Spring 2017 Member Meeting

Spudnik Member Meetings allow our diverse community of printmakers to connect through the sharing of artwork, artist opportunities, and collaborative initiatives.

For our Spring 2017 meeting we have a SUPER SPECIAL AGENDA planned:

  • 2017 Member Driven Equipment Fund
    • Cast the final VOTE on how we should spend our $500 starter fund.
    • Learn about upcoming fundraising opportunities
    • Help the EFC plan the Member Birthday Party (June 29, venue TBD)
  • Our new SP-25 Vandercook Letterpress!
    • Print a limited edition commemorative broadside poster using our NEW collection of wood type! This mega-babe of a press has been in her new home in the Spudnik Press studios for a little over a week now, and she can’t wait to introduce herself!

Crossing of the Fellows: Pop-Up Exhibition & Artist Talks

The Spudnik Press Fellowship Program provides emerging artists unfettered access to our studios for seven months. The twice-annual Crossing of the Fellows event brings together our graduating class of fellows and our incoming cohort to present their artwork and discuss their projects.

Many know the Fellows through their role as Open Studio Studio Monitors. This is an opportunity to celebrate the leadership they bring to Spudnik, welcome new fellows, but most importantly to view artwork by each fellow and learn about projects they completed or will be completing through their Fellowship.

Outgoing Fellows:

Mary Climes
Carolina Martinez
Yasaman Moussavi

Incoming Fellows:


Crossing of the Fellows: Private Reception

Spudnik Press donors are invited to join the Board of Directors for a special cocktail reception celebrating seven emerging artists supported by our 2017 Fellowship Program. This meet-and-greet event will provide guests with a behind the scenes look at the production of prints at Spudnik Press through a pop-up group exhibition with work by each incoming and outgoing fellow, brief artist talks, and works-in-progress highlighting processes used by the artists.

RSVP by May 31 to angee@spudnikpress,org 

The Birthday Bash Printing Dash

Celebrating 10 Years of Community Printmaking

Printmaking Competitions / Games & Prizes / Hands-on Studio Tours / Member Art Sale / Food & Refreshments / & More

If anyone knows how to party it’s us nerdy printmakers! No seriously, we turn ten this year and are letting our hair down. We’re throwing a party so big it takes over the entire Hubbard Street Lofts and spills out into the parking lot.

We’re proud to have accomplished so much and want our friends to celebrate with us. Join us on Saturday, June 3, 12pm – 5pm as we gift our friends, family, and neighbors a day of printmaking competitions, games & prizes, hands-on art projects, studio tours, member art sale, food & refreshments.

For our ten-year anniversary, we’ve created ten hands-on printmaking projects and friendly art-making challenges that will give you an understanding of what Spudnik Press Cooperative is all about.  Learn about a variety of print processes while watching professional printers pull prints while blindfolded – both educational and highly entertaining. Then get a little inky yourself by completing in our all-ages (and experience levels) Audience Printing Dashes.

To keep you fueled for the festivities, we’ll have food on hand with meat & vegetarian options, iced coffee, cold beer, and DJ Pickled Beets and Ian Dinsmor spinning vinyl. You’ll need your energy as you try to get a B.I.N.G.O. (ah-hem P.R.I.N.T.) by getting a screenprint tattoo, letterpressing your own birthday card, viewing our member exhibition and much more.

A suggested admission of $15 ($5 for kids/students) directly supports the Equipment Fund, a special fund set aside to help the community press maintain their rare presses and bring new tools and equipment to the shared workshop. Donate $25 and save 10% as you stock up on Spudnik merchandise and score a reusable shopping bag that you get to print yourself in the Spudnik Press studios!

We’ve made it a decade! Come celebrate with us!

VIP (Very Important Potato): $25
Choice of printed gift: Poster, patch, or mystery print
Print-Your-Own Tote Activity ($10 value)
10% off Spudnik Merchandise

Sweet Potato (General Admission): $15
Choice of printed gift: Sticker, mini print, or ???

Tater Tot (Kids & Students): $5

Pre-Sale Incentive: Grab tickets now for a chance to win a free workshop!

Thanks to our Birthday Bash Printing Dash Sponsors:


Drink & Draw June: Comics Jam & Cake

Our June Drink & Draw is extra special as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Spudnik Press Cooperative. Join us for a double serving of CAKE:

First of all, CAKE (The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) is right around the corner. Gear up by creating your own CAKE-worthy comics at this month’s Drink & Draw. Comix artist and illustrator Chloë Perkis will be your guide to sequential arts by leading an evening of collaborative comic making via a good old-fashioned Comics Jam. Each guest will starts comic, pass it to their neighbor for the next panel.

Then, head to the snack table to grab a slice of birthday cake. What could be sweeter?

Chloë Perkis is a visual artist whose work explores the notion of absurdity and focuses on the brutal nature of the world. Abject figures and textures arise as focus points in her illustrations as a means to document societal observations and exercise the artist’s autonomous vision, while humor becomes the catalyst to demystify the grotesque and empower the vulnerable.

Drink and 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 $10 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we do have some wine and beer available with a donation.

Where we have been, before we go: Opening Reception & Gallery Talk


Jennifer Scheuer  

Featured Artists:

Anne Beidler, John Bergmeier, Ed Bernstein, Kaitlyn Collyer, Benjy Davies, Pamela Drix, Fred Hagstrom, Raluca Iancu, Eleanor Jensen, Kathryn Maxwell, Katherine Miller, Greg Page, Minna Resnick, Mary Robinson, Nick Ruth, Carrie ScangaJennifer Scheuer, Hannah Skoonberg, Taro Takizawa, Ruth Weisberg

Where we have been, before we go features twenty prints that investigate the art making process as a progressive and ever-evolving exercise. Twenty artists were each asked to produce new work in the form of a diptych that reflects their own current artistic practice in contrast with their earlier artistic aesthetics, themes or processes. How does self-perception affect artistic creation?

This exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists from across the country, many exhibiting for the first time in Chicago. Participants represent a broad range of artistic approaches and careers. This portfolio of prints utilizes many print processes including screenprinting, lithography, relief, photographic processes, and more.

In addition to the flat prints on paper, the portfolio incorporates a decisive book arts component. Each portfolio is packaged with book binding supplies and instructions. Participating artist is charged with manipulating the prints to a unique drum leaf book, each deciding how they prefer to sequence the images. This process highlights the role of personal interpretation, narration, and perspective. The “Where we have been, before we go” exhibition features just one solution of how the book can be assembled.

The portfolio was organized in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Graphics International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The drum leaf book will be donated to Cornell Universities’ Fine Arts Library as a book available for checkout through their new book arts collection program.

Where we have been, before we go will kick-off with a Gallery Talk at 6:00 p.m. on June 16th, followed by the Opening Reception. The exhibition runs through August 5, 2017. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment. Where we have been, before we go was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Image by Fred Hagstrom

Member Birthday Party

Hosted by the Spudnik Equipment Fund Committee

Join us for some good ol’ classic Birthday Party fun celebrating 10 years of Spudnik! There will be pizza, cake, drinks, games, and a raffle featuring  some amazing spud gear, open studio passes, limited edition prints and more! All door proceeds go towards the Spudnik Equipment Fund.

Venue and additional details to be announced soon! Save the Date!

Print Factory Art Party: 10th Anniversary Benefit for Spudnik Press Cooperative

Saturday, October 7, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
9:30 p.m. After Party

Low Res
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622

Featuring artwork by Alberto AguilarClaire Ashley, Dan Devening, Edie Fake, Judith Geichman, David LeggettJason Pickleman, and more.

Spudnik Press Cooperative is turning ten, and since day one, our studio has been humming with activity. By lowering the barriers for artists to produce their work, Spudnik has been able to support over 2800 Chicago artists and makers since 2007.

Print Factory (Art Party) is more than a nod to our industrious production,  the volume of artists that use our presses to make art, and the reams of paper that are printed here day in and day out. Print Factory (Art Party) celebrates that Spudnik Press Cooperative is a place for ideas, inspiration, experimentation, collaboration, camaraderie, and personal artistic growth.

On Saturday, October 7, we will bring together our supporters for a revelatory night of Warhol-inspired art, music, food and drinks to celebrate the power and impact of the community-based printshop, Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Tickets go on sale June 1. In the meantime, please RSVP on Facebook for instant updates, check out last year’s benefit, and our Sponsorship Opportunities.

Thanks to our Print Factory Art Party Sponsors: