Posts By: Nate Beaty

Temporary Art Review Interview

Regan Golden-McNerney from Temporary Art Review spent some time talking to Spudnik director, Angee Lennard. Ever wondered where the name Spudnik Press came from? Where we got started or what’s in store for the future? Check out an in-depth interview here to get all the secrets.


Having been affected and deeply influenced by the work and teaching of Joey Hannaford and Stephanie Smith, Spudnik Press Studio Assistant and Teaching Artist Brandy Barker, curated an exhibition of these two Atlanta artists’ print work. Both artists work in a form of relief printing, ranging from lino & wood cuts to letterpress with an expressive use of color.

Visit the exhibition at Spudnik Press beginning Friday, July 13 until August 31, 2012.
Spudnik Press gallery is open for viewing Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30pm until 11:00pm and Fridays & Saturdays, 12:30pm until 5:00pm and by appointment.

XXO by Joey Hannaford (left)
Learning to Breathe by Stephanie Smith (right)


Check out this awesome poster printed at Spudnik by Derek Smith spotted at Hot Doug’s. Not only did Derek print the posters for “Kind of Blue“, a monthly comedy event at The Hideout, but he will performing stand-up at The Hideout July 8, 2012. Don’t miss it! He’s a multi-talented guy!

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

2012 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Preview from Logan Square on Vimeo.

Don’t miss out on the Chicago’s Readers’ Poll BEST PUBLIC ART EVENT!
Logan Square • Chicago, IL
Friday, July 20 — 4 PM – 11 PM
Saturday, July 21 — 11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday, July 22 — 11 AM – 10 PM

Spudnik Press will be participating each day with an interactive block-printing activity. Stop by our tent to say hello and make your own print!

We are also looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping out, email to sign up for a shift (listed below).
Shifts are for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20 – 22
12:00 – 2:00pm*
1:30 – 3:30pm
3:00 – 5:00pm
4:30 – 6:30pm
6:00 – 8:00pm
7:30 – 9:30pm
9:00 – 11:30pm*

* set up and break down people will need access to a car

Upcoming Community Workshop: Paper Making

Come get some respite from the summer heat and learn the basics of making paper. Create your own sheets of pulpy artwork or start a foundation for drawing, painting, printing, or for writing very special notes. We will start with pulling sheets of white paper using cotton pulp. From there, students will learn how to dye paper pulp and paint with pulp. Come dressed for the studio – this can be messy, and you will get wet – which might feel pretty nice on a hot Sunday afternoon!

Prerequisites: None
Authorizations: None

Meets 1 time on Sunday, July 8, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM with William Mason | Spaces available: 17 | Price: $10, if able

Email to reserve a spot in the workshop.

Call For Fall 2012 Resident Artist!

Interested in being the next Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press? The application deadline for our Fall residency is June 29, 2012. Click here for more information and to download the application!


Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17, 2012
11 am – 6pm
Columbia College’s Ludington Building
1104 S Wabash Ave, 8th Floor
FREE and open to the public!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Be on the look-out for some fabulous Spudnik printers while you’re there!

Image designed by Chicago’s own, Laura Park (

Featured Workshop: Illustration & Play

Illustration & Play
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:30-9:30pm
This illustration class will lead students away from what and how they usually draw to explore new techniques and approaches to image generation. Students will get to play around with mark making, color, and a variety of materials like watercolor pencils, while being prompted to delve further into their imagination. More information & register here.

Chicago Card Posters

Over the past few weeks, Double Blind has been hard at work, here at Spudnik, screenprinting their Chicago Card Posters for Version Fest. Be sure to swing by through the month of May to check out their work and pick up a poster. (Rumor has it, actual decks of playing cards will be available soon!)