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Spudnik Press Proudly Announces: The 2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Once again, Spudnik Press Cooperative is assembling Chicago’s favorite arts organizations for a remarkable evening of games, food and community celebration.

Chicago, IL–The Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off is an annual event that has become a local winter tradition. Presented by Spudnik Press Cooperative, a non-profit community printmaking studio, The Hashbrown features guest chefs from a variety of local organizations competing for Best Chili and the commemorative Golden Ladle.

While the central element of the Hashbrown are the 10 chili stations presented by 10 local establishments, the evening is packed with entertainment. Like all events hosted by Spudnik Press, there will be plenty of opportunities for guests to experience printmaking first hand. Print-themed carnival games offer inventive twists on classics like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” and darts. CHIRP Radio will be spinning tunes throughout the evening. The limited-run 2016 Woodblock T-shirt design, printed from a hand-carved block, will be debuted. Plus the studio will be packed with artwork created onsite through Spudnik’s nine-year history.

Admission starts at $12 and includes tickets that can be used for food, drinks or carnival games. VIP tickets and Date Night packages include more tickets and a complimentary beverage for each guest. New this year, a limited number of group packages are available in advance as well. Tickets support the mission of Spudnik Press and can be purchased online at

Purchase Hashbrown Tickets

Guest chefs will prepare a mix of meat and vegetarian chilis. The menu will be rounded out by tamales and desserts. Guests are able to taste as many chilis as they desire, then vote for their favorite recipe.

Each institution featured in the 2016 cook-off has supported the mission and vision of Spudnik Press in some capacity. The Hashbrown is symbolic of Chicago’s cultural landscape: a network of humble organizations and businesses, and generous individuals that all work in harmony to support Chicago artists.

This year’s competition, taking place on March 19th at 6:00pm in the Hubbard Street Lofts, invites back 2015 favorites Chicago Art DepartmentHomeroom and CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo). The remaining seven guest contenders are all first-time contenders. The diverse line-up includes non-profit organizations, local businesses, grassroots collectives, a museum and a radio station.

The 2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off is a unique opportunity to mingle with and support Chicago’s favorite arts and culture organizations with great food, fun games and great company.

Download the 2016 Hashbrown Press Release

New & Improved Studio Access Options

Throughout 2015, we invested a lot of energy into better understanding how people use the printing facilities at Spudnik Press. We surveyed our Keyholders, past and present. We asked our most frequent Open Studio visitors where there were gaps in our offerings. We tried out a few new studio use structures to see what resonated. What we came up with is two new options for all who print at Spudnik Press:

Half Month Keyholder Access:

Ideal for printers who have a project come up mid-month or artists with inconsistent work schedules, we now proudly offer Half-Month Keyholder Access. For a discounted rate of $90, artists may take advantage of 24-hour access to our studio and all the equipment within for either the 1st through the 15th or the 16th through the end of any month. Email for more details or to sign up!

Flat File Rental:

Flat file rental allows Spudnik Press printers to store tools and supplies at the studio without the commitment of becoming a monthly keyholder. This amenity can also be helpful for periodic keyholders who would like to continually store their personal supplies at Spudnik Press during non-keyholder months.

Monthly Rental: $25 per calendar month per drawer
Annual Rental$250 for 12 consecutive calendar months per drawer

Email for more details or to reserve a drawer!

Call for 2016 Exhibition Proposals


Our gallery space, The Annex, offers opportunities for our members and guests to see world-class artworks in the fields of printmaking, drawing, writing, bookmaking or DIY publishing. We are particularly interested in shows that explore areas of overlap or communication between these media. Our Exhibition Archive demonstrates the range of exhibitions supported by Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions. We accept submissions from both members and non-members.

For More Details:

Download our 2016 Call for Exhibition Proposals our Guide for Curators.


Proposals due: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Applicants will be notified: by May 1, 2016
Press Release and Marketing Materials due: June 1, 2016
Exhibition Dates: August 12 -September 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, August 12, 2016

To Apply:

E-mail the following to with “Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line:

  1. PDF including the following documents in the following order:
  • Working title of the exhibition
  • Exhibition Narrative: Description of the exhibition, both conceptually and visually. 150 – 250 words.
  • Artist Statement(s) and Bio(s): Brief statement for each artist and bio for each artist. Include websites, blogs, notable artistic achievements, other relevant material.
  • Resume or CV: No longer than two pages. Please only submit a resume  for the curator, solo artist or main contact for group shows, not each artist.
  • Three professional references for the curator, solo artist or main contact
  • Image list including medium, year of completion, dimensions, and name of file

2) Work Samples:

For solo exhibitions, include up to 10 images of work that will be included in the exhibition. For group exhibitions, include up to 3 images per artist. Sketches may be included for forthcoming work. Please include an image list. Images need not exceed 1 MB each.

Please direct any questions to

Members: Join our 2016 Exhibition Committee!

Calling all members! Spudnik Press Cooperative is seeking a committee of members to help drive and enhance our Exhibitions Program.

Exhibitions at Spudnik Press present new artworks, provide curatorial opportunities, and explore areas of overlap or communication between printmaking, drawing, writing, bookmaking or DIY publishing. But most importantly, we strive for exhibitions to provide true benefit to our members by introducing our community to new artists, art forms or approaches to printmaking, and through creating crucial dialog and a context for community building among our members.

By introducing an Exhibitions Committee, we invite members to lead this process and have literal say in the artwork and artists we exhibit, and the additional programming that we develop in conjunction with each exhibition.

Download our 2016 Exhibitions Committee Overview

What is involved?

1) Review digital exhibition proposals. Proposals will be sent approximately 10 days prior to an in-person meeting.

2) Attend an in-person Exhibition Review meeting on April 20, 2016, 6-8pm. Through a combination of discussion and voting, the Committee will select one proposal (plus an alternate) that will be offered as a Fall 2016 Exhibition in the Annex.

3) The opportunity to suggest additional exhibitions and provide feedback on the mission and goals of our Exhibition Program.

4) Provide additional volunteer support for one of the fall exhibitions. Responsibilities include working with the artist(s) to develop a corresponding public program that augments the exhibition, assisting with exhibition design and installation, developing and producing a limited edition print or artist book, assisting with marketing, social media, staffing the Artist Reception, and documenting the exhibition.


1) Must maintain a current membership at Spudnik Press Cooperative between April and December 2016.

2) Must be able to attend the Exhibition Review meeting scheduled for 4/20/16, 6-8pm.

3) Strongly encouraged to volunteer and additional 4 hours in the development of the selected exhibitions. Committee members will be able to request volunteer activities that best suite their skills and interests.

To Apply:

Email Please include your name and phone number. Please note, the exhibition committee is first come, first serve. If response exceeds our capacity, a wait list will be formed.

We made it! Can we reach $3000 by 12/31/15?

We reached the summit! You got us to the mountaintop—our full matching gift of $1,500—and then some. With your generosity, Spudnik Press already raised $2,265 (51% over our goal)!

This financial support makes our programs possible. During an uncertain time for arts funding and shrinking state and city resources, the Spudnik presses keep moving forward with the hard work and support of our community.

If you haven’t given yet but would like to, there is still time to make a tax deductible gift for 2015. If we reach $3,000 in donations, Spudnik can begin the new year by repairing ALL of our Open Studio screens! Give before midnight on 12/31/15.

Many thanks to each of you who has already contributed to Spudnik Press Cooperative—your time, your talents, and your financial contributions.


Spudnik Press Holiday Hours

As the holidays approach, please be mindful of our adjusted hours:

Closed for Christmas: 12/24-12/26
Our last Open Studio before Christmas is Monday, December 21, 6-10pm. Hourly reservations will be available Tuesday and Wednesday 1-5pm for any last minute printing needs. Please call or email staff to make an appointment. There will be no Business Hours or Open Studio Hours between 12/24/15 and 12/26/15.

Closed for New Years: 12/31- 1/1.
The only Open Studio session between Christmas and the new year will be Monday, December 28, 6-10pm. Hourly reservations will be available Tuesday and Wednesday 1-5pm. Please call or email staff to make an appointment. There will be no Business Hours or Open Studio Hours between 12/31/15 and 1/1/16.

Call for Participants: Temporal Tantrum Print Exchange & Exhibition


Spudnik Press is very excited to announce its first print exchange since 2012 curated by Thorsten Sahlin. Temporal Tantrum is an opportunity for printmakers to examine the universal, yet highly subjective, experience that is the passage of time. Whether you view time as a four-dimensional exercise in simultaneity, or as the linear tick tock of a watch, you are invited to contribute to this timely print exchange.

This member print exchange highlights artwork by 17 members of the Spudnik Press community as well as selections from 3 artists beyond our immediate membership whose artwork addresses the themes of the portfolio.

The portfolio culminates in an exhibition at Spudnik Press Cooperative, and each participant will receive a complete portfolio with 20 prints in a protective portfolio case.

Download the Prospectus

Temporal Tantrum Details

The passage of time is a universal yet highly subjective experience that can be measured in countless ways. From time travel theory, to poaching an egg, to sleeping, all have vast temporal implications.

In art, time is often addressed through the medium of film, but how does one confront it in a static medium such as printmaking? The Temporal Tantrum print exchange is an opportunity for artists to examine their own perception of time, and to investigate it through their preferred printing process.

Theme: Temporal Tantrum
Curator: Thorsten Sahlin
Paper Size: 11” x 14”
Medium: Fine art print; No digital prints.
Number of Participants: 20
Edition Size: 23 signed and numbered prints
Participation Fee: $20 payable to Spudnik Press upon acceptance*
*Fee covers the cost of the colophon and portfolio case.

Spudnik Press Members: Participation is open to the first 17 members to respond. Email Please include name, website, and phone number.

Non-Members: Email Please include name, CV, website, phone number and 2-3 work samples. Samples should be aesthetically comparable to the work you intend to contribute to the exchange.


Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2016
Notification (Non-Members): January 17, 2016
Drop Out Deadline: April 10, 2016
Deadline to Receive Prints: May 15, 2016
Exhibition: June 17 – July 30, 2016
Artist Reception: June 17, 6-9pm

Double Your Donation: Help Spudnik Get a Matching Gift of $1,500!

I am so pleased to share with you that an anonymous patron of Spudnik Press has committed to matching your gift, dollar for dollar up to $1,500!

What does that mean, exactly? It means that by giving just $25, Spudnik Press will receive an additional $25 in contributions. A gift of $50 will become $100…$100 will become $200. You get the point! It means you can double the impact of your gift simply by making a gift before the end of the year- no extra work! Give now to ensure Spudnik Press receives the full match.

The icing on the cake is that your gift will support Spudnik’s stellar programs (and you know we have quite a few). For example, each year, Spudnik Press provides over 800 hours of Open Studio access. Spudnik Press has provided Open Studio access from its inception (and has maintained the SAME low price) to provide affordable and accessible avenues to printmaking. We do this because we believe in our mission to support artists at all levels of development, to build community by connecting artists, and we know financial barriers often prevent access to supplies and equipment.

Please help support our mission and programs like Open Studio with your tax-deductible gift of $25. Every dollar makes a difference!

Our goal is to raise $1,500 by January 1, 2016 to ensure we receive the full matching gift from a generous donor!

With Many Thanks,


Spudnik Press Welcomes Nicolette Ross as the Spudnik Press Studio Manager

This fall, Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to introduce Nicolette Ross as our new Studio Manager.  So if you see her hard at work around the shop, please stop and say hello! Nicolette is thrilled to meet many members, students, and printers as she begins her role as Studio Manager.

While Nicolette is new to this position, she has long been a contributor to the Spudnik Press community. First joining our organization in 2012, Nicolette has been an active member and volunteer, teaches many of our relief printmaking and bookbinding classes, and as an active artist, she has participated in our annual member art sales.

In addition to her familiarity with Spudnik Press as a printmaker and teaching artist, Nicolette brings with her a wide breadth of experiences. She’s contributed to the Lawrence Art Center as both a Resident Artist and a Studio Manager. She’s logged experience printing with the best at Firecracker Press, Tom Huck’s Evil Prints, and here in Chicago at Fugscreens Studios. Plus, she has years of administrative experience, which will no doubt be put to use keeping all of our programs running smoothly and efficiently. In short, Nicolette is well equipped to bring leadership and enthusiasm to a wide range of programs at Spudnik Press. We can’t wait to see what the next year will bring for Spudnik Press Cooperative with her skills and enthusiasm contributing to our mission!

Have questions about Open Studio? Want to schedule a Staff Retreat at Spudnik? Have a suggestion for a studio improvement? Looking for a fun volunteer experience? Nicolette is ready to support you! Feel free to email her at or give the studio a call during our business hours (Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm) at 312-563-0302.


Spudnik Press Welcomes 4 New Fellows

The Spudnik Cooperative Fellowship Program provides a novel opportunity for four printmakers to have six months access to all the facilities at Spudnik Press, contribute to the day-to-day success of Spudnik Press through leading our Open Studio program, and giving back to our community through leading donation-based community workshops.

This December we welcome our next cohort of artists. We are excited to bring to Spudnik artists who hail from four different schools located in three different states, and will be working in all corners of the studio. In addition to developing their person body of artwork, each fellow will lead on Open Studio session each week through May 2016.

Stephanie Benhaim is a painter and printmaker born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in 2014. Benhaim is known for creating monotype portraits that grapple with themes of diaspora and the erasure of identity. Her works have been published in Jai-Alai Magazine and OTPW Zine Works.

Margaret Hitch is a printmaker, illustrator and sometimes poet hailing from the upper peninsula of Michigan. Last year, she received a BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she spent a lot of time with litho stones and birch plywood. Margaret’s print works often illustrate or work in tandem with her poems. Through the fellowship at Spudnik, she hopes to make three small books that experiment with relationships between text and image.

Eliz Kaple is a print and new-media artist based in Chicago, Il.  Her practice relies primarily on printmaking, bookbinding, and video.  Through the use of diagrams and architectural structures, she reimagines planes of perspective and reanimates inadequate spaces. Eliz received her BA in Anthropology from DePaul in 2014.  Her work is held at the DePaul Art Museum and has been exhibited in peripheral spaces in Chicago, Providence, and Indianapolis.

Darian Longmire is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Chicago IL. He studied visual art and graphic design at Illinois State University, graduating in 2013. His work deals with conceptual approaches to exploring cosmology, the study of the universe. Monoprinting and assemblage currently drive his print based endeavors. Darian will be seeking MFA candidacy at a list of chosen institutions for the fall 2016 term.


Spudnik Press Gears Up for Sweet Paper Dreams: 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

Spudnik’s 4th Annual Winter Art Sale is less than two weeks away, and our members, interns and staff are gearing up for the event in big ways! Our interns, Moon Bang and Margaret Hitch, have been hitting the streets with posters and postcards, designing custom screen-printed gift wrap, and collecting awesome artwork from our members to install in our first-ever Winter Art Sale Exhibition. This new exhibition features a diverse selection of over 75 affordable printed artworks by 24 of our members, showcases all of the processes offered at Spudnik Press, and continues through out the full month of December!

Meanwhile, the studio has also been busy with over 20 members producing new wares for the Pop-Up Sale on Friday, December 4. In addition to printed artwork, guests can expect to find neon sculptures, metal and found-object jewelry, stationery, notebooks, cards, calendars, tabletop sculptures, printed apparel and tote bags, as well as zines, artists books, and chapbooks released by our members.

The Winter Art Sale is known as a place to find not only handmade goods by local artists, but warm drinks (with and without alcohol), sweet baked goods made by our members, music, wintry decor and great company. Plus, guests who support our members by spending $50+ throughout the evening can even wrap their gifts with our own hand printed gift wrap! And Spudnik Press members are invited to come early for a special Preview and toast!

We hope to see you there!

See Event Details
RSVP on Facebook

Exhibition Participants:

Julia Arredondo / Moon Bang / Angela Davis Fegan / Steve Gehm / Margaret Hitch / Germaine Jordan / Andrea Kaspryk / Carrie Lingscheit / Judith Mayer / Dutes Miller / Margaret McGill / Barlow Nelson / Angelika Piwowarczyk / George Porteus / Brad Rohloff / Hannah Ross / Nicolette Ross / Veronica Siehl / Olivia Tousius / Joanne Vena / Molly Whedbee/ Don Widmer / Miden Wood /  Tara Zanzig

Pop-up Sale Vendors:

Vice Versa Press, Julia Arredondo / Moon Bang / Jessica Cadwell / Perfectly Acceptable Press, Matt Davis / Bob Fields / Trixy Xchange, Marie Gouwens / Hannah Hischier / Margaret Hitch / Blac Lotus Artisan CollectiveGermaine Jordan / Andrea Kaspryk / Carrie Lingscheit / Griffin Miller /  Michelle Miller / Margaret McGill / Design by Angelika, Angelika Piwowarczyk / Bred Press, Brad Rohloff / Hannah Ross / Nicolette Ross / Little Otto Neptune Shop / Olivia Tousius / Molly Whedbee / Miden Wood




Call for Volunteers: Sweet Paper Dreams 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

On Friday, December 4th, Spudnik is hosting our 4th Annual Winter Art Sale.  We are seeking several volunteers to lend a hand in making this the most successful art sale yet! Volunteers will help with taking photos, running coat check, serving drinks, and more, plus will get to take in the festivities during our members-only preview event from 6-7pm.

View all of the volunteer options.  Add your name, email address and phone number for the shift you would like, or email us the same details.

If you have any questions, contact our Studio Assistant Interns Moon Bang and Margaret Hitch at