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 info@spudnikpress.org 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.

Drink & Draw: October 2016– Sticky Politics

With the November elections quickly approaching, Spudnik Press invites you to unite your political passions with your creative genius by joining us for an evening of art-making and advocacy. At this particular Drink & Draw we will provide plenty of STICKER PAPER for you to draw on!

In collaboration with our guest artists- Darryl Holliday, E.N. Rodriguez, and Jamie Hibdon of Illustrated Press- Spudnik will create a friendly environment for all to discuss and express their desires for change through mark-making. We’ll stock the studio with a variety of drawing materials and paper choices–including sticker paper–however, guests are more than welcome to bring personal materials to use and share.

Not interested in politics? No worries – come prepared to doodle whatever you like!

Illustrated Press is a multimedia production collective specializing in illustrated journalism and other storytelling endeavors. The Chicago-based group of professional journalists and illustrators fuses narrative non-fiction with shoe-leather reportage, all set to finely tuned sequential art.

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.

The Suffragette Social: A Benefit for Spudnik Press Cooperative

United We Print!

Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
6:00 pm Artists Reception
$75 VIP Admission
$35 General Admission

 Browse Online Art Preview | Download PDF Preview 

Channel your rabble-rousing inclinations
for an evening of
art, appetizers and advocacy.

Dive in to the world of printmaking–
the original delivery of revolutionary ideas.

Indulge in the bounty of the silent auction–over 30 original fine art prints created within the Spudnik Press Printshop.

Cast your vote with your bid. Join the movement.

Art for All.

Inspired by the democratic and, at times, subversive nature or printmaking, The Suffragette Social celebrates printmaking’s roots as an agent for social and political change. Embracing an activist spirit, Spudnik Press transforms its walls to create a fete that explores the area where art meets advocacy and where participation generates change. A glittering and lively event, The Suffragette Social promises the energy of a rally, the spread of a fine cocktail affair, and art to rival your favorite gallery.

New Editions by 5 Women Artists:

Michelle Grabner | Edra Soto | Alice Tippit | Betsy Odom | Cheryl Pope

New Monoprints by:

Hannah Batsel | Lilli Carré | Vanessa Della Morte | Leslie Baum | Mark Booth  | David Downs | Carla Fisher Schwartz | Rachel E Foster | Rami George | Karolina Gnatowski | Magalie Guerin | Richard Hull | Jaclyn Jacunski | Dutes Miller | Jeroen Nelemans | Paul Nudd | B Ingrid Olson | Jason Pallas | Colin Palombi | Claire Pentecost | Joey Potts | Nicolette Ross | Veronica Siehl | Kim Skalinder | Stephen Skalinder | Raychel Steinbach Lauen and more…

Plus Artworks by:

Elijah Burgher | Lisa Vinebaum | Anne Wilson | Iris Bernblum | Megan Greene | Jen Delos Reyes | Stan Shellabarger

Gifts & Wares from:

 A Red Orchid TheatreArt+ScienceEmpty BottleFleur BoutiqueLula CafeLyric OperaMetropolis CoffeeMetropolitan BrewingMuseum of Contemporary ArtNew Wave Coffee, Norman Leigh DesignsRocky+LuellaSprout HomeTatine CandlesTempleton RyeTuskWolfbait & B GirlsZen Yoga Garage and more…

Music by:

DJ Tess of Slo ‘Mo

More Details:

Spudnik Press Proudly Announces New 2016 Editions: Prints by Women Artists
Read the complete Press Release
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 With thanks to our event sponsors: 

 ArtisanalNoCrest    static1.squarespace      Perrier 2016   & Pan Hellenic Bakery

Want a postcard? Send your mailing address to jessica@spudnikpress.org!

2016 Residency Kick-Off Open House

The 2016 Residency kicks-off this September, and we are excited to introduce this year’s cohort of artists, Alex KostiwViraj Mithani and Jake Saunders. Each of these three local artists will have unfettered access to the abundant tools, equipment and resources at Spudnik Press through December 2016. Each artist will create a new body of print-based work. The residency culminates with each artist debuting new work in a series of 2017 solo exhibitions.

Spudnik Press Cooperative invites our community to meet these three artist, view and discuss selections from their portfolios and learn more about their upcoming residency projects. Members, students, board members, educators, fellow printmakers and past Resident Artists are all encouraged to join us Wednesday, September 7, 6-8pm for conversation and refreshments.

Alex Kostiw

Alex Kostiw is an artist and graphic designer in Chicago. Her practice combines short stories and experimental comics with book design and printmaking. She is interested in narratives that reveal something more felt than understood.  Her work explores how little can be given to a reader while still establishing meaning. Alex received an M.F.A. in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her B.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago.

Viraj Viral Mithani

Viraj Mithani is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist. His works derive from historic artistic cultures and worldly traditions. His practice floats between print, painting and sculpture. Native of Mumbai, India, he began with a traditional background in the arts. He graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. He also holds a diploma degree from Chelsea Camberwell Wimbledon College of Art and Design (CCW) of University of Arts London (2012). Viraj Mithani currently works and resides in Chicago, IL pursuing his art practice and teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jake Saunders

Jake Saunders is a Chicago artist working in printmaking as well as drawing and painting. Hailing from Muncie, Indiana, Jake grew up with a love for a variety of narrative based art forms, which became his focus in his art practice. After becoming fascinated with the unique aesthetics of woodcuts and etchings and their aptitude for seriality and multiplicity, Jake earned a BFA and MA in printmaking from Ball State University and went on to earn his MFA at the University of Connecticut. He has since gone on to show nationally and internationally. Today, Jake’s work amalgamates narratives to explore the concept of tragedy in forms both grand and mundane.

Learn more about the Spudnik Press Residency Program