Just the Essentials: Zine Release & Pop-Up Exhibition

Just the Essentials a pop-up exhibition, a release party for a collaborative zine by the same name, and a culminating celebration for Spudnik Press Fellowship artists, Cam Collins, Kirstin Dunlap, Kyle Dunlap, Alex Fox and Yu Wei.

This zine, Just the Essentials, is a collaboration among these five artists, who each contributed pages prompted by grocery lists. The culminating risograph publication includes a combination of styles highlighting each artist and their creative response to the prompt. During this release event only, Just the Essentials will be free while supplies last.

In addition to the zine release, the Annex gallery space will feature new work by each artist created during their 2021 fellowship at Spudnik Press. Artwork on display will include publications, photo-based work, sculpture, and prints.  

This one-night event will celebrate each artist’s artistic growth during their time in the Spudnik Press Fellowship program as well as their collaborative achievements.

Please join us Friday, January 28th from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. for a night of art, conversation and celebration!

Per our Covid-19 Policy, all visitors who are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine must provide staff with proof of vaccination in order to gain entry to Spudnik Press Cooperative. For public events that do not require registration, guests can present proof of vaccination in person upon entry. Unless specifically requested, proof of vaccination presented at public events will not be kept on file. Medical and religious exemptions must be requested in advance.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Revived Relics

Guest Artist: Millicent Kennedy

Millicent Kennedy uses mark making, embroidery, and sewing as a way to remember and to honor people, memories, and items. We invite you to join us for a creative project in which we will uplift a broken item, a piece of litter, or another small memento you’d like to remember. Any object that is treasured, aesthetically pleasing, or otherwise interesting to you is perfect. Feel free to bring detritus from your neighborhood, a family heirloom, or a keepsake from a nature walk. 

Alongside our featured artist, participants will take time to look closely at their chosen object, and to create a composition that highlights its shape and form.  Millicent will share how she creates hand quilted wall hangings with small objects using fabric and thread. Attendees are welcome to follow along with a thread and needle, or create a hand-drawn version using a silhouette of their cherished item.

For those who would like to sew their item into an artwork, please select a small object (under 6” x 6”) and two pieces of fabric. Sheer fabrics can be especially interesting by allowing the embedded object to show through. 

Suggested Materials:

  • Small objects; can be broken, found, or organic

If drawing:

  • Paper 
  • Pencils, pens, colored pencils or markers 

If sewing:

  • Two pieces of Fabric: cotton, linen, or a sheer fabric
  • Embroidery floss or thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins

Optional Materials:

  • Needle threader
  • Embroidery hoop 
  • Thimble  

Zoom Meeting ID: 83416147723

Artist Bio:

Millicent Kennedy‘s art practice collaborates with storied materials and time through performance, fiber, and book arts. The themes explored in her work often revolve around labor, desire and loss.

Kennedy co-curates at Parlour and Ramp Gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and has served as the Gallery Director at Rockford University, She currently teaches at Evanston Art Center and Lillstreet Art Center. 

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern Illinois University and her MFA from Northern Illinois University where she was awarded the Helen Merritt Fellowship. She’s received solo exhibitions from SXU Art Gallery, Roman Susan and Parlour and Ramp, as well as site specific installations with Terrain Exhibitions Biennial, and Purple Window Gallery. She has received artist residencies in Chicago, Mississippi, and Michigan.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome. Each event features a guest artist and a project that uses minimal supplies. Don’t have all the materials? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB!

$15 Suggested Donation: Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) or donate on the website.

This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.