Heavy Metal County Fair: 9th Annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Rock out with your crock out

All-You-Can-Eat Chili | Open Bar | Printmaking Midway Games | Cotton Candy | Face Painting | Heavy Metal Country DJ | & More

Spudnik Press is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Hashbrown Chili Cook Off—Heavy Metal County Fair! Join us as 18 chefs from local organizations, businesses, and Spudnik’s own members compete for the trophy. Between tastes of chili, enjoy plenty of printmaking carnival games, classic county fair snacks, all-ages face painting, and so much more.

Featured Chili Chefs:

Returning Chefs
Barrel Maker Printing
Candor Arts
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Chili Chums
Comfort Station
North Branch Projects
Fata Morgana Press
Rohner Letterpress

First Time Competitors
2X1Y Studio
Bad at Sports
Chicago Printers Guild
Columbia College Chicago
Moon Orbit Spudnik Board
North Pole
One Design Company
Platform Studios
Simple Bean


All levels include unlimited chili, drinks, and games.

General Admission: $35 Pre-sale / $40 Door
Artists: $20 Pre-sale / $25 Door
Youth: 16 & Under: $8 Pre-sale / $10 Door

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Drink & Draw February: Magazine Mash Up

Sponsored by Virtue Cider

Up your cut & paste game with simple but elegant techniques to incorporate found images into drawings. Channeling surrealist artists like Magritte, Dali, and De Chirico, you’ll be invited to build magical environments from the pages of National Geographic and other glossy periodicals.

Guest Artist, Michelle Richardella, will share a few unique ways to transfer images (using packing tape and the eco-friendly cleaner, Citrasolv) from books and magazines to create a foundation for your own drawings and painting. The unpredictable nature of the process often adds a dreamlike or magical quality to the page that can then be collaged, drawn, or painted back into.

Get more milage out of your favorite magazines–please bring along back issues of magazines that might be fun to manipulate.

Michelle Richardella is an artist, educator, and community organizer based in Chicago. She works in many different creative environments. Her work comes to life in the lessons in her classroom, her sketches out in the city streets, her watercolors on her travels, or in the collaborations with her artist friends.  Her work can be described by the fluid line work, vibrant colors, and explosions of paint. Whether it be imagined abstractions or expressive depictions of a subject, at the core of her work, she investigates the world, and her art documents the journey.

Virtue Cider: Gregory Hall founded Virtue Cider in 2011. He is known for his 20-year tenure as brewmaster at the Goose Island Beer Company, having won 14 consecutive Great American Beer Festival medals and pioneered bourbon barrel-aged beer with Bourbon County Stout. In the spring of 2011, Hall left Goose Island and embarked on a two-month pilgrimage to study the craft of cider, touring and tasting at top cidermakers in England and France. He brought his extensive experience and innovative style to launch Virtue Cider.

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.

Non-Constants: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Please join us for a brief artist talk followed by an opening reception for Non-Constants, an exhibition featuring work by Ashley Freeby and Jesse Meredith.

Emerging from recurring conversations about access, authenticity and authorship, artists Ashley Freeby and Jesse Meredith make artwork around and through one another’s experiences, from outside of their own cultural backgrounds. Over the course of a year, they have worked in one another’s studios, traded primary research sources and conducted a series of structured conversations about their own personal experiences. Non-Constants presents recent work that has stemmed from this exchange.

Many of their collaborative artworks address racialized experiences in the United States and transpose them with survivalism and defensive preparation. Using a technique of doubling, one artist produces a piece through synthesis of conversations and research, and the other re-makes it, displacing its context.

At a time of polarization and broken lines of communication, Non-Constants asks viewers to consider the impact of their own presence in the environments they inhabit, to reclaim permission to be inquisitive and open, and think outside of individualized experiences.

Non-Constants will be on view through March 16, 2019 at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Monday & Thursday 6 – 10 p.m.
Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
Or by appointment.


Non-Constants: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Image: Ashley Freeby & Jesse Meredith, And What Are We Up To This Evening?, 2018, graphite, acrylic, digital collage, 14″ x 28″

Drink & Draw December 2018: Hand-Lettered New Year’s Resolutions with Jenna Blazevich

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is upon us! What better way to wrap up the year than surrounded by friends in the comfort of Spudnik’s studio, with a drink or hot cocoa in hand, while crafting your new year’s resolutions for 2019?! Join guest artist Jenna Blazevich as she helps you transform your resolutions into hand-lettered, visual works of art that you can display in your home or workspace all year round!

In addition to showing you some hand lettering tips and techniques, Jenna will also demonstrate how to include illustrations and doodles into your design. We’ll have an assortment of drawing utensils for you to dabble with, such as markers, brushes, ink, but also feel free to bring your own favorite materials.

Chicago-based artist Jenna Blazevich is the founder and designer behind the independent and collaborative, multi-disciplinary studio Vichcraft. With a focus on visual storytelling, Jenna strives to craft charmingly unique brand experiences. Vichcraft currently focuses on building small, meaningful brands, and partnering with their purpose-driven leaders to build an authentic visual identity. Jenna’s background in textiles and pattern-making continues to inform her approach as a graphic designer and feminist artist.

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.

From Concept to Exhibition Panel Discussion

Spudnik Press Cooperative is pleased to present “From concept to exhibition: How to get your prints out into the world,” a panel discussion that explores the strategies employed by artists and print publishers to produce and share their work with others. Learn of different approaches and techniques to distribute your work from experienced printmakers, and discuss the methods professionals use to attract collectors and develop audiences for printmaking in Chicago and beyond.

About the Panelists and Moderator:

Ben Blount | Artist, Designer, Printmaker
Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer that loves type and putting ink on paper. Sometimes he turns what he prints into books. His work explores questions and race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth tellers and rabbler rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work—from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Mos Def and Amos Kennedy.

Deborah Maris Lader | Director, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Deborah Maris Lader is the Founder and Director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative since 1989, and member of the touring Altfolk band, Sons of the Never Wrong. Deborah exhibits her prints, drawings, photography, and mixed media artwork internationally, and her work appears in many permanent collections. At the CPC, Deborah wears many hats – gallery director, dealer, curator and occasional publisher.

Thomas Cvikota | Director, ETC-Industries
Thomas Cvikota has 45 years of experience publishing fine art limited editions and marketing the results to global clients and institutions. He has organized numerous exhibitions, has shown at international art fairs, and offers art consulting services. His company ETC-Industries is located at Mana Contemporary in Chicago.

Moderator: Bert Green | Director, Bert Green Fine Art
Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago, which represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and publishes limited edition lithographs, letterpress, and photographic prints.

Pictured Above: (top row, left to right) Bert Green and Deborah Maris Lader; (bottom row, left to right) Thomas Cvikota and Ben Blount.

Now More Than Ever | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Please join us for the opening reception of Now More Than Ever, a solo exhibition featuring work by Emmy Lingscheit.

In Now More Than Ever, artist Emmy Lingscheit invites us to think about the idea and aesthetics of salvaging hope, shelter, and community out of repression, division, and catastrophe caused by rapid environmental change. Her prints offer a critique of entrenched systems and attitudes that contribute to environmental damage, amplifying social and economic inequality in the process.

Created specifically for this exhibition, and in addition to her framed work, Lingscheit hones in on the idea of a natural world out of balance through large-scale relief prints. These pieces are designed to yield prints that align edge-to-edge, repeating infinitely and building up to a visually overwhelming abundance that is both breathtaking and grotesque. Among the specimen featured in these large-scale prints are oyster mushrooms and a bloom of jellyfish, both of which may seem alien to us, but are situated to inherit the earth as we change it.

Now More Than Ever will be on view through December 29, 2018 at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.


Image (left to right): Emmy Lingscheit, Longitudinal Study, 2016; Mycoremediation, 2018 (detail).

SPC Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding

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Honoring Miller & Shellabarger

Spudnik Press is ecstatic to honor Miller & Shellabarger at our Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding. Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger were our very first artists in residence and have been influential contributors to Spudnik Press over the past decade. From building studio equipment to inviting otherwise non-print artists to collaborate in the shop, we thank Miller & Shellabarger for their tireless support of the press.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Low Res
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622

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New Editions by: Amanda Williams, Elijah Burgher, William J O’Brien, Kay Rosen, Faheem Majeed, Claire Ashley, Judith Brotman, Lilli Carré, Dana Carter, Richard Hull, Raeleen Kao, Chad Kouri, Miller & Shellabarger, Paul Nudd, Alice Tippit, Orkideh Torabi, Brittney Leeanne Williams, Steve Reinke, and Judy Ledgerwood.

Plus Artwork by: Mark Booth, Liz Born, Helen Maurene Cooper, Doug Fogelson, Dianna Frid, Michelle Grabner, Andrew Holmquist, Laura Letinsky, Jordan Martins, Richard Rezac, Oli R0driguez, Scott Stack, Ruby T, Scott Wolniak, Derrick Woods-Morrow, and The Belknaps.

And Artwork by Spudnik Press Members: Julia Arredondo, Elke Claus, Ben Garbus, David Krzeminski, Lialia Kuchma, Carron Little, Yasaman Moussavi, Jill Ruzicka Novak, Emily Shopp, Junli Song, and Tara Zanzig.

Host Committee:

Jennifer Ackerman, Jessica Cochran, Doug Fogelson, Scott Hunter, Kelly Kaczynski, Ryan LaFollette, Bianca Marks, Duncan MacKenzie, Aron Packer, Karen Reimer, and Tony Sarkees

Worst Wedding Attire Competition: Everyone encouraged to compete

Ticket Details:

All levels include complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

 Groom’s Table: $200
Open bar, artist-made wedding favor

Head Table: $100 
Open bar

Friend of the Family: $40
One complimentary drink; cash bar

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

Thanks to our Bad Wedding Sponsors:

            Big Delicious Planet | Full-Service Catering, Canteen & Urban Farm | Chicago, IL

Please check out our Sponsorship Opportunities!

Drink & Draw October 2018: Halloween Misadventures in Ink with Colleen Hardison

Afraid of ugly lines? Frightened you’ll make bad art? Guest artist Colleen Hardison has tricks and treats to help you dust of your drawing skills and discover the perfectly imperfect!

Painting with ink is a great way to make haunting Halloween drawings that embrace unpolished or crude marks. Through experimentation with varying line making techniques and layering ink, you will incorporate accidents and bloopers into your work and creative process.

With Halloween-themed displays, found images, and ample inks and paper, you will be able build your confidence with quick sketches and ultimately turn your doodles into frankenstein masterpieces.

Colleen Hardison received her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a freelance illustrator and framing consultant. Her work focuses on naiveté, folklore and how weird it is to be alive. To learn more about Hardison and her work, visit her website or follow dammitcolleen on Instagram.

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.

Image Credit: Colleen Hardison, Tattoo Hunk, 2018.

Collective Ground | 2018 Annual Member Exhibition Opening Reception

Please join us for the opening reception of Collective Ground, our 2018 Annual Member Exhibition, on Friday, September 7th at The Annex at Spudnik Press from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Participating collaborators include:

Julia Arredondo and JJ McLuckie
Molly Berkson and Orr Gidon
Emma Bilyeu and Dan Manion
Jennifer Burak and Dan Spielman
Elijah Burgher and Dutes Miller
Mary Clare Butler and Veronica Siehl
Jessica Christy and Spudnik Press Studio Users
Ben Garbus and Grace Makuch
Colleen Hardison and Margot Harrington
David Krzeminski and Amanda Ware
Carron Little and Spare Rib Project Contributors
Miller and Shellabarger
Yasaman Moussavi and Catherine Norcott
Yasaman Moussavi, Emily Shopp, and Junli Song

Collective Ground is an exhibition that highlights collaborative projects by members of the Spudnik Press community. This exhibition is a response to our layered and multi-generational community, comprised of creatives from different backgrounds, fields of study, and stages in their careers. It is the amalgamation of their unique perspectives and voices that allows our print shop to be a space for social, educational, and artistic exchange.

Please note, Collective Ground will have extended viewing hours on September 28th during EXPO Chicago’s Art After Hours from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., on Friday, October 19th during Hubbard Street Lofts Open House from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., and on Saturday, October 20th during our 2018 Annual Benefit: Bad Wedding from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In Conversation with Carris Adams

Earlier this summer, we had the great and distinct pleasure of welcoming Chicago-based artist Carris Adams for a three-week residency at Spudnik Press Cooperative. During her time spent with us, Adams developed a new edition of prints based on a series of paintings inspired by signage found in the landscape that exists in multiples. This body of work stems from the artist’s investigation of visual markers of “domesticated space” (i.e. roads, residential structures, commercial structures, government buildings, cemeteries, advertisements, etc.) and the relational threads between ownership in marginalized spaces, politics, class, histories, celebration, and resilience.

On August 30, 2018, join us for an intimate gathering as we welcome Carris Adams back for a conversation about what drives her itinerant tendencies and unsettled curiosity in her art practice and how printmaking allowed her to further some if the ideas and aesthetic choices in her work, which up until recently was unchartered territory for this painter and drawer.

A casual reception is to follow, featuring a temporary installation of Adams’ prints created during her residency displayed alongside the paintings that inspired them. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Artist:

Carris Adams is a visual artist whose practice visually investigates markers of “domesticated space”. The conceptually multi-layered works seek to inform and position viewers to recognize their assumptions, recall an experience and perhaps note how societal markers materialize in the landscape. Adams received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (2013) and her MFA from the University of Chicago (2015). Adams’s work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem ( New York, NY) , The Logan Center Exhibitions at The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Produce Model Gallery (Chicago, IL) Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery (Chicago,IL) and The Courtyard Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX).

To learn more about Adams and her work, please visit: www.carrisadams.com.