Blue on Blue: Drink & Draw | December 2019

  • In 1987 Blue Man Group was founded in New York.
  • In 1963 Bobby Vinton released the hit song Blue on Blue.
  • From 1901-1904 Picasso went through his Blue Period, making monochromatic paintings of that color.
  • In 1871 the earliest recorded version of the bridal poem “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” appeared.
  • In 1843 Anna Atkins published Photographs of British Algae using the alternative photographic process of cyanotype; as the name suggests, the prints are blue in color.
  • Around 1840 the Satin Bowerbird was discovered; the males in this bird species are a deep shiny blue color and during courtship build structures called bowers, decorating them with blue objects.
Using the above and anything blue (Delftware, Brilliant Blue FCF, Smurfs, deep sea diving etc.) as our inspiration, we will create monochromatic imagery.
We’ll provide a range of blue pens, markers, pencils and paper, from light cyan to deep navy. Help us round out our one-night Blue Period by bringing your favorite blue knick knack or additional blue materials for inspiration, drawing on, or drawing with.

Veronica Siehl is an artist and printmaker based in Chicago. Siehl received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee (2010) and her BA in Studio Art from Beloit College (2006). Siehl’s work has been shown in various cities including Chicago (IL), New Orleans (LA), Poznan (Poland), Olympia (WA), and Knoxville (TN). Her multidisciplinary studio practice includes printmaking, alternative photo processes, drawing, writing and installation.

Veronica is well known for her cyanotypes, and has taught many cyanotype classes at Spudnik Press.

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.

Image design by Sierra Shih, Fall 2019 intern

Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Opening Reception: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Brief Artist Talk: 6:15 p.m.

Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind explores a move from the prairies of North Dakota to the urban environment of Chicago. The exhibition considers Jessica Christy‘s transplanted indigenous identity, one connected to place, in the midst of a culture shock. While exploring a new city, both foreign and known images were gathered: deer hair, parking signs, coyote tracks, municipal tickets, bird feathers, and corner store signs. Through self-applied cultural guilt and gender expectations, visuals emerge that suggest the artist’s voice is becoming comfortable in the 21st century metropolis.

As traditional printmaking moves from a commercial process to fine art editions to a contemporary medium, artists are continually exploring new matrices and substrates and their conceptual implications. The work in Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind stems from a fascination with this contemporary shift. Images are transferred through print onto surfaces found and gathered in Chicago. The artist’s cultural and personal transition from the Great Plains to an urban Chicago environment is represented on found wood, fabric, and other surfaces through text and imagery gathered in a daily journal. Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind employs these new substrates to intimately speak to the artist’s experiences of cultural disconnect, domestic struggles, and a general liaison with her new environment.

Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind will be on view November 15, 2019 through January 18, 2020 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Monday & Thursday:  6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Or by appointment

Domestic Tides / Indigenous Mind was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Image: Jessica Christy, Untitled (chic), 2019

Border Land X Scapes & The Future

Spudnik Resident Artist Celeste De Luna is a border/social engagement artist from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She is a front row witness as an artist/activist to the national conversations about the border wall, immigration, and border militarization.

As part of her residency and cultural exchange with Chicago printmakers, De Luna is leading a community art workshop where we will respond with visual art and creative writing to her reports on how social engagement artists and activists are working to decolonize the Border. All are welcome at this participatory event where we will collaboratively envision a different future that honors and centers the power of indigenous people, plants, and animals.

Free and open to the public

This event is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts Arts Work Grant.

Hubbard Street Lofts Open House

Hubbard Street Lofts welcomes you to our home!

Join us for a stroll through three floors of creative spaces, galleries, artists and designers!

Tucked away amid the industrial buildings of yesteryear (and breweries of today) lies a building filled with talent. Once a year we open our doors and invite the public to come view current projects across multiple disciplines. There’s even a food truck or two and beverages to keep you hydrated along the way.

Spudnik Press Fellows will be hosting a community-based, interactive art activity in Suite 302! Read more here


Participating Venues:

12.21 studio
All Day Dreaming
Almost Gold
Andy Hall
Candor Arts
Christopher Barrett Photography
Doug Fogelson
Fulton Street Collective
Gerda Meyer Bernstein
It’s Oksana Textile Design Studio
Jeremy Hayes Photography
Kuchar Studio
KWOWK design
Life on Mars Goods
Margot Harrington
Platform Studios
Post Studio
Ric Horejs
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Tsubo Salon


Spudnik Press Cooperative Fellows Ally Hembree, Hope Wang, Sean Mac, and Zakia Rowlett are pleased to present Tessellate, a night of collective artmaking and installation-building with the Chicago community. Hybridizing the fellows’ individual artistic practices, Tessellate invites guests to experience a variety of print-based techniques considering collage as a tool for creating narratives. Through screenprinting, paper embossing, risography, and relief printing, guests will construct their own prints into never-ending books as part of a collaborative viewing library at the Spudnik Press studio. Printmaking experience is not required and all materials will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public as part of the Hubbard Street Lofts Open House. The installation will be on view until Nov 10, 2019.

Ally Hembree is a printmaker focused in screen printing, relief, and polyester plate lithography. She has a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound. The subject matter of Ally’s work is heavily influenced by the environment in which she creates. While at the University of Puget Sound, she connected her critical interest in film media with her printmaking. Her senior thesis, Moments, inspired by the unforgiving Pacific Ocean, was an installation of 40+ polyester plate lithographs. Likewise the screenprints incorporated in Tessellate are influenced by the sometimes equally unforgiving Chicago cityscape.

Hope Wang is a Chicago-based artist and educator working in painting, screenprinting, photography, and weaving to create meticulous reproductions of primarily industrial and commercial facades. Drawing from architectural elements as symbols for how people negotiate belonging and agency in public spaces, her work questions an initial understanding of material and perception. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown in exhibitions including Chicago Textile Week, Ignition Project Space, FRIEND, Chicago Art Department, Gallery No One, and Sullivan Galleries. She has also instructed workshops at The Weaving Mill, Loom Chicago, and Magical Minds Studio.

Sean Mac is a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist, and muralist. He uses comic books and zines as a platform for storytelling and narrative. He enjoys writing humorous stories and drawing colorful characters. In addition to self publishing his comics his work includes screenprinting and public art. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

Zakia Rowlett is an experimental Graphic Designer, currently based in Chicago, IL. She spent four years at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, earning her BFA in Graphic Design. Through the use of typography, layering texture, expression of color, and challenging traditional compositions she practices interdisciplinary digital and print media. Referencing multiple forms of communication from signage, human interaction, or recurring events as a way of demonstrating all things open to your own interpretation.

Tessellate is an opportunity to get an inside look into each of the fellows’ practices and also learn new techniques they can take home and apply in the future. We hope they can have fun with collage and story building while engaging with other guests’ pieces through the interactive installation. Fellows will also have affordable work for sale!

The Price Is Nice: Annual Benefit for Spudnik Press Cooperative


Honoring Audrey Niffenegger

Hosted by KG

Saturday, October 19, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Low Res
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622

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Come on down, friends, to The Price is Nice, Spudnik Press Cooperative’s 12th Annual Benefit Saturday, October 19, 2019 at LowRes, 1821 West Hubbard. 

With a gameshow theme, the Annual Benefit is as much showcase as it is showdown. Friends outbid friends–and strangers alike–on both live and silent auction artworks, which include many of Chicago’s most notable emerging and established visual and print artists. Beyond the bidding, participants can partake in gameshow and printmaking inspired activities that would make an impression (pun intended!) on Bob Barker himself. Everyone, of course, will be a winner when we raise crucial funds for Spudnik Press Cooperative.

The Price is Nice will also serve as an occasion honor Audrey Niffenegger. As a prolific artist, an author, and the founder of the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Niffenegger’s literary and visual work has influenced a generation of artists and printmakers.

The Auction is LIVE on

New Editions By:
Candida Alvarez, Andrea CarlsonRyan Travis ChristianBrendan FernandesArnold Kemp, Faheem MajeedPaul Nudd, Steve Reinke, and Joe Tallarico.


Drink & Draw: October 2019 | Collaborative Storytelling

Memory is an unbeatable springboard into creativity. Our October Drink and Draw will be led by Vicky Grube, who is visiting all the way from North Carolina! Her work focuses on materials, what they can teach us, and narrative. This event presents an opportunity to connect with others and fuse recollections to create story boards and collaborative drawings with friends and strangers alike. In turn, you will create unforgettable new memories while sharing old ones. Bring your favorite drawing utensils and beverages.

Vicky Grube earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois and an MFA in theatre arts from the University of Iowa. She became the director of a Suzuki preschool arts program in Iowa City, taught art, art education and theatre design as an adjunct at the University of Iowa, Mt Mercy College and Cornell College while earning a PhD in art education from the University of Iowa. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in numerous locations such as University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Lloyd Shinn Gallery, Chicago Illinois, The Joslyn Art Museum, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Museum, University of Iowa, Cornell College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, East Tennessee State University among other galleries. Currently, Grube creates autobiographical graphic novels and is altering an old school bus to be sustainable and to serve as a traveling art studio for children. She is a professor of Art Education at Appalachian State University.

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.

Opening Reception | Prints United: 2019 Member Exhibition

Join us on Friday, September 20th, at 6 PM at the Reception for the 2019 Spudnik Press Member Exhibition!

This exhibition highlights the thing that brings us all together: Print!

Prints United: 2019 Member Exhibition features a wide variety of print-centered art making that happens at Spudnik Press Cooperative. Printmakers and fans alike are invited to celebrate the work of our beloved print geeks, relief devotees, intaglio fans, serial serigraphers, and letterpress lovers.

From the Exhibitions Committee:

“At Spudnik Press, we all feel welcome, whether we wipe plates, roll ink, or squeegee shapes. We all have in common a deep curiosity about print and an appreciation for the way ink transforms our ideas into reality. This exhibition celebrates the cacophony of visual statements made each day at Spudnik Press.”

This exhibition celebrates the cacophony of visual statements made each day at Spudnik Press.  

Featured Members:

Vidisha Aggarwal
Reevah Agarwaal
Lisa Armstrong
Cat Chen
Elke Claus
Kyle Dunlap
Lya Finston
Rita Gondocs
Elnaz Javani
M Kellman
Steve Kerber
Dave Krzeminski
Gary Lehman
Dutes Miller
Yasi Moussavi
Catherine Norcott
Trent Pierson
Hope Wang

Prints United: 2019 Member Exhibition will be on view August 30 through November 2, 2019 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Monday & Thursday:  6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Or by appointment

Spudnik Press Annual Member Meeting

Our Member Meetings bring together our community (you) to meet each other, learn from each other, and provide feedback and guidance for our organization.

The Annual Meeting is also when our members exercise their voting right by approving our Board’s nominations for new Directors. Our board is a committee of 7-12 generous supporters who work hard to ensure our long-term health and that we remain vigilantly work towards our mission.

Please RSVP to to help us order the right amount of food.

The Agenda: 

  • Pizza & beverages (vegan & non-alcoholic options will be available)
  • 2019-2021 Strategic Plan – Artist Support:  Results & Next Steps from Artist Support survey
  • Board of Directors: Voting in of nominees
  • Equipment Fund Committee Updates
  • Upcoming Events & Opportunities
  • Member Announcements
  • Annual Member Photo

Are you intrigued but not a member? Become a Spudnik Press member!

The Board of Directors Ballot

Elizabeth Burke-Dain
Principle, Christenson Gray Media, LLC
Arts Leadership + Communication Professional

Janice Cho
Head of Design & Innovation, Tandem
Letterpress Instructor, Spudnik Press Cooperative
Board Member, AIGA Chicago

Thomas Cvikota
Founder & Director, ETC Industries
Board Member, Art In Print Magazine

Ryan LaFollette
Assistant Director of Major Gifts, American Library Association

Image: Member Elke Claus, work in progress, 2019

A Conversation with Spudnik Press Resident Artist João Oliveira and Jessica Cochran

Join us for an evening of informal conversation with resident artist João Oliveira and writer and curator Jessica Cochran, as they discuss João’s residency project and his participation in the international artist exchange program Close to There < > Perto de Lá.

Little amusements: i’m going to love you, hold you, squeeze you, until you’re in tiny pieces is the result of the impression of plastic animals bodies, torn apart by the same method that I used as a child (and experimental medical coroner). after being misplaced and shredded, these animals undergo a heating process, developed by me to turn them into two-dimensional matrices that I print with the same procedures traditionally used on engraving, resulting in a kind of graphic stain; a unique mark of violence that links the author to his act.”

–João Oliveira, 2019

João Oliveira is a visual artist with a BA in Visual Arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia (2011), and a Master’s in Creative Process in Visual Arts from the same university (2017). He is trained in lithography and metal engraving through the Workshops at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM-BA). He works on the encounter of metal engraving with other supports, appropriating personal experience in order to create works with a forged autobiographical nature, obtained through small rituals of self-fiction.

Named a “curator to watch” by Chicago Magazine in 2013, Jessica Cochran has curated exhibitions for numerous venues and groups, including the Contemporary Arts Council, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Franklin, What it Is, the MDW art fair and Center for Book Arts in New York. For over seven years, I was a curator in academic galleries at Columbia College Chicago and Dominican University; in 2014 she was a participating fellow at the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Leadership Institute at Northwestern University. She has developed innovative public programming as Director of Marketing and Programs at Art Chicago and NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, and organized the inaugural Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forums.  Jessica also served on the board at Spudnik Press 2013-17.

Close to There < > Perto de Lá is an international artist exchange project between Comfort Station (Chicago, USA) and Projeto Ativa (Salvador, Brazil), in collaboration with Harmonipan (Mexico City, Salvador), made possible by the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. By bringing members of these two artistic communities in proximity with one another, this project aims to gestate long-term artistic collaborations between the participants, share arts-organizing models from their respective socio-political-artistic contexts, and encourage creative discourse around ideas such as the African Diaspora and contemporary Latinx/Latin American identities.

The exchange will begin with a multi-disciplinary group of Salvador-based artists visiting Chicago August 9th – 29th 2019, carrying out a variety of programs, performances, and research through Comfort Station and its partner spaces across the city. In February of 2020, a group of Chicago-based artists will in turn visit Salvador to engage with the city’s creative landscape via Projeto Ativa’s network of artists and cultural institutions.

Image: Coma meu coração sem pena, enquanto é tempo, João Oliveira, 2012.