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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.

Part-Time Studio Assistant Position

The board of directors of Spudnik Press is pleased to announce our intentions to hire a Studio Assistant to aid in the development of our press! Below is a synopsis of the position. Please forward to any interested parties!

The Studio Assistant Position will work closely with the Executive Director, supporting all programming, including marketing, outreach, shop maintenance, education and fundraising. The studio assistant will be expected to seek new revenue resources, mainly through creating a marketing plan and materials for consignment printing. The studio assissant will provide support for artists using the studio as well as administrative support. This is a part-time position for 15 hours per week. Day-to-day job duties include the following:

  • Manage physical space, cleanliness and safety.
  • Maintain inventory and supplies.
  • Monitor Open Studio sessions as needed. Coordinate monitor schedules and training. Provide support, feedback, and additional training to monitors as needed.
  • Work with Director to advertise and organize upcoming events, including coordination of volunteers, installation of artwork, distribution of press releases, and communication with participating artists
  • Assist with implementation of marketing and advertising, including design and printing of marketing materials, web marketing, distribution of materials, and occassional participation in area events.
  • Create and initiate a marketing plan for consignment printing.
  • Regular website maintenance and frequent updates of content.
  • Work with interns and volunteers to assist with Studio Assistant responsibilities.
  • Spudnik Press Studio Assistant Job Description

    Chicago Together Logo printed at Spudnik Press

    This skyline feature of the Chicago Together logo was created by a young artist, Aurora Grajada, through a program sponsored by Marwen, hosted in part by Spudnik Press.

    Marwen, an after-school arts organization, created a program called Design to Print, to give 10 high school students the experience of working with clients to design a line of greeting cards. They first worked at Marwen to design the cards, then came to Spudnik to gain the experience of working in a professional shop, screenprinting their designs. Spudnik Press is thrilled to be working with younger artists and hopes to continue offering more opportunities like this for Chicago youth!

    A quote from the Chicago Together website:

    “Lifelong Chicagoan Aurora Grajeda has studied art at Marwen since 2008, where she created the image “Falling for the City.” She is a graduating senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy and lives on Chicago’s South Side with her parents and younger brother. She plans to attend Grand Valley State University to pursue the visual and performing arts and Chinese studies. About her work, Grajeda says, “I often set my goals to reach a high point of happiness with my art and make it appeal to others as well.””

    Private Studio Space Available at Spudnik Press

    The new and improved Spudnik Press Cooperative now boasts two private studio spaces. The North Studio is 150 square foot, has great natural light, hardwood floors, includes unlimited access to the entire print shop and general materials, included utilities, plus an invitation to curate a show at Spudnik Press. Rent is $325/month with a 6-month initial lease. The ideal candidate will have advanced experience in one or more areas of printmaking.

    Spudnik Press Studio Application

    We will begin reviewing applications on May 20th. Applications will be accepted until the studio is leased.