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Call for Artists: Homecoming | Annual Member Exhibition

Homecoming | Annual Member Exhibition
October 14 – November 16, 2016

Homecoming highlights artwork by the Spudnik Press’ very own varsity team: Our 2016 Annual Members!

Day-in and day-out, the Spudnik Press studios act as a launching pad for hundreds of artists to produce fine art prints. As soon as artists pull them from the bed of the press, the freshly inked prints head out into the neighborhood, the city and beyond. The next artist steps up to the press, and the cycle continues…

Each fall, our Annual Member Exhibition welcomes back a selection of artwork made right here at Spudnik Press. Our homecoming exhibition highlights our community and the caliber of artwork produced by our community. By bringing together a diverse selection of artwork, Homecoming instigates conversations between the artwork on display as well as people: our members, our alumni, and our guests. By exhibiting prints in the very shop where they were created, we showcase the process of art-making and the prodigy of Spudnik Press community.

Corresponding Events:

Spudnik Press Cooperative Member Art Market
Presented in conjunction with the HUBBARD STREET LOFTS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Friday, October 14, 6-10pm

Fall Member Meeting & Homecoming Closing Reception
Wednesday, November 16, 6-9pm


  •    Participating artists must be current Spudnik Press members.
  •    The exhibition is not juried and open to all Spudnik Press members.
  •    There is no participation or entry fee.
  •    Participants may exhibit up to three artworks.
  •    All artwork must have been partially or fully produced at Spudnik Press.
  •    All artwork must be framed. Please contact staff if you are interested in framing assistance.
  •    Artwork dimensions must not exceed 22×30”.
  •    Recent artwork is preferred.
  •    Artwork may be for sale. All potential sales will be directed to the artist.

To Participate:

  1. Complete the Online Sign Up Form by Sunday, September 18.
  2. Drop off artwork by Friday October 7.

Please direct any questions you may have to

Call for Artists: Spudnik Press Member Art Market | Friday, October 14

Each fall, Spudnik Press Cooperative transforms into a pop-up Art Market providing our members an opportunity to showcase their wares. Artists are encouraged to bring portfolios with prints, cards, handmade books, home goods, apparel, and more. In addition to the pop-up market, The Annex gallery will feature art by our members (see Homecoming Exhibition Call), also available for purchase. Members are free to participate in the exhibition, the pop-up sale or both.

The Member Art Market will occur during the Hubbard Street Lofts Annual Open House, a building-wide event that in the past has brought 800+ guests to the building. This year, with more studios than ever participating, we expect to have well over 1000 visitors visit Spudnik throughout the evening!

With low overhead and a simple process to participate, the sale is a perfect platform for emerging artists to experiment with presenting and selling their art and wares.

Working with the space available at Spudnik Press, 22 artists will be able to creatively present their work within a vibrant studio among our printing presses and type cabinets. Most spaces will range from 2’ x 3’ to 3’ x 5’ flat surfaces or 6’ wide wall spaces. Artists will pick their space when they arrive.

Event Synopsis

Spudnik Press Cooperative Member Art Market
Presented in conjunction with:
October 14, 6-10pm
Free to Attend 

Spudnik Press Cooperative, a non-profit printmaking studio that represents over 150 Chicago artists, presents a one-night market featuring cards, handmade books, home goods, apparel, wall hangings and more by some of Chicago’s best up-and-coming artists.

Even those not in the market for affordable local art should stop by the studio to check out the vibrant artist cooperative and Spudnik’s unique collection of presses that date as far back as the early 1900’s.

Participation Details

Table Set-Up: Day of 1pm-6pm. All artists must arrive by 5pm.
Participation Fee: $40 Flat Fee. Artists handle their own sales.
Requirements: Must be a current annual member at time of sale.

To Participate:

  1. Browse our online floor map, and select your first, second and third choice spaces.
  2. Complete the Online Sign Up Form
  3. Pay the $40 Participation Fee.
Spaces are non-juried, first come, first served.  Please direct any questions you may have to

Spaces Available (as of 9/23):

2. Rachel Foster
4. Chloë Perkis
7. Margaret Hitch
8. Betsy Stout
9. Devin Owsley-Aquilia
10. Moon Bang
11.Dana M Johnson Artwork
12. rovePrints
13. Hello Paper Co.
14. Alex Kostiw
15. Logan Kruidenier
16. OPEN
17. Alyssa Martinez
18. OPEN
19. Genevieve DeVille
20. Current Location Letterpress & Curiosities
21. OPEN
22. Angelika Piwowarczyk

2016/2017 Studio Fellowship Program: Now Accepting Proposals

Deadline to Apply: October 2, 2016

Spudnik Press Cooperative is accepting applications for our Fellowship Program, our flagship opportunity for emerging artists to gain access unrestricted access to our studios.

This is a seven-month program that provides support for young artists through full studio access and professional development opportunities. Fellows will acquire leadership skills and Studio Assistance experience through monitoring a weekly open studio session. Fellows will also work closely with each other and staff to develop and lead Community Workshops at Spudnik Press.

In addition to monitoring one Open Studio session per week, Fellows will also take on leadership roles at special events, member meetings, and outreach efforts. Fellows will meet regularly to share artwork and support each others projects. The program creates accountability for the cohort of four fellows as they set personal goals, create healthy studio habits, and develop their portfolio.

2016/2017 Studio Fellowship:

To Apply:

  1. Please download our 2016/2017 Studio Fellowship Call
  2. Download our  2016/2017 Studio Fellow Proposal Form
  3. Return all materials to by Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Important Dates:

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Fellowship Orientation: Wednesday, November 2, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Spudnik Press Orientation:  Friday, November 4, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Monitor Training: TBD
Individual Monitor Shifts Begin: December 1, 2016
Fellowship Ends: May 31, 2017

Pictured Above: Past Studio Fellows Margaret Hitch and Stephanie Benhaim leading “The Spontaneous Screenprint” community workshop.

Join Our 10 Year Anniversary Steering Committee

On June 8, 2017, Spudnik Press Cooperative celebrates a milestone: Our 10th Anniversary!

To help bring vision and enthusiasm (and ideally increased financial support) to this landmark year for our organization, we are developing a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will include as diverse of a group of stakeholders as possible including staff, board members, program alumni from classes, residencies, fellowship, etc, Teaching Artists and Annual Members.

The objectives of the Steering Committee are to:

1. Bring cohesion to the 2017/2018 Calendar
2. Integrate broad community input from a variety of constituents
3. Support and augment staff and board work, allowing for bigger and/or better 2017/2018 programs.
4. Bring creativity, vision, freshness and vigor to our 10th year.

The Steering Committee will brainstorm, evaluate, and ultimately shape how Spudnik Press Cooperative’s 10th year anniversary can have a large and lasting impact. Topics that will be addressed include:
– How can we mobilize our members to help spread awareness of Spudnik Press?
– Can we scale up peer-to-peer member-led fundraising events/programs?
– Are their urgent studio-based improvements that should be sought after in 2017/2018?
– How can our regular programs be integrated with special anniversary events or fundraising?
– How can an anniversary event best showcase the mission and vision of Spudnik Press Cooperative?

What is Involved?

– Attend a 10 Year Anniversary Kick-Off Planning session on Saturday, September 10, 1-5pm.
– Attend monthly meetings Oct 2016 through July 2018, tentatively scheduled for Thursdays 6-8pm.
– Provide additional volunteer support for public programming related to the 10 Year Anniversary.
– Act as a general ambassador for Spudnik Press Cooperative (You probably already do this anyway!)
– Take on additional responsibilities as needed and as able.

Who are we looking for?

– Current members
– Teaching artists and past students
– Past fellows, residents, apprentices and interns
– Artists that we have published or that have participated in an exhibition.
– Artists and community members at large that have an investment in Spudnik Press Cooperative.
– Individuals with a general interest in organizing, fundraising, and event planning

To Sign Up:

– Email Please include your name and phone number.
– Anyone is welcome to attend the Kick-Off on Saturday, September 10 regardless of their ability to commit to the full committee!

The Suffragette Social: Marvelous Monoprints by 20+ of Chicago’s Favorite Artists


With our annual benefit, The Suffragette Social, just 6 weeks away, Spudnik Press has been buzzing with activity. Over 20 of our favorite artists have been invited into the Spudnik Press studios to generate new print-based artwork specifically for the auction.

Working alongside Studio Manager Extraordinary, Nicolette Ross, artists have been able to pick up new printmaking skills and experiment with painterly techniques like screen monoprinting, planographic printing, and pronto plates (which allow artists to work with photographs and digital images). This innovative model allows us to offer our benefit guests an amazing collection of artwork that cannot and will not be available elsewhere WHILE fulfilling our mission to provide affordable and approachable access to printmaking education and facilities to a diverse cross-section of Chicago artists.

Featured Artists include:

Heather Anderson | Mark Booth  | David Downs | Rachel E Foster | Rami George | David Giordano | Karolina Gnatowski | Magalie Guerin | Jaclyn Jacunski | Dutes Miller | Jeroen Nelemans | Paul Nudd | B Ingrid Olson | Jason PallasClaire Pentecost | Nicolette Ross | Veronica Siehl and more…

The benefit auction will feature all of the culminating prints from these invitational workshops, as well as drinks from Artisanal Imports and Perrier, music, hands-on printmaking demos, and a silent auction with wares from tons of Chicago local businesses and much more. With bids starting between $45 and $65, this auctions promises to be a win-win situation: Support the community printshop you know and love, while adding to your art collection, prints by artists you know and love! Plus, VIP guests get to come by an hour early to preview the auction, meet these amazing artists (plus enjoy open bar and hors d’oeuvres all night long in the VIP lounge!)

The Suffragette Social:

A Benefit for Spudnik Press Cooperative

United We Print!

Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
6:00 pm Artists Reception
$75 VIP Admission
$35 General Admission

Get Your Tickets!

Announcing the Fall 2016 Class and Workshop Schedule

Once again, we have pulled together a fantastic line up of classes and workshops! This fall, we are offering a few new types of classes that we are extra excited about.

First of all, our new “refresher” classes are a welcoming way for people with previous printing experience to regain confidence in the printshop. Ranging from one day to four weeks, these are fast-paced classes that focus on trouble-shooting, honing skills, trying out more advanced processes and inspiring attendees to take new risks with their artwork.

We are also dedicating a few classes to special topics of particular interest to our alumni. Our fall bookbinding classes delve deep into one binding style, allowing students to experiment with the book form and each develop their own customized designs. Screenprinters can choose to perfect photo printing skills and become a master t-shirt printer.

For those new to print, we have 9 one-day workshops plus a score of beginner printmaking classes and two very cool opportunities to learn illustration or calligraphy!

We truly believe this array of opportunities offers something for everyone. We hope that you will join us soon to make art at Spudnik Press!

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Brand New Super Special Classes: This Fall Only!
Modern Calligraphy
Saturday Morning Illustration Club

With Alumni in Mind: Special Topics & Intermediate Skills
Letterpress 201: Daredevil Type
Screenprinting Camp: Apparel Production
Screenprinting Photos: Halftones and Found Images
Bookbinding: The Coptic Stitch
Bookbinding: The Long Stitch

Core Classes & Workshops: Learn to Print at Spudnik Press
Risography 101
Screenprinting Explorations
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type
Printmaking Foundations

Refresher Workshops: Regain Your Printing Legs
Relief Printmaking Refresher
Screenprinting Refresher
Etching & Intaglio Refresher
Letterpress Refresher

One-Day Do-It-Yourself Art Projects:
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
DIY Gifts: Kitchen Tea Towels
DIY Gifts: Handmade Notebooks
Wearable Prints: Screen Print Your Own…
Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art
Hand Lettering Workshop
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting
DIY Letterpress Coasters

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Spudnik Press Cooperative Board of Directors: Call for Directors

The Spudnik Press Board of Directors will support the work of Spudnik Press Cooperative and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are handled by staff under the leadership of the Executive Director, Board Members provide long-range leadership, governance and oversight for the organization while spearheading individual donor fundraising efforts.

A key responsibility for the Board of Directors is overseeing the implementation of the current Strategic Plan of Spudnik Press Cooperative, as well as leading ongoing evaluation and planning for the organization. A secondary area of focus is expanding the network of donors that support the organization through cash contributions, in-kind services, event attendance and purchasing services.

Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for reappointment for additional terms. Full board meetings will be held every other month. Members are expected to serve on at least one committee, meeting approximately once per month.

Responsibilities Include:

Interpret the organization’s work and values, represent the organization, and act as a spokesperson.
Stay informed about current programming.
Attend and participate in board and committee meetings. Promote and attend a variety of public programs.
Extend personal invitations to potential supporters, continually expanding our network of donors and clients.
Represent Spudnik Press stakeholders through approving annual budget, business decisions and participating in an annual performance review of Executive Director.
Serve on a committee. Current committees: Development, Governance, Annual Benefit. Forthcoming: Finance
Contribute a minimum of $375 to Spudnik Press Cooperative per board term (September – August).
Attend Legal & Fiduciary Responsibilities training upon joining the board.

Benefits Include:

Opportunities for professional development as a board member.
Honorary Spudnik Press membership, inclusive of all benefits, to align with their board terms.
15% of all classes and workshops
Invitation to exclusive member events
Annual Thank You Gift
Additional discounts on studio use programs

Skills & Qualifications:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Spudnik Press’ mission and/or visual arts. Priority is given to applicants who are accomplished in areas of need to the organization such as law, board governance, board development, public relations and data assessment, as well as fine art printmaking, community education, exhibitions and art sales.

To Apply:

Please send resume or bio summarizing  qualifications and a letter of inquiry to the following:
Angee Lennard, Executive Director,

Download the Board of Directors Job Description

Pop Up Art Market

The Spudnik Picnik
Saturday, July 9, 12-5pm

Take a break from the summer heat and visit our Pop-Up Art Market! Our talented and passionate studio members will be displaying a variety of unique, hand-made prints in the Hubbard Loft hallways (between the outdoor fun and the indoor print shop tours). All work is priced affordable and ready to take home on the day of the Picnik. Don’t miss this opportunity to treat yourself and your friends, while directly supporting our community of artists!

Featured Artists include:
Elke Claus
Elise Forer
Margaret Hitch
Angelika Piwowarczyk
Randi Stella

Members: It’s not too late! Sign up to Participate!

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Member Bake Sale at The Spudnik Press Picnik

The Spudnik Picnik
Saturday, July 9, 12-5pm

Support Spudnik Press by eating homemade treats! Dozens of Spudnik members are whipping up their favorite baked goods to help raise much-needed funds to maintain, improve and expand the risography equipment at Spudnik Press.

Why Risography? Risography is a little-known type of printmaking that combines the best of a copy machine with high-volume offset printing. The risograph is a quirky machine that creates lush prints in bold colors, quickly and cost-effectively. The main set back? Each new color requires a special pricey drum. We’re currently limited to just four colors, but have our eyes the full spectrum of hues, including the coveted white, gold, and fluorescent pink!

Proceeds from every cookie, cupcake and pie sold will help our studio provide top-notch self-publishing resources to hundreds of artists each year. What could be sweeter?

Members: Sign up to bake your favorite sweet!

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DJ Pickled Beets and Ian Dinsmor

The Spudnik Picnik
Saturday, July 9, 12-5pm

As we gear up for The Spudnik Picnik, we are excited to introduce our musical guests, DJ Pickled Beets and Ian Dinsmor. This dynamic duo is excited to contribute to the festivities an eclectic collection of funk, soul, boogie, early house and more. Here are a few quick facts to help wet your appetite before we all gather on July 9….

Excerpts from an interview with DJ Pickled Beets:

How long have you been collecting records?
For almost 2 decades. Living down the street from Dusty Groove and Reckless didn’t hurt. I had records before I had a player. I was pretty damn broke at the time and was hoping at some point I could afford a player.
Do you remember what your first album was?
I inherited some records from friends who bought a house with hundreds of them in the garage. I was psyched for the windfall. I think there was some Zeppelin in there, and some weird, local synth pop bands I hadn’t heard of. That was it, I was hooked. I’ve been on the hunt ever since. The first one I purchased was Prince. You have to go with what you know.
How did you hear about Spudnik Press?
I think a friend, Bill Mason, told me about Spudnik. I wanted to take a class and he told me how cool the space was. I felt lucky to have a place like Spudnik in my neighborhood!
Who is Ian? How did you start DJing with him?
Ian is a friend I met through my husband. Long story, but he is a friend of friends from Ann Arbor and he moved here, and they reconnected. He is a highly skilled DJ and music lover with great taste. He and his wife Amanda are great folks, also recently babied. Our kids would make a nice couple, no pressure. We talk a lot of shit about music and play records. They have great bbqs, and invited me to play records. It encouraged me to get out and play more. I think our different styles play well off each other.
How often do you actual eat pickled beets?
I actually prefer them roasted, and my husband has perfected that, and puts them in salads a lot. It started as a joke with my husband when I started Djing. Like, “DJ Pickled Beets, tearing it up,!” Not the most dope DJ name. Then it sort of stuck.
What is your favorite song right now? At this moment?
Don’t judge. “Heart and Soul“, Huey Lewis and the News. It has been stuck in my head all day. That song is pretty jammin’, at least my 2 year old enjoyed my rendition at breakfast.
What can people look forward to hearing at the Spudnik Picnik? 
I am all over the place, anything you can shake your butt to. I have a pretty wide aesthetic. The common thread, for me, is always a good beat. So anything from Talking Heads to BT Express,The Slits, Marcos Valle, Grace Jones, Liquid Liquid, ESG. I love it all really. Ian and I play music you can dance, party, feel good to. I feel the more I am exposed to, the more music I love. I am very lucky to have worked at Dusty Groove. It introduced me to so much music, whole new genres and sub genres. I feel immense gratitude for my experience there. How many jobs have you worked where you get to jam out to great music all day?

Want to hear DJ Pickled Beets and Ian Dinsmor? Come by Spudnik Press on Saturday, July 9!


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Eats & Treats at The Spudnik Picnik

The Spudnik Picnik
Saturday, July 9, 12-5pm

Hot Dog Fiend will be serving up their elevated picnic favorites including The Fiend with grilled onions and peppers, and, of course, The Chicago Fiend, an expertly crafted jumbo dog topped in classic Chicago style. Don’t fret vegetarians, Hot Dog Fiend has you covered with veggie dogs too!

Metropolitan Brewing will bring the suds to quench your mid-day thirst. The much-loved Chicago micro-brew will be serving their German-inspired beers and are the perfect pairing for the picnic fare! Suggested donations benefit Spudnik Press.

Dark Matter Coffee will supply your caffeine buzz for the day! If a beer isn’t your thing, we have another brew for you! With their roaster just a hop and skip from Spudnik Press, we always find ourselves sipping on Dark Matter’s rich, savory coffee.

On the sweet side…

Root beer Floats: Sip on a little nostalgia with a float! A cool and sweet treat that reminds us of the grass between our toes and bathing suit tan lines—Root beer floats make it summer.

Sample the hidden talents of Spudnik Press members at the Bake Sale! You know their talent in the print shop, but wait ‘til you taste their savory scones.


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Get Inky! Hands-on Spudnik Printshop Tours

The Spudnik Picnik
Saturday, July 9, 12-5pm

Follow the leader as we guide you through a hands-on tour of the Spudnik Printshop and all our inky presses!

Hosted by Spudnik printmakers, participants will learn about the inner workings of our community printshop and walk away with a collection of their very own hand-printed “Summer Fun” swag. Tour activities include perfecting the “letterpress two-step” on the Vandercook, rolling on through with a linocut relief print, creating an all-telling “cootie catcher” on the Risograph, and stuffing the goods into a screenprinted tote bag. Both Spudnik newbies and Spudnik alums will not want to miss it!


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