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Community Workshop: Quick & Easy Printing

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
6:30 – 9:00pm
1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302

Printmaking can be steeped in arcane processes and cumbersome equipment which can be quite alluring, yet prohibitive. So we’ve decided to dedicate the night to printmaking that is easy, cheap, and satisfying. We’ll have multiple projects set up around the studio and students can move around to different projects as they like. We’ll talk about how these processes can be used for professional projects as well as in a classroom full of energetic young people.

We would like to extend a special invitation to CPS teachers. We are currently evaluating and developing our program for youth in the city, and would like your opinion on what we can do to support and augment what happens in school. We would like to connect with teachers interested in field trips, in-school workshops, and partnering to provide after-school opportunities for their students.

Community workshops are an opportunity to get to meet the artists at Spudnik Press, preview what an upcoming class might be like, be exposed to new processes, and simply learn techniques and tips from professional artists to incorporate into your projects, what ever they may be. Workshops are hands-on, all ages (students under 16 should be accompanied by an adult), and for all experience levels.

The class fee is $10, or pay what you can. Fees are waived for students who are unable to afford this charge to ensure that the Chicago community has access to artistic projects, regardless of income. Registration is required to ensure we have the right amount of materials on hand.

Please e-mail to have us save a seat!

Another Awesome Project Completed at Spudnik!

A few weeks ago, Stephen Pearlman and Mark Townes came to Spudnik. We provided a few hours of screenprinting lessons, and they whipped up an edition of 10 prints as part of Tonight The Angels Box Set, a very well put together collection of singles that Haberdashery released through out 2011. Nice documentation too!

Contributory: An MAPC Member Exhibition

Spudnik Press Cooperative is excited to host its first juried exhibition for MAPC members. Through hosting this exhibition, we strive to introduce Chicago printers, students, and artists utilizing Spudnik Press to national artists creating exceptional work in the field of printmedia.

A contribution furnishes something towards a result. “Contributory” is a juried show dissecting the parts that create the whole, the chain of events that leads to a result, good works that build communities, and the symbiotic nature of a contribution. “Contributory” reflects on what and how people, the natural world, and technology proffer with intention and purposefulness, or despite themselves.

Print-based artwork only. No digital prints. All accepted artworks must be framed. Maximum framed size is 3’x4′.
Entries and fees must be received by February 6, 2012

Julia Vodrey Hendrickson is a visual artist, writer, print-enthusiast, and curator. She recently released a poetry/artist book called Grow No Moss, printed at Spudnik Press. Primarily based in Chicago where she is the gallery manager at Corbett vs. Dempsey, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

February 6, 2012 – Entries and fees due (not a postmark date)
February 24, 2012 – artist notification of acceptance via email
March 23, 2012 – work must arrive at Spudnik Press for inclusion in exhibit
April 6, 2012 – Exhibit opens at Spudnik Press Cooperative
May 11, 2012 – Exhibition closes
May 18, 2012 – Artwork returned to artists

Download the Contributory Prospectus

*Additional MAPC Membership options are also available through

Are you a current MAPC Member?
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Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibition Call for Entries

The Department of Art and University Galleries at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi are pleased to announce the inaugural Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibition, a competitive juried competition held in conjunction with the 2012 Oso Bay Biennial.

With Bill Fick and Tom Huck as the jurors, this promises to be a great show!

Oso Bay Full Prospectus PDF:

For Print Only: features work printed by Spudnik Press

Spudnik Consignment Printing

featured on FPO

This fall, Faust hired us to print a run of postcards advertising their new website. The blog For Print Only (that every printmaker interested in design should check out). Read full post about the Faust postcards!

Didn’t know we printed consignment jobs? We do! And all of the income stays at the studio to keep Open Studio affordable, our keyholder program available, and our community workshops donation based! We offer discounts to non-profits organizations as well as independent artists (restrictions do apply).

Submit Your 2012 Residency Application!

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 Residents a $250 allowance for project-specific materials and unlimited general supplies (full list is available on our website) and access to the studio. At the conclusion of the residency, Spudnik Press organizes an exhibition of the work created during the 3 month period. This program is open to all experienced printmakers. Spudnik Press does not have the ability to assist with travel and housing, and encourages only Chicago residents to apply. One Residency position is awarded per season.

We aim to provide a residency that is catered to the individual artist. Proposals may be for a traditional edition of prints, artist books, or projects involving a less conventional use of prints. Artists that wish to work collaboratively may apply together.

For more information and the application, click here.

Community Workshop: Image Transfers

Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30 – 9:00pm | Price: $10, if able
at Spudnik Press
1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302

Learn easy and unique ways to transfer your digital images onto various papers, fabrics and create acrylic based pieces. In this workshop we will use a variety of solvents and acrylic mediums to reproduce your images.
Materials: Please bring a variety of images printed from a laser printer or Xerox machine (Ink jet prints do not work for this method). Also, bring a variety of fabrics and papers to transfer onto. Note: print all images as a mirror image of what you’d like to see. Flip horizontally in Photoshop, etc. Solvents and matte medium will be provided.

Email to save a spot!

About the Instructor:
Laura Elayne Miller is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Chicago and Paris. Her work has been exhibited in NY, LA, Chicago, and Europe. Most recently, her mixed media installation An Unquiet Mind: The Untold Story of Isabelle Cadiuex was at the Center for Book and Paper Arts in downtown Chicago. Laura has worked as an arts educator at 3rd Ward and the Stephen Gaynor School in NYC, and lectured at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

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: