Spudraiser 2021: VIP Reception

As part of our Spudraiser 2021 Annual Benefit, we invite our guests craving a visit to our studio to this intimate limited capacity reception (proof of vaccination required) where you’ll be able to tour the art, enjoy appetizers and drinks, partake in live art demonstrations, and more.

For our VIP supporters (that’s short for “Very Important Potatoes”), we are hosting an intimate reception at our community printshop. Attendees, plus their guest, will be able to enjoy:

  • In-person viewing of 20+ artworks included in the Annual Benefit Auction
  • Participatory paper marbling demonstration with Dutes Miller
  • Behind-the-scenes preview of Unfurl Unfold (artist book published by Spudnik Press) with artist Aimée Beaubien 
  • Fellowship Program highlights: Meet an artist from Cohort #16
  • One entry into the William J O’Brien Print Raffle
  • Appetizers and open bar
  • Staff Skill Share downloadable video and access to the virtual Watch Party 

VIPs may each bring a single guest. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival, and will be expected to wear a mask when not eating or drinking. Based on interest, additional dates may be added.

Grab Your Tickets

(Space is limited to a maximum of 40 people.)

Looking for a virtual event? Join our Staff Skill Share Watch Party

“Ask Me Anything” with Dan S. Wang

This event will take place on Zoom. Participants will be emailed the Zoom link the day of the event.

Unlike the typical lecture, this event is inspired by the “Ask Me Anything” threads popularized through Reddit and offers a chance for our members to guide the conversation with guest artist Dan S. Wang.

Dan is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. His current obsessions include histories of monetary policy, and the afterlives of the French Revolution. Recent projects include commissioned work for Station Museum (Houston) and Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia). He often has worked in collaborative situations, as in the past as a founding keyholder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural space in Chicago, to a present day collaborative vehicle, Now-Time Asian America. His critical writings have been published internationally in book collections, museum catalogs and in dozens of artists publications. He holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and an MFA in Printmaking. Since 2019 he has been a Resident Artist at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

Dan will talk about his work, A Ragbox of Overstood Grammars, a twenty-year retrospective of eighty-plus letterpress prints. This archive-in-a-box includes prints, posters, bookmarks, stickers, broadsides, menus, and napkins made under the imprint Propositions Press, and was last displayed in 2020 at Fonderie Darling in Montreal. Dan assembled the box as a way to mark the years in which letterpress printing was his most steady studio craft, a period that is now over. In addition to covering the work, he will reflect on what it means to make such a break in one’s artistic arc.

After hearing stories from Dan’s experiences surrounding letterpress over the years, the second portion of the event will be led by audience questions. Spudnik’s Program Lead, Grace Makuch, will moderate a Q&A where guests are encouraged to share their questions for Dan, big and small about his career, interests, and experience with letterpress.


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.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Enchanted Characters: Puppets

This October, Drink & Draw explores Character Creation. Alongside this month’s guest artists, learn two unique approaches to developing imaginative characters for your next puppet play or comic book.

Guest Artist: Myra Su

As one of the oldest forms of puppetry, paper and shadow puppets have delighted and entertained for hundreds of years. Myra Su will be walking us through engineering expressive paper puppets using everyday recycled materials. She will be sharing techniques from her many years as a touring puppeteer with Manual Cinema, as well as from her most recent puppet film, GOODNIGHT SHADOW, that features articulated paper doll-like puppets. Together, we’ll explore both shadow puppets that focus on expressive silhouettes as well as paper puppets with hand drawn features. 

Join us for this fun mid-week break to build your own cast of characters for a magical at home shadow play. Need help developing compelling future characters? Attend our October 27th Drink & Draw to dream up one-of-a-kind protagonists.

Suggested Materials:

  • Floral wire, twist ties or paperclips
  • Papers or cardstock
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors and/or X-acto knives
  • Tape
  • Any drawing material (pencils, colored pencils, markers, etc.)

Optional Materials:

  • Bamboo skewers or chopsticks
  • Flashlight, desk lamp, or cell phone with a flash
  • Push pins
  • Pliers

Zoom Meeting ID: 89664687206


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.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Rococo: Floral Dyeing

This September, Drink & Draw explores Rococo! We will be working through modern renditions of this artistic style featuring the classic elements of nature and floral patterns depicted through soft colors and curvy, botanical shapes.

Guest Artist: Taylor Augustine

Rococo art and design was rich in scenes of nature and lilting botanical forms. Florals were especially highlighted through wallpapering, murals and fabric patterning. What better way to continue to explore those delicately placed details than through dyeing with flowers in their natural form? Taylor Augustine will be sharing her passion for nature and leading us through the art of Bundle Dyeing: a holistic, magical approach to fabric patterning. These functional artworks will be beautiful additions to your home or wardrobe as well as make great gifts. So gather your unadorned linens, tea towels, t-shirts, and soft wearables and collect some spices, flowers, and leaves and join us for this alchemical event.

Suggested Materials:

  • Fabric: used or new linens, t-shirts, skirts, table runners, etc
  • Flowers or any organic matter, such as dried chili peppers, turmeric & paprika
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rubber bands
  • Pot and stove top 
  • place to store for drying (indirect sunlight is best)

Zoom Meeting ID: 87878997906


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.

West Town Art Walk

Friday, September 24
5:00 -8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 25
12:00 -8:00 p.m.

Established in 2011, the West Town Art Walk is organized by the West Town Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the diverse artistic community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. The mission is to showcase West Town as a rich cultural hub that has much to offer residents, visitors, and business owners alike. Over the years West Town has become known as a thriving arts district with many galleries and home and garden design retailers.

Stop by to see our studio renovations, learn about our organization, browse our flat files, meet Spudnik Press artists, or sign up for a class. While you are here, visit our creative neighbors throughout the building!

Participating Venues in the 1821 Hubbard Street Lofts:

NEW this year: There will be FREE Pedicabs to assist patrons to tour the area & the Hubbard Street Lofts is the Southern Headquarters for the Art Walk.


Covid Precautions: Guests will check in at an outdoor welcome table where volunteers will help manage capacity limitations throughout the various spaces. Spudnik Press Cooperative has a limited capacity of 12 visitors at a time. Masks are required throughout the Hubbard Street Lofts.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Rococo: Wearable Renditions

This September, Drink & Draw explores Rococo! We will be working through modern renditions of this artistic style featuring the classic elements of nature and floral patterns depicted through soft colors and curvy, botanical shapes.

Guest Artist: Grace Makuch

Originating in France during the 1730s, Rococo was an artistic style that sought to push the boundaries of the formal and geometric decorative style during that time. As an homage to that exceptionally ornamental style, Grace Makuch will walk us through a modern approach to Rococo by applying it’s whimsical design to clothing. For this event, she will be sharing the ornamental, abstracted elements of her artist practice by cutting out botanic shapes drawn on contact paper, applying them to t-shirts, and then bleaching those shapes into the fabric through bleach painting and drawing with bleach pens. Together, we will create unique wearables inspired by the art of Rococo with a modern twist.

Suggested Materials:

  • Blank T-shirts or any article of clothing or fabric
  • Bleach and bleach Pens

* Please work in a ventilated area due to bleach chemical fumes.

  • Paintbrushes
  • Contact Paper
  • Copy Paper
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • Plastic bag to protect surfaces from bleach
  • Rubber Gloves

Optional Materials:

  • 3-D Fabric Paint
  • Fabric Markers
  • Reference images of anything strange you’ve taken a picture of on your phone.
  • A short list of the weirdest dreams you’ve ever had 🙂

Zoom Meeting ID: 88157316840


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.

Diasporic Foodways + Remembrance: Participatory Artist Talk with Alexandra Antoine

Resident Artist Alexandra Antoine will present the research and inspiration behind her practice that has led her down the path of culinary anthropology. In her artist talk, she will discuss her new set of collages screenprinted during her residency entitled “i followed the drinking gourd and it led me to myself/love/healing/community.”

Part artist talk and part participatory conversation, Alexandra will also lead a group conversation that examines how the foods that are important to us can be used as tools to help navigate our future paths. Attendees are encouraged to come with a food in mind that they love or have deep memories of, as Alexandra will lead an exercise rooted in how she started her current line of research in culinary anthropology.

Spudnik’s Program Lead, Grace Makuch, will moderate a Q&A following the participatory artist talk where guests will be encouraged to share their questions.

Alexandra Antoine is an interdisciplinary visual artist and cultural apprentice based in Chicago, IL. Her work acknowledges the influences of her Haitian culture and interest in portraiture, food, farming and physical labor in traditional artistic practices of the African diaspora. She honors the different forms and functions of her work in the process of her vision coming into fruition. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Chicago, IL and is also part of the Arts in Embassies program in the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Zoom Meeting ID: 835 9517 2176

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.

Member Mixer: Meet the Staff & Board

Join our staff and board for a casual low-key gathering to allow our staff, board of directors, and our wonderful community of members to reconnect or meet for the first time. Spudnik Press Cooperative will provide beverages, tacos, and tunes!

The mixer will be hosted outdoors in our parking lot (with a rain plan of moving to the loading dock). At 7:00 p.m., we’ll introduce our staff and board of directors and share some goals for the upcoming year.

The studio will be open for visits, and we encourage members who haven’t seen our beautiful studio renovations to take a tour!

RSVPs are Encouraged

(We don’t want to run out of tacos!)

2021 Annual Member Meeting

Our Annual Member Meeting brings together our community of members to provide feedback and guidance for our organization while being able to meet and learn from each other.

This is also when our members meet the nominations for our Board of Directors, both new nominees and those up for re-election. Our board is a committee of generous supporters who work hard to ensure our long-term health and that we remain vigilantly work towards our mission. (The ballot will be shared electronically during the virtual gathering.)

Members will automatically be emailed an invitation with the zoom link. Members can also angee@spudnikpress.org to request the link. 

The Agenda: 

  • Staff Introductions & Announcements
  • Meet our prospective new Board Members; Board member voting
  • Member Announcements
  • Member Skill Share (Artist & skill TBA)

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

The Board of Directors Ballot

Hellen Colman (New Director)
Mathematician & Artist

Holly Ekwejunor-Etchie (New Director)
Global Operations Manager, McDonald’s
Artist

Aya Nakamura (New Director)
Artist

Elizabeth Burke-Dain (Renewing Director, Current Secretary)
Principle, Christenson Gray Media, LLC
Artist

Janice Cho (Renewing Director – partial term through 12/31/21, Current President)
Independent Design Consultant & Artist

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Paper Puppets

This August,  Drink & Draw explores puppets! First we’ll develop characters for our puppets through a rapid fire doodle event. Then, we’ll bring these character designs to life as paper puppets.

Guest Artist: Myra Su

As one of the oldest forms of puppetry, paper and shadow puppets have delighted and entertained for hundreds of years. Myra Su will be walking us through engineering expressive paper puppets using everyday recycled materials. She will be sharing techniques from her many years as a touring puppeteer with Manual Cinema, as well as from her most recent puppet film, GOODNIGHT SHADOW, that features articulated paper doll-like puppets. Together, we’ll explore both shadow puppets that focus on expressive silhouettes as well as paper puppets with hand drawn features. 

Join us  for this fun mid-week break to build your own cast of characters for a magical at home shadow play. Need help developing a compelling character? Attend our  August 4th Drink & Draw to turn your doodles into one-of-a-kind protagonists.

Suggested Materials:

  • Floral wire, twist ties or paperclips
  • Papers or cardstock
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors and/or X-acto knives
  • Tape
  • Any drawing material (pencils, colored pencils, markers, etc.)

Optional Materials:

  • Bamboo skewers or chopsticks
  • Flashlight, desk lamp, or cell phone with a flash
  • Push pins
  • Pliers

Zoom Meeting ID: 86581833384


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.