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Portfolio Review Day

Portfolio Review Day

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

$15 for Spudnik Press members
$30 for non-members

Jessica Cochran, CBPA
Steven Bridges, MCA
Jorge Lucero, UofI

This fall, Spudnik Press will again be hosting Portfolio Day, a unique opportunity for artists to get their work in front of professional curators and educators. Guest reviewers, including Jessica Cochran, Curator of Exhibitions at Center for Book and Paper Arts, and Steven Bridges, Curatorial Assistant at the MCA will take a critical look at the artwork of participating members, drawing from their unique experiences and expertise.

This event is a continuation of our mission to unite new and young artists with established artists and professionals through approachable and inviting formats. There are only thirteen spaces available, so early registration is encouraged (below).

Any artists creating print-based artwork and works on paper are encouraged to sign up soon. 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 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00pm. Artists may bring works on paper and works incorporating fine art prints (avoid giclees and inkjet prints please). Each artist will have time to meet with all three reviewers.

To register, please call 312-563-0302 or e-mail Brandy Barker at Entry fee can be paid in person, mailed, or purchased below, through Paypal.

Deadline to register and pay applicable entry fee is Friday, November 2, 2012, or when spaces are full. Time assignments will be confirmed November 7. Please include your name, telephone number, mailing address and email address.

Payments can also be sent to::
Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

More about the reviewers:
Steven L. Bridges is a curator based in Chicago, where he is Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to working at the museum, Bridges is also co-curating the inaugural edition of Rapid Pulse, an international performance art festival in Chicago. Recently he also co-curated the 2012 MFA exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jessica Cochran is an art administrator, curator, freelance writer, and serves on the Junior Board of Threewalls. Her curatorial projects include venues such as The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Art Chicago NEXT, and Around the Coyote.

Jorge Lucero is now an Assistant Professor of Art Education at The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He completed his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University after having taught in the Chicago Public Schools for seven years. Jorge did his undergraduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), concentrating in painting and drawing and—during an additional year and half—in art education. He is K-12 art certified in the state of Illinois.

His current research is concerned with the interstices of contemporary art practices with distinctly pedagogical properties (e.g. conceptual art, performance art, participatory and socially engaged art) and how those modes of operation propose alternative approaches to making, learning, relationships, ethics, spirituality, generativity, and civic engagement. Jorge is currently writing about how these educationally-reminiscent forms of contemporary art practice function as permissions for a teaching practice that is also a highly sophisticated art practice. Coming from a studio practice, Jorge’s research has unfolded from a desire to understand the confluence between his research activities (sometimes identified as art) and his teaching persona.

Jorge doesn’t teach and “make art on the side”, he has identified a strategy–through conceptual art practices–where his teaching and creative practices are the same thing.

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Open Studio Guest Host: arrow as aarow

Join arrow as aarow at The Annex at Spudnik Press on Monday, November 12 from 6:30 – 11:00pm for Open Studio.

arrow as aarow is a poetry press edited by Michael Slosek and Luke Daly. They will be on-hand for the duration of Open Studio, working on their projects, and showing you the ropes at one of the first Annex Open Studio sessions!

Guest Artists will be featured at each Monday’s Annex Open Studio. Download the Fall Calendar

The Annex: Town Hall Meeting

The Annex: Town Hall Meeting

Monday, November 19, 2012
6:30 – 11:00pm
The Annex at Spudnik Press

Join us for a night of ideas, exploring, brainstorming and figuring out! Right now, at the Annex, we have weekly classes and open studio sessions two times per week. But we know that there is so much more that can happen, and for this, we need organizers, or brain-stormers at the very least! Bring your best ideas and be ready to hear ours!

The Annex Open Studio Sessions

The Annex Open Studio

with special guest Carolin Picard

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Spudnik Press Annex
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60622

Open Studio hours are designated times for the community to come and utilize our resources for making a broad range of projects. The studio can be used as a meeting place for a small group of collaborators or as a production house for a new comic. Mondays throughout 2012 will be hosted by a wide array of local writers, small presses, and collaborative projects, beginning with Caroline Picard of Green Lantern Press.

Annex Open Studio Guest Artist: Fred Sasaki

Monday, December 10
6:30pm to 11:00pm

The Annex at Spudnik Press
1821 West Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

Each Monday evening since November 5, The Annex has hosted a special guest artist during Open Studio sessions. This Monday, December 10, 3 generations of Sasaki people will be unveiling “Series 3” of FRED SASAKI’S & FRED SASAKI’S 4-PAGER GUIDE TO: HOW TO FIX YOU, live on sale! “Series 1” and “Series 2” will be also be freely available for sale. Special Holiday Prices! 5 for $5, 10 for $10, and 15 for $15 (best deal!). Perfectly sized for the stocking!

From Fred: “This is a happy excuse to hang out, drink something, and listen to music while checking out The Annex of Spudnik Press, which is a gallery, classroom, studio, and shared work space. If you tell me you’re coming, I’m sure to have enough wine.”

Member Meeting

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
6:30pm at Spudnik Press

Join us for our Spudnik Press Member Meeting to discuss upcoming projects & new ideas!

Not a member yet? Join today!

Benefit Auction: In Progress

Spudnik Press Benefit Auction
In Progress

Saturday, September 29, 2012
6:00 – 10:00pm

The popular Chicago print and art studio Spudnik Press wants to invite you to its upcoming benefit auction, In Progress. Join them at the Spudnik space for beer, signature cocktails, food by Antique Taco and, of course, bidding on works by a wildly diverse group of artists—to help the studio pay for its recent expansion into the Annex.

True to its name, In Progress will feature a curated selection of studio detritus, sketches, drafts, drawings, notes, ephemera—any visually or textually interesting remnant—by artists from all over, including: Michelle Grabner, Lief Goldberg, Deb Sokolow, Tony Fitzpatrick, Trubble Club and many more. All work will be framed and offered at a starting bid of $35.

Additional auction items will be provided by Star Lounge, Busy Beaver, Eye Works Festival, Bloom Yoga Studio and Museum of Contemporary Art, to name a few.

In the five years since it started (especially in the three since relocated to Hubbard Street), Spudnik Press has embraced and united an expansive, diverse community of artists and makers. With the help of that community, Spudnik has grown in size and widened its offerings—like the Gig Poster Project and donation based workshops—making the company a constant work in progress itself.

In Progress will be more than a celebration of art and a chance to bring artists, buyers, collectors and friends together. All of the money raised from auctioned items will help pay for Spudnik’s Annex expansion let the company continue its work in the Chicago art community.

IN PROGRESS, Saturday 9/29, 6-10pm at 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302 & 303
Admission is free. However, $20 donors can choose a customized woodblock t-shirt, printed on demand.

Confirmed Artists:
Tony Fitzpatrick
Kristina Paabus
Ryan Kapp
Jeremy Lundquist
Tom Burtonwood
Oli Watt
Amy Lockhart
Edie Fake
Lilli Carre
Peter Mars
Arts of Life
Will Sturgis
Rafael E Vera
Jo Dery
Alec Thibodeau
Morgan Calderini
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Paul Nudd
Andrew Jeffrey Wright
Erik Ruin
Anne Toebbe
Rachel E Foster
Dan S. Wang
Ryan Richey
Edra Soto
Maria Gaspar
The Franks
Kate McQuillen
Dianna Frid
Holly Holmes
Karen Reimer
Heidi Norton
…More to come!

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

2012 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Preview from Logan Square on Vimeo.

Don’t miss out on the Chicago’s Readers’ Poll BEST PUBLIC ART EVENT!
Logan Square • Chicago, IL
Friday, July 20 — 4 PM – 11 PM
Saturday, July 21 — 11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday, July 22 — 11 AM – 10 PM

Spudnik Press will be participating each day with an interactive block-printing activity. Stop by our tent to say hello and make your own print!

We are also looking for volunteers! If you are interested in helping out, email to sign up for a shift (listed below).
Shifts are for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20 – 22
12:00 – 2:00pm*
1:30 – 3:30pm
3:00 – 5:00pm
4:30 – 6:30pm
6:00 – 8:00pm
7:30 – 9:30pm
9:00 – 11:30pm*

* set up and break down people will need access to a car

Member Meeting & Offset Shenanigans

May Member Meeting

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
8:00pm at Spudnik Press

New Committees! Board Nominations!
We now have more ways than ever to get involved! Join one of our new committees (Outreach, Education, Exhibitions) to help Spudnik have as big of impact on our community as possible.

Plus, contribute to our mini zine! Printed right in front of your eyeballs!
We will all work together to create a 1-page, hand-drawn, offset printed zine! Stick around afterwards to get your hands inky and watch the offset press in action, as we all print together!

Ex-Libris Print Exchange

Ex Libris (From the Books)
Print Exchange

Spudnik Press is proud to announce our first member print exchange, in conjunction with Atlanta Printmakers Studio, who’s members will also be participating in the exchange. The theme compliments the Print Big! steamroller print event at APS, with imagery focusing on Books, Reading and Literature.

Bookplates were originally designed as small decorative labels pasted inside a book’s cover to indicate ownership. A long line of artists have been inspired and commissioned to design these miniature prints including Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, Aubrey Beardsley, Eric Gill, and Rockwell Kent to name a few. In the 19th century there was strong interest in ex libris collecting and society’s were formed to promote and commission bookplates from prominent artists.

Bookplates served as evidence of prestige and status as well as important documentation of the provenance of books. The images often related to the interests, career and accomplishments of the book’s owner, a play on the person’s name, and ancient myths or fables. Whether your print focuses on the traditional subjects of the bookplate or addresses the issues of ownership and consumerism, we invite all APS and Spudnik Press members to participate in this annual exchange and exhibition.

Print Exchange Details:

Paper Size: 7 x 5 inches
Edition Size: 13 numbered impressions – You may produce a larger edition but the first 13 should be designated for this exchange.
Registration Date: May 28, 2012
Due Date: Prints must be received by August 16, 2012
Cost: $15

Payment Options

Please be sure to include your full name and preferred email address in “notes to seller”.

You may register to participate in this exchange through May 28, 2012. If you prefer to register in person or by mail please fill out the attached Ex-Libris Print Exchange Form and submit with your $15 entry fee to (or drop it by the studio during Open Studio sessions): Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard #302, Chicago, IL 60622

*APS members may send/deliever entry fee to APS.

Prints should be made using traditional printmaking processes (no reproductions). Digital prints are acceptable if combined with traditional printmaking processes. No photographs. You will receive 10 randomly selected prints. The first two of the remaining 3 prints from each edition will be retained for APS and Spudnik Press archives. The third set will be reserved for exhibition and art auction fundraising to benefit APS. Information regarding exhibit details and art auction will be announced at a later date.

If you are not currently a member of APS or Spudnik and would like to participate in the portfolio exchange, please join either organization by May 28, 2012 by visiting or here. Basic memberships range from $20-$50.

Spudnik Press members may submit their prints to Spudnik Press during our open studio hours (Mon & Thur 6:30-11pm, Fri & Sat 12:30-5pm) or by appointment. Contact for details.

Pulled Pressed Printed

An Exhibition of Chicago Printmakers and Presses
January 27 – April 30, 2012

Reception with Artists
March 2, 5:30 – 7:30pm
at Expo 72
72 East Randolph

Featured Artists
Anchor Graphics: Fred Stonehouse, Don Colley, Karl Wirsum, Saya Woolfalk, Enrique Chagoya, Chris Flynn, and David Jones

Hummingbird Press L.A.C.: Richard Hunt, Kerry James Marshall, Willie Cole, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Bernard Williams, Ray Noland, Paul Andrew Wandless, and Thomas Lucas

Jay Ryan/Birdmachine

Screwball Press: Steve Walters, Jason Wyatt Frederick, Phineas X. Jones, Erin Page, and Jenny Beorkrum

Spudnik Press: Angee Lennard, Jeremy Lundquist, Anya Davidson, B. Ingrid Olson, Dutes Miller, Miller and Shellabarger, Lilli Carre, Edie Fake, Regin Igloria, Sanya Glisic, and Ten x Ten: 2012 – a collaborative project with Homeroom Chicago

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative: Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Sanya Glisic, Misha Goro, Hiroshi Ariyama, Duffy O’Connor, Maria Sanchez, Alan Lerner, Dennis O’Malley, Christine Gendre-Bergere, Scott Westgard, and Megan Sterling

Also showing works from:
Bert Menco, Lora Fosberg, and Sonnenzimmer