Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It–Opening Reception

Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It is an exercise in taking the collage format of assembling ephemera on paper – and transferring that practice to a larger-scale. “Spatial Collage” is an experiment rooted solely in self-expression and freedom, while simultaneously toying with ideas of formal exhibition and product placement.

Self-empowerment is a main focus of Julia Arredondos work, specifically in the realm of publications and zines. Aspiring to be more like cartoon characters who suffer trauma but never seem to carry emotional baggage, she believes in the power of constructing positive present and future actions by taking sometimes traumatic past experiences and letting those memories work for me. “I seek to empower myself and others in a way that let’s us confront oppressive experiences and turn them into badges of strength, humor, and grace.”


Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Julia Arredondo at 6:00 p.m. on April 1, followed by the Opening Reception.

Spatial Collage: Getting Wacky Wit It is one of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2015 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program.

Corresponding Programming:

Student Debt Suicide Letters

Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Community Workshop

The exhibition runs through April 30th, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.

2016 Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Join Spudnik Press Cooperative at the 6th Annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off! Help us fight off the (hopefully) waning days of Chicago’s cold winter months with a hearty sampling of our favorite comfort food: chili. Spudnik Press will continue to represent with our “house chili” but the excitement lies in the rotating list of guest chefs vying for the coveted “Golden Ladle”.

This year’s contenders include:

Chicago ACT Collective
Chicago Art Department
Chicago Design Museum
Chicago Glass Collective
Comfort Station
Instituto Grafico de Chicago
Rohner Letterpress 

You can also expect some expertly curated adult beverages by Artisanal Imports, a custom line-up of tunes from a CHIRP Radio DJ, and the Spudnik presses up and running for some printmaking-inspired carnival games. We’ll also debut a special-commission, limited-run woodblock T-shirt design AND feature an exhibition of artwork created at Spudnik, available for purchase.

Each admission includes tickets that can be traded for chili tastes, drinks, and participation in games. Our VIP packages and Date Night packages boasting the best “bang for your buck” and additional tasting tickets can be purchased at the event.

General Admission: $12 Presale / $17 Door
VIP Package: $22 Presale / $27 Door
Date Night: $40 Presale / $45 Door

2016 Hashbrown Sponsors:

ArtisanalNoCrest PERRIER WATCH LOGO Smoque Logo_300 dpi

Spudnik Press Cooperative is a non-profit, community printmaking studio located at the Hubbard Street Lofts. All proceeds from the Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off support our mission and printshop facilities.

Type Sort Party!

Calling Spudnik Members! Volunteers! Type Enthusiasts! Spudnik Press Cooperative is hosting the “Type Sort Party” of the century.

Just what is a Type Sort Party? It’s a chance to hang out with fellow print people and help whip our letterpress area into shape. We’ve recently acquired a whole new type cabinet of lead type, bags of unsorted spacing and brand new type still wrapped up in brown paper and twine. We have new california job cases to replace drawers that don’t fit in our cabinet. And after hosting dozens of classes and workshops, more than a few drawers are a little out of sorts. Literally.

Many hands make light work. This Type Sort Party will allow us to tidy up our supplies and pave the way for a letterpress studio that is more efficient and easier to use.

Why should you join the fun? First of all, it is an opportunity to get to know fellow Spudnik friends and family. Second, we need your help in making Spudnik the best it can be!Third, we are making this the fanciest Type Sort Party be providing plenty of drinks and a smorgasbord of snacks! Finger foods and lead type don’t play well, so we’re getting creative by making sure ALL of the snacks are on skewers! What more could you want?

No experience necessary. Please RSVP to Studio Manager, Nicolette Ross at

Discipline and Distraction–Opening Reception

Discipline and Distraction is a body of work by Devin Owsley-Aquilia inspired by her transition into Chicago, into isolation and a new understanding of what it means to be present. “To accept challenge and change, I use material to guide myself through these mental obstacles to reach a place of poise and clarity. Layered images of abstracted landscapes derived from personal experiences, place, relationship, behavior and interaction are inscribed into copper plates, informing the basis of which my work manifests. The importance of line and act of carving speak to a growing dialogue between material and my person as well my emotional attachment to place.” The image transferred into a physical print serves as an artifact, a portrayal of momentary consciousness that nurtured self-discipline and potential.

Discipline and Distraction will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Devin Owsley-Aquilia at 6:00 p.m. on March 4, followed by the Opening Reception.

Discipline and Distraction is one of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2015 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program.

Devin Owsley-Aquilia is a visual artist with great interests in printmaking, drawing, fibers and painting. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she moved to Milwaukee to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she received her BFA in printmaking  in 2015. Her work in print involves various abstracted representations of anatomical form, material and growth that are used as personal symbols of progression and transition of identity. She has recently relocated to Chicago to further challenge her work in printmaking.

The exhibition runs through March 26th, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.


Winter 2016 Member Meeting

Meet and mingle with fellow Spudnik members at our quarterly Member Meeting! Here all the details about our new and improved Volunteer Program, our Exhibitions Committee and our annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off. Share your ideas for how we can make Spudnik (and your membership) best support you and your art-making. Chat with fellow Spudnik members, share artwork, share opportunities and share your enthusiasm for printmaking!



Drink & Draw: February 2016–Memory & Magic Through Comics

With the guidance of teaching artist and graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq, participants will use personal stories and memory as a jumping off point to create their own short, surreal mini comics from another world!

Admission to Drink & Draw is a $10 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we are happy to share our wine and beer for a small donation.

Love comics and graphic novels? Check out our upcoming 8-week comics class Saturday Morning Comics Club with Leila Abdelrazaq.

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.

Sweet Paper Dreams: 4th Annual Winter Art Sale

This year’s winter art sale, Sweet Paper Dreams, is going to be a real hibernation celebration! Join us for a night of art, treats, and reveries. Stock up on prints, zines, apparel, stationery and other sweet items made by our members. We’ll even custom gift wrap your purchases for you right in the shop. Warm up with holiday drinks and treat yourself to a variety of homemade baked goods while checking out our wonderful printmaking shop and getting to know the artists. No matter what you’re dreaming of this winter, we’re sure to have artwork to match your fanciful state of mind.

This year’s winter sale features an exhibition in our Annex that runs through the month of December. Members are invited to join us for our Member Holiday Party & Art Sale Preview from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Featured Artists

Vice Versa Press, Julia Arredondo
Moon Bang
Jessica Cadwell
Perfectly Acceptable Press, Matt Davis
Bob Fields
Trixy Xchange, Marie Gouwens
Hannah Hischier
Margaret Hitch
Blac Lotus Artisan CollectiveGermaine Jordan
Andrea Kaspryk
Carrie Lingscheit
Griffin Miller
Michelle Miller
Margaret McGill
Chloe Perkis
Design by Angelika, Angelika Piwowarczyk
Bred Press, Brad Rohloff
Hannah Ross
Nicolette Ross
Little Otto Neptune Shop, Olivia Tousius
Molly Whedbee
Miden Wood

Download the full press release here.

Member Holiday Party & Art Sale Preview

Hey Members! It’s that holiday time of year so let’s gather at Spudnik Press Cooperative to enjoy some free Metropolitan Brewing suds and pizza from Dimo’s, receive your Member Gift, and raise our glasses to another proud year of making prints!

What: Member Holiday Party & Art Sale Preview
Who: Spudnik Press Members & their guests
When: Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6pm
Stay for the Winter Art Sale that starts at 7pm to get some unique gifts for all of those special someones on your list!
Where: Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60622
Why: Network, mingle, and celebrate with your fellow Spudnik-ers! Come for the company and free libations, stay for the chance to cross all your family and friends off your holiday shopping list with unique gifts!
Cost: Free!

Curious about Membership? Learn more here!

Questions about the Member Holiday Party? Email Development Manager, Jessica Mitton, at

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Drink & Draw: December 2015 – Hand Lettering

Hand lettering, which is as much a type of drawing as is it writing, encompasses a huge spectrum of styles and approaches. It is an artistic process that harmonizes form and function and can be appreciated and applied to anything from a grocery list to a formal invitation.

Join our Drink & Draw to pick up a few basic guidelines and helpful tips from hand lettering pro, Jonathan Sangster, and leave with a catalog of creative letterforms.

Drink & Draw is BYOB, but we are happy to share our wine and beer for a small donation.

Love calligraphy and hand drawn type? You might also love our Card Making Workshop: Hand Lettering & Screenprinting workshop on 12/6/15.

Fall Member Meetup: Roger Brown Study Collection

This November, in lieu of a “traditional” member meeting, Spudnik will be hosting a Member Meetup at the Roger Brown Study Collection. We’ve arranged for a tour of the collection just for Spudnik Members! The staff at the Roger Brown Collection have been kind enough to extend a discounted rate ($5/person instead of the normal $15/ person) to our group.

Haven’t Heard of the Roger Brown Study Collection? In their own words:

Homes, studios, and collections sometimes overlap. The Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) is one such place. It is a house museum, archive, and one of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) special collections.

Preserved in SAIC alum Roger Brown’s (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) former home and studio, RBSC is filled with objects from the far corners of the world of thing-making. You will find works by Chicago Imagists and nonmainstream artists, folk and tribal art, material and popular culture, costumes, furniture, and things found wandering here and there as well as Brown’s Ford Mustang still parked in the garage.

There is a limited number of spots available as space in the collection is tight; so please RSVP to if you are interested in attending and we’ll add your name to the roster. If you’re interested in doing a bit of research before our visit, check out the Roger Brown Study Collection’s website.

Who: Spudnik Members only!
What: Fall Member Meetup:  Roger Brown Study Collection
Where: 1926 N. Halsted St., Chicago IL 60614
When: Wednesday November 18th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $5 per person. Please bring cash day of.