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7th Annual Spudnik Press Benefit

$15 General Admission
$50 Preview Event  (5pm-7pm)

Featuring hors d’oeuvres, live music from Elastic Arts and Hummingbird, printing demonstrations, craft cocktails, and beer from Metropolitan Brewing.

Plus a Silent Auction with artworks hand-picked by guest curators, including Jessica Cochran and La Keisha Leek and goods from local retailers including UnisonThe Circle Salon and Sprout Home.

For 7 years, Spudnik Press has grown to meet the needs of our city’s artists–over 250 annually through ever-expanding studio resources, art book publishing, and public exhibitions and residency programs in printmaking and book arts. This year, our public programs and events have grown to welcome over 2,500 visitors through our doors. To continue this important work, we hope to raise an unprecedented $10,000 to support our expanding infrastructure.

The silent auction is the highlight of the benefit. Each winning bid is truly an investment, not only in Spudnik Press, but in the work of renowned artists. This is the only auction in Chicago to feature studio sketches, visual brainstorms, artist proofs, drafts, studies, notes, and ephemera.  Artwork comes framed and bidding starts at $35 through $55.

General Admission includes one complimentary beverage and popcorn. Silent Auction ends at 9pm, to be followed by dancing with DJ Hummingbird and merriment.

The Preview Event is includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, and a small gift, printed live with our Vandercook letterpress. We will be joined by Guest Curators and featured artists.

Purchase tickets before Friday September 26 for a chance to win one of ten gift cards to Blick Art Materials!

Guest Curators:

Jessica Cochran, Independent Curator
La Keisha Leek, Independent Curator
Ruslana Lichtzier, ACRE 2015 Curatorial Fellow
Joe Tallarico, Comics Editor, Lumpen Magazine
Roman Titus, Chicago Design Museum; Co-Founder of Nelson Cash

Contributing Artists:

See full roster

Framing provided by Blick Art Materials.


Beverages provided by Metropolitan Brewing.

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Additional auction items provided by Unison.

Dance party provided by Hummingbird

Design by Craig Hansen.