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Member Interview: Jake Saunders

Jake Saunders is an artist working and living in Chicago. He received his Masters in Fine Art at the University of Connecticut. He also received a Masters in Art, as well as his Bachelors in Fine Art at Ball State. Jake’s 2016 Exhibitions include work being shown at Jennifer Ford Art Gallery in association with the Wunderkammer Company  in Fort Wayne, IN. He has previously shown work at Blue House Gallery (Columbus OH), the Auxiliary Art Center (Chicago, IL), along with many other notable spaces.

Spudnik Press Cooperative (SPC): Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do when you’re not working on art?

I’m a printmaker: mostly etching, woodcuts, and linocuts. I screen-print for a living. For free-lance, I do graphic design for screen-printing, web design, coding, and stuff like that. I watch a lot of movies and hang out with my girlfriend and the cat.

(SPC): So I see that you work in different mediums- how did you come to printmaking as a medium?

Printmaking is just like an extension of drawing for me. While drawing is all fine and good–I love drawing, and I love seeing drawing–I think a lot of people who are drawers tend to want to have a way to refine their drawings. I think a lot of people gravitate towards painting for that reason–at least in my experience. Printmaking suited me because of what I was interested in as a kid. I got into printmaking when I was 17 or 18. It appealed to me because it looked like Frank Miller and some other comic book illustrators.

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(SPC): What kind of things are influencing your work right now?

Right now I’ve gotten really into Romantic period art work, like Goya. I’m a big fan of Caravaggio, Dürer, and German Expressionists like Käthe Kollwitz. I’m also big on living people like William Kentridge and Kara Walker. I just saw the Carrie James Marshall show–that was pretty amazing. Contemporary writers like Paul Auster and Salmon Rushdie are big ones for me right now. I think more than anybody, Salmon Rushdie has been really on my mind a lot lately.

(SPC): If you could own a piece of art from one living artist, what would it be or who’s would it be?

I don’t know of anything specific that I would absolutely need but I’d love to have one of those cut paper pieces of Kara Walker’s. I love those things; I would love to have one of her pieces.

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(SPC): Are you a pre-meditated maker or do you just dive right into your work?

I believe that you could be a really terrible painter, drawer, printmaker, or whatever–but if you can compose then it’s going to be good. So I spend a lot of time doing that. Preparation is huge for me–I take a lot of photographs, and do a lot of studies. What I usually do is take a lot of photographs and collage it all in Photoshop. I do a lot of Photoshop collage work before I even put a pencil on anything. It’s a big process for me but it’s very regimented.

(SPC): For your personal art practice, when and how do you decide to take the next step to print and how do you decide which method you are going to use?

I think that the narrative dictates the media, for me. For the last few years when I’ve been doing these pictures based in religious narratives with religious symbolism. I just automatically went for Dürer, and renaissance and medieval prints. So if I am going to approach a new subject like I am thinking about [doing] now, that narrative has to inform the look and therefore the media used. That might be whenever the narrative took place or it could be like art historical references, or just the general flavor of the story that could inform those things. Also there are just the practical things. I didn’t have access to a press for a long time so if I was going to do printmaking I had to be able to do it on a table at home. So it was like- spoons!

Sodom and Gamora , Linocut on paper, 2016


(SPC): Has your imagery always been rooted in graphic narratives or has it evolved to this?

I think the short answer is yeah–I think it’s been rooted in narrative and always, for the most part, been figurative. It’s always been heavy on the craftsmanship and graphic stuff. I was a comic book nerd as a kid so it’s what I’ve always gravitated towards.

(SPC): When did you start using religious references in your work and how do you merge these themes with modern day imagery?

When I was young and growing up in Indiana I was inundated with religious stuff all of the time. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with it but I love the narratives and I love the imagery. I know it inside and out so it was always something that was a good reference point for me. So I started doing it right off the bat and it’s like a ready made visual vocabulary that I can use. It’s more or less [something] you can use it for almost anything. There’s an analogy in these stories that you can use for anything that happens in your life–love, heartbreak, and death, birth. Anything–it’s all there. I use narratives as a foil. So I use those images of two-three thousand year old narratives to talk about things that happened to me yesterday.


Pieta , Linocut on paper, 2015

(SPC): What are some recent, current, or upcoming projects that you’re working on?

I’ve been working on a series for a few years of Judeo Christian narratives. That’s kind of wrapping up right now. I’m starting to use more contemporary narratives and there’s one in particular that I’m toying around with right now about a woman named Eva Rausing–a British story from a couple of years back.

(SPC): How has living in Chicago as opposed to other cities affected your art practice?

It’s made it more difficult in some ways and easier in others. There’s a lack of space or a yard to use power tools where it was more accessible when I lived in more rural areas. There’s a lot more opportunities but it’s also a little bit overwhelming sometimes. I think being exposed to a lot of stuff here and the opportunity to have a bit more community is a big plus.

(SPC): Are there any processes or methods that you’re looking into or excited about using/learning at Spudnik Press?

It’s been a long time since I’ve done etching or intaglio at all. It’s been intermittent since I got out of my MFA so I’m just really pumped to be jumping right back into that and getting really good at again. It was something I did all of the time when I was in school. I’m really excited to put that back into my repertoire. I’ve also been playing around with cyan-red 3D stuff. I’m not sure where that’s going to go yet.


Finally finishing a few editions at spudnik today. #printmaking #print #linocut #art #chicago #spudnik

A photo posted by Jake Saunders (@jake_saunders_art_design) on

Magdalene Waiting at the Tomb , Linocut on paper, 2016


To see more of Jake Saunder’s work, follow him on instagram at @jake_saunders_art_design, or visit his website!

Member Interview Series: Tara Zanzig

Tara Zanzig is an artist working and living in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts  from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago in 2001. You can find many of her murals throughout the city of Chicago. Tara has recently exhibited at Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery (Chicago, IL).

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I grew up in Jupiter, Florida and moved to Chicago in 1998. I have an older brother, Blair, and a younger brother, Blake. Yellow and pink are my favorite colors. Im pretty straightforward. Not really interested in fancy things. What I do is try to make a sustainable life through art and its practice. For me this means allowing opportunity and experiences to feed my work and support my livelihood. In turn, I hope to contribute to this human experience and provide something to engage in. I feel I’m best able to connect with people through art – making, showing, viewing, collaborating, teaching…

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What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on?

I’m pretty excited to be designing and printing the posters and ephemera for Girls Rock! Chicago this year. I’m also working on getting some murals outside of Chicago.

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What kinds of things are influencing your work right now?

Scale. Juxtaposition. Capitalism. Peace.

What artists are you interested in right now?

Ruben Aguirre (likes_1) and Greve (knowtrespassing). They’re both Chicago artists. My perception and appreciation of what they do isn’t just what’s on the wall.

Can you share one of the best or worst reactions you have gotten as a result of your work?

Worst: Some one told me, “You can’t pull it off. You need to practice and learn some manners.”

Best: Whenever some one purchases the work to hang in their environment.



If you could own a piece of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?

I own plenty of art by living artists. Living Chicago artists at that, but I know you mean the unattainable kind so it would be The Physical Impossibility of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living by Damien Hirst. It’s the epitome of conceptual art. And irreverant.


What’s your favorite thing about your city?

Chicago style pizza

What do you do when you’re not working on art?

Hah. Sleeping?! Jk Tasting beers with my boyfriend Andy.

If people want to see your work where should they go?

You can find my work at popular street art spots from Bridgeport to Logan. However, the best stuff is off the beaten path or where you wouldn’t expect. I most recently completed a 3250 square foot mural on the corner of Wabash and 11th. I’ve hung in museums and galleries around Chicago and the midwest. Follow my IG (@tararchy) or friend me on FB to find new work and exhibitions.

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Member Interview Series: Darian Longmire

Darian Longmire is an artist working and living in Chicago. He received his Bachelors specializing in Art and Design at Illinois State University in 2013. Darian recently has exhibited at the Four Rivers Print Biennial at Southern Illinois Printworks (Carbondale IL). He has also exhibited at Jan Brandt Gallery (Bloomington IL), Transpace Gallery (Normal, IL), Illinois State University, (Bloomington IL), Limerick Portfolio Showcase (Ireland).

Spudnik Press Cooperative (SPC): Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I am your typical 20 something, working and living in Chicago. I spend my time trying to make challenging art while balancing a full time job. I have recently decided to pursue my MFA to dedicate more intensive, uninterrupted time to making art.

(SPC): What kinds of things are influencing your work right now?

American Abstraction and its history are the bigger context for my work. Specifically, I am working with research about physics, the origin of the universe and philosophy when I start images. Artists like, David Shapiro and Robert Mangold come to mind. I also am really enjoying the prints produced by Robert Mangold, published through Pace Prints. They really explore minimalist forms and color through printmaking quite successfully.



What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on?

Recently, I finished some larger prints at Spudnik where I combined relief techniques with screenprinting. The outcome helped me grasp using screen prints for imagery more thoroughly and also really allowed me to continue to make open and spontaneous works while in the studio.



(SPC): What artists are you interested in right now?

(Fundamental) Painting is a blog ran by Neil Clements, a UK based artist I follow on Tumblr. I have been really enjoying the catalog of great american and international abstract artists represented there.



(SPC): If you could own a piece of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?

I would love to own a print by Robert Mangold. His use of color and repeated simplified forms is innovative.

(SPC): How has being born and raised in Chicago affected your art practice?
I grew up on the west side in a mostly low-income area. I think that I am attracted to community based efforts for making art because I only got a few opportunities to encounter fine art growing up. I have really appreciated my time at Spudnik press in that it has given me time to create and interact with a whole community of local artists in Chicago.


(SPC): What do you do when you’re not working on art?

When not making art I work at a coffee shop, brewing magic.

(SPC):What do you think dogs dream about?

Getting free barbecue.

(SPC): If people want to see your work where should they go?

I will have print-based work in a few upcoming exhibitions in the Chicago area. One of those is with the Donnelley Foundation in the mid summer.  All of the info and images of my recent work are on my website:

Please check out Darian’s upcoming Gelli Print Community Workshop on May 18th at Spudnik Press!

2016 Hashbrown Chef Spotlight: Raul Benitez of Comfort Station

Our next Chef Spotlight introduces Comfort Station, which exists as a community driven creative platform. Comfort Film Programmers, Raul Benitez took a moment to answer a few questions leading up to this year’s Hashbrown Chili Cook-off. Get your tickets to the 2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off to help determine their fate!

Organization: Comfort Station
Guest Chef: Raul Benitez, Comfort Film Programmers

Spudnik Press Cooperative (SPC): What is Comfort Station?

Raul: Comfort Station is a multidisciplinary art space whose mission is to present challenging and stimulating programming that is open and accessible to everyone. We are a community-centric organization offering a wide variety of programs: art exhibitions, concerts, film, workshops, lectures, participatory events, and more. As a historic building in the heart of Logan Square, we aim to create an active intersection of diverse Chicago communities and promote new connections between them. Comfort Station is all ages, wheel chair accessible, and gender inclusive.

SPC: What is your role at Comfort Station?

Raul: Outside of getting to choose the movies screened at Comfort Station the best part is getting to meet all the amazing film makers and artist that come through.

SPC: How did you get involved with this organization?

Raul: I joined Comfort Station in 2013 when there was a shout out for a new programmer for film. Since I have been part of the Chicago Film Community for years I decided it would be great to help Comfort Station with their film programming and a great way to meet new people in the neighborhood.

SPC: If people take away just one thing about Comfort Station, what should it be? 

Raul: I think people need to know how diverse and eccentric the programming is at Comfort Station. Not only do we have the art and the music and film but we also have talks, workshops and exhibitions. We try to be as broad based as possible to reflect the Logan Square neighborhood.

SPC: What is a tagline that could work for BOTH your organization AND your chili?

Raul: Diverse, exciting and smoky hot!

SPC: If your organization had a spirit animal, what would it be?

Raul: Definitely an Owl. I feel we are becoming the wise old art space in Logan Square were people come to us for advice and help etc.

SPC: Finally, can we leak any details about what our guests can expect to find in your crockpot on March 19?

Raul: My chili will have an interesting smoky twist!

Raul’s Favorites:

Favorite Restaurant: Smoque BBQ
Best Cookbook: A Treasury of Great Recipes by Vincent Price.
Best soup you’ve ever had: Berria Consume at Lindo Michoacan
Favorite Type of Bean: Lentil


2016 Hashbrown Chef Spotlight: Bruno Rohner of Rohner Letterpress

Gearing up for The Hashbrown on Saturday, March 19, we introduce our third guest chef, Bruno Rohner of Rohner Letterpress! This is a homegrown gem we at Spudnik highly suggest checking out. Get your tickets to the 2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off to help determine their fate!

Organization: Rohner Letterpress
Guest Chef: Bruno Rohner

SPC: What is your role with your organization?

Bruno: I’m the fearless leader.

Spudnik Press Cooperative (SPC): What should people know about Rohner Letterpress?

Bruno: Our main goal is to print beautiful and tactile pieces for design-focused clients using letterpress, foil stamping and other specialty techniques.

SPC: Can you think of a brief description that could represent BOTH your organization and your chili?

Bruno: A potentially combustible mix of ingredients that end the end come together beautifully.

SPC: Can we leak any details about what our guests can expect to find in your crockpot on March 19?

Bruno: Bambi.

Brunos’s Favorites:

Favorite Chef: Charlie Trotter
Favorite Restaurant: Urban Belly
Best soup you’ve ever had: Bundner Gerstensuppe
Favorite Type of Bean: Garbanzo
Favorite Recipe:

Sambal Chicken Skewers
Ingredients SERVINGS:
4 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1/3 cup hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)
1/4 cup fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
1/4 cup Sriracha
2 teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch–2-inch pieces

Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Whisk brown sugar, vinegar, chili paste, fish sauce, Sriracha, and ginger in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Thread 4 or 5 chicken pieces onto each skewer. Transfer marinade to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until reduced by half (about 1 cup), 7–10 minutes. Grill chicken, turning and basting often with reduced marinade, until cooked through, 8–10 minutes.


2016 Hashbrown Chef Spotlight: Tyler Clark and Bradley Morgan of CHIRP Radio

Today we introduce CHIRP, a newcomer to the Hashbrown tradition. On Saturday, March 19, CHIRP will be defending their organization with a chili recipe developed by Editor, Tyler Clark and Associate Partnership Coordinator, Bradley Morgan. Will they be able to take home the Golden Laddle of 2016? Get your tickets to the 2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off to help determine their fate!

Organization: CHIRP Radio
Guest Chef: Bradley Morgan, Associate Partnership Coordinator
Tyler Clark, DJ and blog editor

Spudnik Press Cooperative (SPC): How or why did you get involved with this organization?

Tyler: I spent four years as a college radio DJ, and continued obsessing over music long after I graduated. After a few years in the fast-paced (and curiously music-free) world of national politics, I got a real job and finally had time to spend my off hours doing what I loved: talking to people I can’t see about music.

SPC: Why do more people need to know and support CHIRP?

Tyler: CHIRP Radio is one of the city’s best outlets for people who are passionate about music, but it goes far beyond that. As one of the leaders in the low-power FM movement, our radio station has also been a vital voice in the conversation about community media access and resources. If you’ve ever found yourself exasperated at the state of corporate radio, CHIRP is the place for you.

SPC: Can you think of a brief description that could represent BOTH your organization and your chili?

Tyler: Made by people who care.
Bradley: Hearty, whole, and packs a punch.

SPC: If your organization had a spirit animal, what would it be?

Bradley: A bird (Chirp, get it?)
Tyler: We’d probably be … a really cool bird. Maybe, like, a starling with headphones? A flamingo in a Slint t-shirt? The wren who used to drum for The Wrens?

SPC: Do you have a favorite recipe you are willing to share?

Tyler: Recipes are like DIY venues: best kept secret.

Tylers Favorites:

Favorite Chef: David Chang, who made me love Brussels sprouts
Favorite Restaurant: I could eat the chilaquiles at Danny’s Egghead Diner every day for the rest of my life.
Best Cookbook: Stan Lee Presents The Mighty Marvel Superheroes’ Cookbook
Best soup you’ve ever had: The egg lemon soup at Salonica in Hyde Park
Best Cooking Show: The Great British Bake-Off; I’m obsessed

Bradley’s Favorites:

Favorite Restaurant: Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Best Cookbook: Thug Kitchen
Best soup you’ve ever had: 
Favorite Type of Bean: Black Beans


2016 Hashbrown Chef Spotlight: Jeff Zwirek of CAKE

Spudnik Press continues to gear up for our annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off. Today we introduce CAKE,  2015 Hashbrown Champion. CAKE returns to the competition with full intentions to again take home the Golden Ladle!

Organization: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Guest Chef: Jeff Zwirek, Co-Founder and a Co-Organizer

Spudnik Press Cooperative (SPC): What is CAKE?

Jeff: CAKE is a weekend long celebration of independent comics inspired by Chicago’s abundant past and present of talented cartoonists, featuring comics for sale, discussion, exhibition, and a growing number of services for emerging comic artists, including workshops and a micro grant.

For people aren’t familiar with CAKE or the world of alternative comics, can you give us the inside scoop?

Jeff: Alternative comics is a very diverse medium, there is something for everybody with stories and styles with all different appeals. At CAKE you can meet and talk to the artists who commit so much time an energy to their passion. It’s a chance to support the arts in your community and be exposed to other like minded artists from all over the world. Cake also always has an incredible line-up of well renowned cartoonists as special guests. It’s a shame we can’t cram more lovely people into our venue.

SPC: If you were tasked with creating a tagline for CAKE and your chili, what would it be?

Jeff: Intense and bold, you won’t soon forget this experience!

SPC: If your organization had a spirit animal, what would it be?

Jeff: A raven. Inky black and dangerously clever.

SPC: Do you have a favorite recipe you are willing to share?

Jeff: Every so often my dad would make us peanut butter and jelly instead of mom. He would put some margarine on the bread first. He also cut it in triangles instead of squares. It was like a whole different beast!

SPC: Can we leak any details about what our guests can expect to find in your crockpot on March 19?

Jeff: CAKE spares no expense! The last couple of years we’ve done a short rib chili that has come in first and second. We may switch things up a little but be sure that CAKE brings the goods!

Jeff’s Favorites:

Favorite Chef: Rick Bayless’ blonde mustache creeps me out and mesmerizes me at the same time.
Best soup you’ve ever had: I don’t care for soup. I always feel like I’m sick when I’m eating it.
Favorite Type of Bean: Black beans can’t be beat.
Best Cooking Show: America’s Test Kitchen


2016 Hashbrown Chef Spotlight: Antonio Pazaran of Instituto Grafico de Chicago

Today we introduce Instituto Grafico de Chicago, a newcomer to the Hashbrown tradition. On Saturday, March 19, IGC will be defending their organization with a chili recipe developed by cooperative member, Antonio Pazaran. Get your tickets to the 2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off to help determine their fate!

Organization: Instituto Grafico de Chicago
Guest Chef: Antonio Pazaran, Co-Founder and Member

Spudnik Press Cooperative (SPC): For those that haven’t heard of the Instituto Grafico de Chicago, tell us a little about this cooperative.

Antonio: IGC is an non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the critical activist tradition of Latino printmaking that unites communities of struggle around the world. IGC offers arts education programs for new generations to engage in printmaking as a social force. This network of printers comes together to advance the legacy and vitality of printmaking by hosting community events and creating opportunities for artists to participate in print exchange projects and promote their work in group exhibitions.

SPC: Why did you get involved with this the IGC?

Antonio: I got involved with Instituto Grafico de Chicago by being one of the founders of this group. I wanted to be part of a group of people that had the need to ink and print.

SPC: What have you been up to these days?

Antonio: For the past two years I have been in charged of organizing our annual Grabadolandia (printmaking festival) along with managing our website and being part of the portfolio organizational team. I have had the pleasure of coming up with the themes for our past three portfolios and look forward in coming up with more ideas.

SPC: If your organization had a spirit animal, what would it be?

Antonio: A Leaf-Cutter Ant. Ants are strong, tenacious workers that contribute to tightly structured communities. Leaf-cutter ants, however, take the already impressive ant work ethic to a whole new level.

Antonio’s Favorites:

Favorite Chef: My Mom is the best chef of all time.
Favorite Restaurant: La Chaparrita in Chicago’s Little Village.
Favorite Type of Bean: Pinto
Favorite Recipe:

Sopa de Fideo
Prep 15 minutes, cook 15 minutes, eating in 30 min
Ingredients: 3 sm/med tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 sm/md Onions Yellow/Brown chopped
1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (7 ounce) package fideo pasta uncooked
2 (10 ounce) cans chicken broth / coarse salt to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Place the tomatoes, onion, and garlic into a blender, and pulse several times to get the mixture moving; blend until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat, and stir in the pasta. Fry the pasta gently, stirring often, until the pasta is golden brown, 2 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour the tomato mixture into the large saucepan with golden brown noodles (make sure you strain the tomato mixture), and stir in your chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium low; simmer until the noodles are tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt, and stir in the cilantro; simmer 2 more minutes to cook cilantro. enjoy


Spudnik Press Gears Up for Sweet Paper Dreams: 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

Spudnik’s 4th Annual Winter Art Sale is less than two weeks away, and our members, interns and staff are gearing up for the event in big ways! Our interns, Moon Bang and Margaret Hitch, have been hitting the streets with posters and postcards, designing custom screen-printed gift wrap, and collecting awesome artwork from our members to install in our first-ever Winter Art Sale Exhibition. This new exhibition features a diverse selection of over 75 affordable printed artworks by 24 of our members, showcases all of the processes offered at Spudnik Press, and continues through out the full month of December!

Meanwhile, the studio has also been busy with over 20 members producing new wares for the Pop-Up Sale on Friday, December 4. In addition to printed artwork, guests can expect to find neon sculptures, metal and found-object jewelry, stationery, notebooks, cards, calendars, tabletop sculptures, printed apparel and tote bags, as well as zines, artists books, and chapbooks released by our members.

The Winter Art Sale is known as a place to find not only handmade goods by local artists, but warm drinks (with and without alcohol), sweet baked goods made by our members, music, wintry decor and great company. Plus, guests who support our members by spending $50+ throughout the evening can even wrap their gifts with our own hand printed gift wrap! And Spudnik Press members are invited to come early for a special Preview and toast!

We hope to see you there!

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Exhibition Participants:

Julia Arredondo / Moon Bang / Angela Davis Fegan / Steve Gehm / Margaret Hitch / Germaine Jordan / Andrea Kaspryk / Carrie Lingscheit / Judith Mayer / Dutes Miller / Margaret McGill / Barlow Nelson / Angelika Piwowarczyk / George Porteus / Brad Rohloff / Hannah Ross / Nicolette Ross / Veronica Siehl / Olivia Tousius / Joanne Vena / Molly Whedbee/ Don Widmer / Miden Wood /  Tara Zanzig

Pop-up Sale Vendors:

Vice Versa Press, Julia Arredondo / Moon Bang / Jessica Cadwell / Perfectly Acceptable Press, Matt Davis / Bob Fields / Trixy Xchange, Marie Gouwens / Hannah Hischier / Margaret Hitch / Blac Lotus Artisan CollectiveGermaine Jordan / Andrea Kaspryk / Carrie Lingscheit / Griffin Miller /  Michelle Miller / Margaret McGill / Design by Angelika, Angelika Piwowarczyk / Bred Press, Brad Rohloff / Hannah Ross / Nicolette Ross / Little Otto Neptune Shop / Olivia Tousius / Molly Whedbee / Miden Wood




Call for Volunteers: Sweet Paper Dreams 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

On Friday, December 4th, Spudnik is hosting our 4th Annual Winter Art Sale.  We are seeking several volunteers to lend a hand in making this the most successful art sale yet! Volunteers will help with taking photos, running coat check, serving drinks, and more, plus will get to take in the festivities during our members-only preview event from 6-7pm.

View all of the volunteer options.  Add your name, email address and phone number for the shift you would like, or email us the same details.

If you have any questions, contact our Studio Assistant Interns Moon Bang and Margaret Hitch at

Sweet Paper Dreams: Member Art Sale Exhibition

This year’s winter art sale, Sweet Paper Dreams, features an exhibition of print-based work made by our members. All work in this exhibition is for sale.  Proceeds will directly benefit both Spudnik Press and the individual artists.

Hours through December 23, 2015:
Mondays: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Tuesdays: 12:00 – 5:oo pm
Wednesdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursdays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm AND 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Fridays: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Featured Artists:

Julia Arredondo / Moon Bang / Angela Davis Fegan / Steve Gehm / Margaret Hitch / Germaine Jordan / Andrea Kaspryk / Angee Lennard / Carrie Lingscheit / Judith Mayer / Dutes Miller / Margaret McGill / Barlow Nelson / Angelika Piwowarczyk / George Porteus / Brad Rohloff / Hannah Ross / Nicolette Ross / Joanne Vena / Molly Whedbee / Don Widmer / Miden Wood /  Tara Zanzig


12/1/2015 – 12/31/2015


The Annex @ Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Sweet Paper Dreams: 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

Friday December 4th, 2015
7:00 – 10:00 pm


Spud Picks: Hand Job: A Labor of Love

Hand Job: A Labor of Love
By The Adventure School for Ladies
Published by Pressing Concern Books

October Spud Pick

Hand Job: A Labour of Love is an anthology of comics inspired by statistics on the depiction of women and transgendered people in comics and their presence as creators. This anthology was created through the Adventure School for Ladies, an experimental grad program founded by activist and writer Anne Elizabeth Moore that explores gender, cultural production, political engagement, and social divisions. Hand Job: A Labour of Love was written and published in 2012 during a two-week collaborative comics intensive within the Adventure School. The cover of this anthology was printed here at Spudnik as a part of this program!

The short comics presented in this book explore the difficulties of being a woman or transgendered artist in a variety of ways, from personal narratives to accounts of historical events. The stories told are at times funny, sad and informative. For those who feel frustrated by the male domination of the art world, especially in comics, this book will offer a sympathetic voice, as well as some illuminating thoughts on gender, politics and culture!

You can find Hand Job: A Labor of Love in the Small Press Library in the Annex.