Posts Categorized: Exhibitions

Growth / Street Puzzles Exhibition

Curated by:

Juried by Jeannette Tremblay and Alison Kleiman

Featured Artists:

Victoria Martinez with Catherine Sollman, Courtney Sennish, Inah Choe, Julie Cowan, Malikah Fernandez, Peter Lutz, Elizabeth Kennedy, and a collaborative piece by Sean McKay and Pablo Philipps.


March 9 – April 10, 2013


The Annex at Spudnik Press

Opening Reception:

Saturday, March 16, 6 – 9 pm

Press Release:

On view in The Annex, Spudnik’s newly opened gallery and collaborative workspace, will be a juried exhibition entitled “Growth” as well as new work from Spudnik’s recent Artist in Residence, Victoria Martinez.

In honor of their recent addition of The Annex (the third expansion in as many years!) Spudnik released an open call on the theme of growth. This exhibition takes a close look at the idea of metamorphosis in all its forms and celebrates exceptional work in the field of printmedia.

The nine artists represented in this exhibition speak to the theme of growth in many ways, literally and figuratively – a change in size, number, significance, maturation, development, or identity. Growth artists include: Catherine Sollman (Chicago), Courtney Sennish (Providence, RI) , Inah Choe (Chicago), Julie Cowan (Evanston), Malikah Fernandez (Chicago), Elizabeth Kennedy (Chicago), Peter Lutz (Providence, RI), and a collaborative piece by Sean McKay (Chicago) and Pablo Philipps (St. Louis).

Growth was juried by Jeannette Tremblay, of the Hyde Park Art Center, and Alison Kleiman, of the DePaul Art Museum. Kleiman also serves as the Vice President of the Spudnik Press Board of Directors.

Simultaneously on view is work produced by Spudnik Artist in Residence, Victoria Martinez. Martinez, who lives and works in Chicago, has created an edition of vibrant screenprints on paper. During her residency she created work based on the trips between her Pilsen apartment and Spudnik Press in the Ukrainian Village. Inspired by text, found objects and urban detritus, Martinez created ephemeral collages that give a second life and greater meaning to previously discarded materials.

Daniel Mellis – Artist’s Books

Featured Artists:

Daniel Mellis


January 12 – February 23, 2013


The Annex

Opening Reception:

Saturday, January 12, 2013
6:00 – 9:00pm

Press Release:

Daniel Mellis’s work explores the instability of language and the poetics of the philosophical fragment; the relationship between memory, photography, historical documents, and the inaccessibility of the past; the physical remnants of things now absent; and the combinatorial potential of letterforms through prints and artist’s books. His constant experimentation in a wide variety of print media including letterpress, offset lithography, and digital printing results in unified expressions of content and form.

The show consists of four of his larger projects, some smaller works, and a print triptych created especially for the show at Spudnik Press.

The Gig Poster Project Exhibition

Harold Washington and Spudnik Press Cooperative proudly presents:

The Gig Poster Project

January 24 – February 1, 2013

City Colleges of Chicago
Harold Washington
Room 102

Public Reception: Thursday, January 24th, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Live Printing at 4:30
Awards at 6:30

Featuring posters by students from:
Chicago Talent Development High School
Farragut Career Academy
Perspectives Math and Science Academy Charter School

The Gig Poster Project is a multi-faceted arts program engaging students with their communities through music and design.

This fall, Teaching Artist Phil Parcellano and Poster Designer Johnny Sampson led a series of workshops in three Chicago secondary schools, guiding students through the process of designing a poster.

On exhibition is the culminating artwork from all three campuses. From this astounding selection of work, 18 students will be awarded a screen printing apprenticeship at Spudnik Press Cooperative. One grand prize winner will be commissioned to design and print a gig poster for Mucca Pazza, the marching band that thinks it’s a rock ‘n roll band. Please join us on January 24th for a hands-on printing demonstration, food, and celebration.

Please contact Vanessa Smith at with any questions. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 12 to 6 p.m.

Nine On The Prairie: Ragdale Teaching Artist Residency

November 27 – December 4
Reception and live performances Sunday December 2, 5 to 7 PM

The Annex at Spudnik Press Cooperative
Hubbard Street Lofts
1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60622

Presenting new works and works in progress by:
Anne-Marie Akin
Tisa Batchelder
Stephen Combs
Rod Gingrich
Sabba Elahi
Jamil Khoury
Angee Lennard
Suzanne Makol
Silk Road Rising

Nine on The Prairie features visual, musical and theatrical work created on retreat at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, as well as notes and ephemera from conversations about teaching practice and artistic process.

In August 2012, nine teaching artists came together in a two-week retreat to explore what it means to be both teacher and artist. Visual artists, playwrights and musicians were given ample time and studio space to pursue their individual projects as well as opportunities for collaboration and conversation. Each left the retreat with new works, new curricula, and returned to their home organizations (arts education pioneers Marwen, Silk Road Rising, and Old Town School of Folk Music) with new ideas about teaching and artistic practice.

Reception is Sunday, Dec 2 from 5 – 7 pm and will offer live performances of new musical works. The show runs November 27 – Dec 4 and will include photographs, painting, embroidery, collage, video and audio.

The Teaching Artist Residency was funded by grants from the National Endowment from the Arts and the Ragdale Foundation.

Garden Where I Walk: Summer Artist in Residence Exhibition

Garden Where I Walk: Summer Artist in Residence Exhibition by Daniel Greenberg

Friday, August 31, 2012
5:00 – 8:00 pm
at Spudnik Press

“Walking is the best way for me to think. Walking in nature allows for a temporary repositioning from our daily lives. But I more often find myself walking on a city street, or meditating while surfing the internet. For me, both the internet and nature operate as an escape from reality.” says Daniel. Working in the form of block prints, drawings and monoprints, and using imagery found online, Daniel depicts the detail and expansiveness of green forests on or with materials made from wood. He hopes viewers can get lost in the details of the natural world, and at times, utilizes technology as a means to this end.

“In the past months I have archived photographs of men in nature from the internet. The men are mostly alone; mostly men I see as beautiful. Certainly, a homosexual gaze enters this work. But by erasing and abstracting the figures I hope the viewer can, for a moment, occupy their bodies, gestures, and perhaps even thoughts. Sometimes I go a step further, extenuating varieties of ugliness in the figures, or at times the impressions of figures left behind in nature. Footprints in snow or mud represent a mark of a person left behind, and a desire to see him. Together, these works investigate not just the the homosexual gaze, but the human desire to see ourselves in others.”

Trialogues, Residency Exhibition by Polly Yates

Opening Reception Friday, October 5, 2012
7:00 – 10:00pm
Plaines Project
October 5 – October 19, 2012

In partnership with Spudnik Press, Polly Yates, the recent artist in residence at Spudnik, will have a solo show opening in early October.
Yates is a recent transplant to Chicago, coming from London, where she recently received her Fine Art MA at Central Saint Martins. Polly’s project explores themes of desire, abundance and fecundity. In the complexity of the processes inherent to her practice of fragmentation and collage, she references the Baroque, excessive ornamentation and the folding in of the outside

During her residency at Spudnik Press, Yates has been completing a series of large, screen print collages, plus an accompanying series of smaller works. Yates says, “I work in the exact opposite way to most print makers; instead of taking one image and making multiples, I take multiples and create one image. For the Spudnik Press residency, I have been working with processes of doing and redoing, doing and undoing – of showing and hiding. Taking photographed or found images I fragment, distort and weave them into one another to the point of abstraction. By limiting myself to certain techniques, colours and imagery, I am trying to gain as much difference with repetition as I can.”

Hubbard Street Loft Open Studios, The Annex Debut + New Work by Brandy Barker

Hubbard Street Loft Open Studios

Oct. 12, 2012

Building-Wide Celebration

Chicago Artist Month Featured Event
Hubbard Street Loft’s artists and art spaces will share their creative practices through exhibitions showcasing studio artists, demonstrations, refreshments, and music. 1821 Hubbard Street Lofts houses an array of Chicago’s best art-based businesses including Spudnik Press Cooperative, Platform Studios, Front Forty Press, The Post Family, Saverio Truglio, and more. By sharing what we do, we hope to better illuminate how we all work together to strengthen our community and the relationships we have with our neighbors.

Debut of The Annex

Chicago’s New Home for Underground Publishing
Spudnik’s newest addition, The Annex hosts a gallery and classroom, independent studios, and shared work space for writers, bookmakers, artists, students, and others. A reference library of small press and experimental book projects is under development.

I’ll Let You Go 1.5
New Work by Brandy Barker

Chicago Artist Month Featured Artist
Working primarily in letterpress and relief, Brandy explores the psychology behind manipulative communication. Role reversals and disorientation are two reoccurring themes in her print work, blurring the lines of recognizable letterforms and “new symbols” of communication.

Plus Ex Libris is on view in The Printshop

Ex Libris: Portfolio Exchange

Ex libris

Member Print Exchange
In collaboration with Atlanta Printmakers Studio

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 12, 2012
7:00 – 10:00pm

Spudnik Press Cooperative
October 12 – November 16, 2012

Spudnik Press is proud to announce an exhibition in conjunction with Atlanta Printmakers Studio. Additionally, Ex Libris is part of the Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

Bookplates were originally designed as small decorative labels pasted inside a book’s cover to indicate ownership. A long line of artists have been inspired and commissioned to design these miniature prints including Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, Aubrey Beardsley, Eric Gill, and Rockwell Kent to name a few. In the 19th century there was strong interest in ex libris collecting and society’s were formed to promote and commission bookplates from prominent artists.

Bookplates served as evidence of prestige and status as well as important documentation of the provenance of books. The images often related to the interests, career and accomplishments of the book’s owner, a play on the person’s name, and ancient myths or fables.

As Spudnik Press gears up to expand book and writing programming, and Atlanta Printmakers Studio present Print Big!, an event focused on books, reading, and literature, members of both studios have created new work that alludes to the rich correlation between the worlds of art, writing, and reading.

Participating Artists: Peery Angelika, Brandy Barker, Pam Beagle-Daresta, Douglas Bosley, Justin Crampton, Mariana Depetris, Jan DiPietro, Terri Dilling, Andrea Emmons, Kathy Garrou, Chelsea Glankler, Nancy Goldberg, Pedro A. Gonzalez, Gaige Graf, Jerushia Graham, Sarazen Haile, Eric Von Haynes, Jennifer High, Clay McGlamory, Madison Kenney, Alan Larkin, Angee Lennard, Heidi Lingamfelter, Holly Meyers, Marjorie Moran, Eric Neubauer, Nessie Rago, Brian Randall, Laura Reese, Margaret Reneke, Gina Reynoso, Cassidy Russell, Bonnie Samuel, Debrah Santini, David Short, Stephanie Smith, Deborah Sosower, Eva Svitek, Gena Spivey Vanderkloot, Joe Tsambiras, Joanne Vena, Marie Weaver, Erin Whatley, Daryl White, Monica Wiesblott, Judy Winograd

Hot Off the Press: Recent work from our Lithography Department

New Work by our Student and Teaching Artists

May 21, 2012 – June 29, 2012
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Mon & Thu 6:30 – 11pm
Fri & Sat 12:30-5pm
Or by appointment

Lithography, simply explained, is a printing process that capitalizes on oil and water’s natural inclination to repel each other. Since 1796, Lithography has evolved from a process using grained limestones and leather rollers to high volume, multi-color presses. Spudnik Press has unique facilities, allowing artists are utilizing this medium for all it is worth. Traditional lithography captures nuanced mark-making, and is a terribly expressive medium. Offset Lithography excels at self-published zines and chapbooks, and has wide aesthetic possibilities.

Recent work from our Lithography Department showcases the work that has been produced at Spudnik Press since we added Offset Printing to our repertoire. This show sheds light on how contemporary commercial printing methods grew from traditional lithography – that they are not too dissimilar at all!

Featured Artists:
Brandy Barker, Kelsey Donahue, Caitlyn Eakins, Edie Fake, Sarazen Haile, Angee Lennard, Morgan Sims, Aaron Smith, and others!


Contributory: MAPC Member Exhibition

April 6 – May 11, 2012

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 6, 6-9pm

1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

A contribution furnishes something towards a result. “Contributory” is a juried show dissecting the parts that create the whole, the chain of events that leads to a result, good works that build communities, and the symbiotic nature of a contribution. “Contributory” reflects on what and how people, the natural world, and technology proffer with intention and purposefulness, or despite themselves.

Featured Artists:
Art Werger
Craig Fisher
Erik Waterkotte
Jayne Reid Jackson
Jennifer Manzella
Jeremy Lundquist
John-Mark Schlink
Jon Swindler
Karla Hackenmiller
Kim Fink
Melissa Haviland
Miriam Dubinsky
Nicholas Ruth
Nicole Geary
Randy Clark
Robert Howsare
Sage Perrott
Sara Schleicher
Thomas Nawrocki
Tom Lucas
Travis Janssen

Julia Vodrey Hendrickson is a visual artist, writer, print-enthusiast, and curator. She recently released a poetry/artist book called Grow No Moss, printed at Spudnik Press. Primarily based in Chicago where she is the gallery manager at Corbett vs. Dempsey, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Images (above, clock-wise from left to right): Cathedral by John-Mark Schlink, Cars and Trucks: Inject by Jennifer L. Mazella, I Guess Not by Randy Clark.

Ten x Ten Exhibition at LivingRoom Gallery

Ten x Ten Exhibition

LivingRoom Gallery

Artist Reception: April 20, 6-9pm
1530 West Superior, Chicago, IL

Exhibition continues through June 2, 2012

Join Homeroom Chicago and Spudnik Press to celebrate the release of Ten x Ten.

Featuring work by:
Brian Hofmeister
Colin Palombi
Jeremy Tinder
Joe Tallarico
Justin Santora
Krista Franklin
Liz Born
Nate Beaty
Revise CMW

Ten x Ten is both a compilation and collaboration between Chicago bands and printmakers. The project strives to introduce artists and musicians that might not have otherwise crossed paths, and encourages the development of creative relationships between Chicago bands and printmakers that go beyond show posters. The final package consists of ten songs accompanied by ten corresponding prints that were developed exclusively for the project.