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2022 Teaching Artist Cohort | Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: August 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Teaching Artist Cohort Program supports print-based artists living in the Chicago area with a passion for art education. Through offering reliable arts-related income and professional experience to working artists, this program offers comprehensive support to Chicago artists interested in Arts Education. This program develops artistic teaching careers while bringing diverse perspectives to the various audiences that Spudnik Press serves, with a focus on: first-time printmaking students, emerging artists, and professional artists. The Teaching Artist Cohort provides a consistent foundation for classes and workshops, ensuring impactful educational opportunities for our community. 

This program encourages the  integration of traditional, technical knowledge of print processes with innovative, personal creative practices. Through expanding professional networks and the contemporary development of print media, each cohort of Spudnik Press Teaching Artists will engage in the accessibility of art education throughout Chicago communities.

Program Overview:

The Teaching Artist Cohort Program at Spudnik Press Cooperative provides print-based artists a full year of unfettered studio access paired with 9 months of ongoing teaching opportunities.  Throughout the program, Teaching Artists will fulfill core educational offerings at Spudnik Press through teaching introductory and advanced classes, private lessons, youth and family programs, and have the opportunity to develop unique classes or workshops that build upon their personal artistic practice. 

Teaching Artists  will receive:

  • A monthly stipend of based on the number of hours taught per month
  • 24/7 Keyholder Access to the studio
  • A Spudnik Press Cooperative Annual Membership
  • The opportunity to audit courses offered at Spudnik Press
  • Professional development opportunities

This program provides educators the opportunity to accrue experience teaching varying age groups in various settings. Additionally, Teaching Artists can build on their personal art practice through full access to Spudnik Press studios. With this unfettered access to a communal workspace, artists can network, create conversations, and make lasting connections within our community.

Eligibility:

This Teaching Program is committed to serving: 

  • Artists whose current artistic practice utilizes printmaking 
  • Artists with enough printmaking experience to work independently in multiple areas of the studio (Please review our facilities or visit the studio for more details)
  • Artists who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to community arts education
  • Artists who are local to the Chicago area with reliable transportation to and from Spudnik Press Cooperative 
  • Artists that have experience developing and leading class curriculum 
  • Artists who are able to commit to approximately 6 hours of teaching per week for the duration of this program

Expectations:

Teaching Artists are expected to:

  • Commit to the full 10 months of this program with the opportunity to continue teaching at Spudnik Press after that period ends.
  • Develop creative course proposals in an effort to develop their artistic teaching careers as well as bring new, diverse perspectives to the various audiences that Spudnik Press serves.
  • Fulfill core educational offerings at Spudnik Press, including but not limited to: 
    • Screenprinting (paper & fabric)
    • Risography
    • Relief
    • Monoprinting
    • Intaglio
    • Letterpress
    • Cyanotype
    • Zines & Comics
    • Papermaking
    • Book Arts
  • Complete thorough authorization to Spudnik Press equipment, facilities, and procedures during their first month in the program. After completion, Teaching Artists should have enough experience to work independently in the printmaking processes required for their courses.
  • Be dedicated to the teaching of printmaking by leading approximately two educational opportunities per week through a combination of group classes and private lessons, culminating in an average of 22-24 hours of teaching per month. On top of the monthly base pay of $500, Teaching Artists will earn $22/hour for each hour of teaching that exceeds the projected 24 hours of teaching within a calendar month.

Important Details:

  • Application Fee: None; Free to apply
  • Deadline To Apply: 8/1/22 at 11:59 p.m  
  • Final Notification: By 8/22/22
  • Program Period:  8/29/22 – 5/26/23
  • Duration: 10 months (one month of training, 9 months of teaching)
    Training & Orientation: 8/29/22 – 9/23/22
  • Compensation: $500 per month based on maintaining a rolling average of 22-24 hours of teaching per month. Additional teaching hours will be compensated at $22/hour.

Selection Process:

Teaching Artist applications are reviewed by a panel that includes one staff member, Spudnik’s Executive Director, and one member of the Spudnik Press Board. Decisions are based on the quality of the proposal, teaching experience, the strength of the portfolio, and how well the interests and skills of the applicant fits the educational needs of the studio. In addition, we seek artists who are capable of working independently while bringing in new, unique educational opportunities to our audience. We also consider other aspects such as scheduling logistics and alignment with current organizational goals. All finalists will be offered in-person or virtual interviews conducted by Spudnik’s Executive Director. 

To Apply:

Please apply through our online application form. You will need to have the following ready to submit:

  • Letter of interest (one page): Please address why you are interested in this program, personal teaching goals, learning goals for students, and/or teaching philosophy.
  • A portfolio of 7-10 images:  Images must not exceed 1MB each and should be titled with your name and a file number. Work should include print-based work and work from the last two years.
  • Image List: For each work, include the file name, title, medium, year of completion, and dimensions.
  • Artist Bio: Please limit to 100 words or less.
  • Current Resume or CV
  • 1-3 References with contact information and their relationship to you.

Teaching Artist Cohort Informational Presentation

For questions regarding the application, email sara@spudnikpress.org

Please note: Our 2022 Teaching Artist Cohort is intended to be held onsite and fully in-person. While this program is not currently accepting applications for remote Teaching Artists, we will consider virtual teaching proposals on an individual basis. Inquiries and proposals can be sent to sara@spudnikpress.org


Everyone’s safety is important to us. Participation in this program requires being onsite at Spudnik Press Cooperative and that per our Covid-19 Policy, all artists accepted into the program will be required to provide staff with proof of vaccination. Where possible, we will make reasonable accommodations for artists with a medical or religious exemption.


Spudnik Press Cooperative encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds regardless of race, color, gender or religious affiliation, including but not limited to: artists who identify as  BIPOC and/or LGBTQ, women artists, artists with disabilities, and veterans. We understand that teaching experience comes in many forms, both formal and informal, and we welcome applicants with diverse teaching backgrounds. 

Our Accessibility page includes additional information about getting to the studio and using the equipment.

Private Studio Available January 1: Printshop Center

Housed within a 3,000 square foot shared workspace and community printshop, our private studios are ideal for active printmakers, as well as book artists, and artists who work with a variety of 2-D media or small scale 3-D media.

Please note that the studio is NOT furnished with shelving and furniture.

Status:

Available January 1, 2021.

Rent:

$455/month includes 24-hour keyholder access to all printshop equipment, ongoing membership, and general supplies.

Amenities:

10 x 15 feet
8 foot walls, high ceilings
Locking door
Includes A/C, heat, internet, utilities
Hardwood floors

Email angee@spudnikpress.org with questions or to schedule a time to see the studio.

Interested in 24-hour access but don’t need a private studio? Learn about Keyholder Access.


Everyone’s safety is important to us. Participation in this program requires being onsite at Spudnik Press Cooperative and that per our Covid-19 Policy, all artists accepted into the program will be required to provide staff with proof of vaccination. Where possible, we will make reasonable accommodations for artists with a medical or religious exemption.

Winter 2022 College Internship: Call for Applications

Priority Deadline: December 1, 2021

Internships at Spudnik Press focus on bringing students into every aspect of facilitating a community art studio. Internships balance administrative tasks with hands-on studio-based projects. Interns are able to work alongside a variety of Spudnik Press staff to focus on 2-3 of the following areas of focus:

  • Administration: Database management, processing enrollment and memberships, etc.
  • Development: Donor acknowledgement, event planning and organizing
  • Marketing: Social media, online postings, e-newsletters, design and distribution of materials
  • Exhibitions & Sales: Planning and organizing, install and deinstall, photo documentation
  • Education: Teaching assistance for group classes, workshops, and field trips
  • Publishing: Printing assistance for client, invitational, and internal projects, archive maintenance
  • Studio Maintenance: Inventory, press maintenance, cleaning, and organizing

Within a typical week, interns will support a variety of projects ranging from daily maintenance of the studio, deep cleaning, stocking and ordering supplies, updating the website, online marketing, documenting artwork, event planning assistance, processing memberships, and managing our archive.

Additionally, all interns complete a Member Interview and collaboratively organize and execute a social media takeover to promote both the organization and their own artistic practice.

After becoming familiar with the daily operations of Spudnik Press Cooperative, interns are able to focus on a larger project that builds off of their abilities and learning goals, while meeting the needs of our studio. Studio Assistant Interns will work closely with various staff throughout their internship and report to the Executive Director.

All interns receive a complimentary Annual Membership as well as 24/7 keyholder access for the duration of their internship.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with and appreciation for fine art print making (required) with hands-on experience making prints (preferred). While interns will strengthen their printmaking skills, interns should not expect to fully learn new printing process during the internship.
  • Interest in art administration, education, fine art printing, and/or community-based art projects.
  • Outgoing demeanor and strong communication skills
  • Reliable and self-driven
  • Organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Priority is given to students in their final year of school

Download the College Internship Job Description

To Apply:

  • Submit a cover letter, resume, and work samples to angee@spudnikpress.org.
  • Work samples may be sent as a website or 3-5 .jpeg images.
  • Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Everyone’s safety is important to us. Participation in this program requires being onsite at Spudnik Press Cooperative and that per our Covid-19 Policy, all artists accepted into the program will be required to provide staff with proof of vaccination. Where possible, we will make reasonable accommodations for artists with a medical or religious exemption.


Spudnik Press Cooperative does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, selection of interns . We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Our Accessibility page includes additional information about getting to the studio and using the equipment.

[Deadline Extended] Winter 2022 Studio Fellowship: Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: November 28, 2021 at 11:59 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. 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.


COVID-19 Modifications

Everyone’s safety is important to us. Participation in this program requires being onsite at Spudnik Press Cooperative and that per our Covid-19 Policy, all artists accepted into the program will be required to provide staff with proof of vaccination. Where possible, we will make reasonable accommodations for artists with a medical or religious exemption. The fellowship program will follow our COVID-19 Policies & Procedures, and will have both in-person and virtual elements:

Virtual (via Zoom):

  • Public speaking experience: “Crossing Of the Fellows” artist talks
  • Weekly Professional Development seminar sessions

In person:

  • Studio Access Trainings
  • 24 hour access to all facilities
  • Open Studio monitoring responsibilities
  • Critiques

TBD:

  • Additional Assistance Opportunities: With some programs suspended, there are limited opportunities to gain additional assistance in areas such as youth programming and teaching. While opportunities will be made available whenever possible, this portion of the Fellowship will be optional at this point in time.
  • Public Programming: Designed and presented by fellows towards the end of the fellowship period.

Eligibility

The Studio Fellowship program best supports:

  • Emerging artists, and 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 produce art a primary component of their career.
  • 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. Complete the Online Fellowship Application Form no later than Sunday, November 21, 2021. You will need to have the following ready to submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the following:
    • Why is now a good time for your career and development as an artist to be part of this program?
    • What goals would you like to accomplish through the fellowship? How do you plan to achieve them?
    • How do you see the Fellowship and the resources at Spudnik contributing to your project?
    • What is your training in printmaking processes and previous exposure to print facilities?
    • What will you bring to the program?
  • Project Statement: Outline and expound upon the project you are hoping to work on during the course of this Fellowship. 300 words max.
  • Resume or CV
  • Bio: 100 words max.
  • 7-10 Images
  • Confirmation that we will receive a letter of recommendation sent to grace@spudnikpress.org by the application deadline. Please email grace@spudnikpress.org at least 7 days prior to the deadline if you have any concerns about obtaining a letter of recommendation to discuss an alternative.

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, November 28, 2021
Fellowship Period: January 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022
Required Weekly Commitments:

  • Professional Development Seminars:  Most Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Individual Monitor Shifts: One of the following 4.25-hour per shift per week:
    • Mondays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 1:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Any inquiries regarding our Studio Fellowship can be directed to Grace Makuch, grace@spudnikpress.org.

2022 Artist Residency Program: Call for Applications – Deadline Extended

Deadline to apply: November 7th, 2021

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Residency Program provides mid-career to established artists two 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, critiques, teaching master workshops, or presenting an exhibition.

To Apply:

Please review our 2022 Residency Information Packet and our Residency page on our website for more information on the residency program and our application process. Return all requested materials to residency@spudnikpress.org no later than October 7th, 2021.

Important Details:

Application Fee: None; Free to apply
Deadline To Apply: Sunday, November 7th, 2021 
Finalists Selected: By November 24th, 2021
Final Notification: By December 8th, 2021
Residency Period: February 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Duration: Two to six weeks (local applicants are encouraged to apply for the full six weeks)
Stipend: $500
Additional Travel Stipend for non-local Artists: $500

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. Starting in 2022, we are excited to welcome back out-of-town artists to Spudnik Press Cooperative and are able to provide $500 travel stipends for artists traveling to Chicago for the residency.

Spudnik Press Cooperative encourages applications from artists from all backgrounds, including underrepresented groups that include (but are not limited to) artists of color, LGBTQ artists, women artists, and artists with disabilities. Our Accessibility page includes additional information about getting to the studio and using the equipment. Any requests for accommodations can occur upon finalist notification or acceptance.

Everyone’s safety is important to us. Participation in this program requires being onsite at Spudnik Press Cooperative and that per our Covid-19 Policy, all artists accepted into the program will be required to provide staff with proof of vaccination. Where possible, we will make reasonable accommodations for artists with a medical or religious exemption.

The 2022 Residency Program is possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts Arts Work Grant.

Questions? Contact residency@spudnikpress.org.

 

Private Studio Available October 1: Printshop North

Housed within a 3,000 square foot shared workspace and community printshop, our private studios are ideal for active printmakers, as well as book artists, and artists who work with a variety of 2-D media or small scale 3-D media.

Status:

Available October 1, 2021.

Rent:

$430/month includes 24-hour access to Printshop equipment and general supplies.

Amenities:

8 x 15 feet
8 foot walls, high ceilings
Locking door
Includes A/C, heat, internet, utilities
Hardwood floors

Email angee@spudnikpress.org with questions or to schedule a time to see the studio.

Interested in 24-hour access but don’t need a private studio? Learn about Keyholder Access.

Summer 2021 Studio Fellowship: Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: June 6, 2021 at 11:59 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. 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.


COVID-19 Modifications

The fellowship program will follow our COVID-19 Policies & Procedures, and will have both in person and virtual elements:

Virtual (via Zoom):

  • Studio Fellowship interviews
  • Public speaking experience: “Crossing Of the Fellows” artist talks
  • Weekly Professional Development seminar sessions
  • Part 1: Studio Access Trainings

In person:

  • Part 2: Studio Access Trainings
  • 24 hour access to all facilities
  • Open Studio monitoring responsibilities

TBD:

  • Additional Assistance Opportunities: With some programs suspended, there are limited opportunities to gain additional assistance in areas such as youth programming and teaching. While opportunities will be made available whenever possible, this portion of the Fellowship will be optional at this point in time.
  • Public Programming: Designed and presented by fellows towards the end of the fellowship period.

Eligibility

The Studio Fellowship program best supports:

  • Emerging artists, and 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 produce art a primary component of their career.
  • 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. Complete the Online Fellowship Application Form no later than Sunday, June 6, 2021. You will need to have the following ready to submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the following:
    • Why is now a good time for your career and development as an artist to be part of this program?
    • What goals would you like to accomplish through the fellowship? How do you plan to achieve them?
    • How do you see the Fellowship and the resources at Spudnik contributing to your project?
    • What is your training in printmaking processes and previous exposure to print facilities?
    • What will you bring to the program?
  • Project Statement: Outline and expound upon the project you are hoping to work on during the course of this Fellowship. 300 words max.
  • Resume or CV
  • Bio: 100 word max
  • Two References
  • 7-10 Images
  • Confirmation that we will receive a letter of recommendation by the application deadline. This can come from someone also listed as a reference

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Fellowship Period: July 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Required Weekly Commitments:

  • Professional Development Seminars:  Most Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Individual Monitor Shifts: One of the following 4.25-hour per shift per week:
    • Mondays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 1:45 – 6:00 p.m.

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

Private Studio Availabe: Annex Center

Housed within a 3,000 square foot shared workspace and community printshop, our private studios are ideal for active printmakers, as well as book artists, and artists who work with a variety of 2-D media or small scale 3-D media.

Status:

Available February 1, 2021

Rent:

$315/month includes 24-hour access to Printshop equipment and general supplies.
3+ month commitment preferred.

Amenities:

6 x 13 feet
8 foot walls, high ceilings
Locking door
Includes A/C, heat, internet, utilities
Hardwood floors

Email staff with questions or to schedule a time to see the studio.

Interested in 24-hour access but don’t need a private studio? Learn about Keyholder Access.

Winter 2021 Studio Fellowship: Call for Applications

Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2020 at 11:59 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. 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.


COVID-19 Modifications

The fellowship program will follow our COVID-19 Policies & Procedures, and will have both in person and virtual elements:

Virtual (via Zoom):

  • Studio Fellowship interviews
  • Public speaking experience: “Crossing Of the Fellows” artist talks
  • Weekly Professional Development seminar sessions
  • Part 1: Studio Access Trainings

In person:

  • Part 2: Studio Access Trainings
  • 24 hour access to all facilities
  • Open Studio monitoring responsibilities

TBD:

  • Additional Assistance Opportunities: With many programs suspended, there are limited opportunities to gain additional assistance in areas such as youth programming and teaching. While opportunities will be made available whenever possible, this portion of the Fellowship will be optional at this point in time.
  • Public Programming: Designed and presented by fellows towards the end of the fellowship period.

In the case that the studio is required to close, in person activities will be suspended, and the fellowship period may be reevaluated. 


Eligibility

The Studio Fellowship program best supports:

  • Emerging artists, and 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 produce art a primary component of their career.
  • 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. Complete the Online Fellowship Application Form no later than Sunday, November 15, 2020. You will need to have the following ready to submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the following:
    • Why is now a good time for your career and development as an artist to be part of this program?
    • What goals would you like to accomplish through the fellowship? How do you plan to achieve them?
    • How do you see the Fellowship and the resources at Spudnik contributing to your project?
    • What is your training in printmaking processes and previous exposure to print facilities?
    • What will you bring to the program?
  • Project Statement: Outline and expound upon the project you are hoping to work on during the course of this Fellowship. 300 words max.
  • Resume or CV
  • Bio: 100 word max
  • Three References
  • 7-10 Images
  • Confirmation that we will receive a letter of recommendation by the application deadline. This can come from someone also listed as a reference

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, November 15, 2020
Fellowship Period: January 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Required Weekly Commitments:

  • Professional Development Seminars:  Most Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Individual Monitor Shifts: One of the following 4.25-hour per shift per week:
    • Mondays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays 5:45 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 1:45 – 6:00 p.m.

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

Calling All Talents: Annual Benefit Virtual Variety Show

On October 3rd, Spudnik Press will be hosting a virtual benefit that includes our famous art auction and our first ever online variety show! We invite you to amaze and entertain our supporters from around the globe!

  • Think you’ve got the fastest squeegee chops in town? Challenge a friend to a print off!
  • Been perfecting your underwater basketweaving in quarantine? This is your chance for a live broadcast from the tub!
  • Have some other hidden talent, gift of gab, or secret passion that craves an audience? Bring it to life at Spudnik Press!

We welcome everything from world debuts to masterful crafts. Friendly rivalries, audience engagement, and alter egos are especially encouraged.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Acts should be 1-10 minutes in length
  • Can be pre-recorded or live
  • Can be done remotely or on-site at Spudnik Press
  • $40 Thank You honorarium for all performers

To apply, please fill out this form by August 16th at midnight. We will notify you by August 23.

Questions? E-mail Program Assistant Anders Zanichkowsky: anders@spudnikpress.org.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Call for Artists

We’re seeking proposals for our Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] series on Wednesday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 CST.

If you are interested in being a Drink & Draw Guest Artists, please email anders@spudnikpress.org and share:

  • Your idea for a fun and casual art-making activity that people can do from home using materials they’re likely to have on hand.
  • If you have prior teaching experience.

Events have included survivalist bookmaking, optical illusions, hand-drawn typefaces, DIY protest art, and much more. Check out our past events for inspiration, or come join an upcoming Drink & Draw to get inspired!

Spudnik Press provides technical support, event promotion, co-hosting during the event, a chance for you to do an Instagram Takeover. We also have a Virtual Tip Jar, and give the first $40 of tips to the Guest Artist as a token of our gratitude.

We’re so excited to see what you come up with!

Call for Submissions: 2020 Member Exhibition Juried by Ruby T

Deadline for online submissions: Friday, July 31 (midnight)

Exhibition Dates: November 1, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Spudnik Press is excited to announce Ruby T as our inaugural juror for the 2020 annual Member Exhibition. New in 2020, Ruby T will be selecting two Spudnik Press members to receive Juror Awards meant to support their artistic practice: a First Award of an Annual Membership and a Second Award of three Open Studio passes. Spudnik Press will also produce an exhibition publication in conjunction with the show and hold a private event for the selected artists to meet personally with Ruby T during the exhibition.

The annual Member Exhibition is a celebration of recent artwork by members of our printmaking cooperative. It aims to includes a wide variety of work by members of the organization, from brand new printers to established artists, working in a wide range of print and non-print media. This opportunity supports our members’ careers with public events and press, online representation, and the production of a printed publication featuring the selected artists into the exhibition. The exhibition also aims to inspire new interest in printmaking and its relationship to all forms of contemporary art, within Chicago’s larger arts community.

For the first time we are inviting a Guest Juror to select and curate the final works, and creating two new prizes, in order to showcase our members in Spudnik Press’ most prestigious exhibition to date.

About The Juror:

Ruby T’s work is an experiment in translating fantasy to reality, and she is fueled by anger, desire, and magic. She was named a 2018 Breakout Artist by Newcity and has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Western Exhibitions, Randy Alexander, Roots & Culture, and The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food. Her work has been written about in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, The Chicago Reader, and Chicago Artist Writers. She is a member of the organizing collective Make Yourself Useful.

As a Juror, Ruby T sees herself as an admirer who facilitates a narrative about the work she observes. She is excited about the range of artists who will apply, and looks forward to identifying threads and pathways within the multiverse that is Spudnik. A longtime community artist and collaborator herself, she believes in the power of a group show to create new meaning out of fellowship. In that same spirit of community, Ruby loves printmaking for its generosity, which she sees in both the repetition and dissemination inherent to printmaking, and also in the ethos of the printshop. As a communal space, she believes Spudnik has an alchemical power to let artists’ ideas and concerns seep into each other’s work, supporting a shift from the singular and private towards the collective and public. With that, Ruby believes the most important thing artists can do is use our gifts to resist the rightwing capitalist agenda, whether through overtly political artworks or by committing our resources to social justice movements.

Details:

  • Submissions are FREE and open to all current Spudnik Press members.
  • Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration by the juror. (Some, none, or all may be selected.)
  • If work is available for sale, Spudnik Press retains 50% of income from the sale of artwork during the exhibition.

Requirements:

  • You must be a current member of Spudnik Press Cooperative.
  • Work must be from the last 18 months.
  • Work must have some relationship to printmaking. However, it does not have to include a printed element or be made at Spudnik Press.
  • Work must be ready to install in the Spudnik Press Annex (i.e. framed, able to be hung with magnets, or some other installation system included with the finished work).
  • Three-dimensional or fiber-based works are welcome and must be ready to install with instructions for installation. Spudnik Press has a limited ability to show video and audio pieces.
  • Shelves may be provided by Spudnik Press for publication-based work as well as small objects.

For questions about the content of your submission, please contact the Program Assistant Anders Zanichkowsky: anders@spudnikpress.org before Friday, July 31.

Interested in submitting, but not a member? Join or renew your membership today!

To Apply:

Complete the Online Submission Form by Friday, July 31, 2020 (midnight).
This form requires a Google login. For questions or issues, please contact Anders before Friday, July 31 at 5pm: anders@spudnikpress.org.

Submission Requirements:

  • One to three works and up to two files representing each work. Files must be named Name_Title_FileNumber and can be a single image, video, or audio file up to 10MB each. Only the first three works, and only the first two files of each work, will be shown to the juror.
  • Image List (PDF) with File Name, Title, Dimensions, Year, and Media for each file submitted.
  • Personal Statement (Up to 250 words) addressing the work you are submitting and its relationship to print. You are encouraged to include a link to your website, and may also include any background information about yourself as an artist.

Artists will be notified by August 20 and selected work must be delivered to Spudnik Press (ready to install) by September 30. The Juror’s Awards will be announced the week before the Opening Reception, and presented at the event.