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Member Highlight: Fraser Taylor’s exhibition “Structural Intimacies”

Fraser Taylor

Structural Intimacies

Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
Moraine Valley College
Palos Hills,IL 60465-2478

Oct. 17-Nov. 10
Reception: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m.

This new series of monotypes printed in 2011 at the Spudnik Press in Chicago continues Taylor’s exploration into how the mono-tonalities of black can capture elusive emotions, tensions and shifts in weight, depth and consequence.

The artist’s combination of tonal surfaces with sinuous white line evokes the murky densities and intimacies of the body, the depths of psychic territories, the debris of human endeavor.

Portfolio Review

Sunday, November 20
11:30am – 6pm
Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

This fall, Spudnik Press will be hosting our first Portfolio Day, inviting our members and artists in the community to present their artwork, both to a panel of guest reviewers as well as Portfolio Day visitors. This event is a continuation of our mission to unite new and young artists with established artists and professionals through approachable and inviting formats. Guest reviewers are Mark Pascale, Angela Bryant, and Dawn Hancock. These three invited reviewers all bring a unique expertise that we are very excited about sharing with artists.

Any artists creating print-based artwork and works on paper are encouraged to sign up soon, securing a space to present their portfolio. All artists, instructors, students, and supporters of the arts are invited to attend as well, meet new artists, and see the work they have been crafting. All day, there will be Hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and Spudnik Press members will be eager to share their art.

Sessions begin at 12, 2, and 4pm. Current Spudnik Press members are invited to participate at no charge. Non-members can participate for $25. Artists may bring works on paper and works incorporating fine art prints (avoid giclees and inkjet prints please). Space is limited to the first 30 artists who register, and each artist will have time to meet with all reviewers.

Participation Specifics::
Artists may bring works on paper and works incorporating fine art prints.
Artists may also bring Graphic Design portfolios with a strong emphasis on printed matter.
Each artist will have time to spend 10-15 minutes with each guest reviewer.
Artists will have approximately a 3’x6’ table to display their work.
Artwork may be for sale.

Guest Reviewer Bios:
Mark Pascale is the Curator for the Department of Prints and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago. He has organized many well-known exhibitions exonerating the printed image, including Jasper Johns: Gray and the AIC, Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago 1935-1995 at the Block Museum, and Chicago Stories: Prints and H.C. Westermann’s ‘See America First‘. Mark Pascale is also a well-loved professor at Ox-Bow.

Angela Bryant is director and owner of Abryant Gallery, a rotating contemporary art gallery for new and emerging artists. She has curated over a dozen exhibitions, and has participated as both a juror and a panelist. Angela is also the new director of Dominican University’s O’Connor Art Gallery.
In 2009, she received her MFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of several awards and honors including the Presidential Scholarship Award, and the Archibald Motley Award for Ragdale Artist Colony.

Dawn Hancock is the owner and managing director of Firebelly Designs. Firebelly is well-known for their expertise in creating sustainable design. Their capstone programs include a Design & Marketing Grant for non-profits and Camp Firebelly, an intensive program for graphic designers interested in socially-minded design.

To register:
Please call 312-563-0302 or e-mail Brandy Barker at Entry fee can be paid in person, mailed, or purchased online (below). Payments can be mailed to Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302, Chicago, Il 60622

Deadline to register and pay applicable entry fee is Friday, November 11, 2011, or when all spaces are full. Table and time assignments will be confirmed November 14. Please include your name, telephone number, mailing address and email address.


Young Artist Class: Illustration Through Screenprinting

This Fall, Spudnik Press is offering our first printmaking class free of charge specifically for youth. Focusing on high school students in our immediate neighborhood, we hope to offer a safe environment in which students can gain faith in their ability to communicate through visual art. Our studio is seeking to connect with young artists who ready for independent projects and will benefit from time working in an intimate setting with a professional artist as their mentor. Our inaugural class will focus on screen printing. We will host an exhibition of student work in early 2012. This program is made possible by support from The Cliff Dwellers.

Please read the program specifics below, and contact Angee Lennard ( with questions regarding the program.

To register, submit the YAP Registration and Permission Form to Spudnik Press. Students also may register by phone (312-563-0302) and bring the registration and permission form with them to the first day of class.

Course Description:
This is a Saturday morning class that explores all aspects of screen printing on paper! On the first day, students will work on original drawings that will be transformed into “cut stencil” screen prints. Students will the learn how the printed image can best work as a vehicle for their creative ideas by studying graphic design. The class will cover how to use hand-drawn imagery as well as using a computer to create photographic prints.
Assignments will be self-guided by the students, with everyone incorporating color printing and the practice of editioning into their projects.

Student goals and desired outcomes:
Students will be able to apply what they have learned in their art classes within their schools to technically ambitious projects beyond the scope of a typical classroom.
Students will be able to self-discipline and persevere, enabling them to create sophisticated works of art.
Students will gain confidence in their art-making abilities.
Students will create works of art appropriate for portfolios for college applications.

Students are in their Junior or Senior year of high school.
Students have means to get to and from Spudnik Press each week.
Students are able to commit to attending all 10 sessions.
Students need no printing experience, but should be comfortable drawing and interested in illustration and design.

Class will meet for 10 weeks beginning on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 10:30am – 12:30pm Spaces available: 8 of 10.

Fall 2011 Artist in Residence

Current Artist-in-Residence: Nicole Kita

Nicole Kita’s work takes on a clinical aesthetic of the instructional diagram, through acrylic paintings, graphite drawings, silkscreen prints, and di-cut vinyl installations. By utilizing conventional signifier of self-preservation, survival, fear, mortality, and loss, including life jackets, inflatable rescue boats, water wings, and surgical masks for public health protection, Kita investigates the belief in these objects in contrast to the shortcomings of the actual, physical object. Kita writes, “Despite the fallibility of the objects in the event of true crisis, there is tremendous comfort in knowing that one is taking incremental measures against disaster; the life jacket under your plane seat actually is reassuring.” Kita is currently investigating the mimetic qualities, transactional symbols, and legitimizing practices of ritual, or symbolic healing.

During her residency at Spudnik Press, Kita plans to create a series of editioned screen prints in response to her investigations of Chicago’s: antiquated pharmacies, apothecaries, hospitals, medical centers, and botanicas. She intends to integrate the printed material into the public sphere through site -specific installations.

Kita was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kita has been both a screen printing instructor and printmaking technician at an interdisciplinary institution. She now lives and works in Chicago. A portfolio of her work is available at:

Fresh Prints: Artists from Hyde Park Art Center and Spudnik Press

A new exhibit at West Town’s Star Lounge Coffee Bar brings together some of the city’s foremost print artists exploring various styles and media of printmaking. “Fresh Prints” features intaglio printing made with metal sheets, silk screening and woodcut prints.

Featuring work by Elke Claus, Angee Lennard, Antonio Martinez, Barlow J. Nelson, Michelle Nordmeyer and Liz Born, the show represents artists who create on the city’s South Side at the Hyde Park Art Center, as well as in Ukrainian Village at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Elke Claus, a teacher of printing at Hyde Park Art Center and Spudnik Press, curated the exhibit. In an increasingly digital age, printmaking is an art that provides satisfaction in handiwork and a tangible art form, Claus says. The exhibit is “a textbook example of all the different forms of printmaking.”

Opening night will be Sept. 2, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Star Lounge Coffee Bar. The exhibit continues through Dec. 1, 2011.


Liz Born is a Chicago-based painter and printmaker. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she currently prints at Spudnik Press, a co-operative print-shop in Ukrainian Village. Versed in media from watercolor to screen-printing, her heart belongs only
to the Reduction Woodcut, sometimes called the “suicide woodcut,” a process in which one woodblock is carved and printed progressively to create multiple layers of color from the same matrix. Because the woodblock is destroyed in the process of making the print, each
edition is limited, and can never be reprinted. Born draws on evolutionary biology and science fiction in her prints, exploring hybridization, inter-species allegory and the possibility of reverse evolution. Her most recent series, “Dimorphisms,” addresses gender-based mutations in the animal kingdom.

Elke Claus holds a B.F.A. from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and an M.F.A. from
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both degrees have a concentration in printmaking.
She has extended her research abroad in Germany at printshops in Berlin (Kunstlerhaus
Bethanien) and Trier (Academie der Bildene Kunst). Her artwork has been shown in juried
exhibits and solo shows in the Chicago area. Her experience includes teaching college/adult
courses at Columbia College, The School of the Art Institute, Lill Street Art Center, and the
Hyde Park Art Center. Her artwork can be seen at Morpho Gallery in Chicago or online at

Angee Lennard is the founder and executive director of Spudnik Press Cooperative.
Established in 2007, Lennard built the press from the ground up, initially utilizing her apartment
to create a live/work space. The following year, the press moved to a dedicated studio
space, and programming expanded to include a residency program, keyholder memberships,
consignment printing and collaborative projects. She has participated in group shows at Green
Lantern, Heaven Gallery, Butcher Show, Beverly Art Center and Chicago Urban Art Space. She
has been an Artist in Residence at AS220 in Providence, RI. She currently teaches at Marwen,
CAPE, and Spudnik Press, and has previously taught at Rumble Arts and Paper Source. She is a
member of the Chicago Printers Guild and Southern Graphics Council. She received her BFA
with an emphasis is Print Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.


Since opening in 2007, the Star Lounge has featured art by some of Chicago’s freshest talents.
Every quarter, a changing collection of artwork brings new perspectives to the West Town
neighborhood. For more information about the Star Lounge or Dark Matter Coffee Co., visit

Comics in Cambodia!

In Collaboration with Arts Network Asia (ANA) and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Sara Drake will be traveling to Phnom Phen, Cambodia to teach an introductory comics and self-publishing class to young women. Help her provide a space in which young women can feel comfortable sharing their own ideas within a culture that has historically given women little access to do so! Click here for more info.

Visit Spudnik at BUILT Festival

Friday, August 12th 5:00-10:30pm &
Saturday, August 13 12:00 – 10:30pm

1767 N Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago IL 60647

Artists render a major new art initiative; BUILT festival is a city being created out of shipping containers this summer in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The shipping containers will be given over to Chicago’s contemporary artists and curators to transform into alternative or ‘guerrilla’ venues.

Over a hundred independent artists, projects, exhibitions and performances, which expand on the festival’s themes of urban culture, will open inside and out of our shipping container venues.

$10 tickets available online.

Lydgate” by Jessica Taylor Caponigro



Jessica Taylor Caponigro

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Starting Bid: $50
Bidding Increment: $20
Value: $150
Buy It Now Price: $300

Jessica was our Artist in Residence last summer, completing a body of work based on George Eliots, Middlemarch. Specifically, the wallpapers used in the adaptation of the book. She has recently shown at Anchor Graphics, Marwen, Harold Washington College, and Woman Made Gallery.

How it works:
To make a bid, leave a reply with your name, contact info, and bid. Must bid $20 or more above the last bid. Online bidding ends Friday, July 29 at midnight. Additional bids can be made in person at our fundraiser, July 30, 6-10pm.

“From January 2010” by Jeanine Coupe-Ryding

“From January 2010”

Photo Etching
Jeanine Coupe-Ryding

Starting Bid: $100
Bidding Increment: $25
Value: $500
Buy It Now Price: $1000

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Jeanine Coupe-Ryding is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is represented by Perimeter Gallery in Chicago. Her recent work in both woodcut and etching combines scanned and photo images in these traditional print forms.

How it works:
To make a bid, leave a reply with your name, contact info, and bid. Must bid $25 or more above the last bid. Online bidding ends Friday, July 29 at midnight. Additional bids can be made in person at our fundraiser, July 30, 6-10pm.

“Ultratownippon” by Jay Zehngebot

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Screenprint 22″x30″ Jay Zehngebot

Starting Bid: $50 Bidding Increment: $20 Value: $250 Buy It Now Price: $500 Jay Zehngebot lives and works in Providence, RI, creating his prints at AS220 Printshop, a printshop very much in line with the founding principals of Spudnik Press. This large screenprint is full of wonderful moments. How it works: To make a bid, leave a reply with your name, contact info, and bid. Must bid $20 or more above the last bid. Online bidding ends Friday, July 29 at midnight. Additional bids can be made in person at our fundraiser, July 30, 6-10pm.

Fall Residency Program: Deadline July 1st

About Our Residency Program

Spudnik Press’ Residency Program provides the resources, equipment, and space for one artist per season to develop a body of print-based work. We hope to encourage and enable the production of high quality prints, and to contribute to the development of an emerging Chicago artist.

Spudnik Press will provide the Artist in Residence with materials for his or her project, unlimited access to the shop, and general feedback and assistance from Spudnik Press’ studio monitors and assistants. At the conclusion of the residency, Spudnik Press will host a reception displaying the work created during the 3 month period.

Please visit our website to download the application for complete details.