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Spudnik Press is Hiring: 2 Open Positions

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to announce two open positions:

Marketing Lead
Administrative Assistant

Both of these roles are part time positions (16-20 hours per week), with flexible hours and a blend of in-person and remote work.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with printmaking processes in order to better serve our community and will enjoy working collaboratively. Staff are expected to bring passion and integrity to their work while enjoying the community of creative artists, makers, students, and teachers that contribute to Spudnik Press.

Benefits include paid time off, some paid holidays, and unfettered studio access. Artists are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send e-mail with cover letter and resume to angee@spudnikpress.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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

Place Your Bids: Our Annual Auction Is Live!

Browse Our Auction and place your bids by October 18th at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Collectors can bid on artwork across many mediums including prints published by Spudnik Press and a selection of exclusive cyanotypes, as well as handmade goods, homewares, and experiences. For artist-donated items, up to 25% of each final bid will directly support the artist.

As a vital support structure for printmakers, Spudnik has always been one of the most flexible and accessible in the country, with many doorways into our studios and many new projects using us as their foundation. This auction aims to raise $22,000 to support our ongoing work.

New Editions By: Antonia ControErin HaydenSteve Reinke, and Selina Trepp

Artwork By: Julia ArredondoLeslie Baum, Théo Bignon, Ben BlountLiz Born, Elizabeth Burke-Dain, Holly CahillZachary CahillZoë CharltonC.C. Ann ChenHyegyeong ChoiRyan Travis Christian, Stephen Eichhorn, Stevie Cisneros HanleySue CoeClaire DainCeleste DeLunaMatt DemersEdie FakeBill FickMarc BenjaTony FitzpatrickSanya GlisicAdriane HermanCody HudsonCarol JacksonJaclyn JackunskiVesna JovanovickgWon KimJaime KnightChad KouriDave KrzeminskiAbe LampertBobbi MeierBenjamin MerrittDutes MillerJessie MottJohn NeffErin Jane NelsonBetsy OdomJason PicklemanB. QuinnBrad RholoffTemporary ServicesMiller & ShellabargerStan ShellabargerVeronica SiehlHugh SpectorOrkideh TorabiLisa Vinebaun, and Toshi Yoshida

Plus:

Image above: Adriane Herman, Wreckage Salad (Low High Chair); 2017

Updated Studio Protocols & Procedures

Effective immediately, we have updated our COVID-19 Studio Policies & Procedures to better ensure the health and safety of our community, including all visitors as well as our staff, teaching artists, and monitors.

The most substantial change is that we are now requiring all visitors to sign a waiver confirming that they agree to maintain all our protocol. This changes and all these guidelines are created with your safety in mind, and we ask for your support in maintaining them.

Overview of Changes:

  • We are requiring that everyone using communal studio space agree to all our protocol by signing a COVID-19 waiver. Waivers are available in person at the entrance to the printshop.
  • We are anticipating to resume small group classes. Enrollment will be capped at or below the studio capacity.
  • We have clarified the maximum number of staff, teaching artists, and monitors allowed on site, in addition to the number of guests or visitors. A maximum of 7 people, regardless of their role, are allowed on site at a time.
  • When possible, doors and windows will remain open.
  • Eating will only be allowed within a designated eating area.
  • We have clarified when people should stay at home to more closely follow CDC recommendations.
  • We have made more prominent that we are temporarily waiving cancellation fees for people who are exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms as long as people and are in communication with staff prior to their reservation.
  • We are now requesting that visitors self-report to staff if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 to allow us to help ensure the safety of others.
  • We have clarified how we will respond, should a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the studio.

Review all Covid-19 Studio Policies & Procedures

Please direct all questions related to our Covid-19 related safety precautions, please email Angee Lennard, Executive Director at angee@spudnikpress.org.

Please Take Our Audience Survey

To better understand who we serve, and to ultimately be able to provide better support to our community, we are asking people who have participated in Spudnik Press programs over the past year to tell us about yourself as an artist, maker, or patron.

This survey is an important component of our strategic goals towards Audience Development and Artist Support. By better knowing who we are serving, who’s taking classes, printing in the studio, attending events, and relying on our services, we can develop responsive programs that are accessible and approachable to all who wish to join our programs.

All questions on this survey are completely anonymous, and any question may be skipped. We will use this information to better understand the community we serve, so we appreciate you telling us as much as you can.

As a thank you, we are giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card! Once you submit your survey, you will have a chance to enter the drawing using a separate form.

Take our Audience Survey

Join Our Board of Directors

The Spudnik Press Board of Directors is a team of volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure our organization is resilient, mission-driven, and advocating day-in-day-out for artists and the arts. Board Members provide long-range leadership, governance and oversight for the organization while spearheading individual donor fundraising efforts. Members of our board work collaboratively with each other, the Executive Director, and the staff of Spudnik Press to supports the mission of our organization, strategic plans, and what challenges arise during their tenure.

During this unprecedented time, the board has provided financial oversight, securing two loans to help the organization weather the pandemic, and helping with emergency fundraising plans. Priorities for the coming year focus on adapting our studio to accommodate capacity limitations and working closely with staff to ensure that the organization is accessible, diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

Board Members serve a two-year terms and are eligible for reappointment for additional terms. Full board meetings will be held every other month. Members are expected to serve on at least one committee, meeting approximately once per month.

Current areas of needs:

  • Active members of Spudnik Press: Represent your fellow artists!
  • Project management experience
  • Finance and accounting experience
  • Legal experience
  • Human resources experience
  • Gallery or art sales experience

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Interpret the organization’s work and values, represent the organization, and act as a spokesperson
  • Stay informed about current programming
  • Attend and participate in Board and committee meetings with prompt attendance. Promote and attend a variety of public programs
  • Extend personal invitations to potential supporters, continually expanding our network of donors and clients
  • Represent Spudnik stakeholders through approving annual budget, business decisions and participating in an annual performance review of the Executive Director
  • Serve on a minimum of one committee.
  • Contribute a minimum of $375 to Spudnik per Board term (September – August). If this minimum is beyond a Board member’s capacity, they may agree to raise the equivalent amount from others, known as “Get,” in order to make the full annual contribution.
  • If needed, attend Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities training upon joining the Board
  • Average time commitment: 8-12 hours per month

Key Benefits Include:

  • Opportunities for professional development as a board member.
  • Honorary Spudnik Press Membership, inclusive of all benefits, to align with their board terms.
  • Endless gratitude from Spudnik Press staff.

To Apply:

  • Send resume or bio summarizing qualifications plus a letter of inquiry to Angee Lennard, Executive Director, angee@spudnikpress.org.

This is a great opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Spudnik’s mission and visual arts. Priority will be given to applicants who are accomplished in areas of need to the organization such as finance, meeting facilitation, project management, governance, public relations, data assessment, fine art printmaking, community education, and exhibitions. Additionally, Spudnik Press Cooperative is committed to having a diverse board of directors in regards to race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

Private Studio Available September 1: Printshop North

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

Status:

Available 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.

COVID-19 Studio Policies & Procedures

Spudnik Press Cooperative has cautiously reopened 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.

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

Capacity & Reservation Limits:

  • Everyone using communal studio space must agree to all our protocols by signing a COVID-19 waiver.
  • To ensure social distancing is feasible, there are capacity limits for both the entire shared studio, as well as each specific area of the studio.
  • Capacity limits may change in time based on current public health and safety guidelines (see table below).
  • Everyone using communal studio space must be enrolled in a class or make reservations in advance.
  • Private studio renters may work within their own studio at their own discretion, but must follow all our policies and procedures when in shared spaces.
  • People working collaboratively may share equipment, as long as they adhere to the capacity limits of projects and people in a particular space.

Cleaning & Disinfecting:

  • We are relying on visitor 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.
  • Once per shift, staff will disinfect all hard surfaces with an EPA-approved disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in each area of the studio.
  • Doors and windows will remain open wherever possible in order to increase ventilation.

PPE:

  • Masks are required to enter the building and while working in shared studios.
  • 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.
  • Masks may only temporarily be removed in the Annex at a designation eating station. After use, this station must be thoroughly disinfected, and hands must be disinfected with hand sanitizer.

Stay Home If:

  • You have a cough, temperature higher than 100 degrees, loss of taste, shortness of breath, or other possible COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You have not maintained CDC health and safety guidelines such wearing a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household.
  • You have been in close contact with or cared for someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

Reservation Details:

  • Be mindful of moving through the studio beyond the area you have reserved. To support social distancing, each area of the studio is 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.
  • At this point in time, to encourage sick people to stay home, we are temporarily waiving cancellation fees for people exhibiting any Covid-related symptoms who reach out either by 9am on the day of their reservation or with 4+ hours of notice.

Visitors are requested to self-report to staff if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 to allow Spudnik Press to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of others.

In the case of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at the studio, Spudnik Press Cooperative will close for a minimum of 36 hours to allow for enhanced disinfection and ensure that the most current CDC guidelines are followed.

Staff, monitors and instructors reserve the right to remove anyone from the studio for failing to comply with safety requirements. Tuition or other studio fees will not be refunded in the event of dismissal for failing to follow safety rules.

Please direct all questions related to our Covid-19 related safety precautions, please email Angee Lennard, Executive Director at angee@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