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Private Studio: 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 January 15, 2018.

Rent:

$310/month includes 24-hour access to Printshop equipment and general supplies.
$250/month without Printshop access

Amenities:

7 x 15 feet
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: 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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Spudnik Members: It’s not too late to join our 2018 Exhibitions Committee!

The Spudnik Press Exhibitions Committee provides a platform for members to take the lead in the curatorial process for our exhibitions. It acts as a steering committee for exhibition-related opportunities, assists with all areas of exhibition development, and helps promote gallery events. The goal of the Committee is to organize and help select exhibitions that amplify the impact of resources at Spudnik Press by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to move through a variety of creative roles: from making to experiencing, from learning to teaching. The Committee is fully supported by Spudnik Press staff who lead meetings, manage all exhibitions, oversee budgets, and assist with other areas as needed.

General Responsibilities:

The Exhibitions Committee is responsible for reviewing and selecting proposals for solo exhibitions, group shows and/or curated shows. It also contributes to the development of additional programs offered in conjunction with each show, such as artist talks and  workshops. Committee members are asked to help out with various stages of each exhibition, including installation, photography, and gallery events.

Specific Activities:

  • Participate in quarterly committee meetings
  • Help develop guidelines and selection criteria for exhibition proposals
  • Review and select exhibitions that meet the goals of the Exhibitions Committee and align with the mission of Spudnik Press Cooperative
  • Contribute creatively and collaboratively during installation of exhibitions and gallery events
  • When appropriate, help author calls for entries and exhibition copy
  • Collaborate with other committee members on promotional materials
  • Work within established exhibition budgets
  • Increase exposure of the exhibitions and related programs
  • Give adequate time and energy to the duties required

Requirements:

By joining the Spudnik Press Exhibitions Committee, members are committing to a one-year position with the option to renew each calendar year, in addition to the requirements listed below.

  • Must maintain a current membership at Spudnik Press Cooperative throughout 2018.
  • Must be able to commit to attending all quarterly Exhibitions Committee Meetings.
  • Must commit for 6-8 hours in the production of 1-2 exhibitions. Members can select volunteer activities that best suit their skills, interests and availability.

2018 Meeting Dates:                                               The Current Committee:
January 17, 2018                                                            Yasaman Moussavi
April 18, 2018                                                                 Catherine Norcott
July 18, 2018                                                                   Parita Shah
October 17, 2018

To Apply:

  • Email marcela@spudnikpress.org with the subject line “Exhibitions Committee” by January 3, 2018.
  • Please include your name, phone number, and a statement of interest explaining why you would like to be a member of the Exhibitions Committee and what you hope to gain from this experience (500 words maximum).
  • The exhibition committee is first come, first serve. If response exceeds our capacity, a waitlist will be formed.
*Image: Cassie Tompkins Exhibition, Opening Reception August 11, 2017.

2018 Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline to Apply: January 7, 2018

Download the 2018 Call for Exhibition Proposals

The Spudnik Press Exhibitions Program invites exhibition proposals from artists and curators. This is our annual opportunity for individuals or collaborators to submit unsolicited proposals for solo or small group exhibitions. Proposals may be for existing or new work. Membership at Spudnik Press is not required to submit proposals.

Exhibitions are selected by a committee of Spudnik Press members using the curatorial statement (below) as a guidepost for all curatorial decisions. Strong proposals will resonate with the curatorial priorities of Spudnik Press Cooperative.

While exhibitions may feature artwork in any media, 2-D or wall-mounted artwork is typically best suited for the gallery, which functions as a multi-purpose space. We welcome proposals from beyond Chicago, however, applicants should be aware that there is a very limited budget per exhibition and may be responsible for much of the shipping costs and travel to and from Chicago.

Spudnik Press Cooperative Curatorial Statement:

Spudnik Press exhibitions amplify the impact of our resources by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to move through a variety of creative roles: from making to experiencing, and learning to teaching.

Spudnik Press showcases work that has ongoing relevance to our mission and vision, while also encouraging a breadth of community participation.  Exhibitions create an active platform to expand and diversify our cooperative.

To achieve these goals, Spudnik Press exhibitions:

  • Are selected by a curatorial committee of active members.
  • Emphasize printmaking and print-based projects within contemporary art practices.
  • Showcase the creative, analytical or technical process of art making.
  • Feature exceptional projects, whether produced at Spudnik Press or beyond.
  • Engage diverse levels of professional experience.

Spudnik Press exhibitions offer participating artists opportunities to:

  • Produce new fine art prints.
  • Present corresponding educational programming.
  • Present Artist Talks.

Timeline:

  • Proposals due: Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • Applicants will be notified by February 2, 2018
  • Exhibitions will occur between early Spring 2018 and February 28, 2019.
  • Exhibitions typically run between 5 and 8 weeks.

Additional Exhibition Resources:

Archive of Past Exhibitions
Guide for Curators 
Download the 2018 Call for Exhibition Proposals

To Apply:

E-mail the following to marcela@spudnikpress.org with “Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line:

1) PDF including the following documents in the following order:

  • Working title of the exhibition
  • Exhibition Narrative: Description of the exhibition, both conceptually and visually. 150 – 250 words.
  • Artist Statement(s) and Bio(s): Brief statement for each artist and bio for each artist. Include websites, blogs, notable artistic achievements, other relevant material.
  • Resume or CV: No longer than two pages. Please only submit a resume for the curator, solo artist or main contact for group shows, not each individual artist.
  • Three professional references for the curator, solo artist or main contact
  • Image list including artist name, title, medium, year of completion, dimensions, and name of file

2) Work Samples:

  • For solo exhibitions, include up to 10 images of work that will be included in the exhibition. Group exhibition proposals may include up to 3 images per artist. Sketches may be included for forthcoming work. Please include an image list. Images need not exceed 1 MB each.
  • Work samples files should be titled LASTNAME_01.jpg, LASTNAME_02.jpg, etc.

Please direct any questions to marcela@spudnikpress.org.

Image: Installation view of “I Will Love You Forever/Hans + Eva Rausing” Exhibition, featuring work by Jacob Saunders.

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.

Run, Run, Run | Annual Member Exhibition

Featured Artists:

Vice Versa Press | Julia Arredondo
Moon Bang
Molly Berkson
Jennifer Cronin
Erick Jurado
Alex Kostiw
David Krzeminski
Carrie Lingscheit
Dutes Miller
Yasaman Moussavi
Catherine Norcott
Elise Parisian
Jake Saunders
Parita Shah
Current Location Press | Raychel Steinbach Lauen
Don Widmer
Tara Zanzig

Dates:

10/20/2017 – 12/16/2017

Location:

The Annex at Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

Print Factory Art Party Annual Benefit
Low Res, 1821 W. Hubbard St.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
9:30 p.m. After Party

Hubbard Street Lofts Annual Open House
Friday, October 20, 2017
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Run, Run, Run: Reception & Artist Talk
Friday, October 20, 2017
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Artist Talk

Exhibition Description:

Spudnik Press is pleased to present Run, Run, Run, our Annual Member Exhibition. The exhibition will have an opening reception on Friday, October 20, from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Annex at Spudnik Press, located at 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Inspired by the theme of this year’s 2017 Annual Benefit: Print Factory Art Party, our 2017 Exhibitions Committee curated a body of work exemplary of the range of media and creative output active in our studio twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Run, Run, Run pays tribute to the many artists, designers, and creatives who have partaken in our decade of community arts programming and continue to run with us.

The exhibition will be on view October 20 – December 16, 2017. Those attending the 2017 Annual Benefit will have an opportunity to get a first look of the exhibition prior to the public reception on October 20th.