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Summer 2021 Studio Fellowship: Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: June 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Studio Fellowship is an intensive eight-month program that provides emerging artists opportunities to develop the artistic and professional skills needed to build a successful career in the arts. Key program components work in conjunction to provide mentorship, technical training, meaningful interactions with art professionals, public programming experience, and leadership opportunities. These key program components consist of the following:

  • Access to professional printmaking facilities
  • Weekly seminars addressing various elements of professional practices
  • Leadership experience through regularly monitoring Open Studio sessions.
  • Presentation opportunities through culminating public projects.

Furthermore, as ambassadors of Spudnik Press Cooperative, Fellows play an important role in ensuring our members and studio users have a welcoming experience at our shop and also help us grow our community. The contributions Fellows make to our day-to-day operations are invaluable and help shape the future of our facilities.


COVID-19 Modifications

The fellowship program will follow our COVID-19 Policies & Procedures, and will have both in person and virtual elements:

Virtual (via Zoom):

  • Studio Fellowship interviews
  • Public speaking experience: “Crossing Of the Fellows” artist talks
  • Weekly Professional Development seminar sessions
  • Part 1: Studio Access Trainings

In person:

  • Part 2: Studio Access Trainings
  • 24 hour access to all facilities
  • Open Studio monitoring responsibilities

TBD:

  • Additional Assistance Opportunities: With some programs suspended, there are limited opportunities to gain additional assistance in areas such as youth programming and teaching. While opportunities will be made available whenever possible, this portion of the Fellowship will be optional at this point in time.
  • Public Programming: Designed and presented by fellows towards the end of the fellowship period.

Eligibility

The Studio Fellowship program best supports:

  • Emerging artists, and artists at transitional points in their career.
  • Artists with substantial printmaking experience, such that they are able to perform all monitoring duties.
  • Artists whose current art practice requires access to printmaking facilities.
  • Artists who already have a dedicated and regular studio practice.
  • Artists who are able to commit about 8 hours a week to the fellowship program in addition to maintaining their art practice.
  • Artists whose goal is to produce art a primary component of their career.
  • Artists seeking opportunities to meet Chicago-based arts professionals.
  • Artists interested in building meaningful connections with a creative community.

Please review our Fellowship Information Packet to learn more about:

  • Program Overview & Components
  • Fellowship Timeline
  • Open Studio Monitoring
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Additional Assistant Opportunities

To Apply:

Please thoroughly review the Fellowship Information Packet. Complete the Online Fellowship Application Form no later than Sunday, June 6, 2021. You will need to have the following ready to submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the following:
    • Why is now a good time for your career and development as an artist to be part of this program?
    • What goals would you like to accomplish through the fellowship? How do you plan to achieve them?
    • How do you see the Fellowship and the resources at Spudnik contributing to your project?
    • What is your training in printmaking processes and previous exposure to print facilities?
    • What will you bring to the program?
  • Project Statement: Outline and expound upon the project you are hoping to work on during the course of this Fellowship. 300 words max.
  • Resume or CV
  • Bio: 100 word max
  • Two References
  • 7-10 Images
  • Confirmation that we will receive a letter of recommendation by the application deadline. This can come from someone also listed as a reference

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Fellowship Period: July 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Required Weekly Commitments:

  • Professional Development Seminars:  Most Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Individual Monitor Shifts: One of the following 4.25-hour per shift per week:
    • Mondays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 1:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Any inquiries regarding our Studio Fellowship can be directed to Jess Christy, jess@spudnikpress.org.

Spudnik Press is Hiring

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to announce open positions:

Education Lead
Program Lead
Development Lead

Each of these roles will provide an organized and outgoing individual the opportunity to support our mission to provide education in printmaking practices through bringing together a diverse community including emerging artists, established artists, youth, and adults.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with printmaking processes in order to better serve our community and will enjoy working collaboratively. Staff are expected to bring passion and integrity to their work while enjoying the community of creative artists, makers, students, and teachers that contribute to Spudnik Press.

These are permanent part-time positions with flexible hours and a blend of in-person and remote work. Benefits include paid time off, some paid holidays, and unfettered studio access.

To apply, please send e-mail with cover letter and resume to angee@spudnikpress.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Spudnik Press Cooperative does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

The Hashbrown Re-Hash: Virtual Event & Cookbook Launch

On Friday, May 7th, Spudnik Press Cooperative will host The Hashbrown Re-Hash: Virtual Event & Cookbook Launch

The virtual event will be presented as a cooking show featuring a variety of guest chefs including Adam Schulte, Certified Cicerone® with Whiner Beer, Patti Swanson with Chicago for Chicagoans and past Hashbrown chefs, pastry chef Dutes Miller and Alex Gilbert of CHIRP Radio. Spudnik Press staff will kick off the evening by sharing beloved cocktail recipes, baking tips, and cheese-making processes. The main dish will be prepared on screen by a guest chef, to be announced when tickets launch.

The Hashbrown Re-Hash: 10 years of Chili Cook-Off Recipes will feature a wide range of chili recipes as well as appetizers, sides, and desserts that pair well with spicy stew. This commemorative cookbook, designed by Andrew Mariscal (Spudnik Press Intern, 2020) includes photos and other highlights from past events.

2019 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Spudnik Press first presented “The Hashbrown” as a community potluck in December 2009.

Inspired by a cook-off fundraiser presented by the now defunct InCubate (2007-2011), the Hashbrown transitioned to a chili cook off in 2011. In the early years, all chefs represented printmaking studios including student shops like Harold Washington’s “Prinstitute”. The pool of chefs gradually expanded to include community spaces like Comfort Station, arts-related businesses like One Design, and member teams. As the event grew, so did the spectacle with games and music contributing to the festive atmosphere. For example, 2019’s “Heavy Metal County Fair” theme included midway games like face painting with options ranging from youthful rainbows to Alice Cooper-inspired corpsepaint. This Chicago tradition has been equal parts fundraiser and community celebration. 

Spudnik Press Cooperative has now gone more than a full year without any onsite group classes. Suspending group education was essential for community health and safety, but has caused a huge loss of revenue. “The Hashbrown Re-Hash” virtual event and commemorative cookbook is an essential community fundraising campaign to support the organization as they transition back to onsite public programs.

Event tickets and cookbook pre-sales will launch on Thursday, April 8th.

View Last Year’s Hashbrown Photos

Our Board of Directors is Growing! Join an Upcoming Meet & Greet

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Board of Directors is growing and evolving! We encourage members of our community to consider supporting our mission by joining our board of directors. 

The Spudnik Press Board of Directors is a team of volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure our organization is resilient, mission-driven, and advocating day-in-day-out for artists and the arts. Board members provide long-range leadership, governance and oversight for the organization. Members of our board work collaboratively with each other, the Executive Director, and the staff of Spudnik Press to support the mission of our organization and the challenges arise during their tenure. 

Priorities for the coming year focus on adapting our studio to accommodate capacity limitations and working closely with staff to ensure that the organization is accessible, diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

Board Members serve two-year terms (September – August) and are eligible for reappointment for additional terms. Board meetings are held Wednesday evenings every other month. Directors are expected to serve on at least one committee, meeting approximately once per month.

Download the Board of Directors Job Description


Meet & Greet Events:

We invite anyone interested in learning more about our board of directors, our current projects, and what a role on the board entails to join one of our upcoming meet and greet events.

  • Thursday, May 20th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. CST via Zoom
  • Sunday, June 13th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST (tentatively to be held in-person, outdoors)

We are also able to schedule individual meetings at alternative times as needed.

RSVP to Attend a Meet & Greet


Current areas of needs:

  • Active members of Spudnik Press: Represent your fellow artists!
  • Legal experience
  • Human resources experience
  • Project management experience
  • Finance and accounting experience
  • Gallery or art sales experience

To Apply:

  • Send resume or bio summarizing qualifications plus a letter of inquiry to Angee Lennard, Executive Director, angee@spudnikpress.org by July 9th.
  • The board of directors will put forth nominations by July 18th (one month in advance of the Annual Member Meeting).
  • Nominees are elected by our membership during the Annual Member Meeting (August 18th, 2021) for positions beginning in September.

This is a great opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Spudnik’s mission and visual arts. Priority will be given to applicants who are accomplished in areas of need to the organization such as finance, meeting facilitation, project management, governance, public relations, data assessment, fine art printmaking, community education, and exhibitions. Additionally, Spudnik Press Cooperative is committed to having a diverse board of directors in regards to race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

Art & Direct Democracy: Virtual Workshop with Resident Artist Aaron Hughes

Saturday, April 3, 2021
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom
Free for Spudnik Press Members

Register Online

Spudnik Press members are invited to this lunchtime workshop with Resident Artist Aaron Hughes on art and direct democracy: a form of political life that is centered on participation, rather than representation. Aaron is an artist, curator, organizer, teacher, anti-war activist, and Iraq War veteran who works collaboratively in diverse spaces and media to create meaning out of personal and collective trauma, deconstruct and transform systems of oppression, and seek liberation.

During this event Aaron will discuss his emerging project Autonomous Democracy and facilitate a discussion about direct democracy around the world and the role of art in social movements. Participants will be invited to write or draw their responses to prompts on these topics, and contribute their ideas and stories to this ever-expanding archive project. Everyone who attends will also receive one print from the Autonomous Democracy project!

Registration Details:

Members should register in advance. A link to a zoom meeting with be emailed the week of the event. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

Questions? Email anders@spudnikpress.org.

Image: Building Resistance, 2017 (left) by Aaron Hughes

Letterpress Sale! Good Press Seeks New Home

We are continuing our quest to streamline our studio and are looking for a new home for the following:

Chandler & Price Clamshell Letterpress
Estimated at $1500-$2500

C&P Letterpress in great working condition. Recently used and functioning properly. Really nice patina with no repairs or welds. Fly wheel can accept a serpentine belt if you’d like to add a motor. Comes with chase, rollers, and printing block, ready to start printing. Rollers have recently been refurbished. Hand run with no foot pedal or motor. Pickup only. 

Brand: Chandler and Price
Printing Bed: 8″ x 12″
Type: Platen Press
Model: XXXX
Manufactured in the United States
Letter Press Type: Floor Model

Hamilton Woodtype Type Cabinet with Metal Type
Estimated at $800-$1200

Hamilton Manufacturing Company 25 drawer type cabinet. Good condition. Original finish. Type included is between 4-18 points and is mostly full sets:

  • Engravers Bold in 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 point
  • L.F. Plate Gothic in 4, 6, 12, and 18 point
  • B.F. Plate Nothing in 4, 6, 12, 18 point
  • Stymie Extra Bold Condensed in 30 point
  • Includes 8 empty drawers at the bottom.
  • Option to include brand new type (in original boxes) of 6 point News Gothic Condensed.

The sale of these items will allow our Line-o-Scribe proofing press to be permanently set up and expand or wood type collection. Spudnik Press Cooperative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

If interested, please contact Angee Lennard (angee@spudnikpress.org) with an offer.

Skill Share Night 3

Thursday, April 22, 2021
6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Free for Spudnik Press Members

Featuring:

  • Nina Chen | Making Harmony Without Sound

  • Natalia Maliga | Limp Vellum Binding

Every other month, members are invited to share a skill, process, or technique with their fellow members. Designed as a way to instigate organic “peer to peer” support among members, Skill Share events provide a platform for members to connect with each others creative practice. Demonstration are casual and conversational.

Presentations will take place in the first hour. Members are welcome to continue the conversation at the end of the official program.

Registration Details:

Please RSVP hereA link to a zoom meeting with be emailed the week of the event. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

Questions? Email info@spudnikpress.org.

New “1xn” Program Launches: 3 Artists Receive 1-Year Keyholder Access

Under the umbrella of the Invitational, 1xn is a new fully subsidized program for visual artists living and working in Chicago. Developed by Kristin Korolowicz and Murat Ahmed in collaboration with Angee Lennard, 1xn—referring to one-year by the number of artists and collaborators involved—offers three, one-year key holder access opportunities to provide selected artists with the resources and tools to have an extended period of experimentation with printed matter.

Spudnik Press Cooperative is proud to introduce the first three Chicago artists supported by this new initiative:

Alexandria Eregbu
Victoria Martinez
Selina Trepp

1xn is made possible by a significant individual donation. If you are interested in underwriting a program or developing a collaborative sponsorship that supports artists utilizing print media as part of their creative practice, please contact angee@spudnikpress.org.

Learn more about our Invitational Programs

Ten x Ten Sneak Peek to Debut 3 New Prints

On Saturday, January 23, Join Chicago Composers Orchestra, Homeroom, and Spudnik Press for a sneak peek of the seventh iteration of Ten x Ten featuring the audio and visual work of:

Susan Giles collaborating with Amy Wurtz
Carlos Matallana collaborating with Ben LaMar Gay
Michelle Nordmeyer collaborating with Andrew McManus

Ten x Ten is a dual-media collaboration between visual artists and musicians that explores the collaborative process and the translation of artistic gestures across media. This sneak peek, in advance of the full orchestral performance (on hold due to Covid-19) will present sketches of the musical compositions and images of the screen prints as a multimedia virtual event. We’ll begin with performances and conclude with a discussion and audience Q&A with the artists and composers.

Ten x Ten was initiated in 2010 by Homeroom and Spudnik Press as a way to upend the common creative economy between Chicago musicians and printmakers (gig posters and album art) through exploring ideas of abstraction, the collaborative process, and the translation of artistic gestures and concepts across media.

Since 2010, Spudnik Press has published 62 screenprints through seven iterations of the project, each exploring various themes and collaborative approaches, often emphasizing structure and form across media through topics like synesthesia (2013) and graphic notation (2015) or various musical genres such as hip-hop and spoken word (2012), contemporary classical (2013), and improvisational jazz (2015). Through reinventing the project for each iteration, Ten x Ten has continually expanded the dialog and collaboration between participants while encouraging the awareness of and interaction between disparate Chicago artist communities.

Browse all Prints

Stream the Live Event (January 23, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Private Studio Availabe: Annex Center

Housed within a 3,000 square foot shared workspace and community printshop, our private studios are ideal for active printmakers, as well as book artists, and artists who work with a variety of 2-D media or small scale 3-D media.

Status:

Available February 1, 2021

Rent:

$315/month includes 24-hour access to Printshop equipment and general supplies.
3+ month commitment preferred.

Amenities:

6 x 13 feet
8 foot walls, high ceilings
Locking door
Includes A/C, heat, internet, utilities
Hardwood floors

Email staff with questions or to schedule a time to see the studio.

Interested in 24-hour access but don’t need a private studio? Learn about Keyholder Access.

Spudnik Press Announces 2021 Fellows (January – August 2021)

Spudnik Press Cooperative is proud to introduce our next Studio Fellowship cohort:

Kianni Bey
Riley Brady
Rachel Jackson
Nicolette Lim
Esmeralda Reyes
Sara Sukhun

Eight months of complimentary studio access is a foundation benefit of the program. Additionally, through the course of their fellowship, these artists will receive professional, artistic, and technical support that specifically addresses the needs of printmakers. Through working in our shared studio and monitoring weekly Open Studio sessions, fellows engage with our community of printmakers and benefit from ongoing support and feedback from staff and peers.

Established in 2013, this program to date has supported 55 artists with unfettered studio access to support the creation of a new body of print-based artwork, as well as a variety of other resources and opportunities.

Studio Fellow Bios:

Kianni Bey

Kianni Bey’s work investigates the construction of identity in a methodological way, through exploration of personal and familial histories, collaborative world building, and emergent methods of survival from Black women and femme-identified people. Her practice aims to uplift, empower, and exist as a safe space for Black and femme bodied people, driven by a desire to expand the narrative surrounding marginalized lives. Kianni’s practice consists of lens based bodies of work that visualize liberated futures and aesthetics by creating thresholds or portals to other realities.


Riley Brady

Riley Brady is a Chicago-based graphic designer and interdisciplinary artist. Her work centers around loneliness, memory, and mental illness.


Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in the spring of 2019 with a degree in Communication Design. Her practice is largely guided by principles of collectivism and accessibility, and reflects a personal attempt to decentralize the elitism she feels is ever-present in Western design aesthetics. Rachel is most interested in the application of design when it comes to democratic, household objects, including t-shirts, zines, and mass-produced prints. She’s often drawn to appropriating imagery from found materials, dually as an investigation of what factors led to its disposal and as an effort to reinvigorate visual languages of the past.


Nicolette Lim

Nicolette Lim is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in installation and a core in drawing. Originally from Malaysia, she moved to the states in 2014, and graduated in the Fall of 2018 from the University of Kentucky with a BFA in Studio Arts. Working across different mediums such as printmaking, animation and sculpture, her work depict queerness in the context of her home country Malaysia, where violence is an inherited norm from its colonizers. She investigates these affects on the queer experience today and the false norms that have been taken as inevitable. Nicolette currently resides in Chicago.


Esmeralda Reyes

Esmeralda Reyes is a Mexican-American artist born in Grand Haven, Michigan. She is a printmaker focused on intaglio and lithography. Esmeralda graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design in 2020 with a BFA in Printmaking and a minor in Illustration. Esmeralda’s printmaking style is informed by her illustrative background. Her work focuses on human relationships, traits, stereotypes, and combining humans with animals that share physical and metaphorical similarities. Her work that was featured at the Fresh Looks Exhibition at Eastern Michigan University made her a Windgate Fellowship nominee for her precise craft.


Sara Sukhun

Sara Sukhun is an artist and designer with a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with the Palestinian Museum, Dar el-Nimer art gallery, and the Social Justice in the City program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy. She is the recipient of a New Artist Society Award from SAIC and the First Prize Areen Projects Award for Excellence in Graphic Design from AUB.

Image: Clockwise from top left: Details of artwork by Esmeralda Reyes, Kianni Bey, Nicolette Lim, Sara Sukhun, Riley Brady, Rachel Jackson

Spudnik’s End-of-Year Donation Emporium

Printmaking is a historical art form that has long been a tool for self-expression and addressing social concerns. At Spudnik, we maintain the democratic roots of the artform with everyone from the print curious to nationally recognized printmakers can connect and thrive within our studios.

Our studio offers some of the most accessible printmaking resources in the city of Chicago and even across the country. From our ongoing Open Studio program to our 8-month Studio Fellowship, we provide an affordable, inclusive, and comprehensive support for artists at every step of their engagement with printmaking.

Despite the hurdles of 2020, we’ve continued to support our community:

  • We doubled our open studio hours to allow safe access to our facilities.

  • We resumed our Fellowship as a hybrid program, and expanded each cohort to now support six artists.

  • After months of planning, our studio is undergoing major renovations to (among other things) better allow social distancing.

  • Our organization embarked on a 3-month organizational culture project with Groundswell Alliance–a critical initial step in our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

  • Despite receiving tremendous support from our community (both individuals, foundations, and government grants), we are currently losing about $150 per day.

  • We project a $55,000 deficit in 2021, primarily due to in-person group classes remaining suspended.

What will your donation support?

You get to decide! Our end-of-year store allows you to choose where we’ll invest your donation and offers clarity on where our 2021 budget needs a boost.

Please help us enter the new year poised to continue supporting artists in our community!

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