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Call for Members: Member Section of Annual Benefit | Juried by Jason Foumberg

Deadline to Apply: Saturday, July 15

This opportunity is for members of Spudnik Press only. If you are not currently a member please join or renew prior to submitting artwork.

The 2017 Annual Benefit, our largest fundraiser of the year, aims to raise $25,000 to be invested in our studio and our programs. Each year, the event’s art auction draws over 100 collectors, curators, and arts professionals to support Spudnik, bid on art, and discover emerging artists.

New in 2017, the auction will include dedicated Member Section, juried by the esteemed arts writer, Jason Foumberg (Art Forum, Art in America, Chicago Magazine). Selected artworks will be framed, compliments of Blick Lincoln Park.

Past benefit attendees include curators from the MCA, DePaul Art Museum, AIC, Hyde Park Art Center, as well as dozens of gallerists and private collectors. This opportunity provides members with a platform to reach new followers as well as a way to support the studio. Each member featured in the auction will receive complimentary admission to the benefit. 100% Sales from the Member Benefit Auction will go support Spudnik Press Cooperative.

In addition to the Member Section of the benefit auction, the Annex gallery will feature the Annual Member Exhibition, peer juried by the member-led Exhibitions Committee. Every artist that submits artwork will have at least one artwork included in either the auction or the exhibition.

To Participate:

  1. Drop off up to five unique artwork by Saturday, July 15.
  2. When dropping off art, fill out and attach a label to each piece. Ask staff or monitors for assistance.
  3. All artwork will first be reviewed by Jason Foumberg for inclusion in the Annual Benefit auction.
  4. Artwork will then be reviewed by the Exhibitions Committee for inclusion in the Annual Members Exhibition.
  5. Members will be notified of acceptance into both opportunities by August 1.


  •    Participating artists must be current Spudnik Press members.
  •    There is no participation or entry fee.
  •    Participants may submit up to five artworks.
  •    All artwork must have been partially or fully produced at Spudnik Press.
  •    Artwork dimensions must not exceed 22×30”.
  •    Recent artwork is preferred.

Guest Curator:

Jason Foumberg is Chicago Magazine’s contributing art critic, and he has written about contemporary Chicago art for, Photograph, Art Papers, Frieze, and Art in America, as well as exhibition catalogue essays for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Threewalls, Columbia College Chicago, the Loyola University Museum of Art, the DePaul Art Museum, Valerie Carberry Gallery, and the Chicago Artists Coalition. He is currently curator at the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.


Corresponding Events:

Print Factory Art Party Annual Benefit
Saturday, October 7

Hubbard Street Loft Open House
Friday, October 20

Annual Member Exhibition Closing Reception & Member Party


Please direct any questions you may have to



Private Studio: Annex West

Housed within a 4,800 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.


Available August 1, 2017


$385/month includes 24-hour access to Printshop equipment and general supplies.
$335/month without Printshop access


130 square feet: 10′ x 13′
8 foot walls, high ceilings
Locking door
Includes A/C, heat, internet, utilities
Hardwood floors

Download our Private Studios PDF for more details.
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.

10th Anniversary Campaign to Raise $65,000 for Long-term Stability and Program Support

On Saturday, June 3, aligned with the celebration of their 10th Anniversary, the staff, board, and members of Spudnik Press Cooperative kicked off a year-long fundraising campaign that will be invested in the longterm stability of the organization as well as professional-track programs.

The 10th Anniversary Campaign will raise $65,000 from individuals and businesses between June 2017 and June 2018.

The all-new Spudnik Press Giving Circle offers the organizations most dedicated supporters acknowledgement and incentives to continue supporting the mission to provide affordable and approachable access to printmaking. In addition to cash donations, admission to ticketed fundraisers, winning auction bids, and Studio Memberships will all accrue towards the Support, Patron, and Benefactor Giving Circle levels.

Businesses that would like to support Spudnik Press Cooperative can take advantage of the Sponsorship Program that combines philanthropic support with opportunities for creative staff retreats via customized “Ink and Drink” events.

Within the overarching fundraising goal, members of Spudnik Press have stepped up their investment in their studio by initiating an Equipment Fund dedicated to upgrading, expanding, and repairing shared equipment. By contributing to our Equipment Fund, donors can ensure that the collection of rare presses remains in great shape for the hundreds of artists and students that use the studio day in and day out.

Guests at the Birthday Bash Printing Dash contributed the first $2350 towards the Anniversary Campaign.

Raising the remaining $62,650 will allow Spudnik Press to deepen the support they provide Chicago’s create community through specifically their Fellowship and Residency Programs. Additionally, the organization will invest in a newly establish Reserve Fund to ensure that the organization remains a resilient resource for years to come.

Donate to the 10th Anniversary Campaign

Support the Campaign with tickets to the Print Factory Art Party

10 Events to Celebrate 10 Years | JUNE 2017

Through out June 2017, Spudnik Press Cooperative is presenting a full calendar of programming that includes hands-on art making, community projects, exhibitions and art sales, conversations, celebrating, and fundraising. Each event will connects programs and  initiatives at Spudnik Press with students, emerging artists, established artists, collectors and art consumers. Together, the calendar of events aims to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and expose artists to new audiences.

6/1       Crossing of the Fellows: Exhibition & Artist Talks

The Spudnik Press Fellowship Program provides emerging artists unfettered access to our studios for seven months. The twice-annual Crossing of the Fellows event brings together our graduating class of fellows and our incoming cohort to present their artwork and discuss their projects.

6/2       Private Reception: Crossing of the Fellows

Spudnik’s donors are invited to join the Board of Directors for a cocktail reception celebrating seven emerging artists supported by our 2017 Fellowship Program.

6/3       Birthday Bash Printing Dash

Pre-Sale Incentive: Grab tickets now for a chance to win a free workshop!

If anyone knows how to party it’s us nerdy printmakers! No seriously, we turn ten this year and are letting our hair down. We’re throwing a party so big it takes over the entire studio and spills into the parking lot.

6/7       Drink & Draw: Comics Jam & CAKE

Join us for a double serving of CAKE:

First of all, CAKE (The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) is right around the corner. Gear up by creating your own CAKE-worthy comics at this month’s Drink & Draw. Then, head to the snack table to grab a slice of birthday cake. What could be sweeter?

6/10     The Press Box @ CAKE

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to debut our new mobile print project, ThePress Box.  Named after the space dedicated to reporters and other members of the media, The Press Box invites all people to make their own headlines.  Using repositionable metal plates, The Press Box is letterpress printing meets magnetic poetry.

6/12   Publishing as Collaboration Panel Discussion

Printers have a long history of collaborating with artists, often new to making print. Why are printers so excited to get artists working in other mediums, often very disparate from flat ink on paper, to publish prints? What do artists get from the experience? Meet artists Kelly Kaczynski and Jeroen Nelemans in conversation with the printers who have been working side-by-side to produce new bodies of work at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Presented by the Annual Benefit Committee.

6/16     Where we have been, before we go:
Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

Featuring prints that investigate the art making process as a progressive and ever-evolving exercise, artists produced diptychs reflecting past and current art practices.

6/17     Pop-Up Print Sale @ Galerie F

Our members are mounting a one-day print sale and BBQ at this Logan Square haven for print collectors. The event is free, but bring $ for art, burgers and brats.

6/25    Community Workshops Presented by the Fellowship Program

Our fellows have organized a Sunday-fun-day at the printshop exploring the papermaking and paper embellishing. These workshops are pay-what-you-can. While we do need people to register in advance, we won’t deny anyone access based on lack of funds. The suggested $20 donation covers materials and our amazing teaching artists. But any donation, even $1, will allow you to register online.

Handmade Paper: Adventures with Pulp, Embedding, and Laminating
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Teaching Artist: Yasaman Moussavi

Paste Papers (Plus Accordion Books!)
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Teaching Artists: Mary Climes & Carolina Martinez


6/29     Member Birthday Party

Join us for some good ol’ classic Birthday Party fun celebrating 10 years of Spudnik! There will be pizza, cake, drinks, games, and a raffle featuring some amazing spud gear, open studio passes, limited edition prints and more! All proceeds go towards the Spudnik Equipment Fund.

Support our 10th Anniversary Campaign


Call to Members: Sign up for our June Pop-Up Print Sales!

As Spudnik turns ten, we are excited to brag about our community of artists and makers. We have organized two pop-up art sales to help our members sell some art and make some money:

Saturday, June 3, 12-5pm:
Pop-Up Print Sale @ Birthday Bash Printing Dash

Saturday, June 17, 11-6pm:
Pop-Up Print Sale @ Galerie F

Participating is free and simple: We are trying a new process to keep things professional and streamlined: Each artist will simply drop off a presentation book full of their artwork by May 31. Spudnik will coordinate sales at a central cashier station for both pop-up sales and provide packaging for sold artwork. Artists are required to volunteer for just one shift at one of the two events.

Do you make comics, zines, apparel, or cards? We’ve got you covered! In addition to a presentation book per artist, each event will have a table just for cards and publications and rack for t-shirts and textiles.

 Requirements to Participate:

  • Participants must be current members of Spudnik Press Cooperative.
  • Participants must sign up for one or more volunteer shifts at either the Birthday Bash Printing Dash or the Pop-Up Print Sale @ Galerie F.
  • There is no participation fee, but Spudnik Press Cooperative will process all sales and retain 25% of all sales to cover fees, packaging, and event production costs.
  • Each artist will be able to submit one presentation book, like this Blick brand one or this Itoya brand one, or this one for larger prints, not to exceed 24”x30”, filled with as many artworks as they desire.
  • Artists may also bring up to 20 publications, cards, or textiles to be displayed on a table or clothing rack.
  • Artists must completely fill out our 2-in-1 price tag & receipt for each and every artwork. These tags should be folded in half and placed around the edge of each print or in the sleeve with each print.
  • Multiple copies of prints may be included by either placing more than one print in each sleeve, or by submitting one additional package of artwork containing all the multiples. Each of these prints must have an accompanying tag/receipt.
  • While portfolios may contain non-print artwork, the majority of art for sale must feature printmaking.

To Participate:

  1. Complete the Online Sign Up Form by Monday, May 15.
  2. Sign up for any Volunteer Shift at either the Birthday Bash or Galerie F.
  3. Drop off artwork and completed tags/receipts by Wednesday, May 31.
  4. Pick up all unsold artwork between June 26 and July 15.

Please direct all questions to

Spudnik Press Cooperative Celebrates 10 Years of Community Printmaking

Spudnik Press Cooperative is celebrating a milestone: A decade of community arts programming!

This June, we will kick off a full month of special programming as well as a fundraising campaign to support our mission to provide affordable and approachable printmaking resources to Chicagoans.

Without a communal studio, dedicated equipment, highly trained staff and approachable programs, printmaking is out of reach for most. However, Spudnik Press has found inventive ways to keep their extensive collection of tools and equipment available to all. We opened our doors as a work/live studio in 2007 with a simple drop-in Open Studio program. Today, programming includes a network of opportunities from youth field trips to three month residencies for local artists.  In 2016 alone, we hosted over 587 students and 668 Open Studio visits.

Our big anniversary celebration is the Birthday Bash Printing Dash on Saturday June 3, featuring an afternoon of print-themed field day competitions, studio tours, music, and food. Donations from this event will be invested in the all-new member-driven Equipment Fund. This new initiative is raising funds for equipment upgrades, expansions, and repairs.

Grab Tickets Now for a chance to win a Free workshop

Spudnik Press Cooperative is also debuting a new Print of the Month Club that highlights 12 of their 175 members. Each month, subscribers will receive a fresh-off-the-press print designed by a member of the cooperative.  Print of the Month Club sales directly fund the featured artists and sustain the day in day out programs at Spudnik Press.

Join Our Print of the Month Club

Want to know more about our big milestone?
View the 10th Anniversary Press Release
View Upcoming Events

Where have we gone, before we go

A Themed Portfolio


Jennifer Scheuer  

Featured Artists:

Anne Beidler, John Bergmeier, Ed Bernstein, Kaitlyn Collyer, Benjy Davies, Pamela Drix, Fred Hagstrom, Raluca Iancu, Eleanor Jensen, Kathryn Maxwell, Katherine Miller, Greg Page, Minna Resnick, Mary Robinson, Nick Ruth, Carrie ScangaJennifer Scheuer, Hannah Skoonberg, Taro Takizawa, Ruth Weisberg


6/16/2017 – 8/5/2017


The Annex at Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Where have we gone, before we go
Opening Reception & Exhibition Talk
Friday, June 16th, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Press Release:

Where we have been, before we go features twenty prints that investigate the art making process as a progressive and ever-evolving exercise. Twenty artists were each asked to produce new work in the form of a diptych that reflects their own current artistic practice in contrast with their earlier artistic aesthetics, themes or processes. How does self-perception affect artistic creation?

This exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists from across the country, many exhibiting for the first time in Chicago. Participants represent a broad range of artistic approaches and careers. This portfolio of prints utilizes many print processes including screenprinting, lithography, relief, photographic processes, and more.

In addition to the flat prints on paper, the portfolio incorporates a decisive book arts component. Each portfolio is packaged with book binding supplies and instructions. Participating artist is charged with manipulating the prints to a unique drum leaf book, each deciding how they prefer to sequence the images. This process highlights the role of personal interpretation, narration, and perspective. The “Where we have been, before we go” exhibition features just one solution of how the book can be assembled.

The portfolio was organized in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Graphics International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The drum leaf book will be donated to Cornell Universities’ Fine Arts Library as a book available for checkout through their new book arts collection program.

Image by Fred Hagstrom

Spudnik Press Announces New Staff: Rachel Foster

Spudnik Press Cooperative welcomes Rachel Foster as Studio Coordinator, a new position for the organization.

Rachel has been a contributing member of the Spudnik community for several years in various roles such as teaching and exhibiting artist. Now, as staff, she is excited to meet members, students, and our full community of artists and makers.

Rachel has both a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in fine art and has always had a love for printmaking. Her print work can be found in Printeresting’s Ghost compilation as well as The New Concrete: Conrete Poetry in the 21st Century. Her work can also be find in the collections of ArtNow International and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

In addition to her experiences as an artist and printmaker, she has extensive administrative experience. Her cumulative professional experiences makes her an invaluable resource for Spudnik Press Cooperative an our community.

If you see her around the studio, say hello and welcome her to the team! Rachel is here to assist with press reservations, orientations, class registration, and all other general inquiries. She can be reached at or 312-563-0302.


Our 2016 Annual Report: A Year at Spudnik Press Cooperative

Our 2016 Annual Report highlights that 2016 was an energetic year for Spudnik Press Cooperative. Our calendar of programming was the most robust to date and our small staff worked round the clock to provide hundreds of artists the artistic opportunities, education, comradery and studio facilities they need for their creative pursuits to thrive.

As we approach our ten year anniversary, we are taking stock of our assets and making sure we can continue serving the Chicago community for many more years to come.

I am incredibly proud of Spudnik Press Cooperative and hope that you will join me in looking back on our accomplishments, and more importantly looking forward to another year of unique programming in support of the hundreds of incredible artists that come through our doors each year.

With gratitude to all of our supporters,

Angee Lennard
Founder & Executive Director

View the 2016 Annual Report

2017 Studio Fellowship Program: Now Accepting Proposals

Deadline to Apply: March 26, 2017

Spudnik Press Cooperative is accepting applications for our Fellowship Program, our flagship opportunity for emerging artists to gain access unrestricted access to our studios.

This is a seven-month program that provides support for young artists through full studio access and professional development opportunities. Fellows will acquire leadership skills and Studio Assistance experience through monitoring a weekly open studio session. Fellows will also work closely with each other and staff to develop and lead Community Workshops at Spudnik Press.

In addition to monitoring one Open Studio session per week, Fellows will also take on leadership roles at special events, member meetings, and outreach efforts. Fellows will meet regularly to share artwork and support each others projects. The program creates accountability for the cohort of four fellows as they set personal goals, create healthy studio habits, and develop their portfolio.

This program is geared towards recent graduates and other artists in a similar transitional period. Four positions are available per term.

2017 Studio Fellowship:

To Apply:

  1. Please download the 2017 Studio Fellowship Call
  2. Download the 2017 Studio Fellowship Proposal Form
  3. Return all materials to by Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Important Dates:

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, March 26 2, 2017
Fellowship Orientation & Training: May 2017. Dates & times TBD.
Monthly Fellows Meetings: Second Wednesday of each Month, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Individual Monitor Shifts Begin: June 1, 2017
Fellowship Ends: November 30, 2017

Pictured Above: Past Studio Fellows Margaret Hitch and Stephanie Benhaim leading “The Spontaneous Screenprint” community workshop.

One More Chili Babble: Today is National Chili Day!


Did you know…

Today is National Chili Day! Today is a day to celebrate this remarkable stew and gear up for a delicious weekend of eating.

This most happy holiday promotes not only the wonderful stew, cooked the world over, but the many cultural traditions surrounding this hearty dish.

Do not worry! The wait is coming to an end! The 2017 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off starts in less then 48 hours, where the chili will be ample, the games ridiculous, the company unsurpassed, and the fun incalculable.

Grab your pre-sale tickets now to save $5 off each adult ticket!

Chili Babbles #10: Cooks vs Cons?

In just two days, 18 chefs will come together to face-off chili to chili. Three will go home winners, but only one will receive the coveted “Chili Champ” Juror’s Choice Award!

We asked our chefs if they’ve ever competed in a cook-off before, and here’s what they said:


Just how often do our chefs cook chili?  


Where exactly are our chefs finding their recipes?


Will you be able to tell who the real chefs are? Will the novices be able to convince you they are pros?

At the Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off, we let YOU be the judge! Reserve your discounted pre-sale tickets today and prepare to give your taste buds the challenge of a lifetime.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, February 25!