Ink & Drink | Donor Thank You Event

As a celebration of our supportive community and a thank you to our generous donors who contributed $250+ to our 2019 Printmaking Within Reach Campaign, we are throwing an art party! Come by the studio for drinks, appetizers, and hands-on printmaking projects.

Guests will be invited to check out a variety of project stations and experience the allure of printmaking first hand. At each press, our guests can try their hand at operating the press and pulling a print. Spudnik members will be on call to share projects and their favorite printmaking processes. Open bar and sweet and savory treats will ensure that everyone feels great while making art.

(Printing can be inky, but we’ll be sure to provide aprons and keep things pretty spiffy. Casual and business attire are both appropriate.)

This is a private event for our Giving Circle (Donors who supported us at the $250+ level). Want to join us? Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

Size & Scale: Drink & Draw | February 2020

Guest Artist: Sean Mac

Take a break from your typical ways of drawing. We’ll help you get out of your head by sharing a variety of creative approaches to making marks on paper. We’ll draw big things small, small things big. We’ll draw with delicate dip pens, clunky crayons, finger paint, sticks, and more. The goal of the night: experience drawing as a way to snap out of old habits and try on a new drawing styles.

Our guest artist, Sean Mac, will introduce his favorite drawing exercises that help him break old habits and stay positive. Shifting scale from oversized butcher paper to tiny post-it notes will be one of many methods used to help guests experience new ways of drawing that emphasize creativity over control.

Sean Mac is a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist, and printmaker.He’s been a compulsive doodler since he was a kid and really nothing has changed since. Hiswork uses loose linework and vibrant colors to tell humorous and intimate stories within each panel. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

Drink & Draw is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to drawing practices. There are no pretensions, no prerequisites, and newcomers are always welcome. Bring a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and invite your friends! Drink & Draw occurs the first Wednesday of every other month and features a special theme and a guest artist. Admission to Drink & Draw is a $15 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we do have some wine and beer available with a donation.

Accessibility in the Studio: An evening with Resident Artist Benjamin Merritt

Resident Artist, Benjamin Merritt, is an artist and writer who challenges the normative idea that the body is something individual, unchanging, and fully knowable by objective means. His prints and drawings combine imagery and text from his medical records and personal writings, exploring his own experience with chronic illness as well as how patient’s bodies are written about and recorded. Overall, his work asks us to rethink the medicalized constructs we apply to the body, and suggests alternatives that are more beneficial to and understanding of bodies that don’t fit these norms. In this public presentation on his community work with others who have disabilities, Benjamin will show us ways to make studio arts like printmaking more accessible to people of all abilities, for the benefit of everyone involved in the arts.

Image: from Constant, Immediate, Benjamin Merritt, Etching, monoprint, 2019-2020

Charlie and the Hashbrown Factory: 10th Annual Spudnik Press Chili Cook-Off

All-You-Can-Eat Chili | Hashbrowns | Open Bar | Games | Music

Take an unforgettable, uniquely magical journey through the deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Spudnik Press Cooperative at our 10thAnnual Chili Cook-Off. The world of pure imagination is the limit for our 16 chefs competing for the admiration of our guests and the coveted prizes of “Best Chili”!

Because nothing goes better with chili than chili, admission comes with unlimited tastes of chili. Plus, for the first time in the event’s history, we’ll proudly be serving an everlasting supply of our Famously Mysterious & Eponymous Hash Browns!

Between tastes of chili, enjoy Wonka-themed games and activities, drinks for both kids and adults, candy-inspired tunes, and more.

“After all, a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest of them.”

Featured Chefs:

2x1y Studio
Bad at Sports
Barrel Maker Printing
Candor Arts
Chicago Printers Guild
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
culture/math (and the Visualist)
Hyde Park Art Center
One Design
Platform Studios Chicago
Rohner Press
The Cabbage Water is Not Chili, Charlie Team
The We Make Good Chili Team

Ticket Details:

All levels include unlimited chili, hash browns, drinks, and games. 
Kids 5 and under: Free


Thank you Metropolitan Brewing for being a sponsor of this event!

Metropolitan Brewing - Chicago, IL