Temporal Tantrum–Opening Reception

The passage of time is a universal yet highly subjective experience that can be measured in countless ways. From time travel theory, to poaching an egg, to sleeping, all have vast temporal implications. In art, time is often addressed through the medium of film, but how does one confront it in a static medium such as printmaking? Temporal Tantrum examines the concept of time and how time is perceived.

The exhibition features a print portfolio of the same name that include new artworks by ten Chicago artists. Each printmaker has examined the universal, yet highly subjective, experience that is the passage of time. Dana Johnson’s illustrative print depicts a missed opportunity, waiting in anticipation, and the let down or frustration of this experience through the typical urban experience of just missing a bus. Other contributions utilize time as a material in the art-making process. Stan Shellabarger began his print by repetitiously walking on a wood plank. Over time, his footprints left grooves worn into the wood. Through the process of inking then printing from this block of wood, Shellabarger was able to create a record of both this activity and a discrete unit of time.

In addition to the print portfolio, the exhibition includes a series of etchings by Jeremy Lundquist, Notice – Closed. Using only a single copper plate to create his entire body of work, the plate itself has been transformed into a physical representation of memory. The prints created from that plate are a documentation of memory as an active entity. Through depicting fragments of historically significant landmarks, Lundquist calls attention to how remembrance evolves, and previously significant events become obfuscated, buried, or re-contextualized across time. Calling attention to the fickleness of memory and our susceptibility to the present and its affect on our perceptions of the past, Lundquist’s 21 prints will not simultaneously be on view. Instead, each of the 21 states of Notice – Closed will only be displayed for a limited time. Every few days, newer states of the print will replace old.

Featured Artists:

Heather Anderson, Margaret Hitch, Dana Johnson, Jeremy Lundquist, Margaret McGill, Angelika Piwowarczyk, Ashley ShaulStan Shellabarger, Randi Stella, Mario Valdivia, Tara Zanzig

Temporal Tantrum will kick-off with a Gallery Talk featuring a panel of exhibiting artists at 6:00 p.m. on June 17, followed by the Opening Reception.

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

Volunteer Open House, Mixer and Birthday Party


The Volunteer Mixer is two events in one: a thank you party for all our amazing past volunteers, and a fun prelude for future volunteers!

Our new volunteer program provides ample opportunities to support through assisting with studio innovations, organization, exhibitions and community outreach. Our volunteers support our ever-growing studio and programs, become part of our thriving community of printmakers, artists and art supporters, and (if desired) get to learn about arts administration and what happens behind the scenes at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

If you love what we do, and want to contribute to our year-round efforts to keep printmaking affordable, accessible and vibrant, please join us for this event of community, conversation, drinks and even a little art-making! If you are a Spudnik Member, a friend or colleague of the studio, a current student (here or elsewhere) or simply a curious neighbor, you are invited to stop by, check out the studio, meet our awesome staff, fellows and interns, and learn more about how you can help support our mission. Did we mention that snacks and drinks will be plentiful?

Drink & Draw: June 2016–Calligraphy

Calligraphy is a centuries-old tradition that continues to thrive today. Contemporary calligraphy includes flourishing invitations, soft and simple cursive, and urban calligraphy that bridges tradition and street art.

Join guest Designer and Calligrapher, Grace Calderone, as she shares her elegant approach to the written word. Experiment with the tools of the trade and try your hand at creating an alphabet with rhythm and regularity. Learn a few tricks that will elevate your penmanship from acceptable to artistic. Spudnik Press will provide plenty of brushes, quill pens, india ink and beer to help each guest harness the power of dazzling penmanship.

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.

Spring 2016 Member Meeting

Team Spudnik personally invites you to join us for our Spring Member Meeting on Wednesday, May 18th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

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! Please rsvp to info@spudnikpress.org.

On the agenda for 5/18:

Spudnik Member Print Swap
Bring, sort, and swap your surplus works on paper with fellow Spudnik members.

Printers “Show & Tell” with Spudnik artists Michelle Miller & Raychel Steinbach
Michelle Miller is a former Spudnik intern and current Spudnik studio renter. Raychel Steinbach is our 2016 Spudnik Printing Apprentice. Both ladies have been spotted around the studio slinging ink lately, and we are excited to see what they have been working on! Get to know these talented printmakers and learn about their studio practice, tips, and tricks.

The Spudnik Picnik
Our first-ever Picnik, a celebration of printmaking and our community, is fast approaching on July 9th and we need your help! Our plans for hands-on printmaking tours, community cyanotype portraits, member print market, sweet summer treats, and delicious eats will be discussed. Volunteers will be needed for this fantastic event!

Fellow X-ing: An Eve of Art & Food

Members and Friends of Spudnik!

We would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, May 14th from 5:00pm-7:00pm for a Crossing of the Fellows potluck celebration!

We are excited to share what we’ve been working on these past few months at Spudnik, and we are ready to welcome our successors, the new studio fellows: Matt WeadRandi StellaRebecca Lothan and Robert Kelsey.

Our artwork will be up for you to view, and there will be plenty of food to nosh on. We ask that you please bring snacks to share, your own artwork, and of course your friends!

See you there,
Darian, Eliz, Margaret, Steph
Spudnik Studio Fellows

New Demands?–Opening Reception

New Demands? presents silk screened posters, digital prints, cloth banners, and a neon sign inspired by historical demands of the American labor movement, from approximately 1890 to the present. Drawing primarily on archival research into flyers, posters, placards, and advertising produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU)— historically the largest and most important union representing workers in the women’s apparel industry — this exhibition explores the struggle for better working conditions in the garment industry, the winning of rights and benefits by the ILGWU, and the eventual demise of the entire American textile industry.

New Demands? connects past and present struggles for workers’ rights, and reminds us that there was a time when American workers fought for and won historical rights including the right to a regulated, eight-hour work day and the 40-hour work week; vacation and overtime pay; collective bargaining rights and the right to freedom of association; and pension and health care benefits. These rights have been dramatically curtailed; since the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of full-time, well-paid, unionized positions have been lost here in the US, yet workers continue to fight for living wages, better working conditions, and the right to organize. This exhibition is part of a larger, ongoing series of work under the title New Demands? initiated in 2011, and incorporating public performances, text based installations, neon, printed works, and participatory workshops.

New Demands? will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Lisa Vinebaum at 6:00 p.m. on May 6, followed by the Opening Reception.

New Demands? is one the last 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 theSpudnik Press Residency Program.

Dr. Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Her studio practice incorporates text-based installations and work with neon, performance and site specific interventions, textiles, video, photography and protest tactics. Current research and artistic investigations explore labor, performance and collectivity in the larger context of economic globalization and cutbacks to workers’ rights. Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal.

The exhibition runs through May 28th, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.

Member Volunteer Day: Spring Cleaning

Warmer weather is on the way and Spudnik Press is hosting a classic springtime event: Spring Cleaning!

With over 65 classes and workshops and 750 Open Studio visits each year, our studio takes a lot of wear and tear. Join staff, members* and friends of Spudnik for an afternoon of cleaning, organizing, repairing, and socializing. Plenty of refreshments will be on hand to keep us energized. Let’s all pitch in to give our shop the love it deserves!

Please RSVP to info@spudnikpress.org. Please include your name, phone number, and any particular projects you would look forward to helping with, such as redistributing type, organizing supplies, painting, or deep cleaning. Or RSVP on facebook and invite your friends to join!

*Members of Spudnik Press are asked to volunteer four hours a year. This event is a great way to give back to the community and meet other Spudnik Press members.

Drink & Draw: April 2016–April Showers, May Flowers

Usher in the spring with an evening of botanical drawing! Guest illustrator, Keara McGraw, will lead guests through various approaches to sketching and illustrating flowers and native plants. We will provide lots of fresh flora to look to for inspiration as well as pro tips for incorporating the best of scientific illustration with whimsical doodling.

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.

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.