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10th Anniversary Campaign: HALF WAY THERE!

With the help of 289 supporters who donated between $3 and $1000 since we launched our 10th Anniversary Campaign, we have hit a milestone: 50% to our $65,000 goal!

Thank you to each and every person who has pitched in so far to help us meet our ambitious goal. We cannot wait for our 2018 program improvements to go public so that you can see your donations at work.

To stay on schedule to 100%, we need to bring in $3307 by 12/31/17 from donations, sponsorships, and memberships.

Support our 10th Anniversary Campaign


Ways to Support our Campaign:

  1. Make a cash donation. Join our Giving Circle with a $250+ donation.
  2. Become a Spudnik Press Member.
  3. Contribute specifically to the Equipment Fund.
  4. Ask your employer to become a Sponsor.
  5. Add a $1 donation when you attend Open Studio sessions.

Donor Incentives:

First Time Donors:
Donate at any level to be entered in a raffle to win a Winter 2018 class or workshop or Spudnik Press merchandise.

Donors at $250+ Level:
As a member of our Giving Circle, you and a guest will be invited to our donor-exclusive Ink & Drink Art Party on Friday, January 26.

Make a tax deductible donation

Call for Summer 2018 Class & Workshop Proposals | Due 1/21/18

Three times each year, we accept proposals from both new-to-Spudnik and veteran Teaching Artists to lead “Special Topics” classes and workshops. These workshops and classes, usually offered as a one-time opportunity, allow us to host guest teaching artists, teach intermediate or advanced skills, present atypical or unique workshop topics, and occasionally even align learning opportunities to other programs like our exhibitions.

Proposals for Summer 2018 Special Topics Classes are due Sunday, January 21. For all the details please download our 2018 Spudnik Call for Class Proposals. To apply, complete and return our 2018 Class Proposal Form or 2018 Workshop Proposal Form along with a Supply Request Form.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please direct all questions to angee@spudnikpress.org.

Spudnik Press Welcomes Four New Studio Fellows

This fall, Spudnik Press Cooperative is hosting our ninth cohort of fellows. Through our Fellowship Program, four artists will receive full studio access and professional development opportunities through May 2018. In addition to developing their personal body of artwork, each fellow leads works with artists at our studio by leading one Open Studio session each week.

Their Fellowships will culminate in Spring 2018 with a full day of activities at Spudnik Press programmed by the fellows to share back with our community.

They each look forward to meeting our community, and with the support of our network of artists, learning new skills, finding resources throughout the city to support or inspire their practice, and sharing their own art practice.

2018 Fellows

Molly Berkson is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in paper, print, book, and fiber crafts. She has a fondness for the subcultures and subcultural practices that employ amateur and anti-authoritarian ideologies, and an appreciation for craft in all its forms–in its distinct and intermingling boundaries. In her practice, she patchworks together these specific aesthetic practices and do-it-yourself methods.

Ben Garbus is an artist working in Chicago. He holds a BA from Oberlin College and has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. Garbus hails from western Massachusetts.

Brendan Robson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Graphic Design in May of 2017. As a designer Brendan enjoys exploring the areas of intersection between analog and digital content and the opportunities for discovery that exists within that space. Primarily focused on aspects of design, printmaking, and multimedia installation, Brendan’s personal body of work addresses themes of memory constructs, genetics, digital identity, and stasis.

Cristina Umaña is a Colombian artist who recently finished her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is characterized by drawings done with a funky, loose line that reanimates deformed bodies and quotidian moments. Her drawings, which intertwine language and form, create a mood that is both ironic and intimate. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

10th Anniversary Campaign Update: 49% to $65,000

In the last week, we had 12 generous donors come forward with support for our 10th Anniversary Campaign bringing our total donations to $31,610. We are one percent closer to our ultimate goal of $65,000 and only $4,908 from our goal for 2017!

With your support, we hope to reach $36,000 by 12/31/17!

How will we invest your donation?

  • The next $1200 donated will be earmarked for our Equipment Fund and a new screen exposure unit!
  • Start a cash reserve fund so that we can weather the next unforeseeable hardship, be it a budget impasse or a broken press.
  • Increase free and low-cost professional development opportunities for our members.
  • Deepen and expand opportunities for professional artists through our Fellowship, Residency, and Publishing programs.
  • Bring nationally recognized artists to exhibit, teach, and make prints in Chicago.

Support our 10th Anniversary Campaign


Ways to Support our Campaign:

  1. Make a cash donation. Join our Giving Circle with a $250+ donation.
  2. Become a Spudnik Press Member.
  3. Contribute specifically to the Equipment Fund.
  4. Ask your employer to become a Sponsor.
  5. Add a $1 donation when you attend Open Studio sessions.

Donor Incentives:

First Time Donors:
Donate at any level to be entered in a raffle to win a Winter 2018 class or workshop or Spudnik Press merchandise.

Donors at $250+ Level:
As a member of our Giving Circle, you and a guest will be invited to our donor-exclusive Ink & Drink Art Party on Friday, January 26.

Make a tax deductible donation

2018 Enrollment Is NOW OPEN: 25 Classes & Workshops

Our 9 new classes and 16 new workshops present a wide array of opportunities for everyone with a creative itch to pick up new skills and make new art friend.

If you’ve never taken a class at Spudnik Press, there is no time like the present! For most our classes, no experience is needed. Plus, we keep our classes small to make sure that our teaching artists can get to know everyone and meet them were they are.

Sign yourself up or gift a class to a friend. Or best yet, sign up WITH a friend!

Brand New “Special Topics” Classes!

Hand Lettering *NEW*
Papermaking: Pulp, Sculpt & Print
 *NEW*

1-day Workshops Perfect to Gift:

Calligraphy Crash Course *NEW*

Relief Tester & Refresher 

T-Shirts & Totebags Workshop (Jan session)
T-Shirts & Totebags Workshop (March session)
T-Shirts & Totebags Workshop (April session)
DIY Valentines: Screenprint Your Own Cards
Make Your Own Wall Art: Chicago Edition
DIY Letterpress Coasters
DIY Screenprinted Tea Towels

Refresh and Refine: New Skills for Seasoned Printmakers

Screenprinting Refresher
Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing *NEW*
Screenprinting 201: Color for Screenprinters

Core Classes & Workshops: Learn the Ropes & Get Authorized for Open Studio

Screenprinting Explorations (January session)
Screenprinting Explorations (February session)
Screenprinting on Textiles *Rarely Offered*

Bookbinding

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

Risography 101 (January session)
Risography 101 (February session)
Risography 101 (March session)
Risography 101 (April session)

Not sure where to start? Test out 3 Processes in 1 Class:

Printmaking Foundations

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10th Anniversary Campaign Update: $34,502 to raise by June 2018

Our one-time 10th Anniversary Campaign is 47% to our ultimate goal of raising $65,000 from individuals and businesses by June 2018. To stay on track with this ambitious but critical fundraising effort, we need to raise just $5500 by December 31.

What will we do with $65,000?

  • Start a cash reserve fund so that we can weather the next unforeseeable hardship, be it a budget impasse or a broken press.
  • Increase free and low-cost professional development opportunities for our members.
  • Deepen and expand opportunities for professional artists through our Fellowship, Residency, and Publishing programs.
  • Bring nationally recognized artists to exhibit, teach, and make prints in Chicago.

Support our 10th Anniversary Campaign


Ways to Support our Campaign:

  1. Make a cash donation. Join our Giving Circle with a $250+ donation.
  2. Become a Spudnik Press Member.
  3. Contribute specifically to the Equipment Fund.
  4. Ask your employer to become a Sponsor.
  5. Add a $1 donation when you attend Open Studio sessions.

Donor Incentives:

First Time Donors:
Donate at any level to be entered in a raffle to win a Winter 2018 class or workshop or Spudnik Press merchandise.

Donors at $250+ Level:
As a member of our Giving Circle, you and a guest will be invited to our donor-exclusive Ink & Drink Art Party on Friday, January 26.

Make a tax deductible donation

Our Giving Guide: Handmade Gifts From Spudnik Press Members

Spudnik has your back this holiday season with 10 fabulous gift ideas that are sure to check at least one, two, maybe even three individuals off your wanna-tell-em-I-love-em list. Each item is made with love by a member of Spudnik Press or printed here at our studio. Thanks for shopping local and supporting your neighborhood artists and artisans. Here we go:


1) White Pines Letterpress Greeting Card | $4.50 each
Current Location Press | Raychel Steinbach Lauen

Inspired by White Pines Forest State Park in Ogle County, Illinois, the White Pines Greeting Card features the southern-most stand of native white pines towering up to an impressive 90 feet tall. Fill the card with your sentiments and send off with USPS. What a special occasion and a surprise treat to receive a literal work of art via snail mail.


2) Chicago Skyline Pulp Painting | $395
Lion of Bali Paper Arts | Don Widmer

This series of skyline is “painted” completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from abaca and may be perfect for that person in your life with deep Chicago pride. The process used to create this one-of-a-kind work of art references the blood, sweat, and tears that built the city itself.

24″ x 36″


3) Ten x Ten 2017 | $20
Published by Spudnik Press Cooperative

For the uber-contemporary loved one with eclectic tastes. The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brought together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. The cassette features sonic works by each Ten x Ten artist pairing as well as a fold out booklet with their coinciding prints and descriptions of their works. This cassette/art combo is an engaging work of art & music, as well as a keepsake.


4) Black Letter Feminist Shirt | $20
Vichcraft | Jenna Blazevich

We don’t have to tell you who this shirt is for – they probably popped in your mind immediately. We will tell you that it’s a high quality soft style tee by Bella + Canvas. Unisex sizing.

Do good bonus!! Ten dollars for each shirt sold will go to Chicago Women’s Health Center, an organization that facilitates the empowerment of women and trans individuals by providing sliding scale access to health care and health education in a respectful environment.


5) Letterpress Enamel Pin | $10
Designed by Andrew Ghrist for Spudnik Press

The crowned fowl of Andrew Ghrist are a regal, yet humble variety. The qualities of these creatures are the very reason Spudnik collaborated with Andrew to develop an iconic mascot for our press and 10 year anniversary. Steadfastly perched on a pilot press, this enamel pin speaks to printers and lovers of print with respect to the tradition and process we hold so dear. Plus, pins are cool. Who doesn’t love pins?


6) “Hands” Screenprint | $25
Consume and Create | Maxim Barkhatov

This screen printed work reflects a contemporary pop style and a coming together of hands. Filled and outlined, it could be a union of our vibrant inner passion and the structure of our interaction. Or it could be a beautiful modern expression, period. This three color print (including metallic gold – oh yes!) is a sure win for the poster collector in your life. Frame not included.


7) Print of the Month Club | $25 each; $299 Annual Subscription
Published by Spudnik Press Cooperative

Each month, we release a new letterpress print on archival 100% cotton paper designed by a member of Spudnik Press Cooperative. Each print fits into an affordable 8”x10” frame. Grab the full portfolio so you can keep you favorites plus have gifts for all your friends. The full portfolio even includes two matching coasters for each artwork! Or buy individual prints a la carte.



8) Lil Chano from 79th Poster | $30
WalkterTKL

This limited edition screen print featuring Chance the Rapper is a must have for any screen print lover or poster collector – especially if they rep Chicago. If you are reading this, you probably know one. WalkerTKL is on a steady path upwards, so this gift/investment may very well keep on giving.


9) Back to the Studio Special: Membership + 3 Open Studio Sessions | $160

For your printmaking loved ones, studio space and time can be the biggest challenges when it comes to producing work. For your friends who like to try new things, different activities and experiences can challenging to come across if you don’t know where to look.  For you, because you used to print, got busy and want to get back into it. This combined one-year Studio Membership with three Open Studio coupons (covering both base and material fees) jumpstarts presence and creativity.



10) “Lady Musteline” Etching | $50
Carrie Lingscheit

How absolutely exquisite and a total steal for art and animal lovers alike!

This original etching is inspired by da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine.” All imagery is rendered by hand, incorporating traditional intaglio techniques of hard-ground and soft-ground etching, aquatint, drypoint, and lots of scraping and burnishing. Printed in oil-based etching inks on ivory Fabriano Rosaspina paper, this work was hand-pulled from a single copper plate using a Conrad etching press.


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Annual Benefit Raises $19,000 towards the 10th Anniversary Campaign

On Saturday, October 7, the Chicago art community came together in celebration of our 10th Anniversary. Through a mix of ticket sales, auction bids, and donations, supporters contributed over $19,000 to the 10th Anniversary Campaign.

Since launching the campaign in June, we have been able to raise $28,456. We are now 44% towards our goal of $65,000.

This year-long fundraising effort is essential for Spudnik Press to establish a Reserve Fund and ensure that the organization remains a resilient resource for years to come. Additionally, funds will support the expansion and improvement of professional-track programs including the Fellowship and Residency.

Unique in our dedication to printmaking and related traditions, Spudnik Press offers professional facilities and rare equipment. We are committed to not only collecting necessary equipment, but also maintaining a studio that is inviting and utilized by as many people as possible. Without a communal space with well-maintained equipment, trained staff and approachable programs, printmaking is out of reach for most.  In 2016 we served 3,263 people. 587 people enrolled in 84 classes and workshops. Each year, over 750 Open Studio visits are logged and over 30 artists utilize our 24-hour access Keyholder program.

All of this would not be possible with out broad community support.

In the following eight months, we seek to raise the remaining $38,544 from individuals and businesses. We encourage those interested in supporting the campaign to:

  1. Become a Spudnik Press Member.
  2. Become a member of our Giving Circle with a $250+ donation.
  3. Contribute specifically to the Equipment Fund.
  4. Ask your employer to become a Sponsor.
  5. Add a $1 donation at Open Studio sessions.

Our goal is ambitious, but attainable. 2017 has been our busiest years yet with an increase in youth field trips, new partnerships and projects with the Block Museum and the Broad Museum at MSU, the acquisition of a new letterpress and risograph machine, new staff and new board members, and more. As we make plans for 2018, we hope to continue offering a robust calendar of programs for any and all who wish to be creative through print.

Support our 10th Anniversary Campaign. Donate Today.

Photo by Abbi Chase.

Spudnik Press Welcomes 2017 Resident Artists

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to introduce the three recipients of the 2017 Residency. This fall, we welcome Jonathan Herrera, Amber Huff, and Yasaman Moussavi to each create new bodies of print-based artwork using the tools, equipment and resources available within the Spudnik Press studios. The Residency Program provides these three artists with not only studio facilities, but critiques with arts professionals and a 2018 solo exhibition.

While each artist will be pursuing their own unique personal practice, the three artists all plan to develop mixed installations that incorporate printmaking as a critical component of their project.

In anticipation of their residency, our incoming resident artists will present their work to our members at the Annual Member Meeting on August 16, 2017.

2017 Resident Artists

Jonathan Herrera

Jonathan Herrera is a print-based studio artist and teacher from Chicago, IL. He has recently graduated and holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College in Art and Design. Through his studio practice and teaching philosophy, Herrera engages multiple facets of place-making and thinking in order to express ideas through concept building, process, and materials. He constantly works to create accessibility in both art and education by connecting his studio work, public work, and community engagement. Herrera has recently exhibited work at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN), and Concordia Gallery (St. Paul, MN).

Amber Huff

Amber is a Chicago-based graphic designer and illustrator. She has a BFA from Boston University and recently graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her love for storytelling has recently taken the form of comics, writing, and sculpture.

Yasaman Moussavi

Yasaman Moussavi is a visual artist whose work reflects the spiritual attachment to places and the emotional tension between today’s precarious living and the Persian’s poetic tradition of “living in harmony with nature.” Moussavi was born in Tehran, Iran and she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Al-Zahra University of Tehran.

She holds an MFA degree with an emphasis in painting and print making from Texas Tech University, where she explored and developed her skills in papermaking, printmaking and installation art. She has participated in many group national and international exhibitions such as Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Irving Art center, TX, A.I.R Gallery Biennial, Brooklyn, NY, “Norouzaneh” International Mini Print Annual Exhibition at Sagene Kunstsmie, Oslo, Spazio 74/b Milan and Chicago.

 

Member Interview: Sula Medovoy

Sula Medovoy is a recent graduate of Ohio University with BFA’S in Graphic Design and Print Making. She currently is working as a graphic designer.

Tell us about yourself and what you do?

I’m Sula. I am a printmaker and graphic designer from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been in Chicago for one year, and am currently working as a graphic designer with a focus on packaging and branding.

When did you know you wanted to pursue a career of art making?

I spent most of my life categorically against a career in art. My mother is a painter and my older sister is a graphic designer, so I wanted to defy that path and do something else. I was always an avid doodler, but avoided getting into any serious art-making until right before I had to apply to college. I realized then any other field would make me want to jump off a bridge after five years.

What is your favorite printing process and how were you introduced to it?

Screenprinting, by far. I saw it for the first time at university. I was primarily studying graphic design, and I didn’t know anything at all about printmaking. I ended up in the screen shop one evening, saw someone pull a print, and thought it looked like actual witchcraft. I decided I also wanted to be a witch.

It seems as though some of your art has some visual similarities to Western European post soviet illustrations. Has this influenced you at all?

Hugely. My parents are immigrants from the Soviet Union, so I grew up surrounded by Russian animations, children’s books, posters, etc. There’s a very specific but subtle visual humor in Western European art and media that I try to infuse into most of my work.

Your portfolio is very well rounded in the way it included fine art as well as more design oriented art. Do you prefer fine art or design oriented commissions? Why?

I’m drawn to design because I like visual problem solving. Even my “fine art” pieces are usually informed by some form of graphic challenge. I like what I can do with limitations.

You illustrate many goofy little characters, in your mind do all these characters live on the same planet in your mind or are they in separate entities?

All of my creatures exist in separate but comparable universes. Their paths will never cross.

Has the art community in Chicago had any affect on your success and the way you create art?

Living in Chicago has been a huge shift in my creative process. I studied art and design in Athens, Ohio, so I learned to eliminate trends and outside influences when thinking about art because it’s a more isolated area. Going from that to working in a big hip city gave me the best of both worlds, where now I can see how design functions in the world and think about my work in that context.

Are there any places in Chicago you find yourself going to when you are in need of inspiration?

I’m often drawn to the lake at night when I need to have a good thinking session. I enjoy a complete mental vacuum for coming up with ideas. Day to day, I look at branding and restaurant design around the city. I’ve also been talking to printmakers at various art festivals, seeing what their work set-up is like. I’m trying to build my own studio in a few years so I can lock down a hermit lifestyle.

What fun things do you find yourself getting into when you are not creating art?

I like biking around the city, and I’m also a bit of a pianist.

If you could have dinner with three artist who would they be?

I’ll try to choose artists that I’d imagine would be compatible with each other, so the conversation at the table isn’t awkward. Parra illustrates a bunch of voluptuous naked bird people. His work is sharp-witted, clean, and he is really good at contorting bodies.  Olga Capdevila’s work is very cozy and hilarious. Her style is colorful and nostalgic. Yoon Miwon makes deliciously clever hand-painted loop animations.

Who would you want to collaborate with after dinner?

Olga. She’s the sort of artist that isn’t so concerned with perfectionism, and is more interested in trying as many techniques as she can. I think it’d be neat to do a mural or a series of animations with her.

Are there any exciting projects you are working on now that we can expect to see in the near future? And if so where can we check them out?

I’m working on a huge lobster print right now. That should be ready in a little bit. I’ve also been developing my animation skills. Everything will eventually make its way to my website, sula.medovoy.com.

If you want to see more about Sula and her art. Visit her instagram, @sulaissula, or website , http://sula.medovoy.com/site/ .

 

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We want your opinion! Help our studio thrive and evolve to best meet the needs of our community.

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As a thank you, we are giving away four $25 Visa Gift Cards. Simple leave your email at the end of the survey, and we’ll announce winners after the survey closes on 8/25/17.

 

2018 Winter Class & Workshop Proposals | Due 9/24/17

Three times each year, we accept proposals from both new-to-Spudnik and veteran Teaching Artists to lead “Special Topics” classes and workshops. These often one-off opportunities allow us to host guest teaching artists, teach intermediate or advanced skills, present atypical or unique workshop topics, and occasionally even align learning opportunities to other programs like our exhibitions.

Proposals for Winter 2018 Special Topics Classes are due Sunday, September 24 at midnight. For all the details please download our 2018 Spudnik Call for Class Proposals. To apply, download and return our 2018 Class Proposal Form or 2018 Workshop Proposal Form along with a Supply Request Form.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please direct all questions to angee@spudnikpress.org.