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Private Studio: 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 September 1, 2020.

Rent:

$425/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

Download our Private Studios PDF for more details.
Email info@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.

Facilities & Equipment Community Feedback Committee | Call for Participants

To help guide and support Spudnik Press Cooperative’s “Facilities & Equipment” goal in our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, staff are seeking community members to share their experiences (good and bad) working within our physical studios and to contribute to a vision of a future Spudnik Press.

Volunteer Members: Participating in this committee will count towards your volunteer commitment!

Ideal Participants:

  • Have first-hand experience using Spudnik Press studios.
  • Are familiarity with one or more of our studio programs.
  • Have experience in a variety of printshop or educational settings.
  • Represent a balance of current or recent members, open studio participants, key holders, teaching artists, fellows, resident artists, and private studio renters.

Key Tasks / Time Commitment:

  • Thursday, July 9, 3-5pm: Participate in 2-hour community listening session (Via Zoom)
  • Mid July: Vote on facilities & equipment priorities (Online survey)
  • Wednesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.: Attend our Annual Member meeting to share feedback on final facilities & equipment proposal (Via Zoom)

To Participate:

Email info@spudnikpress.org to sign up to participate. Participation is first come, first serve. However, staff will extend personal invitations as needed to ensure everyone who has a stake in our future studios has a voice at the table.

Expanded Open Studio Program to Better Support Artists

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to announce a big change to our Open Studio Program. This program, which logs over 800 visits per year from artists and makers at all stages of their artistic journey, has largely remain unchanged since the studio’s inception in 2007.

After 13 years, the program will be dramatically expanded to provide eight Open Studio sessions per week. This will allow guests to reserve back-to-back sessions to accommodate 8-hour studio days. The additional sessions will also increase the capacity of the program while ensuring that guests have adequate work space and plenty of access to shared tools and equipment. With these changes comes a new simplified pricing structure.

This decision was based on community feedback that clarified the need for longer studio sessions and more flexible hours. This change also goes hand-in-hand with our new Studio Access Trainings which provide a more generous “on boarding process” that allows for more support and guidance from our staff.

Overview of Changes

  • Weekly Open Studio sessions increased from 4/week to 8/week
  • Ability to reserve a Single Session (4-hours) or Double Session (8-hours)
  • Simplified pricing: Material fee replaced with a $10 discount for “Dry Activities”
  • Increased member & student benefits: Increased from $7 to $10 discount
  • Will be phasing out hourly rental; Keyholder program remains available for access outside of Open Studio sessions.
  • Reservations are now required.

Updated Open Studio Sessions

Mondays & Thursdays:
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays:
10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 – 6:00 pm

Updated Fees

Single Session (4-hours): $35
Double Session (8-hours): $50

Available Discounts

Current Member or Student: $10 off
Dry Activities Only: $10 off

Discounts may be combined. For example, the cost for a current member who is typesetting or bookbinding will be $15 for a Single Session or $30 for Double Session.

Studio Modifications Amidst COVID-19

Spudnik Press Cooperative is cautiously reopening our studios and have put in place the following rules to ensure we are able to maintain a healthy environment for those in our community who choose to visit our studios.

These policies and procedures will be updated regularly as city and state regulations evolve. In addition to following government directives, staff are committed to providing as many reasonable health and safety precautions as possible to ensure that our community and our staff has access to the resources they need while being able to feel comfortable in our space.

Staff is only working onsite as needed and in staggered shifts. Please be patient with onsite staff.

Capacity & Reservation Limits:

  • To ensure social distancing is feasible, anyone using the studio is required to make reservations in advance.
  • Private studio renters may work within their own studio at their own discretion. However, if studio renters plan to work in shared spaces, they must make reservations.
  • Capacity limits will gradually increase (see table below). 
  • People working collaboratively may share equipment, as long as they adhere to the capacity limits of projects and people in a particular space.

Reservation Details:

  • Be mindful of moving through the studio beyond the area you have reserved. To support social distancing, each area of the studio will be stocked with basic tools. 
  • To reserve access to either guillotine, please reserve “Annex East”. 
  • The shared computer may be used to print films as long as it is not reserved and it is disinfected after use. If you plan to work at the computer for an extended period of time, please reserve it in advance. 

Cleaning & Disinfecting:

  • We are relying on each studio user to clean and prepare the space for the next person. 
  • Everyone using the studio is expected to follow all CDC health and safety guidelines including frequent hand washing and/or the use of hand sanitizer. 
  • At the end of their visit, studio users are required to disinfect all surfaces they come in contact with. An EPA-approved disinfectant will be readily available.
  • Staff will disinfect all hard surfaces twice weekly with an EPA-approved disinfectant.

PPE:

  • Masks are required when entering and exiting our building and while working in shared studios.
  • Due to the difficulty and the risk of using harsh chemicals on our equipment, masks are required when operating presses and shared tools.
  • Masks may temporarily be removed if, and only if, you are working at a stationary space for an extended period of time, others are easily able to stay 6+ feet from you, and you are able to disinfect your entire work space at the end of your session. 
  • Disposable gloves are available for anyone to use throughout their session. 
  • People with conditions that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering are asked to speak with staff before making plans to visit the studio. 

Please Stay Home If:

  • You have a cough, fever, or other possible COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Been in public spaces without wearing a mask or otherwise have not maintained CDC health and safety guidelines.
  • For any reason believe that you have taken on unnecessary risk of spreading COVID-19, and have not been able to test negative for COVID-19.

Please direct all questions related to our Covid-19 related safety precautions, please email info@spudnikpress.org.

2020 Studio Fellowship Program Expands to Support 6 Emerging Artists

Spudnik Press Cooperative is proud to introduce our next Studio Fellowship cohort, a group of six committed and talented emerging artists. Through the course of their fellowship, they will receive professional, artistic, and technical support that specifically addresses the needs of printmakers.

Established in 2013, this program to date has supported 49 artists with unfettered studio access to support the creation of a new body of print-based artwork, as well as a variety of other resources and opportunities. Through working in our shared studio and monitoring weekly Open Studio sessions, fellows engage with our community of printmakers and benefit from ongoing support and feedback from staff and peers.

With this cohort, we are increasing the number of artists this program serves. For the first time, we are bringing on six fellows instead of four. We feel that this is a small but essential way we can support our community. Now more than ever, artists need a reliable and communal space for artistic production.

At this time, we cannot physically invite these artists to our studios. While the many benefits of their fellowship are currently on hold, we remain honored to introduce these artists and look forward to scheduling their fellowship as soon as it is safe to do so.

Additionally, we would like to thank our outgoing studio fellows, Marc Benja, Efrat Hakimi, and Teresita Carson Valdéz for their inspirational art practices and their dedication to our Open Studio program. Once are studios are able to re-open, we look forward to the period of overlap between these two cohorts and nine artists.

Congratulations to our 2020 Studio Fellows:

Kelsey Gibson
Samantha Hensley
Dan Landgren
Griffin Miller
Osée Obaonrin
Robert Stokowy


Kelsey Gibson

Having been born and raised in St Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, there is no question as to why I’ve always found myself attracted to the antiquated and obsolete. I find myself significantly more intrigued by the past than with the future, and this notion is something that I explore with my art— not only through imagery but also by choosing manual printing as a means of production. I strive to educate and to preserve public history by studying and depicting the architecture, furnishings, and textile patterns of the past, however, I am particularly fascinated by the whimsical area in which the past and present visibly overlap.


Samantha Hensley

Sam Hensley is an printmaker, storyteller and sculptor from Kentucky. She mends together little storybooks for tales of endearing yet unsettling creatures of varying sentience. Nursing the emotion between disgust and affection for things that cannot be understood, she reflects her own experiences with mental illness, gender identity, and just feeling misshapen in your habitat. The telling of these stories is further aided by animatronic puppets that she constructs as vessels for her tragically friendly beings. She recently received her BFA from the university of Kentucky.


Dan Landgren

Dan Landgren is a motion and graphic designer based in Chicago.

“I graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Animation. As a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and printmaker I have experience in 2D/3D animation, UX/UI design, videography + photography, bookmaking, screen printing, and risography. The driving force behind my work is experimentation and learning.”


Griffin Miller

Griffin Miller makes work under the online persona plant_boi.

“My work is primarily a formal experiment in shape, architecture and interaction of objects.  Through this lens I have developed an interest in certain objects as visual means of communication; specifically: vessels, entryways, circles and their disruptions, repeating patterns and faces.  I find these designs, successful and unsuccessful, to serve as a basis for my own logical and functional limitations when drawing.”


Osée Obaonrin

Osee Obaonrin is a writer and fiber artist originally from the Republic of Benin, who grew up in the Maryland/DC area and currently resides in Chicago, IL. Obaonrin focuses primarily on documentation. Documenting self. The feelings of grief and acts of mourning as a means of reflection and also as a means of actually performing the processes of grief and mourning. She attempts to reconcile with the losses that have opened her to grief, the pain that has come along with it and perhaps find hope as a means of resistance.


Robert Stokowy

Robert Stokowy is an artist and composer from Cologne, Germany. His work consists of experimental compositions, text-based interventions, performances and installations. More conceptual works utilize artistic practices such as photography, writing, printmaking and drawing. All projects are framed and connected by an overarching artistic research process, focussing on inner structural characteristics of found or created sonic environments. Using a radically reductive and interdisciplinary approach, Robert’s work investigate modes and possibilities of sonic accessibility. In short art is used as an interdisciplinary tool to understand one’s environment and the human condition.

Image: Clockwise from top left: Details of artwork by Kelsey GibsonSamantha HensleyDan LandgrenGriffin MillerOsée ObaonrinRobert Stokowy

An Unexpected Hiatus: COVID-19 Updates

Jess Christy, “sage advice from the red plum,” Cyanotype, March 2020

Dear community,

Spudnik Press Cooperative will be closed until the stay-at-home order, which is currently set through April 7th, is lifted. All April programs, including Open Studios, Studio Access Trainings, Drink & Draw, and Volunteer Sessions are also suspended until further notice. While it is too soon to begin scheduling our roster of classes and events, we eagerly anticipate that day!

The foundation of our organization is our studio. Our mission is rooted in providing a gathering space for artists and anyone who wishes to be creative through print. The value of our programs stems not just from access to equipment, but to the relationships and support networks that prosper through our shared open studio sessions, classes, internships, fellowships, residencies, and events.

While we are taking this unexpected hiatus from programming, staff are ardently using this time to consider how to best welcome you back to the studio. We are leaning into our dedication to our community, and thinking creatively about ways to adapt our summer plans to support a community facing unanticipated hardships.

The toll this pandemic is taking on all communities, including the Chicago arts, is unprecedented and we need to take care of ourselves and each other, now more than ever. With this in mind, we are sharing a list of resources below, related to artistic support as well as housing, food security, and other basic needs.

Moreover, we cannot support our community without the backbone of our organization: our staff and studio space. We would like to ask for your support in ensuring Spudnik Press Cooperative remains resilient. If you are able, please consider pre-paying for your next studio visit or classmaking a donation to support our ongoing costs, or contacting your Members of Congress about the importance of relief for nonprofits and freelance artists.

Throughout this, we are prioritizing compassion, while working to ensure that we are able to continue serving our community well into the future.

With your health and wellbeing in mind,
Spudnik Press Cooperative Staff & Board of Directors

 

Artist Resources

List of resources from the City of Chicago specifically for artists.

CERF+ The Artists Safety Net  is conducting a national survey of studio based artists to understand the challenges they are facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data gathered will help us advocate for artists and inform how we can address immediate and long-term needs.

ArtsReadyAn online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Creative Capital Arts Resources

Chicago Artists Relief Fund
*Applications for aid currently closed

Requesting Support in Hard Times: It’s important to remember that asking for support in a difficult time is appropriate. Download these templates for some helpful language. (PDF | Docx)

 

General Resources

Chicago COVID-19 Help & Hardship mutual aid network, to ask for and donate money within your community.

Rent & Mortgage:

List of resources from the City of Chicago. Scroll down to the bottom of resources by category.

Xfinity os offering free WiFi at any Xfinity hotspot. Simply select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. They are also offering free Internet Essentials for qualifying families.

Greater Chicago Food Depository is open. Find one of their 700 locations near you.

Filing for unemployment in Illinois

Volunteer OpportunitiesIf you are able to help, there are so many ways to do so. However, please remember that this is not a free pass to violate the stay-at-home order!

A lot of medical centers are asking for people to make and donate Face Masks. If you can sew and have any fabric scraps, you can make them too. Check out this how-to guide!

Public Safety First: Spudnik pausing all public programming to reduce the spread of COVID-19

To all in our community,

The health, wellbeing, and safety of our community and the broader communities in which we live are our highest priorities. With public safety in mind, we are taking proactive steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by pausing all public programming effective immediately.

Our decision is in accordance with global health authorities to keep our staff and community safe from what experts, including the World Health Organization, are calling a “global pandemic.”

We are taking the following steps to minimize all non-essential gatherings as well as the use of mass transit to and from our studio: 

  • Open Studios are cancelled until further notice
  • Group Classes are postponed until further notice
  • The following events are postponed at this time:
    • March 18: Volunteer Session
    • March 24: Queer Materialism dialogue
    • March 25: Study Session
  • All other events in April and beyond may be cancelled or postponed based on developing recommendations of healthcare experts such as the CDC
  • If you are enrolled in a one-on-one private lesson or the March 15th Portfolio Review, you will receive additional correspondence regarding your registration. In the case that both parties are comfortable meeting one-on-one, the studio will be accessible.

How to Use The Studio:

  • At this point in time, keyholders without symptoms are welcome to continue using the studio
  • At this point in time, staff will try to accommodate other reasonable requests to gain studio access, always prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our entire community.

For those who do plan to use or visit our studio:

  • As of today we have cleaned and disinfected surfaces and equipment to the best that we are able.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for people to use in the studio. If you do choose to use the studio, we ask that you wash your hands on entering and exiting the space, and use the hand sanitizer provided. 
  • Unless you have keyholder access, please call ahead of your visit to ensure the studio is staffed.

We understand that this message will not answer all of the questions that our community may have about these decisions, and that we will need to follow up soon with students in greater detail regarding rescheduling and/or refunding program fees. 

These are unprecedented circumstances; staff is committed to staying up to date with all developments, and doing all we can to keep our community informed of our plans. 

Sincerely,

Spudnik Press Cooperative Staff & Board of Directors

 

Update Regarding COVID-19

We want to share a brief update on the status of Spudnik Press Cooperative programming and events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Illinois. With the wellbeing of our staff and program attendees in mind, Spudnik Press Cooperative staff are actively discussing the next steps in case of a larger outbreak in the Chicago area.

We are monitoring and basing our decisions on their recommendations of the following resources. We encourage our community stay informed as well:

For now, all our classes and events will continue as planned, and we will send updates via email to our community if any plans change. We understand that our members, students, and guests have their own protocols and concerns regarding safety, and ask that if you do plan to cancel attendance, please do so as soon as possible.

We further ask you not to visit our studio if you are feeling ill, and have symptoms such as a fever, fatigue, or consistent cough. We also ask all visitors to rigorously wash their hands upon joining us for an event and taking other precautions such as coughing into one’s elbow and refraining from physical contact with fellow attendees.Lastly, we ask our community to practice kindness during this time, as these events are no excuse for xenophobia.

Thank you for your continued support of Spudnik Press Cooperative.

New Studio Authorization Process

On April 1, 2020, a new authorization process will be rolled out for artists who are new to our studio and already have satisfactory knowledge of their craft.

Anyone who would like to become authorized to print at Spudnik Press or use our studio will need to complete a Studio Access Training led by staff. These sessions ensure that all makers are proficient and confident using the equipment in our studios and following our specific procedures and guidelines.

These sessions are not lessons: they are for makers who already are comfortable printing or working independently.

Why the change?

  1. It’s hard to start working at a new studio! Our newest printers deserve more support and guidance from our staff.
  2. Over 1,200 people a year make art here! This new authorization process will help us keep our studio clean and cohesive.
  3. Spudnik Press is a shared space! Sharing space and resources requires mutual investment from everyone involved. Studio training sessions are a way for staff to really engage with the print community and vice versa. We hope the time spent working side by side in the studio will lead to everyone feeling more comfortable in our studios and invested in making our space the best it can be for everyone.

What you can expect:

  • Small group setting
  • 90-minute to 3-hour session
  • Overview of the ways artists can print independently at Spudnik Press
  • Details regarding rules, regulations, and best practices specific to Spudnik Press
  • A focus on personal safety, care and maintenance of tools and supplies
  • A combination of discussions, demos, and hands-on projects
  • Opportunity to ask technical questions and brush up on techniques
  • Complimentary Open Studio coupon valued at up to $25

To help ensure that our studio is accessible to all, in addition to private trainings, we welcome additional requests for reasonable accommodations to support those with various learning styles, physical abilities, and financial limitations. 

Studio Access Training Details

Spudnik Press Welcomes Spring Resident Artists: Benjamin Merritt & Andrew Bearnot

This Spring, Spudnik Press Cooperative is hosting two Resident Artists who will each bring new resources, perspectives, and professional connections to our community. The Residency Program provides mid-career to established artists one to six weeks of full studio access and the support necessary for the production of new print-based artwork.

In an effort to bring about conversation and connections among our community and our Resident Artists, each Resident also develops a public program that correlates with and builds from their art practice.

Benjamin Merritt (Minneapolis, MN), February 10-29, 2020

Benjamin Merrit’s research intersects with the discussion of chronic illness.  According to Merrit, chronic illness is continually based around cure and cause, often times with a language that puts the patient at fault (stigma around weight, smoking, alcohol consumption) in situations where those are proven to not be causes for the illness.  Recently, the ways language is used in clinical settings and text have become more important in his work.  Merritt aims to bring attention to the complex relationship between the body and language in medical discourse, and to encourage the viewer to consider compassionate and affective methods of discussing illness.

Corresponding Events:

Accessibility in the Studio: An Evening with Resident Artist Benjamin Merritt
Wednesday, February 26
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free

Andrew Bearnot (Chicago, IL), March 1-31, 2020

Andrew Bearnot (MFA, University of Chicago) is a self described “materialist”: he thinks with and through the substance of things. Informed by a background in material science (ScB, Brown University) and glass (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design), Bearnot explores moments of transcendence in the everyday. He was awarded fellowships from Fulbright and the American-Scandinavian Foundation for research on glass-making traditions in Sweden and Denmark and has been an artist-in-residence at the Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Marble House Project (Dorset, VT), and Creative Glass Center of America (Millville, NJ).

Corresponding Events:

Offsite Visit: The University Club of Chicago
Sunday, March 8
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$10; Spudnik Press 
Members Only

Queer Materialisms: Andrew Bearnot in dialog with Dutes Miller & Betsy Odom 
This event has been postponed for COVID-19 closures. We look forward to announcing a new date in the future.
Tuesday, March 24
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free

Image: (Left) Body Reaction Passive, Benjamin Merritt, 2019 (Right)  Screen_Capture_0013, Andrew Bearnot, 2018

First Impressions: New Workshop Series Featuring Local Emerging Artists

Spudnik Press is launching a new event series dedicated to introducing our community and the public at large to the arts practices of Spudnik Press members. First Impressions occur every other month and feature a guest artist and a unique project that relates to their artistic practice. Join us on Friday nights for a happy hour combined with making and learning alongside our artists. 

No experience is necessary and we encourage first-time visitors to our studio. Guests are also welcome to save $10 off a second registration if they would like to attend with a partner to collaboratively complete one project. 

We are kicking off these series with Ally Hembree on May 1, 2020. Ally is always inspired by the environment in which she creates. Her linoleum block printing project will encourage attendees to also seek inspiration from their surroundings and the Chicago cityscape. Guests will be able to try their hand at relief printing by carving and inking an image from a linoleum block.

Following First Impressions will feature Hope Wang, Teri Carson, and River Kerstetter.

Spudnik Press To Debut New Prints at PrintAustin’s PrintEXPO AUSTIN EXPO

Spudnik Press Cooperative will, for the first time, present Chicago artists to new audiences in Austin, Texas at the 2020 PrintEXPO (February 1 & 2, 2020).

The Spudnik Press will exhibit recent print from our Publishing Program, including new 2020 editions by Selina Trepp and Steve Reinke.

PrintEXPO is PrintAustin’s annual print fair that provides an opportunity for local, national, and international artists, galleries, and dealers to share their work with seasoned and new collectors excited about works on paper. Artists, galleries, and vendors have been curated by Carlos Hernandez of Burning Bones Press and PrintAustin. The EXPO includes a vendor fair, steamroller printing, and printmaking demonstrations.

Spudnik Press Cooperative will be presented alongside the North Texas Printmakers Guild, Inky Lips Press, Hokum Press, Jesus De La Rosa, Cannonball PressCarlos Pozo Art, Ben Muñoz, Red Trillium Press, Temple of Print, Dennis McNett / Wolfbat Studios, Reboprints, Qiaoyi Shi & Lucky RisographMichael MenchacaFlatbed Press, and many other artists and publishers.


PrintAustin 2020 PrintEXPO

Launch Party:
Friday, January 31, 
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
$20 Suggested Donation

Saturday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free

Sunday February 2, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free

Blue Genie Big Top
6100 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752