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Call for Summer/Fall 2020 Studio Fellowship Applications

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020

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 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.

Please review our Fellowship Information Packet to learn more about:

  • Program Overview & Components
  • Fellowship Timeline
  • Open Studio Monitoring
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Additional Assistant Opportunities

To Apply:

Please thoroughly review the Fellowship Information Packet. Download and complete the 2020 Fellowship Application Form. Return this application form and all requested materials to jess@spudnikpress.org no later than Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Fellowship Period: May 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Required Weekly Commitments:

  • Professional Development Seminars:  Most Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Individual Monitor Shifts: One of the following 4.5-hour per shift per week:
    • Mondays 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays 5:30-10:00 p.m.
    • Fridays 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Any inquiries regarding our Studio Fellowship can be directed to Jess Christy, jess@spudnikpress.org.

Call for Fall Class & Workshop Proposals

Classes and workshops at Spudnik Press Cooperative invite anyone who wishes to be creative through print to make art and learn new skills. Educational opportunities focus on printmaking, book binding and processes that grow from these traditions such as illustration, design and hand crafts. 

While classes tend to prioritize technical skills, press authorization and enabling evermore people to utilize all the resources at Spudnik Press, classes are also an opportunity for individuals to meet creative peers, experiment, try new skills and to talk and think about art and artistic processes. 

Spudnik invites teaching artists to submit fresh class and workshop proposals that uphold traditional printmaking processes or that challenge students with new or experimental approaches. Educational offerings are selected based on programmatic needs, while seeking to cover a variety of print related processes for a range of learners from novice to advanced.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Fall 2020: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Winter 2021:
Sunday, September 27, 2020

For all the details please download our 2020 Spudnik Call for Class & Workshop Proposals. To apply, complete our Class Proposal Form (5-8 weeks) or Workshop Proposal Form (1-day). Send completed form, along with a resume and work samples to ruby@spudnikpress.org.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please direct all questions to ruby@spudnikpress.org.

Call for 2020 Exhibition Proposals

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Download the 2020 Call for Exhibition Proposals

The Spudnik Press Exhibitions Program invites artists and curators to submit proposals to be considered for the 2020 cycle of exhibitions. This is an opportunity for artists to spotlight their work in a solo show, a group to build a collaborative exhibition, or a curator to make their vision a reality. Proposals may be for existing or new work. Any and all are welcome to apply.

Exhibition proposals are reviewed by a committee of Spudnik Press members and guest jurors. Final selections are made using the organizations’s curatorial statement as a guidepost.

Please note that while installations and performances may be included in proposals, 2-D or wall-mounted artwork is typically best suited for our gallery, which functions as a multi-purpose space. Additionally, while we welcome proposals from beyond Chicago, applicants should be aware that there is a limited budget for each exhibition and final selections may need to partially cover shipping and travel fees.

Timeline:

  • Proposals due: Sunday, December 1, 2019.
  • Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
  • Exhibitions will occur between February 2020 and February 2021. Exact dates TBD.
  • Exhibitions typically run for 9 weeks with two weeks in between shows for gallery preparation.

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.

To Apply:

First review the entire Call for 2020 Exhibition Proposals. E-mail the following to angee@spudnikpress.org with “2020 Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line:

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

  1. Applicant(s) contact information. Please include your address, phone number, and email address.
  2. Working title of the exhibition.
  3. Exhibition/Curatorial Statement. Description of the exhibition, both conceptually and visually. (500 words max)
  4. 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.
  5. Resume or CV. Please only submit a resume or CV for the applicant(s), not each individual artist.
  6. Image List. Including artist name, title, year of completion, medium, dimensions, and name of file.
  7. 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) Images: 

  • For both solo exhibitions and small group exhibitions, include up to 10 images of artworks that will be included in the exhibition, or are representative of the artwork that will be in the exhibition.
  • Sketches may be included for forthcoming work. Please clarify in the written materials if the artwork is not yet complete.
  • Images need not exceed 1 MB each.
  • Work samples files should be labeled as follows: LASTNAME_01.jpg, LASTNAME_02.jpg, etc.

2019/2020 Studio Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: PASSED
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Additional Important Dates

Fellowship Period: November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
Required Weekly Commitments:

  • Professional Development Seminars:  Most Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Individual Monitor Shifts: One of the following 4.5-hour per shift per week:
    • Mondays 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays 5:30-10:00 p.m.
    • Fridays 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.

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.

The Studio Fellowship is committed to providing Chicago’s most committed and talented emerging artists comprehensive professional opportunities and artistic and technical support that specifically addresses the needs of printmakers. To this end, the Studio Fellowship packages many opportunities for artists to advance their artistic practice.

Fellows receive unfettered access to the professional facilities at Spudnik Press Cooperative to support the creation of a new body of print-based artwork. Through working in our shared studio and monitoring weekly Open Studio sessions, fellows are actively engaged with our community of printmakers and benefit from ongoing support and feedback from staff and peers.

The impact of the Fellowship Program is greatly expanded through a weekly professional development seminar. Throughout twenty sessions, Fellows will develop the artistic and professional skills needed to build a successful career in the arts. Topics range from self-promotion for artists to artwork documentation to business planning.

Fellows have the unique experience of planning and presenting two culminating public projects. A collaboratively planned public program allows the Fellows to conceptualize, organize, and implement a community-based event from beginning to end. The Crossing of the Fellows is an opportunity for incoming and outgoing Fellows to formally present their work with each other and an audience of Spudnik Press supporters.

Finally, fellows receive advanced notice and discounted registration for all Professional Practices Programs offered to our members. Opportunities includes 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 four months following their Fellowship.


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 2019/2020 Studio Fellowship Application Form. Return this application form and all requested materials to jess@spudnikpress.org no later than Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Any inquiries regarding our Studio Fellowship can be directed to Jess Christy, jess@spudnikpress.org.

Call For Programming Committee Members

The Programming Committee facilitates programs that expand interest and understanding of print media and its profile, within the context of the contemporary art community.  

The Committee plays an advisory role as it works closely with the Program Director and the Executive Director to develop and plan public programming, i.e., artist lectures, panel discussions and visiting artist presentations.  In 2018, the Committee kicked off the inaugural Chicago Print Crawl.  The Committee assists the Program Director by providing logistical support, in-kind donations and oversight.

Meeting Schedule:

  • 6pm on the 2nd Wednesday of even months (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to attending the majority of Programming Committee Meetings.
  • Expected to contribute additional time outside of events to support programs and events planned by the committee.

To Apply:

  • Email angee@spudnikpress.org with the subject “Programming Committee”.
  • Please include your name and phone number and any particular interests you have in joining the committee
  • The Programming Committee is first come, first serve. If response exceeds our capacity, a wait list will be formed.

 

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:  Monday, July 22, 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 online submissions: Monday, July 22, 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 Monday, July 22, 2019.
  2. Email susannah@spudnikpress.org with 1-3 hi-res images of your work by Monday, July 22, 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.

Chicago Print Crawl 2019: Call For Print Venues, Artist Studios, & Galleries

Registration Deadline: March 10

The Chicago Print Crawl is a self-guided tour of printmaking production, publishing, exhibition and sales venues throughout the City of Chicago, organized by Spudnik Press Cooperative.

The Chicago printmaking scene encompasses a wide range of processes and purposes and supports a huge network of artists and designers. From traditional stone lithography to screenprinted gig posters to letterpress stationary, from private art studios, to collectives, to galleries and retail venues, The Chicago Print Crawl includes an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind spaces.

The Chicago Print Crawl is now registering venues and studios interested in participating!

The 2019 event will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 11 am-5 pm.

Eligible venues include:
• Artist’s studios engaged in on site printmaking
• Nonprofit printmaking shops, exhibition spaces or galleries showing prints
• Commercial printmaking shops, preferably also engaged in fine art production
• Commercial galleries or other for profit spaces exhibiting and selling prints.

For more information and registration, visit The Chicago Print Crawl website.

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

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.

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.

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.