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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.

    Open House: In Review!

    On Sunday, May 1st, Spudnik Press hosted an open house in our awesome new space! People enjoyed print making demos while drinking wine and snacking on home made muffins baked by our vice president, Allison Klieman. The demos represented many mediums available at Spudnik. Etching, letter press, lithography, screen printing, and more! Thanks to everyone who came by. We hope to see new faces in the future!

    Hands on print demos for all ages!

    free stickers

    Screen print your own sticker station

    An etching demo with Jeremy Lundquist

    Jeremy demonstrating how to ink up and print a Litho Pronto Plate

    An early start to print making!

    Matt Messemer shows how to ink a Japanese style woodcut

    This five-block image was printed beginning to end during Matt’s demo!

    Call for Artists: Calling Home

    Four of our all-star printers are curating an exhibition that will be part of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. The application deadline is June 1. For all the details, download theMAAF Calling Home Entry.

    Calling Home

    Curators: Liz Born, Michelle Mashon, Matthew Messmer, Jill Nahrstedt for Spudnik Press

    Exhibition Description

    What defines “home”? How do we make “home”? Is “home” exclusively a physical place? Must it be permanent or can it be transient? Can it be taken away or rebuilt?

    We see a common thread through many of today’s current issues that implore us to ask these questions; issues of immigration, foreclosures and natural disasters have led us to redefine & examine our ideas of “home”. In tandem with Spudnik Press, Calling Home will be show of print-based works (books and sculptural print-based works also encouraged) that explore how different artists define & question the identity of home through their experiences.