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Proud to Announce: Nudd and OnSmith


We are proud to announce our Spring 2009 Resident Artists: Paul Nudd and Onsmith! They will have full use of the studio from March 1 through June 1. We can’t wait to see what they create!

Nudd and Onsmith each have developed individual styles of illustration that are engaging in their own right. When the two join forces, a dialog is created between the opposing styles and imagery, and the art takes a turn towards the witty, surprising, and refreshing. It is clear that the two artists are being pushed an pulled in ways that can only strengthen their own artistic abilities.

Paul Nudd was born in Harpenden, England in 1976. He graduated in 2001 with an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, Western Exhibitions, Chicago and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.

Onsmith is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago. His comics, prints, and illustrations have appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Portland Mercury, The Common Review, Oxford American Magazine, Hotwire Comics (Fantagraphics Books), Vice Magazine, Graphics Classics, both volumes of Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories, and may also be viewed at He most recently began showing his art in galleries as well as curating a show of comics.

Drink and Draw #3: The Figure and the PBR

    Drink and Draw #3

    Wednesday February 4, 2009
    Features: The Figure (Model will be present)
    All you can drink Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Suggested Donation: $8

    Drink and Draw, our monthly night devoted to drawing practices, is once again around the corner. There’s no teacher and no pretension. We provide the model and some beverages. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. This will be the first time we will have a model. He or she will be fully clothed. We are asking for a slightly larger donation to offset this cost. Please come, and bring your friends while your at it.

Drink and Draw #2: Red Wine, maybe a little cheese, and an emphasis on contour drawing

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Featured Drink: Red Wine

@Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622

Last week we experienced the first Drink and Draw at Spudnik. It was a huge success with over 20 people in attendance. The phrase “It feels so great to draw again.” was overheard many times, and we decided to continue the series, which will meet the first Wednesday of every month (save for holidays), and feature a different beverage. We will also rotate the emphasis of the evening’s drawing session, highlighting themes such as gestural drawing, cartoons and comics, self-portraiture, and life drawing. There’s no teacher, and there’s no pretension.

January’s Drink and Draw will focus on Red Wine and contour drawing. We will provide some pencils, charcoal, and a still life, and (this time around), a variety of Red Wines. You bring a sketchbook and enjoy drawing in the company of others.

$5 suggested donation.

The Inaugural “Drink and Draw”


Wednesday, December 3, 2008 7:00-9:30pm Featured Drink: Hot Cider (Alcohol Optional)

@Spudnik Press 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308 Chicago, IL 60622 I’m sure we aren’t the first to use this title, and we won’t be the last, but it is just so damn catchy! Let’s keep it simple: We provide some pencils, charcoal, and a still life, and (this time around), HOT APPLE CIDER. You bring a sketchbook and enjoy drawing in the company of others. $5 suggested donation.

Poetry and Prints #3: 3 poets, 2 musician, and a printmaker…


“3 Poets, 2 Musician, and 1 Printmaker…”
Saturday, Nov. 15th
FREE; Poetry collections & broadsides will be available to help support the artists.

Poetry and Prints is an ongoing collaboration between Spudnik Press and House Press. It is a series of approachable, unpretentious, and progressive poetry readings combined with visual art and live music in a way that cultivates interesting and meaningful interactions among artists working in different disciplines, and our community.

Hot Whiskey Press was a contributor in the past, bu recently relocated to Prague.

Melissa Severin, Chicago, IL
Roberto Harrison, Milwaukee, WI
Aaron Lowinger, Buffalo, NY

The Scott Tuma dn Mike Weis Duo

“Not Recent Work”, by Angee Lennard, Director of Spudnik Press. Angee will be going to go out on a limb and showing her own work. She’ll be putting together an installation of older projects as a stepping stone to creating some new work.

Tender Twenties Print Exchange

Tender Twenties Flyer


Theme: Tender Twenties
Edition Size: 21 (20 participants, plus 1 set for Exhibitions)
Image size: artist’s choice
Paper size: 15” x 22”
Medium: Any hand or press pulled printmaking process. NO DIGITAL PRINTS OR GICLEES.
Other:Must be in your tender twenties (20-29 years of age)…

Ship prints to:
Laura Williams
1973 117th Ave
Dresser, WI 54009

Delivery information: Enclose all 21 prints, a self-addressed mailing label, and sufficient return postage. If you do not know the exact amount of return postage, please send more than you think will be required.
Please deliver your prints in a package that can easily be reused for shipping the collated prints back to you.

Coordinators: Angee Lennard & Laura Mariposa

Contacts: Laura Mariposa (lauramariposawilliams @ )
Angee Lennard (angee @ or 773-715-1473)

To Register: E-mail lauramariposawilliams @ with your name, address, phone number, & website or blog. Registration closes when wait list is full.


1. Lenora Ditzler
2. Georgeanne Louise Krampien
3. Angee Lennard
4. Laura Mariposa
5. Brianne Farley
6. Sarazen Haile
7. Caroline Carlsmith
8. Alicia Corman
9. Julia Vodrey Hendrickson
10. Kinsey Brady
11. Andy Schmidt
12. Megan Klawitter
13. Scott Campana
14. Rachel Pollak
15. Ryan O’Hean
16. Jessica Taylor
17. Julie Boehmer
18. Sarah Pargulski
19. Chelsea Ann Goodwin
20. Brianna Edwards

1. Andrew Stuart Blair

Spudnik Press and The Post Family throw a Party

The results are in: Our housewarming party was a success. October 18th, many many friends dropped in, and we made some new friends too. We couldn’t be more pleased. I took a leap of faith that if I moved Spudnik into a space that could accommodate more printers, more printers would want to use Spudnik, and it all seems to be working out…

A sincere thanks to everyone who has helped along the way…

Thanks also to the Post Family, who both let us take over their old space, and who helped us work out some of the kinks in our new space. Their new digs are incredible… As is their art… Take a look here!

Spudnik Press Housewarming


Spudnik Launch Party
Housewarming Event
Saturday, October 18, 2008

@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard St.
Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622

This fall, Spudnik Press moved into a larger space devoted solely to the Press. With this change of venue comes the launch of many new programs and opportunities, such as an Artist Residency, monthly memberships, more classes, more events, and even a blog to help keep printmakers informed about shows, exchanges, and interesting new work.

To celebrate this milestone in our trajectory, we will be hosting a night of print-related activities. This housewarming event will showcase work from a myriad of artists have have used our space to create work over the last year. All work will be for sale, starting at just 25 cents for 2 inch prints (sold out of a capsule machine!), and most work will be priced between $10 and $50. There will be an intaglio demonstration by Director Angee Lennard. Those who come celebrate with us are also encouraged to participate in the art-making by printing their own monoprint. And as with all of our events, we’ll have plenty of food, drinks, and music. We hope to use this event to celebrate the vibrant art community in our city, and in particular, the incredibly supportive community that exists among contemporary printmakers.

If you are unfamiliar with the shop, read about who we are and what we do at Spudnik Press ( Our main initiative is to provide affordable and approachable access to the tools and equipment required to work in the field of printmaking, and to encourage the community to utilize printmaking as an art-making medium and tool for democratic dissemination of art and ideas.

In conclusion we’d like to ask you to join us October 18, as we show off our new space, celebrate how far we’ve come in just over a year, as well as how far we plan to go.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Director Angee Lennard, at 312-532-0304 or

Spudnik’s 3-D Prints travel to NJ.

The 3-D Print Show and Exchange is being shown on the East Coast at Artichoke’s in New Brunswick. Artichoke’s is a fantastic alternative venue ran by Post-Neo-Absurdists of New Jersey. What is Post-Neo-Absurdism? Well, we could define it with adjectives frequently used to describe art-related matters, such as “interdisciplinary”, or “contemporary”, or “raw”. But those terms do no justice to this ever-expanding group or artists, writers, musicians, etcetera.

We’re OPEN for business!

Today is the big day: Our first open studio in the new space….

Let’s be honest. We are down a few shelving units, we have yet to add glass slabs to our new tables, and we desperately need a couch, but things are looking good. Yesterday the band Picture Books had the honor of being the first to use the studio. They printed some pretty cool T-shirts, and everything went smoothly.

The next few weeks there will continue to be a lot of changes improvements! around the studio, like better screen storage, and a system for having your screen coated for you before you get to the studio (think less waiting around for stuff to dry…). We are also going to roll out a screen rental system so that you don’t have to worry about your image getting blasted out if you can’t make it in for a few weeks. We’ll be hanging more art and hopefully fixing our photocopier…

And here’s a few pictures:
Movin' around the dark room

The new studio, a little messy The new studio, not quite put together

An impressive Ted Talk.

If you aren’t familiar with Ted Talks, you should get familiar. I have been establishing a routine of watching a talk each day on my lunch break, and it is the perfect way to get a little inspired for the afternoon.

The following talk is Clay Shirky addressing institutions versus collaborations in a way that perfectly frames the ideologies upon which Spudnik Press was created. He ingeniusely uses the phrase “mass amateurization” as something to strive for, and even ends the 20 minute talk by addressing the effects of the printing press on the next 200 years of culture.

Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibit

One of the main reasons that I decided to start our own blog is because I noticed that it is hard to keep track and be aware of different opportunities to show work. I tried keeping a page of links, but this becomes outdated so fast. And I thought about forwarding information we receive about exhibits and opportunities, but then I would be spamming everyones mailbox that wasn’t interested.

So here I am. Posting about a juried show at the Center for Visual Arts in Clemson, South Carolina. I don’t know too much about this show. The deadline is kind of soon. And it costs $30 to apply. 2009 Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibit

I don’t think I am a natural blogger, but I do know of many interesting sites, projects, spaces, shows, etc that I am really excited about sharing. So hopefully I will become more adept at writing these posts… And learn how to infuse them with the sharp wit and creative edge that all my favorite blogs seem to have…