio Intern and Teacher’s Aide under John Volk in the printmaking studio, and the resident intern at the Hannaher Studio in the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. Forer’s work has been shown in several exhibitions, including student shows juried by Curator Lisa Elder Melander and Michael Byzewski of Aesthetic Apparatus. Forer also operates Take Aim Press and Bindery which offers stationary, prints, and handmade boxes and books.

Website:

eliseforer.com

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting on Fabric
Screenprinting on Fabric (WI2015)
Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt (WI2015)
Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt (June)
Screenprinting on Fabric
Screenprint Your Own T-shirt (July)
The Book and the Box: Two-Tiered Box & Coptic Book Intensive
Screenprinting on Fabric (Fall 2015)
Wearable Prints: Screen Print Your Own… (July 2016)
Wearable Prints: Screenprint Your Own… (August 2016)
Book Camp: Tiered Box & Coptic Book Set
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (May 2017)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (August 2017)

Dutes Miller

Website:

www.westernexhibitions.com/miller/index.html

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.

Tara Zanzig

Tara Zanzig is a multi-disciplinary BFA graduate of The School Of The Art Institute of Chicago, 2001. With 11 years in the commercial textile screen printing industry, Tara turned her focus to fine art in 2013 with an emphasis on public art via street art, large scale screen print installation, and muralism.

Tararchy is the work of Tara Zanzig. With sustainability in mind, this work ethic honors the responsibility of contribution, not just consumption. It uses art and it’s practice to find peace and meaning in this lifetime. It is an individual dedication to positive change and is as evolving as life itself.

Website:

www.tararchy.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting on Paper (SP2015)
Recharge Your Art Practice: Screenprinting Bootcamp
Screenprinting on Paper
Screenprint Your Own Swag: Stickers, Magnets & Patches
Wearable Prints: Screenprint Your Own… (Oct 2015)
Wearable Prints: Screenprint Your Own… (Nov 2015)
Screenprinting Explorations (Winter 2016)
Screenprint Your Own Swag: Stickers, Magnets, and Patches
Screenprinting 201: T-Shirts & Textiles
Screenprinting Explorations (March 2016)
Screenprinting 201: CMYK & Photographic Prints
Screenprinting Explorations (May 2016)
Screenprinting Explorations (July 2016)
DIY Screenprinted Swag: Stickers, Chapbooks, Bandanas (May 2016)
Photoshop for Printmakers
Screenprinting Explorations (Sep 2016)
Screenprinting Camp: Apparel Production
Photoshop for Printmakers
Screenprinting Explorations (Jan 2017)
Screenprinting Explorations (March 2017)
Screenprinting Explorations (July 2017)
Screenprinting Camp: Apparel Production

Ryan Basile

Ryan received his BS in Studio Art focusing in Communication Design from Skidmore College (2008) and his MFA in Visual Communication Design from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). His foundation in the world of Graphic Design with a comprehensive typographic education turned into a deep-seated passion when he met letterpress. Typographic forms spoke to him more so than any other medium he’d previously encountered; combining that love with paper into hand printed form was like discovering a new religion. Since Ryan’s discovery of letterpress in graduate school his life has been redirected around this method of printmaking, so much so that he quit an old job an hour after the purchase of his first press; in that moment he started his own business, Double Trip Press.

Website:

www.DoubleTripPress.com

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type, Begins 7/8
Letterpress Finesse: Independent Projects
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (Begins 9/2/14)
Letterpress II: Polymer
Letterpress Finesse
Letterpress II: Polymer (WI2015)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress Your Own Coasters
Letterpress II: Polymer
Letterpress Your Own Coasters (Winter 2016)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (Jan 2016)
Print Your Own Business Cards: From Vector to Vandercook
Letterpress Finesse (April 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (April 2016)
Letterpress 201: Daredevil Type
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Oct 2016)
DIY Letterpress Coasters
DIY Letterpress Coasters
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Jan 2017)
Letterpress Finesse
DIY Letterpress Coasters

Nicolette Ross

Studio Manager

Nicolette is the Studio Manager for Spudnik Press Cooperative. She has long been a contributor to the Spudnik Press community. First joining our organization in 2012, Nicolette has been an active member and volunteer and teaches many of our relief printmaking and bookbinding classes.

Nicolette Ross holds a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

Her work is included in several private and public collections including the Special Collections at Olin Library at Washington University, the University of Milwaukee- Wisconsin, the SGCI archive, and the RISD Museum. She is the recipient of the 2009 Belle Cramer Award in Printmaking, the 2010 Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Award for Excellence in Book Design, and the 2010-2011 Lawrence Arts Center Printmaking Residency in Lawrence, KS. She has since collaborated with printshops including Fugscreens Studios, Hoofprint Workshop, and Comfort Station Logan Square.

Have questions about Open Studio? Want to schedule a Staff Retreat at Spudnik? Have a suggestion for a studio improvement? Looking for a fun volunteer experience? Nicolette is ready to support you! Feel free to email her at nicolette@spudnipress.org or give the studio a call during our business hours (Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm) at 312-563-0302.

Website:

nicoletteross.com/home.html

Classes by this Artist:

Relief Printmaking: Innovative Approaches
Clamshell Boxmaking
Bookbinding (Fall 2014)
Clamshell Boxmaking
Relief Printmaking
Bookbinding (WI2015)
Bookbinding
Bookbinding 201: The Coptic
Bookbinding 201: The Longstitch
The Book and the Box: Two-Tiered Box & Coptic Book Intensive
Relief Printmaking: Print Meets Book
Bookbinding 201: Hard Cover Stab Binding
Relief Printmaking
Book Camp: Tiered Box & Coptic Book Set
Relief Printmaking Refresher
Bookbinding: The Coptic Stitch
Bookbinding: The Long Stitch
DIY Gifts: Handmade Notebooks
Printmaking Foundations
The Artist Book: Design & Construction

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Veronica Siehl

Veronica Siehl is an artist and printmaker based in Chicago. Siehl received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee (2010) and her BA in Studio Art from Beloit College (2006). Siehl’s work has been shown in various cities including Chicago (IL), New Orleans (LA), Poznan (Poland), Olympia (WA), and Knoxville (TN). Her multidisciplinary studio practice includes printmaking, alternative photo processes, drawing, writing and installation.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.veronicasiehl.com

Residency Period:

Jun 2013–Aug 2013

Classes by this Artist:

Bookbinding
Cyanotypes
Printmaking Survey: Monoprinting, Etching, Letterpress (Fall 2014)
Cyanotypes (SU2015)
Bookbinding (Fall 2015)
Bookbinding (May 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Nov 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
The Botany of Blue: Cyanotypes after Anna Atkins

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Jessica Cochran

Vice President

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.

Website:

jessicacochranprojects.org/

Megan Klawitter

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)
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