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Annual Member Meeting 2011

Annual Member Meeting


Wednesday August 10, 2011
@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

As stated in our bylaws:

“At the annual meeting, the members shall elect directors and officers, receive reports on the activities of the association, and determine the direction of the corporation for the coming year.”

The board of directors will recap the past year, and ask for reflections from members. We will share the goals we have in place, and ask for feedback. If you would like to suggest a nomination for our board, send it our way! Those in attendance will also be the first to hear about new programs we’re working on specifically for members.
Hope to see you there!

July Drink & Draw! COMICS!

Drink and Draw


Wednesday July 6
Booze provided (or BYOB)
Suggested Donation: $5
@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622

July 6th, 7-9:30pm is the next Spudnik Press Monthly Drink & Draw! The first Wed. of every month Spudnik Press Community Print Shop opens it’s doors for artists to gather & draw over some thematic booze! There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and some booze (you can also BYOB). Attendees provide a sketchbook and whatever drawing utensils you prefer. Please come, and bring your friends while you’re at it.
July’s theme is COMICS. Come draw comics of all kinds or start your first comic! The featured drink is summery lemonade & vodka (or BYO).

Cut, Bit and Curious

Cut, Bit and Curious

New work by:
Rebekka Federle
Julia Vodrey Hendrickson
Liz Wolf

Curated by Robyn Farrell
Opening: Friday, June 24, 2011

Exhibition continues through
July 16, 2011

@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

Cut, Bit and Curious presents new work by three artists working with little more than paper, press and blade. The artists utilize traditional practice as a means to play with the process and perception of visual narrative. Pairing ephemera with contemporary context, the densely composed group of work seeks a balance between poetic and whimsical themes with surreal and melancholic harmony. Each artist draws from their own archive of collected materials and experiences, demonstrating the capabilities and impact of paper re-constructed and re-contextualized through material and concept. Poignant and adeptly edited, the images create a hypereality informed by cultural and personal histories. The exhibition challenges the role of paper and hand appropriation in the digital age exploring a new methodology produced from found object and rescued memory.

Rebekka Federle was born in Berkeley, California to a scholar and an artist. She grew up in Hyde Park on Chicago’s south side and currently lives in Kansas City where she is a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. She has worked as a studio assistant to the Chicago-based artist Tony Fitzpatrick and recently exhibited work at Nadine Blake in New Orleans in March 2011.

Julia Vodrey Hendrickson is a native of eastern Ohio who lives and works as a visual artist, writer, and curator in Chicago. She received a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in English from The College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) in 2008. Julia works as the gallery manager at the Chicago gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey and at Ork Posters in Chicago.  She is also a teaching assistant at Marwen, and has taught at Spudnik Press. She plans to attend the Ox-Bow School of Art (Saugatuck, Michigan) this summer and the Courtauld Institute of Art (London) to pursue an M.A. in the History of Art this fall. 

Liz Wolf is a painter, printer and paper maker living and working in Chicago. She received her BFA in painting from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Program at Columbia College Chicago in 2008. Liz has worked Rohner Press, Magnolia Editions and Columbia College Chicago. She is currently the Exhibition and Collections assistant at The Mary and Leigh Block Art Museum at Northwestern University and an instructor at Northwestern University ARTica studios.

Member Meeting

Member Meeting

Wednesday, May 25
@ Spudnik Press

This EXTRA FUN Member Meeting will focus on designing a “bodega” that will be used during What’s Your Art, a big event at the Cultural Center happening June 4.

We are looking for help wheat pasting prints, creating “frescos” highlighting the magic that is printmaking, as well as help carving about 25 linoleum block prints for a collaborative project that be happening throughout the event.

Please come, carve, connect with your Spudnik roots! Snacks and drinks are encouraged.

Community Workshops

These new 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.

Repeat Pattern Design

with Megan Owdom-Weitz

Wednesday June 1, 2011
$10, or pay what you can

This workshop will review a range of types and styles of repeatable patterns, helping students create intricate interesting patterns that actually fit together seemlessly. Patterns can be used for textile design, web design, making your own wallpaper, wrapping paper, etc. – and this workshop will give you a strong understanding of the principals used by designers to create all sorts of patterns. The instructor Megan Owdom-Weitz, of Megan Lee Designs, has years of experience working with her own patterns, creating her own line of apparel, and is excited to share some of the resources she looks to for inspiration.

*Workshops are hands-on, all ages (students under 16 should be accompanied by an adult), and for all experience levels. Fees are waived for students who are unable to afford this charge and ensure that the Chicago community has access to artistic projects, regardless of income.

Please e-mail angee (at) to have us save a seat!

What’s Your Art?

What’s Your Art

Presented by WBEZ and SIFC

Saturday June 4, 2011
1-5pm, FREE
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Join us on Saturday, June 4th from 1-5 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center for “What’s Your Art?”: Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago where ten art centers will be replicating their centers on-site, under one roof. Throughout the afternoon, visitors will have an opportunity to interact with representatives from centers spanning all areas of the city.
From stone carving to printmaking to multi-media video production, each center will demonstrate the activities offered at their space and that enrich their communities. “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.

Participating Art Centers:

Chicago Art Department
Chicago Photography Center
Chicago Urban Art Society
Fire Arts Center
Hyde Park Art Center
Lillstreet Art Center
Little Black Pearl
Rumble Arts Center
South Side Community Art Center
Spudnik Press Cooperative

Artist Talk with Dawn Gettler

Artist Talk with Dawn Gettler

Spring Artist in Residence

Thursday June 9, 2011

@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

Dawn Gettler has been working at Spudnik Press since shortly after our move, creating a variety of prints in a variety of mediums that will be incorporated into installation based projects both here at Spudnik and at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina. Please join us to view her newest work and hear her talk about her ideas and her processes.

May Drink & Draw!

Drink and Draw


Wednesday May 4
Booze provided (or BYOB)
Suggested Donation: $5
@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622

May 4th, 7-9:30pm is the next Spudnik Press Monthly Drink & Draw! The first Wed. of every month Spudnik Press Community Print Shop opens it’s doors for artists to gather & draw over some thematic booze! There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and some booze (you can also BYOB). Attendees provide a sketchbook and whatever drawing utensils you prefer. And bring friends!
May’s theme is ANIMALS! Animales! Animaux! Animais! Animali! If you happen to have some taxidermy sitting around or some reference materials, please bring them!!!

Spudnik Press Open House

Spudnik Press Open House

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622

Recently relocated to a larger and improved studio, Spudnik Press is excited to share their new space with as many folks as possible. Spudnik’s new facilities include 4 additional presses, private studios, the ability to invite more artists and students to utilize their communal tools and equipment. Through out the day, members of Spudnik Press will demonstrate printmaking techniques, ranging from the popular screenprinting to obscure mezzotinting. The open house will highlight the resources available at the communuty studio and the wonder of being ones own printer. Free and fun Printing activities will be available for kids and adults alike.

Struwwelpeter at North Branch

Spudnik Press and North Branch present:
Friday, March 25, 2011
North Branch Projects
3550 W. Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60625

Come celebrate Sanya Glisic’s new artist book Struwwelpeter at North Branch Projects. Embracing the tactile nature of the project, guests are invited to sit down and illustrate their own imaginative creatures. Drawings will be included in North Branch’s ongoing community binding project.

Struwwelpeter, first published in Germany in 1844, contains cautionary tales for children with overly exaggerated consequences for misbehavior. Artist and illustrator Sanya Glisic, while a Resident Artist at Spudnik Press Cooperative, has re-imagined the book with exquisite, playful illustrations that capture the dark, often morbid sensibilities of the tales.

Sanya Glisic will continue binding her book during North Branch’s community binding sessions Tuesday March 29 and Thursday March 31 from 3-7pm.

Sanya Glisic is best known for her silkscreens, illustrations, and poster design, including the Zodiac-Sideshow Collection based on the 12 Astrological signs. She is originally from Banja Luka, Bosnia. In 2007, she received her BFA in Illustration from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She currently lives in Chicago, printing, volunteering and occasionally teaching at Spudnik Press Cooperative, while working on art and illustration projects.

This project was made possible through Spudnik Press’ Residency Program.

Hashbrown 2011

Spudnik Press Fundraiser and Celebration

Saturday, Februay 26, 2011
at Spudnik Press Cooperative

1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
7 pm – 10 pm
Cook-off winners announced at 9:30 pm
$10 for 5 tastes of Chili
Cocktails provided by Hornswaggler.

Spudnik Press invites you to attend our annual Hashbrown fundraiser. On February 26th, Spudnik Press is hosting a festive one-of-a-kind Chili Cook-off to garner funds and support for their new Space Race initiative: an epic mission to expand the boundaries of community printmaking.

The Hashbrown Chili Cook-off will feature vegetarian and meat filled chili provided by members of Chicago’s printmaking community. Representatives from One Horse Press, Screwball, The Post Family, Hummingbird Press, Rar Rar Press, Ork Posters, Spudnik Press, and Anchor Graphics, as well as Jetsah (Dan Grezca) and the student printshops at Columbia College, SAIC, and Harold Washington College will all vie for the title of chili royalty while helping support Spudnik’s efforts to expand into a new studio space. Artwork created through the Residency Program, Publishing Program, and collaborative projects will be on display. This artwork will be available for purchase, as well as the introduction of our brand new subscription program. The first 50 guests will receive a complimentary print.

Through unveiling Space Race, Spudnik hopes to spark unprecedented support for community arts and democratic printmaking. Evolving into a larger space will allow Spudnik to launch two new printing processes: letterpress and offset printing. The cook-off will be held in the future home of Spudnik Press, and attendees will be among the first to see the new equipment and the private studios that will be available in the spring.

Space Race will encompass a variety of projects and events that will all contribute to an ultimate goal of expanding to a larger studio in April 2011.

Art Documentation Day

As part of our Space Race fundraising initiative, photographer Helen Maureen Cooper has offered to donate her equipment, time, and skill to document your artwork.

Slots are available for 12 artists to have up to 30 artworks professionally documented. Artists will leave the studio with a CD of high resolution images that can be used for graduate school and residency applications, websites and online stores, and for endless self-promotion. This is an amazing opportunity to develop a professional portfolio at the exact same time as supporting a favorite community art space.

Slots are available for a $50 donation to Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Art Documentation Workshop

Sunday, January 30, 2011
At Spudnik Press Cooperative

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