Posts By: Susannah Papish

Spudnik Press Welcomes Resident Artist Andrea Carlson

Carlson has been working in the studio to create a series of screenprints during her residency at Spudnik.  The content of Carlson’s work intimately relates to her Indigenous identity. to her Indigenous identity. “I’m an Ojibwe person, and have long worked in Indigenous language revitalization efforts. Although I use language and titles in my work, I’ve never shared my ancestral language in my work before….There is also a secret joy when Native people see our languages represented widely.”

Andrea Carlson (b. 1979) is a visual artist currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Through painting and drawing, Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and institutional authority relating to objects based on the merit of possession and display. Current research activities include Indigenous Futurism and assimilation metaphors in film. Her work has been acquired by institutions such as the British Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada. Carlson was a 2008 McKnight Fellow and a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant recipient. Carlson is represented by the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Spudnik Press Announces 2019/2020 Resident Artists

Spudnik Press is thrilled to announce our Resident Artists for Summer 2019 through Spring 2020.  These Resident Artists will bring new resources, perspectives, and professional connections to the various audiences that Spudnik Press serves, including first-time printmaking students, emerging artists, professional artists, art collectors and supporters. The 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.

Resident Artists 2019/2020:

Andrea Carlson, May/June 2019

Andrea Carlson (b. 1979) is a visual artist currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Through painting and drawing, Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and institutional authority relating to objects based on the merit of possession and display. Current research activities include Indigenous Futurism and assimilation metaphors in film. Her work has been acquired by institutions such as the British Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada. Carlson was a 2008 McKnight Fellow and a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant recipient. For further inquiry, please contact the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Joao Oliveira in partnership with Comfort Station, August 2019

João Oliveira is a visual artist based in Brazil who works with techniques such as engraving and drawing, its intersections and unfoldings into other processes. Selected exhibitions include “Esquizópolis”, MAM, Salvador-BA, “Prêmio Gravura EVA Parque Lage + MUL.TI.PLO Espaço Arte”, EVA Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, two editions of “Salão de Abril”, Fortaleza – CE, and five editions of “Salão de Artes Visuais da Bahia”, where he was granted awards and honorable mentions. Other accomplishments include residencies at Museo Universitario Del Chopo, México, and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Italia.

Celeste De Luna, November, 2019

Celeste De Luna is a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large-scale woodcuts and fabric installation. Her political subject matter is social commentary with a feminine sensibility. In addition to her studio practice of creating large-scale relief prints, quilts, and installation, De Luna works in collaboration with community in Brownsville, Texas as a cofounder of the socially engaged arts collaborative Las Imaginistas.  Las Imaginistas are recipients of a 2017 Artplace America Creative Placemaking grant and 2018 A Blade of Grass Fellows.  Currently, De Luna is managing her print shop, Metzli Press, creating curriculum for a community printmaking collaborative, Taller de Permiso, (Permission Workshop,)  and a lecturer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  and lives with her family in Harlingen, Texas.

Benjamin Merritt, February 2020

Benjamin Merrit’s research intersects with the discussion of chronic illness.  According to Merrit, chronic illness is continually based around cure and cause, often times with a language that puts the patient at fault (stigma around weight, smoking, alcohol consumption) in situations where those are proven to not be causes for the illness.  Recently, the ways language is used in clinical settings and text have become more important in his work.  Merritt aims to bring attention to the complex relationship between the body and language in medical discourse, and to encourage the viewer to consider compassionate and affective methods of discussing illness.

Learn more about the Spudnik Press Artist Residency

Portfolio Review Day with Paul Hopkin

Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:30am – 1:00pm
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

Guest Reviewer: Paul Hopkin

As part of our mission to unite our community of artists with art professionals throughout Chicago, we offer portfolio reviews throughout the year. Each artist that signs up for a portfolio review will receive a 30-minute, private 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. Participating artists should bring a portfolio of current work to share with the guest reviewer.

Paul Hopkin Bio:

Paul Hopkin was raised by devout Mormons in the Nevada desert. He was expected to become a scientist. He earned a BFA in ceramics from BYU and an MFA from SAIC. He has a quiet but active studio practice that focuses on material connections to narrative structures. He has a tendency to include food and alcoholic beverages as both subject matter and production material. Paul established slow in 2009, a storefront gallery that has established itself in Chicago’s vibrant scene of artist run spaces. He has curated over 50 shows and worked with couple hundred artists. He has curated shows in other venues as well including the largest ever group show in Clutch, a 5” white cube inside Meg Duguid’s purse, Heaven Gallery, Dock 6, and Columbia College’s A &D Gallery.

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 Monday, June 10, 2019 . Registrants are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early to their scheduled appointment.

Call for Artwork: Spudnik Press Cooperative Annual Benefit | The Price is Nice

COME ON DOWN!… Submit your work for our annual benefit The Price is Nice

The Annual Benefit is our largest fundraiser of the year, and last year raised over $30,000 to be invested in our studio and programs. Each year, the event’s art auction draws upwards of 150 collectors, curators and arts professionals to support Spudnik, bid on art, and discover emerging artists. Past benefit attendees include curators from the MCA, DePaul Art Museum, AIC, Hyde Park Art Center, as well as dozens of gallerists and private collectors.

Building on the success of last year, the auction will once again feature a juried selection of artwork by our members. Esteemed writer, curator and Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, Stephanie Cristello, will curate this year’s member section. Each member featured in the auction will have their work framed and receive complimentary admission to the benefit.

This is an exciting and wonderful opportunity for our members to have their work reviewed by an established writer and curator and reach new audiences, as well as a way to support your studio. 100% of the sales from the Benefit Auction will support Spudnik Press Cooperative.

About the juror:  Stephanie Cristello is a curator, writer, and contemporary art critic living in Chicago, IL. She is the Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, currently serves as the Artistic Director of EXPO CHICAGO, and Director / Curator at Chicago Manual of Style.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Member Artists may submit up to 3 pieces.  Please submit this form with entries.
  • Deadline for art work drop off:  Sunday, July 14, 2019.
  • Artists will be notified regarding selection results by August 2, 2019.

Details:

  • This call is open to all Spudnik Press members.
  • There is no entry fee to submit work.
  • Participants may submit up to 3 artworks.  One piece may be selected to be included in the auction.

Requirements:

  • Participating artists must be current Spudnik Press members.
  • All artwork must have been partially or fully produced at Spudnik Press.
  • All artwork must include at least one print process.
  • Three-dimensional or fiber-based print works are welcome and must be ready to hang with instructions for installation.
  • Artwork made within the last 2 years is preferred.

Questions?  Email susannah@spudnikpress.org.

Call for Artists: Prints United! | 2019 Annual Member Exhibition

August 30 – November 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, July 21, 2019

Calling all print geeks, all relief devotees, all intaglio fans, all serial serigraphers, all letterpress lovers: this fall, our Spudnik Press Annual Member Exhibition will highlight the thing that brings us all together, print!  As members of this print community, we want to bring together the amazing work being made day in and day out. At Spudnik Press, we feel welcome, whether we wipe plates, roll ink, or squeegee shapes. We all have in common a deep curiosity about print and an appreciation for the way ink transforms our ideas into reality.       

This exhibition celebrates the cacophony of visual statements made each day at Spudnik Press.  Members are invited to submit recent works, from fine art prints to gig posters, from zines and books to fiber/mixed media pieces.

To Participate:

  1. Complete the Online Submission Form by Sunday, July 21, 2019.
  2. Email susannah@spudnikpress.org with 1-3 hi-res images of your work by Sunday, July 21, 2019. Please include artist name and year of completion in file name. Images should not exceed 1 MB each, example:  Last Name_First Name_2019
  3. Drop off artwork by Friday, August 23, 2019.
  4. Pick up artwork by Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Details:

  • The exhibition is open to all Spudnik Press members.
  • There is no entry fee to participate.
  • Participants may exhibit up to 3 artworks.  Some or all works may be selected to be exhibited.
  • If work is available for sale, Spudnik Press retains 50% of income from the sale of artwork during the exhibition.

Requirements:

  • Participating artists must be current Spudnik Press members.
  • All artwork must have been partially or fully produced at Spudnik Press.
  • All artwork must include at least one print process.
  • Works on paper may be framed. If not framed, work will be installed using magnets.
  • Three-dimensional or fiber-based works are welcome and must be ready to hang with instructions for installation.
  • Artwork dimensions must not exceed 22 x 30 in. (unframed).  Textile or fiber work dimensions are variable, please contact Susannah with questions.
  • Artwork made within the last 2 years is preferred.

Questions?  Email susannah@spudnikpress.org

Many thanks to our Exhibitions Committee (Summer Kee, Yasi Moussavi, and Catherine Norcott) for their contributions and support.

Portfolio Review Day with Cecilia Vargas

Thursday, August 8, 2019
4:30pm – 8:30pm
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

Guest Reviewer: Cecilia Vargas

As part of our mission to unite our community of artists with art professionals throughout Chicago, we offer portfolio reviews throughout the year. Each artist that signs up for a portfolio review will receive a 30-minute, private 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. Participating artists should bring a portfolio of current work to share with the guest reviewer.

Cecilia Vargas Bio:

Cecilia Leonora Vargas is a Chicago-based contemporary art curator and writer. Currently, she is the Art Coordinator at Waubonsee Community College, where she works with the exhibitions, visiting artist and collections programs. Vargas received a dual M.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism, as well as in Arts Administration and Policy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); and a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Cultural Affairs Studio and Curatorial Residency, 2016 – 2017 and a Curatorial Fellow with ACRE Projects, 2014 – 2015. 


Vargas has organized solo exhibitions featuring Susan Giles, Jesse Howard, Trisha Holt, Alberto Aguilar, Meghan Moe Beitiks, Nancy Lu Rosenheim, Paula Henderson, Brent Fogt, Lisa Lindvay, Edra Soto, Mahwish Chishty, Carla Fisher Schwartz, Krista Wortendyke, James Jankowiak, Paul Nudd, Marissa Lee Benedict, Ross Sawyers, Nnenna Okore, George Blaha, Allison Grant, Joe Madrigal, Erik L. Peterson, Diana Gabriel, Claire Ashley, Sam Jaffe, and the collaborative Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap among others. Her group exhibitions include Triptych UnlooseRemote ConnectionNot There But EverywhereGolden RuleNaturally CuriousZoom Out: Reflecting on the Digital Environment, and Cultural Evolution? Migration, Hybridity, & Multiculturalism. She has authored and edited six exhibition catalog essays. Vargas’ essays have been published by Aurora Public Art Commission, Aurora, Illinois; the Chicago Cultural Center, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago; Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Garcia Squared Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri; Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Illinois; and What It Is, Oak Park, Illinois. 

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 Monday, August 5, 2019 . Registrants are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early to their scheduled appointment.

Spudnik Press Cooperative Welcomes the 2019 Studio Fellows

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to announce and welcome our 2019 cohort of studio fellows: Zakia Rowlett, Hope Wang, Sean Mac, and Ally Hembree! 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 May 1 – December 31, 2019 term, Zakia, Hope, Sean, and Ally will take over for our outgoing fellows, Atlan Arceo-Witzl, Lisa Armstrong, Lya Finston, and Vidisha Aggarwal.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 workshops, special projects and activate the space with programming toward the end of their fellowship. Additionally, during the 8-month program, the cohort receives full studio access to develop self-directed projects and participates in a comprehensive professional development seminar.  As expressed by the 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.

2019 Studio Fellows

Zakia Rowlett
Hope Wang
Sean Mac
Ally Hembree

UNTITLED (house): The Diane and Browne Goodwin Collection

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Illinois State Museum, Lockport Art Gallery
201 W 10th St # 1W
Lockport, IL 60441

**Please allow approximately 1 hour travel time each way from Spudnik Press to the Illinois State Museum in Lockport.

$10 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

  • What do art collectors look for when searching for their next acquisition? What excites them about collecting?
  • How does the “mission” of an art collector affect what they collect?
  • What places and spaces do collectors visit to discover new artists?
  • Have you, as an artist, thought about what you can do to connect with collectors?
  • Are you curious how and why people become collectors?”

Spudnik Press members are invited to a private tour of visit UNTITLED (house): The Diane and Browne Goodwin Collection at the Illinois State Museum. Browne Goodwin is an avid art collector and has been a supporter of established and emerging artists for more than 45 years. He looks forward to guiding our members through his vast collection, which includes an impressive number of fine art prints, including a selection by Spudnik Press artists. Members are encouraged to ask questions and guide the conversation.

The Goodwin’s began collecting art in Los Angeles in the early 1970’s. Through their involvement in the Graphic Arts Council of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Goodwin’s began 30 years of enthusiastic collecting. They began by collecting the print work of 20th Century artists, contemporary American and European artists, and artist’s familiar to them in the vibrant LA art community. During their time in Austin, TX and presently in Chicago, they have continued their engagement with the contemporary art world. Mr. Goodwin continues his life-long passion for contemporary not only by collecting art, but also by serving on boards at the Chicago Artist’s Coalition and Spudnik Press Cooperative. He is inspiration and model for young collectors. Highlights of the exhibit include art from Joseph Albers, Winslow Homer, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Francis, Kate Ingold, Robert Burnier, Oli Watt, Richard Hull, Samantha Bittman, Sabina Ott, Viraj Mithani, Holly Cahill and William Crutchfield.

After the private tour, the visit will be complemented by a public artist talk. One of the curators of the exhibit, Lauren Ball, will speak with artist Kelly Kaczynski. Kaczynski recently completed an expansive series of monoprints at Spudnik Press Cooperative, one of which is included in the exhibition!

We anticipate an engaging conversation between the artists.

This special event is part of our Professional Practices Member Programs, 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.

Browne Goodwin has been an art collector and supporter (with his wife until her death in 2014) for more than 45 years. Involved with many art organizations over the years, Browne is currently a Spudnik Press Cooperative Board Member, is part of the Chicago Artists Coalition Annual Committee, and participates in several museum support groups. His collection includes some 300 works of art in all media, with an emphasis on contemporary art from emerging artists in the communities where he has lived – Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago. Fine prints form a major portion of the collection, and continue to be added. The exhibition of his collection at the Illinois State Museum offers a unique opportunity to view this private collection.

Registration Details:
Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. Please note the Illinois State Museum is in Lockport, IL about 40 miles southwest of Spudnik Press. Staff will assist with transportation by coordinating carpooling to and from this off-site visit. After registering for the event, please email Susannah@spudnikpress.org to let us know if you will provide your own transportation, or if you would like to participate in the carpool as a driver or a passenger. An itinerary of the off-site visit will be sent to all registered participants on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

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

 

Call for Spring 2019 Fellowship Applications

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Spudnik Press is now accepting applications for our May – December 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 eight-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 eight-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 at transitional points in their career.
  • 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.
  • Artists who already have a dedicated and 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.
  • 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 Spring 2019 Studio Fellowship Application Form. Return this application form and all requested materials to susannah@spudnikpress.org no later than Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Fellowship Period: May 1 – December 31, 2019
Required Weekly Commitments:

  • Professional Development Seminars:  Most Wednesdays from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Individual Monitor Shifts: One 4.5-hour per shift per week:
    • Mondays 5:30 – 10pm
    • Thursdays 5:30-10pm
    • Fridays 12:30 – 5pm
    • Saturdays 12:30 – 5pm

Any inquiries regarding our Studio Fellowship can be directed to Susannah Papish at susannah@spudnikpress.org