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Etsy & Social Media Workshop

Sunday, March 18 at 3pm
Spudnik Press
1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302

Karla Wheeler and Elaine Luther, of The Chicago Metal Arts Guild, will be presenting an Etsy & Social Media workshop, hosted by Spudnik Press. Artists will learn to sell online and promote their work using social media. The fee for the workshop is $5 for CMAG and Spudnik members, $10 for non-members.

For more information or to register.

The Hashbrown 2012

The Hashbrown 2012
Featuring 12 Chicago Printshops in a cut-throat Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, February 25, 2012
at Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
6 pm – 10 pm

Cook-off winners announced at 9:30 pm or when chili runs dry

$10 for 5 tickets
$20 for VIP Package*
Redeem tickets for chili and tamales
The first 25 guests will receive a commemorative Hashbrown poster.

Beer Sponsored by Windy City Distribution.

It is becoming a tradition that each winter, Chicago printmakers set aside their squeegees and brayers, head to the kitchen, and concoct a pot of chili worthy of “The Golden Squeegee”.

The Hashbrown 2012 features vegetarian and meat-filled chili provided by printmakers across the city. Competing presses include Spudnik Press, One Horse Press, Kyle Baker, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Hummingbird Press, Rar Rar Press, Fugscreens, Dan Grezca, Letterform, Harold Washington’s “Printstitute”, and the student printshops at Columbia College and SAIC. Each shop is donating their chili in support of Spudnik’s mission to keep printmaking approachable and affordable. Each shop will have a selection of their artwork on display and for sale.

It is no secret that Chicago houses perhaps the most vibrant and supportive print community in the country. However, it is a rare event to share a meal with a dozen of city’s most revered printers and institutions.

Less than a year has elapsed since Spudnik’s epic expansion. In that time, the young studio has followed through on their promises to double class offerings, expand their hours, acquire new equipment, introduce letterpress and offset printing, all while beginning both publishing and youth programs!

Come support Spudnik’s mission. Help keep access to high quality equipment and education available to every Chicago resident that has the desire to sling ink on paper.

*VIP guests receive larger chili portions through out the night, a commemorative golden spoon and a complimentary signature cocktail.

Young Artist Exhibition

Spudnik Press presents
Young Artist Exhibition
An Exhibition of Artwork from our Young Artist Program
January 21 – February 18, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6-8pm
The exhibition will be held at Spudnik Press,
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302

This Fall, Spudnik Press offered our first in-house printmaking class, free of charge, specifically for youth. Five talented students worked with teaching artist Elke Claus over 10 weeks, to study illustration, graphic design and screenprinting. The class culminated in creating a collaborative portfolio combining hand-drawn imagery and photographic elements to create colorful expressive screenprints.

Please join us in celebrating the work of these talented young artists.

In addition to the exhibition, we are inviting guests to participate in the art-making. We will help guests screen print t-shirts with a student design. Bring your own shirt and all printing is complimentary!

Tonya Farell
Najia Hutcherson
Bradley Modjeski
Saul Rodrigues
Nik Vasilic

This program was made possible through support from The Cliff Dwellers.

Drink & Draw: Tattoo Flash

Drink and Draw is our monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and a theme drink. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while your at it.

February’s theme is Tattoo Flash. We’ll dig up some samples of Anchors, Barbed Wire, Bettie Page, and other inspirations for your very own tattoo design! There will be Sailor’s Rum & Cokes on hand, or BYOB.

No registration is required.

Community Workshop: Drawing from Life

Wednesday, January 4 from 6:30 – 9:00pm | Price: $10, if able
at Spudnik Press
1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302

We have invited Layne Jackson, a talented artist and seasoned teacher, to step in for an evening of drawing to help us reinvigorate our image making processes. She will share her expertise as she leads the class through a drawing exercises that will help us look at our drawings with a fresh eye. Through investigating light and shadow, perspective, and shape, students will be pushed to capture what they see on paper.

Community workshops are an opportunity to get to meet the artists at Spudnik Press, preview what an upcoming class might be like, be exposed to new processes, and simply learn techniques and tips from professional artists to incorporate into your projects, what ever they may be. Workshops are hands-on, all ages (students under 16 should be accompanied by an adult), and for all experience levels.

The class fee is $10, or pay what you can. Fees are waived for students who are unable to afford this charge to ensure that the Chicago community has access to artistic projects, regardless of income. Registration is required to ensure we have the right amount of materials on hand.

Please e-mail to have us save a seat!

4 Year Anniversary

Four Years & Still Growing
Spudnik Press Fundraiser & Celebration
Saturday, July 30, 2011

at Spudnik Press Cooperative
Silent Auction 6-10 pm
Live Auction at 9:30 pm

Ice cream tasting with Nice Cream
Corn dogs from Corn Dog Guy
Block Printed T-shirts made on site
Giveaways for first 50 guests

After a record-breaking year of growth, Spudnik Press is fired up for their annual auction. Just concluding their fourth year, the community print shop has reached many milestones. This spring, the studio expanded their facilities and received 501(c)3 status, sprouting additional presses for letterpress and offset printing and private studios. The additional space has cultivated more classes, larger exhibitions, publishing projects, and donation-based workshops. Increased staff and volunteers are allowing the studio to tend to these programs while planting seeds for next season.

The four-year anniversary will capture the celebratory spirit with free prints to the first 50 guests. Corn Dog Guy will be frying up traditional and vegan corn dogs on site. Nice Cream is sponsoring dessert with a tasting of their summer flavors full of organic ingredients from local farms. A small donation to the press ($15) allows visitors to choose a customized T-shirt printed on demand from a selection of hand-carved woodblocks.

The main event is the auction, bringing 25+ of Chicago’s best printmakers under one roof. The silent auction, including the majority of the artwork, will continue through 10pm. The highlight of the night will be the live auction, featuring Struwwelpeter, a new artist book by Sanya Glisic and a collection of posters by the celebrated Delicious Design League.

Contributions will support upgrading our etching press, expanding our hours, and increasing the quantity and quality of programs we are able to offer our community.

Artists Include:
Paul Nudd and Onsmith, Jeremy Tinder, Sonnenzimmer, Jeremy Lundquist, Wrik Repasky, Dutes Miller, Minna Sora, Angee Lennard, Liz Born, Stano Grezdo, Starshaped Press, Pablo Philipps, Erick Jurado, Mischa Kegan, Justin Santora, Lilli Carré, Ryan Kapp, Will Sturgis, Jay Zehngebot, Jeanine Coupe-Ryding, Dawn Gettler, Nate Hinshaw, Fraser Taylor, and Matt Messmer.

Angee Lennard, Director

Poster Design by Matthew Harlan

Member Meeting & Potluck Party!

Wednesday, December 14
6:30pm – 11:00pm

We will begin at 6:30pm with a member meeting to work out the nuts and bolts of a new program with a working title of “Member Only Open Studio”.

At 7:30, we will open it up as a print exchange, holiday party and work night for anyone who needs to squeeze in more studio time before the holidays.

Bring your favorite holiday dish or snack, along with your beverage of choice and a few fun prints you’d like to share.

We will officially kick off the “Member’s Only Open Studio” program in 2012.

Email with any questions!

What’s Your Art

What’s Your Art? from Andrew Roddewig on Vimeo.

What’s Your Art

Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago

Hosted by WBEZ as part of their Off Air Event Series

Chicago Cultural Center
Saturday December 3, 2011

From Hyde Park to Pilsen to Ravenswood, there are amazing places of art exhibition, classes and public events fostering the development of art and culture located throughout Chicago. Each unique location has its own style, feel, and expertise. These places champion the city’s commitment for local residents to learn and create original art, and are as Chicago as the World’s Fair and Vienna Beef Hot Dogs.

Alongside these neighborhood spaces, Chicago hosts the nation’s first free municipal cultural center, which first opened its doors in 1893. The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city’s most popular attractions, featuring more than 1,000 programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts.

In celebration of Chicago’s rich landscape devoted to emerging artists, art education, and the opportunity to inspire and become inspired, WBEZ invites you to the Chicago Cultural Center to join us in exploring these spaces and the role they play in shaping the artist in each of us. Each Center will demonstrate the creative activities that enrich their community. “What’s Your Art” is free to the public and is an opportunity for Chicago residents to experience art as a part of daily life. Visit each Center’s page to find out more about classes and events that will be held in the months before the “What’s Your Art” event.

B. Ingrid Olson & Jessica Taylor at MDW Fair

MDW Fall Showcase

B. Ingrid Olson and Jessica Taylor Caponigro
Representing the Spudnik Press Residency Program

October 21st- 23rd

at The Geolofts 3636 S Iron St.

Vernissage: Friday October 21, 8-11pm
Saturday Noon to 6pm
Sunday Noon to 6pm
$5 admission

The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country.

Jessica Taylor Caponigro and B. Ingrid Olson are both past Artists in Residence at Spudnik Press Cooperative. They have been creating print-based artworks that eschew traditional multiples in favor of unique pieces that examine the very notion of reproductions. Although they have not yet had the opportunity to exhibit in tandem, their work has many parallel qualities. By pairing these artists together, we will establish a dialog about the act of recreating and the inescapable beauty and failure of doing so.

Please Join Us!

Alliance of Artist Communities Annual Conference

Friday, October 21, 2011
2:30pm – 4:30pm at Anchor Graphics
623 South Wabash Ave., Room 201
Chicago, IL 60605

The program will begin with a brief tour of Anchor’s facilities, followed by a brief overview of Anchor’s and Spudnik’s missions and histories. Then David Jones, Anchor’s founder and director, and Angee Lennard, Spudnik’s founder and director, will discuss each organization’s residency program touching on how they grew with little or no funding, the early days vs. now, and where each program is heading. The discussion will conclude with the topic of why residencies are particularly important for printmakers, illustrating how artists and staff share knowledge, technical tricks, working methods, and cooperative problem solving that provide mutual intellectual and artistic growth for all involved. Check out more info about the conference here.

October Drink & Draw: Portrait Drawing

Drink and Draw

Portrait Drawing

Wednesday Oct. 5
Booze provided (or BYOB)
Suggested Donation: $5

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

Our Monthly Drink & Draw! Wed., Oct. 5, 7:00 at Spudnik Press… Drink and Draw is our monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and some booze. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while you’re at it.

October’s Theme is “Portrait Drawing”. You can get tips on mastering the portrait from other artists or just come & have fun with some blind contour & other exercises that improve your mad portrait skillz. The theme drink is cranberry & vodka, (or BYO). $5 suggested donation.