Posts Categorized: Member Opportunities

Portfolio Review Sessions with Jenna Lyle

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
5:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

As part of our mission to unite our community of artists with art professionals throughout Chicago, we offer portfolio reviews throughout the year. Portfolio reviews are private a 30-minute sessions 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.

For this iteration, we are brining in Jenna Lyle. Her expertise lies in the realm of music, sound, and performance. She is not explicitly a visual art scholar, and encourages artists with an interdisciplinary practice to sign up.

Guest Reviewer: Jenna Lyle

Composer, performer, installation-builder, and administrator Jenna Lyle approaches her sound-driven creative practice through the lens of embodiment, visual display, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Taking on long-term collaborations drawing upon her background in theater and vocal performance, Lyle focuses on relationship dynamics, tactility, and bodies in a state of listening and critical response. Recent projects include a one-woman adaptation of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, a solo work for sonic fabric garment and electronics called Louise, and a large-scale multi-ensemble piece for the combined forces of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente, Berlin’s Ensemble Adapter, and Manchester’s Distractfold Ensemble.

Lyle is also a Co-Artistic Director of performance ensemble Mocrep and a co-founder of Parlour Tapes+, a New Music cassette tape label and media/performance collective based in Chicago. She lectures and tours periodically while curating and coordinating programming at The Arts Club of Chicago as Programs Manager.

Registration Details:

Space is limited to five artists. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. Please register by Sunday, July 25 and please contact staff if you would like to request a specific time slot. We will notify artists of what time slot they have been assigned by Monday June 28.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please review our COVID-19 studio procedures before arriving. Members will meet in the Annex. Staff will sanitize surfaces between sessions. Virtual sessions may be an option for people unable to visit the studio in person. Please contact staff if you would prefer to meet virtually.

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

Art Documentation Day

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
@ Spudnik Press Cooperative 

$10 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

Sign up for a 30-minute photo shoot in the Spudnik Press Annex. We’ll have our light kit, tripod, and DSLR camera set up and ready to go. Using our camera tethered to Lightroom Classic, we’ll help document your artwork, provide light editing (color balance and lens correction) and send you home with your digital portfolio ready for your next residency application, grant proposal, or that big website overhaul you’ve been putting off.

The quantity of artwork we’ll be able to document will vary based on the complexity of the project, and how much variation there is between each artwork. We are best suited to photograph:

  • 2-D work that can be laid flat and shot from above
  • Zines, comics, and artist books
  • Unframed work
  • Work that does not need to be installed or hung on the wall to document

Participants will leave with 10+ high-quality .tiff files (3000+ pixels wide). Please bring your own USB drive to take home your files.

Registration Details:

Advanced registration is required by Monday, June 21. Space is limited to eight artists. Staff will notify artists of what time slot they have been assigned on Monday, June 21. Please contact staff if you would like to request a specific time slot. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please review our COVID-19 studio procedures before arriving. Staff will sanitize surfaces in between sessions.

Portfolio Review Sessions with Claudine Isé

Sunday, April 25, 2021
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

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.

Guest Reviewer: Claudine Isé

Prior to launching the Chicago gallery Goldfinch which she owns and directs, Claudine Isé worked as a writer, curator, and educator in the field of contemporary visual art for two decades. Isé began her curatorial career as an assistant curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, then moved to Columbus, OH to become the associate curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts. In Chicago, Isé has written extensively on contemporary art and culture for publications such as artforum.com, Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Bad at Sports, and New City. She was also the Editor of the Art21 Blog.

She currently teaches in the Graduate Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and previously taught in the School of Art and Art History’s Museum and Exhibition Studies Program (MUSE) at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is the former Director of the Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden at the Riverside Arts Center and has a PH.D. in Film, Literature, and Culture from the University of Southern California.

Registration Details:

Space is limited to five artists. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. Please register by Monday, April 19 and please contact staff if you would like to request a specific time slot. We will notify artists of what time slot they have been assigned by Tuesday April 20.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please review our COVID-19 studio procedures before arriving. Members will meet in the Annex. Staff will sanitize surfaces between sessions. Virtual sessions on Zoom are an option for people unable to visit the studio in person. Please note that screen-sharing a website or digital images will offer better image quality than sharing works using Zoom video.

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

Art & Direct Democracy: Virtual Workshop with Resident Artist Aaron Hughes

Saturday, April 3, 2021
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom
Free for Spudnik Press Members

Register Online

Spudnik Press members are invited to this lunchtime workshop with Resident Artist Aaron Hughes on art and direct democracy: a form of political life that is centered on participation, rather than representation. Aaron is an artist, curator, organizer, teacher, anti-war activist, and Iraq War veteran who works collaboratively in diverse spaces and media to create meaning out of personal and collective trauma, deconstruct and transform systems of oppression, and seek liberation.

During this event Aaron will discuss his emerging project Autonomous Democracy and facilitate a discussion about direct democracy around the world and the role of art in social movements. Participants will be invited to write or draw their responses to prompts on these topics, and contribute their ideas and stories to this ever-expanding archive project. Everyone who attends will also receive one print from the Autonomous Democracy project!

Registration Details:

Members should register in advance. A link to a zoom meeting with be emailed the week of the event. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

Questions? Email anders@spudnikpress.org.

Image: Building Resistance, 2017 (left) by Aaron Hughes

Skill Share Night 3

Thursday, April 22, 2021
6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Free for Spudnik Press Members

Featuring:

  • Nina Chen | Making Harmony Without Sound

  • Natalia Maliga | Limp Vellum Binding

Every other month, members are invited to share a skill, process, or technique with their fellow members. Designed as a way to instigate organic “peer to peer” support among members, Skill Share events provide a platform for members to connect with each others creative practice. Demonstration are casual and conversational.

Presentations will take place in the first hour. Members are welcome to continue the conversation at the end of the official program.

Registration Details:

Please RSVP hereA link to a zoom meeting with be emailed the week of the event. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

Questions? Email info@spudnikpress.org.

Skill Share Night #2

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Free for Spudnik Press Members

Featuring:

Every other month, members are invited to share a skill, process, or technique with their fellow members. Designed as a way to instigate organic “peer to peer” support among members, Skill Share events provide a platform for members to connect with each others creative practice. Demonstration are casual and conversational.

Presentations will take place in the first hour. Members are welcome to continue the conversation at the end of the official program.

Registration Details:

Please RSVP by emailing anders@spudnikpress.org. A link to a zoom meeting with be emailed the week of the event. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

Art Documentation Day

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
@ Spudnik Press Cooperative 

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

Sign up for a 45-minute photo shoot in the Spudnik Press Annex. We’ll have our light kit, tripod, and DSLR camera set up and ready to go. Using our camera tethered to Lightroom Classic, we’ll help document your artwork, provide light editing (color balance, lens correction, cropping, etc.) and send you home with your digital portfolio ready for your next residency proposal, grant application, or the big website overhaul you’ve been putting off.

The quantity of artwork we’ll be able to document will vary based on the complexity of the project, and how much variation there is between each artwork. We are best suited to photograph:

  • 2-D work that can be laid flat and shot from above
  • Zines, comics, and artist books
  • Unframed work
  • Work that does not need to be installed or hung on the wall to document

Participants will leave with 10+ high-quality .tiff files (3000+ pixels wide).Please bring your own USB drive.

Registration Details:

Advanced registration is required by Wednesday, December 9. Space is limited to ten artists. Staff will notify artists of what time slot they have been assigned by Thursday, December 10. Please contact staff if you would like to request a specific time slot. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please review our COVID-19 studio procedures before arriving. Staff will sanitize surfaces in between sessions.

Portfolio Review Sessions with Regina Martinez

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$20 for Spudnik Press Members
Register Online

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.

Guest Reviewer: Regina Martinez

Regina Martinez is passionate about artists’ support and collaborative tension. She is influenced broadly from degrees in photojournalism and social and economic development. For five years, she was Artistic Director of a neighborhood art space called the Pink House in St. Louis (MO). She is a collector of children’s artwork. She is co-creator of the clothesline (St. Louis)a monthly audio/visual installation alive for one night only. Most recently she managed programs with Threewalls in Chicago. She is currently working towards an MA of Sound Arts and Industry at Northwestern University.

Registration Details:

Space is limited to five artists. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. Please register by Monday, November 30. Staff will notify artists of what time slot they have been assigned by Tuesday December 1. Please contact staff if you would like to request a specific time slot.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Please review our COVID-19 studio procedures before arriving. Members will meet in the Annex. Staff will sanitize surfaces between sessions. Virtual sessions on Zoom are an option for people unable to visit the studio in person. Please note that screen-sharing a website or digital images will offer better image quality than sharing works using Zoom video.

Skill Share Night #1

Thursday, November 19, 2020
6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Free for Spudnik Press Members

Featuring:

  • Elizabeth Burke-Dain | Geometric Line Drawings / Warm-Up Drawing

  • Don Widmer | Bookbinding: Basic 3-hole pamphlet + classy variations

  • Angee Lennard | Round Table Discussion: Maintaining our Practice in 2020

Every other month, members are invited to share a skill, process, or technique with their fellow members. Designed as a way to instigate organic “peer to peer” support among members, Skill Share events provide a platform for members to connect with each others creative practice. Demonstration are casual and conversational.

Presentations will take place in the first hour. Members are welcome to continue the conversation at the end of the official program.

Registration Details:

Please RSVP by emailing angee@spudnikpress.org. A link to a zoom meeting with be emailed the week of the event. If you are not a member and wish to participate in this member opportunity, please join or renew your membership.

Art Hustle: Marketing & Communications for Artists

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Free for Current Spudnik Press members
$15 for the General Public
Register Online

As artists we spend so much time creating our work and honing our crafts. But what comes next? How do you get the word out to people who will support you, and get them excited about your practice?

Now more than ever, artists need skills, tools, and support for the ongoing Art Hustle that is our professional practice. Created for artists by artists, this online Zoom workshop will take you through the fundamentals of self-promotion and communications, whether you’re generally trying to build your career or make quick money on a super specific project. From newsletters and press releases, to social media takeovers and handling sales, we will cover many different ways to show people what you do and (most importantly) how and why they should support you! You will get personalized feedback from peers about your current online presence, and leave with a plan for very manageable projects tailored to your own needs.

About the Facilitators

Julia Arredondo is an artist entrepreneur who is heavily influenced by the family-based businesses she grew up around. Specializing in bootstrapping small businesses, Julia has started up two independent publishing entities (Vice Versa Press / Curandera Press), launched a live sales media channel (QTVC Live!) and recently concluded a cooperative social media outlet (COVIDtv). Julia believes that business and marketing involve incredibly creative problem solving. She is an advocate for entrepreneurship as class representation in the fine art world. 

For more than a decade, Anders Zanichkowsky has been raising money and rallying support for nonprofits and community groups. Anders has also done the same for their own artistic practice, using cheap or free tools adapted from their career in nonprofit development and communications. One of their favorite things to do for their community is teach these skills to other artists so we all feel confident, optimistic, and authentic when we put ourselves out there and invite people to support us.


Registration Details:

The event is free for members. Members can register by sending an email to anders@spudnikpress.org. Everyone else can register online. A zoom link will be sent to participants the day of the event.

Call for Art: Member Highlights at Spudnik Press Annual Benefit

The Spudnik Press Annual Benefit Committee is excited to announce our first ever virtual benefit,  Blue Print, which is moving online due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is an unexpected yet exciting shift which allows us to reach more supporters beyond the city of Chicago! As always, we will be reserving space in our art auction to highlight the work of Spudnik Press members, this time for a much wider audience.

Each year our art auction is viewed by hundreds of people and brings together over 150 people including curators and gallerists from the MCA, DePaul Art Museum, AIC, Hyde Park Art Center, and many more.  This year, the artwork will be featured in an online auction which will be open for bidding by anyone around the world.

The Annual Benefit, our largest fundraiser of the year, is a crucial component to supporting Spudnik Press studios and programs. More than any year before, these critical funds are needed to keep the Spudnik doors open through 2020 and beyond. It is our aim to raise $35,000 to ensure the future of Spudnik Press, and we need your submissions to help us do that!

In recognizing that this isn’t just a difficult time for Spudnik, but a difficult time for so many of us, we are also offering the option for Spudnik members to retain up to 25% of the sale. We look forward to getting through these challenges together.

Details:

  • Submissions are free and open to all current Spudnik Press members.
  • Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration by staff and the Annual Benefit Committee. (Some, none, or all may be selected.)
  • Selected artists may retain 25% or 10% of the sale price, or choose to donate the entire amount to Spudnik Press.
  • Selected artists will receive two virtual General Admission tickets to our online event. 

Requirements:

  • You must be a current member of Spudnik Press Cooperative.
  • Work must be valued over $100* (our average bid is over $400!) It’s encouraged that work is submitted unframed, since we will be shipping work after the auction. If any work requires special installation instructions, please include that in the submission form. 

Complete the Online Submission Form by Sunday, August 9, 2020 (midnight). This form requires a Google login. For questions or issues, please contact Anders Zanichkowsky, Program Assistant, before August 6 at 5pm.

Submission Requirements:

  • Upload one to three works and up to two files representing each work. Files must be named Name_Title_FileNumber and can be up to 10MB each. Only the first three works, and only the first two files of each work, will be shown to the committee. These files will be what the committee uses to select work for the Benefit.
  • Completed Google Form which will ask details about the work including File Name, Title, Dimensions, Year, and Media for each file submitted.
  • Work Statement (Optional, Up to 100 words) addressing the work you are submitting and any details that you would like listed with the online auction, should the artwork be accepted.

Artists will be notified by August 23, 2020 and selected work must be delivered to Spudnik Press by September 4th at 6:00 p.m.. 

*Are you interested in submitting a lower price point item? We appreciate that many of our members are making affordable print-based work and we want to offer an opportunity to highlight those makers as well. Our VIP guests will be receiving a gift package with items like zines, prints, and goods created by our members. If you’re interested in submitting work for these gift packages, please fill out this form.

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.