Posts By: Angee

New “1xn” Program Launches: 3 Chicago Artists to 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!

Donate Today

Private Studio Available December 1: Printshop North

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 December 1, 2020.

Rent:

$425/month includes 24-hour access to Printshop equipment and general supplies.

Amenities:

8 x 15 feet
8 foot walls, high ceilings
Locking door
Includes A/C, heat, internet, utilities
Hardwood floors

Email angee@spudnikpress.org 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.

Art Documentation Day

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
@ Spudnik Press Cooperative 

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

Sign up for a 45-minute photo shoot in the Spudnik Press Annex. We’ll have our light kit, tripod, and DSLR camera set up and ready to go. Using our camera tethered to Lightroom Classic, we’ll help document your artwork, provide light editing (color balance, lens correction, cropping, etc.) and send you home with your digital portfolio ready for your next residency proposal, grant application, or the big website overhaul you’ve been putting off.

The quantity of artwork we’ll be able to document will vary based on the complexity of the project, and how much variation there is between each artwork. We are best suited to photograph:

  • 2-D work that can be laid flat and shot from above
  • Zines, comics, and artist books
  • Unframed work
  • Work that does not need to be installed or hung on the wall to document

Participants will leave with 10+ high-quality .tiff files (3000+ pixels wide).Please bring your own USB drive.

Registration Details:

Advanced registration is required by Wednesday, December 9. Space is limited to ten artists. Staff will notify artists of what time slot they have been assigned by Thursday, December 10. Please contact staff if you would like to request a specific time slot. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please review our COVID-19 studio procedures before arriving. Staff will sanitize surfaces in between sessions.

Winter 2021 Studio Fellowship: Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2020 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 many 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.

In the case that the studio is required to close, in person activities will be suspended, and the fellowship period may be reevaluated. 


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, November 15, 2020. 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
  • Three 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, November 15, 2020
Fellowship Period: January 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
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.

Skill Share Night #1

Thursday, November 19, 2020
6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Free for Spudnik Press Members

Featuring:

  • Elizabeth Burke-Dain | Geometric Line Drawings / Warm-Up Drawing

  • Don Widmer | Bookbinding: Basic 3-hole pamphlet + classy variations

  • Angee Lennard | Round Table Discussion: Maintaining our Practice in 2020

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 by emailing angee@spudnikpress.org. 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.

Art Hustle: Marketing & Communications for Artists

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Free for Current Spudnik Press members
$15 for the General Public
Register Online

As artists we spend so much time creating our work and honing our crafts. But what comes next? How do you get the word out to people who will support you, and get them excited about your practice?

Now more than ever, artists need skills, tools, and support for the ongoing Art Hustle that is our professional practice. Created for artists by artists, this online Zoom workshop will take you through the fundamentals of self-promotion and communications, whether you’re generally trying to build your career or make quick money on a super specific project. From newsletters and press releases, to social media takeovers and handling sales, we will cover many different ways to show people what you do and (most importantly) how and why they should support you! You will get personalized feedback from peers about your current online presence, and leave with a plan for very manageable projects tailored to your own needs.

About the Facilitators

Julia Arredondo is an artist entrepreneur who is heavily influenced by the family-based businesses she grew up around. Specializing in bootstrapping small businesses, Julia has started up two independent publishing entities (Vice Versa Press / Curandera Press), launched a live sales media channel (QTVC Live!) and recently concluded a cooperative social media outlet (COVIDtv). Julia believes that business and marketing involve incredibly creative problem solving. She is an advocate for entrepreneurship as class representation in the fine art world. 

For more than a decade, Anders Zanichkowsky has been raising money and rallying support for nonprofits and community groups. Anders has also done the same for their own artistic practice, using cheap or free tools adapted from their career in nonprofit development and communications. One of their favorite things to do for their community is teach these skills to other artists so we all feel confident, optimistic, and authentic when we put ourselves out there and invite people to support us.


Registration Details:

The event is free for members. Members can register by sending an email to anders@spudnikpress.org. Everyone else can register online. A zoom link will be sent to participants the day of the event.

Spudnik Press is Hiring: 2 Open Positions

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to announce two open positions:

Marketing Lead
Administrative Assistant

Both of these roles are part time positions (16-20 hours per week), with flexible hours and a blend of in-person and remote work.

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.

Benefits include paid time off, some paid holidays, and unfettered studio access. Artists are encouraged to apply.

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.

Updated Studio Protocols & Procedures

Effective immediately, we have updated our COVID-19 Studio Policies & Procedures to better ensure the health and safety of our community, including all visitors as well as our staff, teaching artists, and monitors.

The most substantial change is that we are now requiring all visitors to sign a waiver confirming that they agree to maintain all our protocol. This changes and all these guidelines are created with your safety in mind, and we ask for your support in maintaining them.

Overview of Changes:

  • We are requiring that everyone using communal studio space agree to all our protocol by signing a COVID-19 waiver. Waivers are available in person at the entrance to the printshop.
  • We are anticipating to resume small group classes. Enrollment will be capped at or below the studio capacity.
  • We have clarified the maximum number of staff, teaching artists, and monitors allowed on site, in addition to the number of guests or visitors. A maximum of 7 people, regardless of their role, are allowed on site at a time.
  • When possible, doors and windows will remain open.
  • Eating will only be allowed within a designated eating area.
  • We have clarified when people should stay at home to more closely follow CDC recommendations.
  • We have made more prominent that we are temporarily waiving cancellation fees for people who are exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms as long as people and are in communication with staff prior to their reservation.
  • We are now requesting that visitors self-report to staff if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 to allow us to help ensure the safety of others.
  • We have clarified how we will respond, should a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the studio.

Review all Covid-19 Studio Policies & Procedures

Please direct all questions related to our Covid-19 related safety precautions, please email Angee Lennard, Executive Director at angee@spudnikpress.org.