Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Throughout Chicago’s history, printmakers played an active role in the community as publishers and distributors. Local papers were printed and distributed as early as 1833. With easy access to freight lines, numerous plants, and a growing workforce, Chicago rose to become a printing giant during the late 19th Century. At a time ruled by commercial printing, many printers and publishers relocated south of the Loop into Printers Row, also known as Printing House Row, allowing them to expand into larger facilities and bringing them closer to the Dearborn Street train station. By 1960, there were 2,100 printing establishments in the city, including the world’s three largest at the time.

But as use of automation and digital technology changed the face of commercial printing, a new group of Chicago printers emerged. Independent, artist-run shops, including Landfall Press and Plucked Chicken Press opened in the 1970s. Since then, and no longer centralized in Printers Row, many print shops sprouted throughout the city and continue to engage the community through the creation of art that embraces socially engaged themes and/or by addressing a wide range of commercial needs.

Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange is an exhibition that features a print portfolio of the same name, bringing together 26 artists/collectives from numerous print shops and studios across the city and surrounding neighborhoods. While this is a small sampling of the city’s thriving printmaking community, it is demonstrative of Chicago’s collaborative spirit and the many spaces that allow for the creation of printed work. This portfolio of prints includes multiple print processes such as screenprinting, relief, intaglio, and more.

Featured Artists:

Victoria Marie Barquin | Chicago Printers Guild, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Kai Boogert
Liz Born | Hoofprint
Matthew Bozik | Hoofprint, Chicago Printers Guild
Tiffany Breyne | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Nick Capozzoli | FugScreens Studios
John Cizmar | Chicago Printers Guild
Elke Claus | Evil Scientist
Eric Cortez | The Printstitute at Harold Washington College
Expressions Graphics
Liana Faletto
| Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago Printers Guild
Andrew Ghrist | A R Ghrist Prints
Megan Hinds | Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Gabe Hoare | Hoofprint
Carolina Martinez | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Michelle McCoy | Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Epifanio Monarrez | Instituto Gráfico de Chicago
Alexandrea Pataky | Chicago Printers Guild
Richard Repasky | The Printstitute at Harold Washington College
Nicolette Ross | Spudnik Press Cooperative, Double Trip Press
Robert Scheffler | Chicago Printers Guild, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Emily Shopp | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Randi Stella | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Hannah R. Werner | Northeastern Illinois University Printmaking Studio
Connie Wolfe | Chicago Printers Guild, Mid America Print Council, Southeastern Graphics Council International
Tara Zanzig | Tararchy Screenprinting, Fugscreens Studios, Spudnik Press Cooperative

Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange will be on view at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622, January 19, 2018 through March 3, 2018.

Image: Expressions Graphics, “Brownstone,” 2017.

Spudnik’s Friends & Family Holiday Party

Holiday times are here! Join Spudnik Press staff, members, teaching artists, students, friends and family for a celebratory drink at Damen Tavern (formerly Bar Deville).

Tuesday, December 12, 8pm – midnight

Damen Tavern, 701 N Damen Ave between Chicago and Grand

Plus, this is a great way to meet our new staff, Marcela Serment, Mike Pennekamp, and Tara Zanzig!

We’d love to see you! RSVP on Facebook

Drink & Draw December 2017: Home for the Holidays | Architectural Drawing with Kate Lewis

From the bowling alley where you had your 7th birthday party (complete with bumpers) to your high school stomping grounds, your hometown is a limitless source of memories and inspiration. Tap into your youthful musings as we drink and draw our way down memory lane. We’ll provide pencils, card stock, and micron pens and you provide some nostalgic photos that take you back to snow days, family traditions and early adventures. For those who look to Chicago as their hometown or source of pride, we’ll have some images on hand of Chicago’s favorite landmarks.

Kate Lewis grew to love art through her passion for math. After studying accounting for years at the University of Florida, she graduated with a BA in 2010, and immediately decided to shift to the business of illustrating. To chronicle trips taken around the world while backpacking, she found herself drawn towards buildings that best represented the experiences she was having and digesting in other cultures, and things began to spiral from there. Using what she learned about calculated angles, organization, numbers, and lines, she felt like she was working the same part of her brain to draw as she was solving complicated equations, so she ran with it and never looked back.

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.

Fall 2017 Member Meeting

Join us for our last Member Meeting of the year and meet a very special guest artist, Shinzaburo Takeda, visiting all the way from Oaxaca, Mexica! Our gathering will be held in the Spudnik Annex on Wednesday, November 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Spudnik Member Meetings allow our diverse community of printmakers to connect through the sharing of artwork, artist opportunities, and collaborative initiatives. Share your ideas for how we can make Spudnik (and your membership) best support you and your art-making!

On The Agenda:

How Did We Do This Year & What’s NEW in 2018
We want to hear from you! How was this year? Are there any changes or recommendations that you have for our space and studio hours? How can we build on what we accomplished this year and do even better next year? Help us plan for 2018 and let us know what opportunities and activities you would be most interested in being a part of next year.

The 2018 Hashbrown Chili Cook-off and Carnival
Our all-you-can-eat chili fundraiser is only a few months away. Consider joining our Hashbrown Committee and partake in all the fun!

2018 Equipment Fund & Exhibitions Committee
Learn about upcoming member-driven fundraising efforts and our exhibitions program.

Press Reservations
In light of recent discrepancies, we’ll review and reflect on the guidelines for reserving a press and determine what, if any, changes should be made for 2018. Be sure to attend if you are a frequent press user!

Printers “Show & Tell”
Each member meeting, we invite a Spudnik Press member or guest artist to share their artwork and discuss their art practice. We are very excited to announce that we will be joined by Japanese Mexican printmaker and painter, Shinzaburo Takeda. This is Takeda’s first time visiting Spudnik Press, so please join us in giving him a warm welcome to our community!

Please rsvp to or become a Spudnik Press member.

Hubbard Street Lofts Annual Open House

Presented in conjunction with:
Run, Run, Run | Annual Member Exhibition

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Run, Run, Run Artist Talk @ Spudnik Press Annex
10:00 p.m. After Party @ Low Res

Gathered together in a loft building just around the corner from the Grand Avenue and Wood Street intersection, Hubbard Street Lofts is a collection of Chicago’s most talented artists, creatives, designers, organizations, and galleries. Join us October 20th, 2017 for a behind-the-scenes look at art and design studios, gallery spaces, community print shops and other brilliant spaces all under one large roof.

Spaces include…
And wait there’s more! The party continues into the night generously hosted by Low Res Studio with a DJ  spinning from  10pm -1am!

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 with DJ Sadie Woods

Low Res
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622

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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.

New Editions by:

Edie FakeKarolina Gnatowski | Kelly KaczynskiDavid Leggett | Jeroen Nelemans | Steve Reinke

New Monoprints by:

Alberto Aguilar | Mark Booth | Eric J Garcia | Judith Geichman | Cec Hardacker | Erin Hayden | Kirsten Leenaars | Jordan Martins | Jessica Mott | Rachel Niffenegger | Claire Pentacost | Ryan Pfeiffer and Rebeca Waltz | Jason Pickleman | Orkideh Torabi | Scott Wolniak

Plus Artworks by:

Claire Ashley | Dan Devening | Erin Jane Nelson | Pedro Vélez | Michael Velliquette and more

Member Artwork curated by Jason Foumberg:

Alex Kostiw | David Krzeminski | Yewon Kwon | Carrie Lingsheit | Dutes Miller | Elise Parisian | Parita Shah

Gifts & Wares from:

Aroma Workshop | Center for Book, Paper & Print | Fleur | Lady Faye Jewelry | Lou Malnati’s Pizza | MoCP | Pitchfork | Wolfbait and many more…

Ticket Details:

VIP: $100

  • Access to VIP Lounge and Bar
  • Open bar with beer & cocktails from Artisanal Imports
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Moonlight Vulture
  • Includes admission to After Party (same location as main event)
  • Thank you gift

General Admission: $40

  • Includes 1 drink ticket
  • Includes admission to After Party (same location as main event)

After Party: $20

  • Andy Warhol inspired dance party with DJ Sadie Woods
  • Tickets available for beer & cocktails
  • (same location as main event)

Pre-Sales have Ended. Please grab your tickets at the door! See you tonight!

More Details:

Thanks to our Print Factory Art Party Sponsors:



Drink & Draw October: Surrealist Doodle Jam with Logan Kruidenier

Surrealist games are a great way to break habits, generate ideas, and make new friends while drawing. Our October Guest Artists, Logan Kruidenier, has been leading “Doodle Jams” throughout the city inspired by his practice of making quick drawings on post-it notes every morning. This practice has become an essential part of his day and has brought fresh ideas and new compositions to his art practice.

Build your own wacky narratives with the aid of surrealist exercises and a pad of post-it notes. Experiment with storytelling and composition by arranging (and rearranging) the post-its.  Break out of you normal routines, enjoy a mid-week beverage, and channel your inner Dalí!

Logan Kruidenier is a multi-media artist who makes comics, prints, drawings, and most recently, public art installations and performances. Kruidenier uses narration to address themse of immersion, identity, and consumption. He recently completed a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Printmaking at California State University, Chico and spent a year abroad at the Kunsthochschule Mainz in Germany.

Drink and Draw is a low-key event devoted to drawing practices. There is no teacher and no pretensions. Spudnik provides a theme for the evening, props, and festive drink. You provide a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and come with friends! Drawing nights take place the first Wednesday of every other month.

Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices | Release Event

Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Music at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets start at $15

Event Location:
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N Ravenswood

Presented by Spudnik Press, Homeroom, and Experimental Sound Studio

Reserve Your Tickets

The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. By considering questions about boundaries and location, Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place.

Five artist pairs have been collaborating over several months to each create a two-part work that includes a song or audio piece and an 18” x 18” screen print. The results of these partnerships will be released with a concert and gallery exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday, September 9th.The artists will perform excerpts from their collaborations and display their prints as well as other work.

Featured artists pairs for Ten x Ten Dual Practices are:

Melina Ausikaitis / Ambrosia Bartošekulva
Mark Booth / Deidre Huckabay
Cathy Hsiao / Damon Locks
Lou Mallozzi / Joseph Clayton Mills
Allen Moore / Sadie Woods

Thanks to Cushing Co for providing printing services. Ten x Ten is made possible with generous support from Circle Salon. and Cushing Co.

Reserve Your Tickets

Print like a Professional: Residencies & Artist Proposals

This workshop is for members of Spudnik Press only. If you are not currently a member please join or renew prior to registering for the workshop.

This twofold workshop begins with a focused panel discussion featuring representatives from Ox-bow, Ragdale, and Spudnik Press, each representing their respective programs for artists. Following the group discussion, each participant will have the opportunity for an individual proposal review with one of the panelists.

The panel discussion will first present the current landscape of opportunities for Chicago artists to find support to develop new bodies of work outside of academia. By looking more closely at the unique programs of each organization, we’ll examine how the review and selection process varies between opportunities, what types of artists and projects are sought out, and the tacit criteria that jurors desire in applications.

We’ll also discuss how artists can ensure they get the most out of their experience as a resident, fellow, grantee, etc. What does it take for an opportunity to not just support one project, but to create more opportunities or initiate a pivot career shift? How have alumni benefits from being in the network of graduates?

Participants can then stick around to meet individually. For those who want specific feedback on a proposal (either universal or for a specific opportunity) should submit materials to no later than August 13 for panelists to review in advance. General questions and impromptu review of materials are also welcome. Each participant will have have the opportunity for one 10-minute session with one of the presenters.

Lastly, each panelist will bring along and share a resource their organization uses as part of their review process (such as juror guidelines), giving participants rare insight into what happens with their application after they click “submit”.

Online Enrollment:

Presenter Bios:

Amy Sinclair, Grants and Admissions Manager, Ragdale
Amy Sinclair is a visual artist from Chicago with special interest in performance art, books arts, and fashion. She is Grants and Admissions Manager at the Ragdale Foundation. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University and joined the Ragdale staff in spring 2013.

Rebecca Parker, Program Director, Ox-bow
Rebecca Parker is interested in creating opportunities for artists to engage with communities that support and grow their practice. As Program Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, she works with faculty, visiting artists, artists-in-residence, and students to create programming that connects artists to the landscape of Ox-Bow as a site for experimentation and community. As an arts administrator, she has worked in a number of capacities, including commissioning public art, working with university admissions and grants management. She received her Master of Fine Arts, with a performance focus, from the University of Connecticut, and continues her practice as an artist.

Nicolette Ross, Studio Manager, Spudnik Press Cooperative
Nicolette is the Studio Manager for Spudnik Press Cooperative. She has long been a contributor to the Spudnik Press community. First joining our organization in 2012, Nicolette has been an active member, volunteer and teacher. In her staff role, she manages the Fellowship Program and Exhibitions Programs.

Nicolette Ross holds a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

2017 Annual Member Meeting

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

The Annual Member Meeting is when our members exercise their right vote on who will join our Board of 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.

The Agenda:

  • 6pm: Doors open. Grab pizza and a beer!
  • The Member-driven Equipment Fund Committee
  • Casting ballots for the Board of Directors
  • Artist Spotlights: Meet our income Fall 2017 Resident Artists!
  • Post-meeting drinks at High Dive.

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

The Board of Directors Ballot

Angie Snell, Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels
Browne Goodwin, Retired Architecture & Planning Professional