Posts Categorized: Member Opportunities

Portfolio Review Sessions with Aron Packer

Saturday, December 14, 2019
12:30pm – 4:00pm
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
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Guest Reviewer: Aron Packer

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.

Aron Packer Bio:
Starting in the late 80’s as an American folk art dealer, Aron Packer built his early career focusing on outsider and self taught artists. Also exhibiting unusual objects such as sideshow banners, tattoo drawings, and wild looking magic tricks, his early venue was an apartment gallery, and he became known for a broad yet unusual vision. He added contemporary art and established his first public gallery in 1992 in Wicker Park, joining an alternative gallery scene that included Beret International, Ten in One, and Oscar Friedl Gallery. As business forces changed over the past 25+ years, Packer migrated to locations in River North and the West Loop, continuing to expand his notable group of artists. In 2015 he closed Packer Schopf Gallery on West Lake Street after nearly a decade of ambitious shows. Aron Packer Projects had a pop-up space in the offices of the Chicago Gallery News through 2018, and continues to program exhibitions in locations throughout the Chicago area. The Gallery lives on!

Registration Details
Space is limited to six artists. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. Please register by Friday, December 6, 2019. Staff will notify artists of what time slot they have been assigned on or before Monday, December 9th. Please contact staff if you would like to request a specific time slot. Registrants are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early to their scheduled appointment.

New Year’s Greeting Card Contest

Hey members! We’ve got a fun opportunity for you!

Spudnik Press Cooperative is holding a design contest for a 2020 New Years greeting card! These cards will be gifted to people who donate to our End of the Year Campaign. This is a great way to market yourself and your design finesse to a larger public while supporting our studio. Staff will print the chosen design in the studio for you.

We want YOU to submit a design for this greeting card. Your name and website/Instagram handle will be printed on the back of the card along with our logo in the following format:

Design by John Appleseed | www.johnappleseed.com
Published by Spudnik Press Cooperative

To submit, please fill out this online form.
The design will be chosen by a blind jury of staff and interns.

Prize:

  • $50 check + 15 greeting cards with your design!

Parameters:

  • 4.5″ x 6.25″.
  • 3 colors maximum.
  • Will be produced as a letterpress or screen print, based on design.
  • Please avoid biased, religious, or political content.
  • Selected artist will be required to deliver final files as a high-quality .psd or .ia file with each color in a separate layer.

Timeline

  • Please fill out this online form and attach a clean draft (digital or hand drawn) by Monday, November 18th 11:59 PM CST.
  • We will announce the winner on Thursday, November 21st.
  • The final file must be delivered by Wednesday, November 27th at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Your check and greeting cards will be sent out by December 10th.

TO SUBMIT, CLICK HERE!

Image Credits: Jennifer Ackerman

Study Session: Writing Art Grants & Applications

Monday, November 18, 2019
5 – 9 p.m.
@ Spudnik Press Cooperative (in the Annex)

$5 for Spudnik Press Members
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Are you writing an application for an arts grant, MFA program, or job in the arts? Up against a deadline and want a “Buddy System” to help structure your time, or get a second pair of eyes on your materials?

Come join other members for a super productive session of writing, editing, and polishing! Perfect for working on project proposals and budgets, artist statements, letters of interest, research for your personal goal setting, and more. Bring your roughest drafts and we promise you’ll leave feeling highly accomplished!

For people wanting extra support, Anders Zanichkowsky will be on hand to give feedback on written materials, help brainstorm, and provide samples of successful applications. Anders recently joined Spudnik Press staff and brings many years of experience writing grants and serving on selection committees. He’s a huge fan of using the Buddy System to stay on task (and make the process as enjoyable as possible)!

The Studio Session will also offer an overview of the City of Chicago’s Individual Artist Program grants (due December 5) and a recap of their public information workshops.

Registration Details:

Advanced registration is very much appreciated to allow staff to best plan for the event.  If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

Offsite Visit: The Block Museum’s Special Collections: WPA Prints

Friday, October 11, 2019
2 p.m.
The Block Museum’s Eloise W. Martin Study Center
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

$10 for Spudnik Press Members
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Join Spudnik Press staff for a private viewing of original WPA prints housed at the Block Museum’s Eloise W. Martin Study Center. Spudnik members will have the chance to speak with Block Museum curators about these special posters, their lasting effect on fine art printmaking, and their contribution to the visual arts in Chicago.

After the 2pm private viewing and conversation, we’ll head over to the galleries to check out prints in the Pop América exhibition.

About the WPA Posters

In 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the WPA (Works Progress Administration) and the Federal Art Project (FAP) as part of his New Deal program to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. The FAP employed more than five thousand artists in various art projects, including the many poster divisions that were created throughout the United States.

The WPA posters are some of the best known works to be produced through the FAP program. The silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters produced between 1936 and 1943 depicted government programs and projects, ranging from health and public safety, to promoting newly formed national parks. Throughout the duration of the WPA art projects, over two million posters were printed from 35,000 designs. Today, only about two thousand are known to exist anymore. Richard Floethe, head of the New York poster division, wrote in a 1930’s essay that “the government unwittingly launched a movement to improve the commercial poster and raise it to a true art form.”

About The Block Museum’s Eloise W. Martin Study Center

The Block is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern and the surrounding Chicagoland communities. The museum features a global exhibition program, in which diverse time periods and cultures interact, serving as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to our lives today.

Current Exhibition: Pop América, 1965–1975

Pop América, 1965–1975 challenges and reframes familiar notions of Pop Art by bringing together artists from North, Central, and South America, as well as the United States and the Caribbean. Pop América is the first exhibition to unify Latin American and LatinX expressions of Pop and explore how artists working across the hemisphere embraced its bold and colorful imagery, references to mass culture, and representations of everyday objects, signs, and symbols.

Registration Details:

Advanced registration is required as the tour is limited to 15 participants. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. The Block Museum is easily accessible via public transportation; however, staff will assist with transportation by coordinating a carpool to and from Evanston, as needed.

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

Join the Equipment Fund Committee

Did you know that our Equipment Fund Committee is raising money for a new computer station? We are raising $6,000 to purchase two new iMacs and a high-end tabloid laser printer.  We are 25% there and need your help!

How you can help:

1. Reach out to your place of work.

Many businesses help their employees fundraise through matching donations, sponsorship, or a simple in-office fundraiser. Does your office offer free coffee?  Setting up a simple donation jar for a day can help us reach our goal!

2. Purchase items from our “Little Delicious Planet” snack bar.

Our snack bar, located just inside the doors to the Spudnik studio, offers items for a donation, and that money goes DIRECTLY to the Equipment Fund. Just by quelling your hunger, you’re helping us get closer to new technology.

3. Donate equipment or technology to Spudnik.

We recently received a donation of an iPad from one of our members, and we are SO APPRECIATIVE! Spudnik is a non-profit and we make every dollar and donation stretch. The new iPad will allow us to offer better experiences at our events and better organize our inventory when we’re at fairs representing member artwork!

4. Join the Equipment Fund Committee.

Join current members Jennifer Ackerman and Veronica Siehl and Jessica Christy, Development Assistant. The more help we have, the more we can raise! We meet once a month and work together on fundraising opportunities.

Spudnik Press knows that you rely on the equipment in our studios and our computers certainly need a boost. Please consider helping us get there. To get involved, reach out to Jessica Christy, Development Assistant.

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.

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
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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 2019/2020 Exhibition Committee Members

Spudnik Press Members: Open Call to Join the Exhibition Committee

The Spudnik Press Exhibitions Committee is member-driven and provides a platform for our members to take the lead in the curatorial process for all Spudnik Press Exhibitions. Only in its fourth year, the Exhibitions Committee is a constantly evolving committee composed of members who are committed to advancing exhibitions at Spudnik Press Cooperative. It acts as a steering committee for all Exhibitions-related opportunities, assists with execution of all components of the Exhibitions Program and, to the extent of its ability, acts as an advocate for exhibitions within and beyond Spudnik Press.

More specifically, the committee reviews all exhibition proposals, selecting which proposals will be offered as part of the annual Exhibition Calendar, and contributes to the development of additional programs offered in conjunction with each show, such as artist talks, workshops and opportunities for our members. Each year the committee coordinates the Annual Member Exhibition, bringing energy and innovation to this group exhibition opportunity. In addition, committee members have the opportunity to develop an additional exhibition of their choosing, which could take the form of an invitational exhibition, bringing a traveling exhibition to our gallery, or jurying a thematic exhibition.

The Exhibitions Committee is fully backed by Spudnik Press staff who lead meetings, manages all exhibitions, handles budgets, etc. Committee members are asked to volunteer with various stages of each exhibition, including installation, photography and event assistance, approximately 6-8 hours per year.

By joining the committee, members are committing to a one-year positions with the option to renew each calendar year.

Meeting Dates:
Meetings are usually held on the 1st Thursday of the 1st month of each quarter, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • November 21, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • December 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • January 9, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • April 2, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • July 2, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • October 1, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Requirements:
• Must maintain a current membership at Spudnik Press Cooperative throughout 2019.
• Must be able to commit to attending the majority of quarterly Exhibitions Committee Meetings.
• Strongly encouraged to volunteer for 6-8 hours in the production of exhibition programs. Members can select volunteer activities that best suit their skills, interests and availability.

To Apply:
• Email info@spudnikpress.org with the subject “Exhibition Committee”.
• Please include your name and phone number.
• The exhibition committee is first come, first serve. If response exceeds our capacity, a wait list will be formed.

Call for Artwork: LA Art Book Fair & Chicago Print Crawl **extended deadline**

NOTE:  We are accepting artist submissions for the Chicago Print Crawl until April 19, 2019!  

Spudnik Press Cooperative is thrilled to extend two opportunities to our members for our organization to represent your work! First, Spudnik Press is headed to the LA Art Book Fair (April 12-14) to show off our organization AND YOUR ARTWORK to a national audience. Then, Saturday, May 4, we are turning our gallery into a show room during the 2nd Annual Chicago Print Crawl!

LA Art Book Fair
April 12-14, 2019

Chicago Print Crawl
May 4, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Sale is 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Spudnik Press)

We are seeking:

  • Zines
  • Printed ephemera like stickers and coasters
  • Apparel (totes, tea towels, etc.)
  • Artist Books
  • Smaller prints (up to 11″ x 14″)
  • Items prices from $1 – $100

To Participate:

  • Bring up to 25 items to Spudnik Press by April 19, 2019
  • Email your CV, bio, titles, medium, and prices to susannah@spudnikpress.org by April 19, 2019.
  • Artist will be paid a 50% commission by 5/15/19.
  • All unsold artwork must be picked up between 5/15 and 6/15/19.
  • Email susannah@spudnikpress.org with any questions.

Print Club Subscription Program: Call for Member Art

Submissions Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Our Print Club is a quarterly subscription program that showcases the many talented artists (like you!) that are part of our community.

Through this program, we are able to purchase wholesale or commission new work from our members!

If you have a printed item (book, notecard, patch, sticker, totebag, etc.) valued at $1-20 that you would like to sell us, please email us an image of the item and the retail and wholesale prices.

If you would like to receive an honorarium and complimentary studio access to produce a new fine art printplease email us a link to your website with a brief proposal of what you would like to produce.

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
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  • 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.