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2019 Artist Residency Program: Call for Applications

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

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

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

To Apply:

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

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

Important Details:

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

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

Questions? Contact residency@spudnikpress.org.

Non-Constants: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith

Featured Artists:

Ashley Freeby
Jesse Meredith

Dates:

1/11/2019 – 3/16/2019

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Corresponding Events:

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

About the Artists:

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

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

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

 

Spudnik Press Cooperative Welcomes the 2018/2019 Studio Fellows

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

2018/2019 Studio Fellows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lorelei Stewart Bio:

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

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

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

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

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

Spudnik Press is Hiring: Program Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Skills & Qualifications:

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

Working Environment:

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

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

To Apply:

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

Download the Program Director Job Description

Spudnik Press Cooperative | EXPO Chicago | Booth #461

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

Featured Artists:

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

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

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

EXPO Chicago Sneak Preview:

Brittney Leanne Williams
Untitled, 2018
Intaglio
12″ x 13″


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


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


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


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


The New Printmaker Collection:

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

Learn more about EXPO Chicago

 

 

Professional Practice: Portfolio Review with Bert Green

Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
$10 for Resident Artists and Studio Fellows
Register Online

Guest Reviewer: Bert Green

In an effort to continue our mission to unite our community of printmakers with art professionals throughout the Chicagoland area we are launching a revised edition of our portfolio reviews this 2018. Professional Practice: Portfolio Review will consist of a 30-minute, individual portfolio review with a curator, educator, gallery director, or arts administrator.

This is a unique opportunity for artists to receive feedback on a current body of work or upcoming project, as well as suggestions on how to prepare for other professional opportunities.

Bert Green Bio:
Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago. He has lived in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Bert Green Fine Art focuses on fine art marketing, sales and curation, with an emphasis on art’s role, impact and interaction with trends in urban economic development and revitalization, technology and culture. The gallery represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and works with specialty print houses to produce unusual and rare limited edition lithographs, letterpress, and photographic prints.

Registration Details:
Space is limited to six artists. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. The registration deadline is Friday, October 26, 2018 or when all spaces are full. Exact time slots will be assigned by Tuesday, October 30, 2018.  Registrants are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early to their scheduled appointment.

Announcing the Juried Selections for our 2018 Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding

Our 2018 Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding is just around the corner and we are thrilled to present an art auction line-up like no other, with work by some of the most notable and rising artists of Chicago, including Spudnik Press’s very own members!

Congratulations to Julia Arredondo, Elke Claus, Ben Garbus, David Krzeminski, Lialia Kuchma, Carron Little, Dutes Miller, Yasaman Moussavi, Jill Ruzicka, Emily Shopp, Junli Song, and Tara Zanzig, whose artwork was selected by guest juror and esteemed colleague Oli Watt to be featured in the Member Section of our benefit. Member work selected for the auction on Saturday, October 20th will be professionally framed and photographed for inclusion in our online auction via Paddle8, to be released October 1st.

Don’t delay and purchase your tickets today!

The Annual Benefit Auction is our largest fundraiser of the year, which raises upwards of $20,000 to be invested in our studio and programs.  This year’s event, Bad Wedding, promises to be a light-hearted art party that incorporates campy adaptations of all the best matrimonial traditions. This carefully curated reception-style event will feature craft cocktails, live entertainment and exceptional art.

2018-2019 Studio Fellowship: Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, October 14, 2018

Spudnik Press is now accepting applications for our November 2018 – May 2019 Studio Fellowship program.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Studio Fellowship is committed to providing promising emerging artists in the Chicagoland area with comprehensive artistic and professional development support. The Studio Fellowship packages a multitude of opportunities for artists to advance their artistic practice.

During this seven-month program, fellows receive unfettered access to Spudnik’s expansive printmaking facilities. By working in our print shop and monitoring weekly Open Studio sessions, fellows regularly engage with our community of printmakers and benefit from ongoing guidance and feedback from staff and peers.

Additionally, the Studio Fellowship’s weekly professional development seminar equips our fellows with the tools and resources to be able to set personal and financial goals, strengthen their proposal writing and teaching artistry, learn how to promote themselves and their work, and much more. Fellows also have the unique experience of planning and presenting up to two culminating public projects.

Fellows also receive advanced notice and discounted registration for all Professional Practices Programs offered to our members. Opportunities include portfolio reviews with curators, off-site visits to resources and arts professionals throughout Chicago, exhibition opportunities, and more. By gifting each fellow a complimentary one-year Studio Membership, fellows can continue to take advantage of all member opportunities for the five months following their fellowship.

Studio Fellowship Mission

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Studio Fellowship is an intensive seven-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 two 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.

Eligibility

The Studio Fellowship program best supports:

  • Emerging artists, typically recent college graduates.
  • 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.
  • Artist who have are already dedicated to a 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 create or sell art a primary source of income.
  • Artist in transitional points in their career.
  • Artists seeking opportunities to meet Chicago-based arts professionals.
  • Artists interested in building meaningful connections with a creative community.

To Apply

Please thoroughly review the SPC Fellowship Information Packet. Download and complete the 2018_2019 Studio Fellowship Application Form. Return this application form and all requested materials to marcela@spudnikpress.org no later than Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Fellowship Period: November 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019
Weekly Professional Development Seminar:  Most Wednesdays from 2 – 4 p.m.
Individual Monitor Shifts Begin
: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Any inquiries regarding our Studio Fellowship can be directed to Marcela A. Serment, marcela@spudnikpress.org.

Spudnik and the Chicago Artists Coalition Announces “The New Printmakers Collection”

Spudnik Press Cooperative and the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is thrilled to announce the second year of their project “The New Printmakers Collection: A Collaboration between Spudnik Prints Cooperative and the Chicago Artists Coalition.” The program is designed to offer collectors a portfolio of prints by three artists on the rise. The artists invited to participate are new to printmaking, and all are former residents of CAC’s BOLT or HATCH programs, which offer solo and group exhibition’s, respectively. This year’s artists include Benjamin Larose (BOLT 2017-18), Caroline Liu (HATCH 2017-18), and Roni Packer (BOLT 2017-18).

“By working with artists whom are not accustomed to printmaking, we are able to develop fresh and unique prints while providing the featured artists the opportunity to work with a master printer to produce new work otherwise beyond their means. We have truly enjoyed finding inventive ways to capture the essential elements of an artist’s practice whose work is typically in media as disparate as photography, fiber arts, and installation,” said Angee Lennard, Founder and Director of Spudnik.

This program is generously supported by collector Browne Goodwin, who began his own collection by acquiring prints. “Prints are often very affordable, easy to store, and well-suited for hanging in a home – enabling more people to share the adventure of collecting the art of their time,” explained Goodwin.

Prints may be purchased individually or as a collection packaged with a colophon and an archival portfolio. Prints are each 11×15″ on archival cotton paper. Edition of 14. Prints will be available on CAC’s and Spudnik’s websites for a reduced price during the pre-sale, running September 6-26. After September 26, prints will be for sale at full price.

The Chicago Artists Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports contemporary Chicago artists and curators by offering residency programs, exhibitions, professional development and resources that enable them to live, work and thrive in the city. CAC is deeply committed to advancing the cause of art and its importance in Chicago’s culture and economy by cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic and public support network.

2019 Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, November 4, 2018

Download the 2019 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 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.

In 2019, Spudnik Press will present a total of five exhibitions. Of these five exhibitions, three will be juried selections. Additionally, new in 2019, one of three juried exhibition spots will be awarded to a distinguished proposal submitted by a Spudnik Press member, whether that is a solo or small group exhibition.

Exhibition proposals are reviewed by a committee of Spudnik Press active members, as well as guest curators. Final selections are made using the organizations’s curatorial statement (below) as a guidepost. Strong proposals will resonate with the curatorial priorities of Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Please note, while installations and performances may be included in proposals, 2-D or wall-mounted artwork is typically best suited for the gallery, which functions as a multi-purpose space. Additionally, we welcome proposals from beyond Chicago, however, applicants should be aware that there is a very limited budget per exhibition and they may be responsible for much of the shipping costs and travel to and from Spudnik Press.

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 that includes active members.
  • Emphasize printmaking and print-based projects within contemporary art practices.
  • Showcase the creative, analytical and/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, November 4, 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified by Friday, November 16, 2018.
  • Exhibitions will occur between January 2019 and January 2020. The first juried exhibition for 2019 is scheduled for January 11 – March 16, 2019.
  • Exhibitions typically run for 9 weeks with two weeks in between shows for gallery preparation.

Additional Exhibition Resources:

Archive of Past Exhibitions
Guide for Curators
Download the 2019 Call for Exhibition Proposals*

*Please note, while not required, we appreciate exhibition proposals that give consideration to our gallery’s capabilities and limitations. For this reason, we highly recommend that you make use of the gallery floor plan in developing your exhibition, especially if your proposal will include any installation-based work.

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following proposal materials to marcela@spudnikpress.org with “2019 Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line.

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

  • Applicant(s) contact information. Please include your address, phone number, and email address.
  • Working title for the exhibition.
  • Exhibition/Curatorial Statement.Description of the exhibition, both conceptually and visually. (500 words max)
  • 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. Please only submit a resume or CV for the applicant(s), not each individual artist.
  • Three professional references. Please include relationship to the applicant(s).
  • Image List. Including artist name, title, year of completion, medium, dimensions, and name of file.
  • Public Program (optional). Applicants are welcome to submit a brief description for a public program related to the exhibitions, i.e. an artist talk, workshop, etc.

2) Sample Images:

  • For both solo exhibitions and small group exhibitions, include up to 10 images of work that will be included in the exhibition.
  • Sketches may be included for forthcoming work.
  • Images need not exceed 1 MB each.
  • Work samples files should be labeled as follows: LASTNAME_01.jpg, LASTNAME_02.jpg, etc.

Accepted Exhibition Proposals

Accepted applicants will be notified by Friday, November 16, 2018. Spudnik Press staff will work with the accepted applicants to determine the exhibition’s dates, layout, timeline for the production of the small-run micro publication, and other programming details. Artwork on loan to Spudnik Press may be available for sale at the discretion of the artist(s). The artist(s) may request that purchasers contact them directly. Spudnik Press kindly asks for 25% of the proceeds from sales made be donated to the studio.

 

Please direct any questions to marcela@spudnikpress.org. Incomplete exhibition proposals will not be considered.

Above photo by Robert Chase Heisman.

Collective Ground | 2018 Annual Member Exhibition

Featured Artists:

Julia Arredondo, Molly Berkson, Emma Bilyeu, Jennifer Burak and Dan Spielman, Elijah Burgher, Mary Clare Butler, Jessica Christy, Ben Garbus, Orr Gidon, Colleen Hardison, Margot Harrington, David Krzeminski, Carron Little, Grace Makuch, Dan Manion, JJ McLuckie, Miller and Shellabarger, Yasaman Moussavi, Catherine Norcott, Emily Shopp, Veronica Siehl, Junli Song, Amanda Ware

Dates:

September 7 – October 20, 2018

Location:

The Annex @ Spudnik Press
1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 302

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception
Friday, September 7, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

EXPO Chicago’s Art After Hours 
September 28, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hubbard Street Lofts Open House
Friday, October 19, 2018
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

2018 Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Press Release:

Spudnik Press Cooperative is pleased to present Collective Ground, our 2018 Annual Member Exhibition. Collective Ground opens on Friday, September 7th at The Annex at Spudnik Press and will have a public reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All are welcome.

In The One and The Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context, art historian Grant H. Kester writes: “The workshop has emerged as a significant nexus of creative production in a wide range of collaborative and collective projects.” Inspired by the work of our own community, Collective Ground is an exhibition that highlights collaborative projects by members of Spudnik Press. This exhibition is a response to our layered and multi-generational community, comprised of creatives from different backgrounds, fields of study, and stages in their careers. It is the amalgamation of their unique perspectives and voices that allows our print shop to be a space for social, educational, and artistic exchange.

Through this exhibition, we witness work that is playful and humorous, socially conscious, or explores the boundaries of print media. The outcome is a spacious celebration of the different artistic approaches and ideas shared in our community of printmakers. This in turn, yields a transformative vision and helps craft a deeper understanding of our art practices, each other, and our surrounding communities.

We grateful to our participating artists who embarked on this project with us, and to our 140+ active members. It is their contributions that enrich our community day in and day out.

Participating collaborators include:

Julia Arredondo and JJ McLuckie
Molly Berkson and Orr Gidon
Emma Bilyeu and Dan Manion
Jennifer Burak and Dan Spielman
Elijah Burgher and Dutes Miller
Mary Clare Butler and Veronica Siehl
Jessica Christy and Spudnik Press Studio Users
Ben Garbus and Grace Makuch
Colleen Hardison and Margot Harrington
David Krzeminski and Amanda Ware
Carron Little and Spare Rib Project Contributors
Miller and Shellabarger
Yasaman Moussavi and Catherine Norcott
Yasaman Moussavi, Emily Shopp, and Junli Song

Please note, Collective Ground will have extended viewing hours on September 28th during EXPO Chicago’s Art After Hours, on Friday, October 19th during Hubbard Street Lofts Open House, and on Saturday, October 20th during our 2018 Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding.