PRIVATE: Ink & Drink Art Party

As a celebration of our supportive community and a thank you to our generous donors who contributed $100+ to our Community Challenge end-of-year fundraiser, 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 current projects and their favorite printmaking processes. Open bar and ample 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 donors who supported us at the $100+ level between 11/29/16 and 12/31/16. Want to join us? Make a Tax-Deductible Donation


Drink & Draw: December 2016–Ornamental Doodles

Deck the Halls with hand crafted ornaments this holiday season!

Spudnik Press invites you to join us for a merry celebration of doodles, folds, and paper cutting with guest artist and former Spudnik Studio Fellow, Carla Fisher Schwartz. We are stocking the studio with colored pencils, markers, pens, an array of colorful paper choices and an assortment of cut & fold ornament templates. Carla (who happens to be a paper-folding guru) will share a few folding tricks and encourage guests to elevate their doodles to elegant one-of-a-kind eco-friendly holiday ornaments.

Carla Fisher Schwartz is a visual artist and educator interested in the relationship between the mapped image and contemporary notions of exploration, virtuality, and the simulated environment. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was awarded the Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking, and her BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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.

2016 Member Holiday Party : Beers & Cheers!

Join us in “decking the (beer) hall” with celebratory cheers at the 2016 Member Holiday Party!

Located in the “barrel room” section of the Revolution Brewery Taproom, this festive Spudnik gathering will include delicious eats, sweet treats, and a raffle to win limited edition prints, Spud Swag, Open Studio passes, and a 2017 Spudnik Membership!

Also we are excited to announce that Spudnik Members will be able to hop on a PRIVATE BREWERY TOUR at 8pm.

We wouldn’t want you to miss out on indulging in one (or many) of Revolution Brewing’s tasty beers, so don’t forget to bring cash or card for the bar! Check out their Tap Room Tap List here.

See you soon!

Please rsvp to Nicolette at

The Itinerant Printer @ Spudnik Press | Chris Fritton Meet & Greet

Spudnik Press Cooperative welcomes Chris Fritton, The Itinerant Printer to guest print at our studio and break in our most recent press addition: our motorized 9×12 Chandler & Price!

Maybe you love letterpress and are ready to kick your production into high-speed. Maybe you are letterpress curious and would relish the opportunity to drop by and see what Open Studio is all about. Maybe you love the Spudnik community and want to come by for a high five and a beer. We welcome all to swing by the studio, meet Chris Fritton, and take home the first print produced with our new beast of a press!

This event is completely FREE and open to the public! Feel free to invite all your friends and cohorts as well.

Chris Fritton has been on tour visiting letterpress print shops across the country since January 2015, and to date he’s logged more than 100 shops, 50,000 miles and over 15,000 prints. Come hear the stories, see what he’s been working on while in the Midwest, and pick up a print or poster from the journey to take home!

Fall 2016 Crossing of the Fellows

Members and Friends of Spudnik!

Please join us on Saturday, November 19th from 7:00pm-10:00pm for a Crossing of the Fellows celebration!

This is your chance to raise a glass to our wonderful Summer/Fall Fellows: Rebecca Lothan, Robert Kelsey, Matthew Wead, and Randi Stella as they pass on the (inky) torch to our new Winter/Spring Studio Fellows: Betsy Stout, Mary Climes, Carolina Martinez, and Yasaman Moussavi.

Artwork from all eight of these talented artists will be on display in the Spudnik Hallway, and tasty snacks and beverages will be served.

Adding another dimension to this Fellow-centric soirée… the opening reception for Populace Mechanics, a solo exhibition by former Spudnik Studio Fellow Kim Morski, will be that very same evening!

See you there!

Populace Mechanics–Opening Reception

A Solo Exhibition by Kim Morski

Spudnik Press Cooperative presents new work by Denver-based artist Kim Morski.  The exhibition, titled “Populace Mechanics” will feature prints, artist books and handmade objects that explore the themes of secrecy, privacy, and the compartmentalization of information in covert U.S. military and scientific operations.

In 2013, Morski learned about a series of secret tests conducted in St. Louis, Missouri shortly after WWII in which the U.S. Army worked with scientists to spray residential areas with zinc cadmium sulfide. Since then, her artwork has responded to simliar little-known histories as well as broadly addressing the underlying themes of willful deception and complicit action.

Doubling and duality is a central visual and conceptual device throughout all of the work. In Populace Mechanics, doubles occur in the form of repeated symbols and motifs, divided compositions, as well as text or imagery with inferred double meaning.

In several prints, insidious clouds billow in the background of isolated figures engaged in various kinds of work. A looming planet-like orb in one print echoes the crosshairs of a large, white circled “X” from another. Bricks, which appear in 2D and 3D form, specifically refer to secret military testing done in St. Louis, but they also represent a psychological burden. While the narrative within the artwork refers to specific people and events, it is intentionally abstracted and symbolic, allowing for multiple levels of interpretation.

Populace Mechanics will kick-off with an Artist Talk at 7:00 p.m. on November 19, followed by the Opening Reception.

The exhibition runs through December 31, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.

Homecoming | Annual Member Exhibition | Closing Reception & Artist Talk

Let’s hear it for the home team! At Spudnik Press, this fall Homecoming highlights recent work by our very own varsity team: 2016 Members!

Whether they rally for relief, shout for screen printing, get loud for letterpress, idolize intaglio, or revel in riso,  Spudnik Press is a second home for printmakers from all corners of Chicago.  Year ‘round, hundreds of artists come to Spudnik Press for space to grow their practice and produce fine art prints.  Work produced here goes back into the community, to activate and inspire.

Each fall, Spudnik Press welcomes back a selection of artwork made right here for our Member Exhibition.  Representing the diverse themes and media active in our studio, Homecoming highlights the exceptional work being created by our Members day-in and day-out.  It opens space for dialogue between images, and between people: our members, alumni, and guests.  Just steps away from the presses where they were made, these prints showcase the processes and prodigies of Spudnik Press.

Come celebrate our supportive, vibrant community at events including an Open House, a Print Sale, and a Closing Party.  Plus, for the nostalgic, a self-serve photo booth (complete with printerly props) invites Homecoming guests to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Featured Artists:

Vice Versa Press | Julia Arredondo
Josh Epstein
Margaret Hitch
Dana M Johnson
Erick Jurado
Logan Kruidenier
Viraj Mithani
Catherine Norcott
Nicolette Ross
Current Location Press | Raychel Steinbach Lauen
Jake Saunders
Matthew Wead
Tara Zanzig

Fall 2016 Member Meeting

Join us for our final Member Meeting of the year!

For almost a decade, Spudnik Press has provided a welcoming space for anyone and everyone in our community to make art and be creative. At times like this, it is critical for communities to come together in support of each other. We invite our members to join us in both celebration of our talented, diverse, and strong community and open conversation. How we can strengthen and reaffirm our commitment to our community? How can we come together and support each other? How can we use our resources to do the most good?

Plan to stick around after the meeting to celebrate our talented community at the Homecoming Exhibition Closing Reception & Artist Talk at 7pm.

Please rsvp to or become a Spudnik Press member.

Spudnik Press Cooperative Member Art Market

Presented in conjunction with:
Free to Attend 

Spudnik Press Cooperative, a non-profit printmaking studio that represents over 150 Chicago artists, presents a one-night market featuring cards, handmade books, home goods, apparel, wall hangings and more by some of Chicago’s best up-and-coming artists:

MOON | Moon Bang
Perfectly Acceptable Press | Matt Davis
Genevieve DeVille
rovePrints | Alexandra DiVito
Rachel Foster
Margaret Hitch
Blac Lotus Artisan Collective | Germaine Jordan
Dana M Johnson Artwork
Alex Kostiw
Logan Kruidenier
Carrie Lingscheit
Alyssa Martinez
Michelle Miller
Devin Owsley-Aquilia
Chloë Perkis
Design by Angelika
Hello Paper Co. | Jill Ruzicka
Parita Shah
Current Location Letterpress & Curiosities | Raychel Steinbach Lauen
Betsy Stout

Want to help out? Sign up to volunteer!

Hubbard Street Lofts Annual Open House

Gathered together in a loft building just around the corner from the Grand Avenue and Wood Street intersection are a collection of Chicago’s most talented creative artists, designers, organizations and galleries. Spudnik Press, Johalla Projects, Filter Space, Platform Studios, The Post Family, Latitude, Low Res, Almost Gold, Fulton Street Collective, Tsubo, and many others are opening their doors for their annual night of community delight.

Inside these hidden gems lie art exhibitions and design projects at the forefront of contemporary practice. Have a behind-the-scenes look at local art studios plus other brilliant spaces all under one large roof. The party continues in the Low Res suite with a DJ and other assorted delights.

Art, Music, Food Trucks, Refreshments, OH MY!


Spudnik Press Cooperative
Filter Space
Johalla Projects
Platform Studios
Latitude Chicago
The Post Family
Low Res
Almost Gold
Fulton Street Collective
Tsubo Salon
It’s Oksana
Doug Fogelson Studio
Make Luft
Gerda Meyer Bernstein

Plus the Tamale Spaceship Food Truck!

Want to help out? Sign up to volunteer to help out at the Spudnik Press Cooperative Member Art Market taking place during the Open House! 

Space Details:

#302: Spudnik Press Cooperative

Spudnik Press Cooperative, a non-profit printmaking studio that represents over 150 Chicago artists, presents a one-night market featuring cards, handmade books, home goods, apparel, wall hangings and more by some of Chicago’s best up-and-coming artists.

Even those not in the market for affordable local art should stop by the studio to check out the vibrant artist cooperative and Spudnik’s unique collection of presses that date as far back as the early 1900’s. 

#201: Tsubo Salon

Tsubo Salon offers hair services to a diverse clientele. Known for its simplistic and holisitc space, Tsubo strives to set itself from other salons by approaching whole beauty in an understated way.

#207: Filter Space

Power and Politics is curated from an open call for work by Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This collective exhibition is inspired by contemporary political climates in all areas of the world, and features photographers who address the myriad aspects of political systems their photographic practices.

On the Shelf is an exhibition of photo books juried by Kelli Connell, photographer, co-founder of SKYLARK Editions and Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Artists selected for this exhibition created compelling photo books that are self-published, handmade or commercially published. The photo book creates a more intimate space for photographs, and fully immerses viewers in its delicate presentation.

Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Filter Photo’s mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community.  In addition to the annual Filter Photo Festival held each autumn,  Filter Photo also runs Filter Space, a permanent gallery and project space for social, educational, and professional development activities, including exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

#210: The Post Family

The Post Family is an arts incubator that organizes workshops, lectures, and residencies with design industry leaders in Chicago. The studio hosts experiences that create visibility for community practices and regularly connects with contributors for media development projects that promote critical dialogue.

#304: Platform Studios

Platform Studios is an artists collective featuring traditional and digital media including painting, illustration, printing, and graphic design. We also offer our long-running figure drawing sessions twice a week, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 7pm-930pm, open to everyone.

#307: Fulton Street Collective

#209: Johalla Projects

Stephen Eichhorn: Closed Garden
September 9, 2016 — October 16, 2016

#207: Latitude Chicago

Latitude will host open lab tours and a mixer in the space. Latitude staff will be available to hand out info on the lab.

LATITUDE is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) organization. We maintain a digital DIY lab and Service Bureau with high-end scanning and printing equipment, operate an artist in residence program, and organize ongoing arts programming.

#203: Low Res

Low Res was created to amplify creativity and build community, while helping some of our favorite brands do the same. We’re a creative agency, event space and hub for creatives, all housed in a space that was built around our mission.

#202: Almost Gold

Almost Gold is a design-driven production company that specializes in creating commercial content with expertise ranging from large scale productions to VFX and Motion Graphics.

#308: It’s Oksana

“It’s Oksana” textile design studio offers a wide selection of window coverings, bedding and soft goods. With 15 years of experience, we are constantly looking for innovation in the industry that allow us to develop the best solution for your design, not only aesthetically, but also helping you with selecting the best window products based on functionality and your budget.

#208: Doug Fogelson Studio & SK Design Group

Doug Fogelson Studio: Contemporary photographic art studio will have works on display.
SK Design Group: Globally minded Chicago based interior designers.

#205: Folia Loft

Folia Loft is the home of Stephanie Bassos Photography, M. Lindsay Photography, The Foxglove Studio and Make Luft, specializing in photography, florals and art installations respectively.  Come by their studio, check out some work and have a drink with these women owned businesses.

1st Floor: Gerda Meyer Bernstein

Gerda Meyer Bernstein is an internationally known Chicago-based artist who addresses thorny global issues. Her previous exhibitions include “Witness & Legacy,” a traveling museum exhibition; The Alternative Museum in New York City, The Spertus Museum and Cultural Center in Chicago; “Passages” at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum; and at the New Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany.