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Spudnik Press Cooperative Organizes 2nd Annual Chicago Print Crawl

2019 Chicago Print Crawl
Saturday, May 4, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Spudnik Press Cooperative, in collaboration with 36 venues, presents the second annual Chicago Print Crawl, an annual, self-guided tour of printmaking production, publishing, exhibition and sales venues throughout the City of Chicago.

The Chicago Print Crawl offers a behind-the-scenes peek into Chicago’s vibrant printmaking industry. 34 eclectic printmaking venues throughout the city are inviting the public to stop by for a day of free activities including studio tours, print sales, hands-on art projects, gallery exhibitions, and printmaking demonstrations.

Chicago has been a hub for commercial printing since the late nineteenth century with dozens of mail order catalogs (Sears Roebuck and Co.), magazines (Time Magazine via RR Donnelley), and maps (Rand McNally) all produced in the area. While the printing industry has undergone tremendous change, the Third Coast continues to boast an impressive spectrum of print shops from private artist studios to commercial facilities to collectives and educational spaces. Some venues proudly house cast iron presses, tradition stone lithography, and analog processes. Other favor digital design, modern technology, or a blend of old and new. Connected to these distinctive production sites are a range of unique galleries, local businesses, and DIY spaces that bring printed items (i.e. stationary, fine art, books, posters, apparel, and more) to an audience of print-enthusiasts, art collectors, and anyone interested in craftsmanship and shopping local.

With open houses in neighborhoods from Evanston to McKinley Park and from Oak Park to Michigan Avenue, participants are invited to print their way through Chicago.

Participating Venues

2X1Y Studio
a. favorite design
All Star Press*
Anchor Graphics Archive and Chris Flynn at Columbia College Chicago*
Baker Prints*
Bert Green Fine Art
Candor Arts*
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Current Location Press*
Dan Grzeca / Ground Up Press*
Depression Press*
Double Trip Press*
Elephant Room Gallery*
Expressions Graphics*
Fata Morgana Press
Flax Art and Frame*
free range
Galerie F
Halftone Projects*
Jeffrey Hirst Studio*
Lillstreet Art Center*
MAKE Letterpress Studio*
MANA Contemporary Chicago*
marimacha monarca press*
Matt Bodett and Megan Sterling
One After 909*
Renee Robbins Studio*
Rockwell Artist Collective*
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Starshaped Press
Steel Petal Press
Weber Studio*

*first-time participant

Media Contact: Angee Lennard ,, (312) 563-0302

Eternal Recurrence: New Editions from Spudnik Press Cooperative

Featured Artists:

Carris Adams, Claire Ashley, Judith Brotman, Elijah Burgher, Holly Cahill, Lilli Carre, Dana Carter, Tom Christison, kg, Jonathan Herrera, Richard Hull, Anita Jung, Raeleen Kao, Chad Kouri, Benjamin Larose, Judy Ledgerwood, Faheem Majeed, David Leggett, Caroline Liu, Jereon Nelemans, Paul Nudd, William J. O’Brien, Roni Packer, Steve Reinke, Kay Rosen. Alice Tippit, Orkideh Torabi, Amanda Williams, Brittney Leeanne Williams


4/5/2019 – 5/25/2019


Spudnik Press Cooperative (Printshop & Annex)

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception & Publisher’s Talk
Friday, April 5, 2019
6:00 – 9:00pm

Press Release:

Eternal Recurrence: New Editions from Spudnik Press Cooperative features prints by 28 artists who recently developed new print-based projects through the Spudnik Press Cooperative Residency and Publishing Programs.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Residency Program provides artists unfettered studio access to produce a new body of print-based work. For the first time in 2018, the Residency Program was open to national artists in addition to local artists. Renowned printmakers Anita Jung and Tom Christison travelled from Iowa City to be our first regional visiting artists.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Publishing Program invites artists representing a variety of contemporary disciplines—ranging from painting and drawing to performance and experiential art making—to develop a fine art print in collaboration with professional printers at Spudnik Press.

Together, these programs provide entry point into the unique facets of printmaking, such as its historical and cultural roots as a social art practice and its role in contemporary art practices.

The phrase Eternal Recurrence is borrowed from Steve Reinke’s print entitled Eternal Recurrence of Shame from his series featuring absurd, crude, humorous, and poetic aphorisms and short phrases. Reinke’s piece references a phenomenon Nietzsche calls “eternal recurrence” in a passage from The Gay Science. In the passage, Nietzsche asserts that existence may recur in an infinite cycle as energy and matter transform over time.

The artists included in this exhibition maintain a wide range of studio practices and experiential art making. Eternal Recurrence reflects the continual transformation of ink and paper to reflect artists’ visions and honors the act of creation as a continuous process responsive to a particular time and place–a particular recurrence of the infinite possibilities.

The work in Eternal Recurrence features screenprinting, relief, letterpress, intaglio, and monoprinting techniques, using a range of traditional and nontraditional materials and bringing together an impressive collection of artists. Each prints reflects the artist’s vision and dedication to their individual practices while showcasing the creative, analytical and technical processes of art making.

Image: Cerulean Blue Series #2, kg, 2017

Call for Artwork: LA Art Book Fair & Chicago Print Crawl **extended deadline**

NOTE:  We are accepting artist submissions for the Chicago Print Crawl until April 19, 2019!  

Spudnik Press Cooperative is thrilled to extend two opportunities to our members for our organization to represent your work! First, Spudnik Press is headed to the LA Art Book Fair (April 12-14) to show off our organization AND YOUR ARTWORK to a national audience. Then, Saturday, May 4, we are turning our gallery into a show room during the 2nd Annual Chicago Print Crawl!

LA Art Book Fair
April 12-14, 2019

Chicago Print Crawl
May 4, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Sale is 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Spudnik Press)

We are seeking:

  • Zines
  • Printed ephemera like stickers and coasters
  • Apparel (totes, tea towels, etc.)
  • Artist Books
  • Smaller prints (up to 11″ x 14″)
  • Items prices from $1 – $100

To Participate:

  • Bring up to 25 items to Spudnik Press by April 19, 2019
  • Email your CV, bio, titles, medium, and prices to by April 19, 2019.
  • Artist will be paid a 50% commission by 5/15/19.
  • All unsold artwork must be picked up between 5/15 and 6/15/19.
  • Email with any questions.

Print Club Subscription Program: Call for Member Art

Submissions Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Our Print Club is a quarterly subscription program that showcases the many talented artists (like you!) that are part of our community.

Through this program, we are able to purchase wholesale or commission new work from our members!

If you have a printed item (book, notecard, patch, sticker, totebag, etc.) valued at $1-20 that you would like to sell us, please email us an image of the item and the retail and wholesale prices.

If you would like to receive an honorarium and complimentary studio access to produce a new fine art printplease email us a link to your website with a brief proposal of what you would like to produce.

Spudnik Press Welcomes New Program Director, Susannah Papish

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to kick off the new year with new staff! Susannah Papish has joined the Spudnik Press team as Program Director. As an artist, a curator, and an educator, Susannah brings an abundance of experience to our organization. Please be sure to say hello the next time you visit our studio!

Our staff decided to put together a little interview to help our community get to know her:

Angee: What excites you the most about joining the Spudnik Press Cooperative family?

Susannah: Working with artists and creative people everyday!  I think of this position as part collaboration, part interaction and lots of generative thinking.

Tara: Can you talk about a specific instance when you have been significantly affected, influenced, changed by a work of art?

When I was a senior in high school I was able to take a class offered for high school credit at The Art Institute.  It was the year Dread Scott’s (a student at the time) piece “How to Display an American Flag” was exhibited at The School of the Art Institute.  Dread’s piece displayed the flag on the floor and invited viewers to comment.  In order to provide a comment, one was given the option of walking on the flag.  Needless to say, this created a huge controversy!  People all over the country were outraged–one side demanded it be removed and one side cited first amendment freedom of expression rights. The entire event it made me realize that art has this power to affect our lives with such deep meaning and in ways we wouldn’t anticipated.  After high school, I was determined to pursue making art and although it’s a difficult choice sometimes, I’m so happy I’ve remained tenacious.

Jess: If you could sit down to dinner with any artist in the world – alive or not – who would it be and why?

Susannah: Tough one, but I must say Louise Bourgeois.  Why–I love the way her work takes on so many different forms and how she brings in psychological content.  For me personally, I would love to talk to her about being a woman working hard in the art world during an even more male-dominated period and juggling parenthood along with being an artist.  Her deep experience with her work and all kinds of artists is endlessly interesting to me.

Mike: If you didn’t work in the arts, what other career/job could you see yourself pursuing?

Susannah: A librarian!  I love research and libraries.  I was actually set to attend a MLIS (masters in library and information sciences) program a couple of years ago, but I deferred for various reasons and then re-thought my career path.

Jess: Do you have pets? If so, can you introduce them to us? (We are pet people here at Spudnik)

I have four cats:  Eli, king of the castle, Panda, named for the black rings around her eyes, Poppy, a long hair tortoise who looks like she’s going burst into bloom, Margaret, “Margi” (hard g), sometimes called “Sister Margaret of Sorrows”  because she cries all the time and is mostly black with a little white like a nun’s habit.

Mike: Do you have any hobbies/What do you do in you free time (assuming you have any to begin with)?

Susannah: Ha, yeah not a lot of free time!  Outside of work, I run a contemporary project space called boundary.  It’s in my garage and we opened in June 2017.  We’ve shown local, national & international artists.  I also have my own studio practice as painter.  I am also a mom–which is not a hobby, but keeps me quite busy along with everything else!

Tara: What’s your desert island album? (Stranded on a desert island, one album for the rest of your life.)

Ooooh!  I guess I’d have to say the album that gets my studio time flowing is Sea Change, Beck.  I listened to this constantly post grad school so it’s attached to a particular time in my art-making life.  And anything by Erykah Badu.

Portfolio Review Day with Karen Azarnia

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 **rescheduled for April 23, 2019 at times listed below**
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

Guest Reviewer: Karen Azarnia

As part of our mission to unite our community of artists with art professionals throughout Chicago, we offer portfolio reviews throughout the year. Each artist that signs up for a portfolio review will receive a 30-minute, private review with a curator, educator, gallery director, or arts administrator.

This is a unique opportunity for artists to receive feedback on a current body of work or upcoming project, as well as suggestions on how to prepare for other professional opportunities. Participating artists should bring a portfolio of current work to share with the guest reviewer.

Karen Azarnia Bio:
Karen Azarnia is an artist, educator, and curator. Born in Miami, FL, she currently lives and works in Chicago. She received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Azarnia explores the dialog between memory and painterly gesture. Her paintings fluctuate between abstraction and representation; a reflection of the shifting, fluid nature of perception. A grant recipient from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, she has presented solo and two-person exhibitions with Abryant Gallery, Chicago, IL; Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL; the Union League Club of Chicago, IL; and the Riverside Arts Center, IL; with recent group exhibitions at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL; Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE; and Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her work has been included in The Chicago Tribune, Hyperallergic, the Huffington Post, and Newcity Art. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Director of the O’Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University.

Registration Details:
Space is limited to six artists. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. The registration deadline is Friday, April 19. Registrants are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early to their scheduled appointment.

2019 Artist Residency Program: Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: March 3, 2019 **DEADLINE EXTENDED to MARCH 17, 2019**

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Residency Program provides mid-career to established artists one to six weeks of full studio access and the support necessary for the production of new print-based artwork. The Residency Program supports a range of local, regional, and national artists with each residency adapting to the interests and needs of the individual artist.

The Resident Artists contribute an integral role in the Spudnik Press community, bringing new perspectives, experiences and resources as they partake in a variety of public programs and professional opportunities throughout the duration of their residency. These activities vary from one artist to the next and may entail participating in artist talks, private events, and critiques, teaching master workshops, or presenting an exhibition.

To Apply:

Please download and review our Spudnik Press Residency Packet 2019. Return all requested materials to no later than March 3, 2019 **DEADLINE EXTENDED to MARCH 17, 2019**

Staff will conduct studio visits with all local finalists and Skype interviews with all out-of-town finalists.

Important Details:

Application Fee: None; Free to apply
Deadline To Apply: March 3, 2019 **DEADLINE EXTENDED to MARCH 17, 2019**
Finalists Selected: By April 1, 2019
Final Notification: By May 1, 2019
Residency Period: June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020
Duration: One to six weeks
Stipend: $250 to $1000

Please be advised that additional logistical criteria will be considered in the selection process such as budget, scheduling, and alignment with other planned programs at Spudnik Press Cooperative. Stipends offered to each resident artist will vary based on the duration of the residency, travel distance or travel costs, and estimated time commitment to community-based activities such as teaching, guest speaking, and providing studio visits.

Questions? Contact

Non-Constants: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith

Featured Artists:

Ashley Freeby
Jesse Meredith


1/11/2019 – 3/16/2019


The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Friday, January 11, 2019
6:00 – 9:00pm

Press Release:

Emerging from recurring conversations about access, authenticity and authorship, artists Ashley Freeby and Jesse Meredith make artwork around and through one another’s experiences, from outside of their own cultural backgrounds. Over the course of a year, they have worked in one another’s studios, traded primary research sources and conducted a series of structured conversations about their own personal experiences. Non-Constants presents recent work that has stemmed from this exchange.

Many of their collaborative artworks address racialized experiences in the United States and transpose them with survivalism and defensive preparation. Using a technique of doubling, one artist produces a piece through synthesis of conversations and research, and the other re-makes it, displacing its context.

At a time of polarization and broken lines of communication, Non-Constants asks viewers to consider the impact of their own presence in the environments they inhabit, to reclaim permission to be inquisitive and open, and think outside of individualized experiences.

About the Artists:

Ashley M. Freeby (b. 1986, rural Pennsylvania) is a multidisciplinary artist whose incisive exploration of American history builds a critical examination through found sources to reveal how the history of injustices against people of color inform our understanding of society today. Recent solo exhibitions, Unjustified Patterns, Kanzlei, Berlin Germany and Palimpsest: present through past, GalleryX, Chicago. In addition, she has participated in group exhibitions in Canada, Chicago and Pennsylvania. Freeby is a 2019 HATCH Projects resident at Chicago Artist Coalition, received An Artist Opportunity Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center and participated in a residency at Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany. She received a MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2018 and a BA from Bucknell University 2015.

Jesse Meredith is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, sculpture, text and video to undermine power structures and complicate simplified narratives of belonging. Born in New York City (1987), he grew up splitting his time between rural Gilboa, New York and Brooklyn. Recent solo and group Exhibitions include Reckless Comfort, Extase Chicago, Do You Fear For Your Life, 062, Chicago, and 2,3,4: Dimensional Photographies, Ohio University Seigfred Art Gallery. He was awarded the 2018 James Weinstein memorial fellowship and is currently a Field/Work artist in residence at the Chicago Artist Coalition. He has also exhibited in, New York, Philadelphia, and Buenos Aires. He currently lives and works in Chicago. He received a BFA from SUNY Purchase (2009) and an MFA from SAIC (2018).

Image: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith, And What Are We Up To This Evening?, 2018, graphite, acrylic, digital collage, 14″ x 28″


Spudnik Press Cooperative Welcomes the 2018/2019 Studio Fellows

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to announce and welcome our 11th cohort of studio fellows: Vidisha Aggarwal, Atlan Arceo-Witzl, Lisa Armstrong, and Lya Finston! Our Studio Fellowship program provides emerging Chicago-based artists with comprehensive professional opportunities and the technical and artistic support needed to build a successful career in the arts.Joining us for the Nov. 2018 – May 2019 term, Atlan, Lisa, Lya, and Vidisha will take over for our outgoing fellows, Emma Bilyeu, Dan Manion, Emily Shopp, and Junli Song. The fellows play an integral role in the Spudnik Press community, as they monitor the studio during weekly Open Studio session, assist with classes, youth field trips, and special projects, and activate the space with programming towards the end of their fellowship. Additionally, during the 7-month program, the cohort receives full studio access to develop self-directed projects and partakes in a comprehensive professional development seminar.As expressed by the 2018/2019 cohort of fellows, they very much look forward to the opportunity to meet the many members of our community and be part of a supportive network of artists.

2018/2019 Studio Fellows

Vidisha Aggarwal is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Chicago. She received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago(SAIC) in 2018. She has exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, and SITE Galleries. She has organized exhibitions at SAIC, SITE Galleries, the Design Museum of Chicago, Gallery no one, and Hairpin Art Center, while gaining exhibition making experience at the Graham Foundation, EXPO Chicago, Chicago Manual Style, and the Design Museum of Chicago.

Atlan Arceo-Witzl is a Mexican-American visual artist and creator whose work is concerned with everyday rituals, icons, symbols, objects, and language. He is a recent graduate of Skidmore College with a BS in Studio Art, concentrating in relief printmaking, sculpture and drawing. He lives outside of Chicago in Oak Park, IL pursuing a career in the arts and enjoying the fascinating human game of communication.

Lisa Armstrong is a multidisciplinary designer and educator currently based in Chicago. She received her MFA in Motion Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts in 2018 and her BFA in Graphic Design from DePaul University in 2012. She currently teaches DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Lya Finston is an artist and printmaker raised in Cranford, NJ and based in Chicago, IL, where she works as a circulation assistant at Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago. Finston is also involved with Hoofprint, where she helps print lithographic editions for the shop’s various published artists along with creating her own work. In May 2018, Finston graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Studio Art and German Studies.

Professional Practice: Gallery Visit and Conversation with Lorelei Stewart | Gallery 400

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gallery 400

University of Illinois at Chicago
Art and Design Hall, First Floor
400 South Peoria Street (at Van Buren Street)
Chicago, IL 60607

$15 for Spudnik Press Members
$5 for Studio Fellows
Register Online

Founded in 1983, Gallery 400 is an integral part of both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the city of Chicago’s vibrant contemporary art scene. The gallery is uniquely poised to offer innovative programming that connects the art of today to scholarship and debate emerging from the University. To date, Gallery 400 has presented more than 1,000 artists in its exhibitions and programs.

On Thursday, November 15th, Spudnik Press members are invited to partake in an intimate tour of the gallery and conversation with Director and Curator, Lorelei Stewart. During this time, we will hear from Lorelei about how Gallery 400 is able to make contemporary art more accessible to the public, and how she and her team foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the visual arts through the gallery’s dynamic programming. Spudnik members participating in the tour will also have an opportunity to ask about how the gallery supports local artists in their professional careers and how it differs from a traditional commercial gallery space.

Immediately following our conversation with Lorelei Stewart, members will have an opportunity to view the exhibition Chicago New Media 1973–1992, curated by Jon Cates with assistance from Chaz Evanz and Jonathan Kinkley. This expansive project chronicles the under-recognized story of Chicago’s contributions to new media art by artists at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and at Midway Games and Bally from 1973-1992. Chicago New Media 1973-1992 will feature video game artifacts, new media technologies, historical photographs, game stills, playable video game consoles, and virtual reality modules.

This program is part of our Professional Practice: Off-site Visit series, intended to introduce members to the numerous and diverse art spaces and individuals that contribute to Chicago’s vibrant arts landscape. In addition to connecting with other professionals in the city, these visits present our members with a range of resources and career paths.

Lorelei Stewart Bio:

Above: Lorelei Stewart, Director and Curator of Gallery 400.

Lorelei Stewart has been Director and Curator of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2000. Her work focuses on the vital role art plays in shaping civic conversations, ideas, and ultimately actions. Recent projects include the research project Chicago Disability Activism, Art and Design, and a forthcoming series of exhibitions Chicago Together, which develops young Chicago curatorial talent while building connections between artists’ work and the interests of city communities. At Gallery 400 she has organized and curated over 50 exhibitions, including solo projects with David Leggett, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Jenny Perlin, Karen Reimer, Edra Soto, Stephanie Syjuco, and Edgar Arceneaux, whose 2006 exhibition The Alchemy of Comedy…Stupid won the Joyce Award and was presented in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She has been a juror and reviewer for 3Arts Artist Awards; Artadia; Chicago Artists Coalition grants and residencies; the Evanston Biennial; the Institute for Museum and Library Services; Mary Nohl Fellowships; and the Hunting Prize, Texas, among others. She teaches in UIC’s Museum and Exhibition Studies program, for which she was the founding director, and co-founded Propeller Fund, an Andy Warhol Foundation funded granting organization that has, since 2010, awarded Chicago artists nearly half a million dollars. She holds a BA from Smith College, a BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Registration Details:
Space is limited to 12 members. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. Please note, transportation to Gallery 400 is not provided. Registrants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Gallery 400 and for arriving on time. An itinerary of the off-site visit, including instructions on where to meet upon arriving at Gallery 400, will be sent to all registered participants on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

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

Image: General Motors, Phil Morton, Video, 1976. Courtesy of the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive and VGA Gallery. Video to be featured in the upcoming exhibition Chicago New Media 1973–1992 at Gallery 400.

Spudnik Press is Hiring: Program Director

Spudnik Press Cooperative seeks a highly organized, outgoing, and collaborative individual to balance program development, education, and administrative responsibilities. The Program Director will bring leadership and strategic vision to educational and public programs by managing the following programs: Membership Program, Residency Program, Fellowship Program, Exhibitions, Education and Youth Programs. For each of these programs, the Program Director will manage budgets, orchestrate all logistics from planning through execution, create marketing materials, staff and document events, lead assessment processes, set objectives and continually push these programs to better achieve our mission and serve our constituents. The organization has intentionally made pathways through these and other programs, so the ability to formulate, organize and monitor inter-connected projects is essential.

Activities with these program areas include but are not limited portfolio reviews, private off-site tours, panel discussions, youth workshops, classes and workshops for adults, exhibitions, artist talks, and art sales. In order to successfully manage these programs and activities, the Program Director should be prepared to develop partnerships with peer organizations, curate and install exhibitions, manage member and board committees, and supervise staff and interns. The Program Director will also personally mentor participants in our Fellowship program through leading a weekly professional development seminar.

Through the various programs managed by the Program Director, they will be tasked with expanding the scope and depth of our membership program, and working closely with members to expand the breadth of community participation and diversify our cooperative.

Additionally, all staff at Spudnik Press assist with general office management, serve on fundraising committees, assist with outreach events, and cultivate relationships with potential clients, partners, and donors. Staff contributes to special projects as needed, and are involved in the planning and execution of Strategic Plans.

This is a fast-paced job that requires impeccable organization, project management skills, teamwork, and executive decision-making. Our work is guided by a shared commitment to consistency and reliability, true dedication to our ever-growing community, and bringing creative and conceptual thinking to our work. Spudnik Press staff are expected to bring passion and integrity to their work by building meaningful relationships with the artists, makers, students, teachers, and supporters that are part of the Spudnik Press community.

This leadership position will collaborate and work closely with the Executive Director to execute Spudnik Press Cooperative’s mission to provide facilities and services to anyone who wishes to be creative through print.

Key Skills & Qualifications:

  • Public programming experience, from ideation through execution and assessment
  • Management experience, or has served in a leadership, supervisor, and/or mentor role
  • Has professional experience working with non-profit organizations in an administrative capacity (3+ years preferred)
  • Has professional experience working at a print-related studio or organization (preferred)
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for fine art print making (required) with hands-on experience making prints (preferred)
  • Proven commitment to visual arts and Chicago artists.
  • Outgoing demeanor and strong communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Strong writing skills for both internal and external audiences through grant, proposal, or press release writing
  • Experience creating and maintaining budgets
  • Experience using a database
  • Curatorial and exhibitions experience

Working Environment:

  • Shared office within high-energy print making studio
  • Staff consists of two full-time and three part-time employees
  • This position typically requires 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday schedule with occasional nights and weekends.    
  • Occasional remote work is acceptable

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include three weeks paid time off, plus six paid holidays per year. Additionally, all staff receive waived tuition for all Spudnik Press classes, and unlimited access to all materials and equipment.

To Apply:

  • Please send e-mail with cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to
  • Application review will begin October 22.

Download the Program Director Job Description

Spudnik Press Cooperative | EXPO Chicago | Booth #461

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to debut many new 2018 Editions at EXPO Chicago (Navy Pier, September 27 – 30). Please visit booth #461 to see and learn about the many special projects we have completed with local and national artists throughout 2018.

Featured Artists:

Amanda Williams
Elijah Burhger
William J O’Brien
Faheem Majeed
Claire Ashley
Judith Brotman
Lilli Carré
Dana Carter
Jonathan Herrera
Richard Hull
Raeleen Kao
Chad Kouri
Judy Ledgerwood
Miller & Shellabarger
Paul Nudd
Steve Reinke
Kay Rosen
Alice Tippit
Orkideh Torabi
Brittney Leeanne Williams

EXPO Chicago will also be the first public viewing of New Printmaker Collection, a collaborative portfolio featuring Chicago Artist Coalition alumni, Benjamin Larose (Featured exhibition in CAC Booth #174), Roni Packer, and Caroline Liu.

In addition, our flat files will include select work from our Residency Program, publications, Ten x Ten collections, and additional Fine Art Editions by Jereon Nelemans, Edie Fake, David Leggett, and others.

EXPO Chicago Sneak Preview:

Brittney Leanne Williams
Untitled, 2018
12″ x 13″

Richard Hull
Spud, 2018
Sugarlift Aquatint
17″ x 20″

Elijah Burgher
Untitled, 2017
Unique Letterpress Pressure Print
23.5” x 18”

Judith Brotman
Life in Progress (Your favorite color is), 2018
Screenprint with blind debossment
11” x 11.75”

William J O’Brien
Untitled, 2018
6 layer screenprint
19″ x 22″

The New Printmaker Collection:

Coquille #1Benjamin Larose
What if I don’t remember any of it?, Caroline Liu
Yellow, Again, Roni Packer

Learn more about EXPO Chicago