Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Quarantine’s Best Home Videos

Guest Artist: Lya Finston

Watch your pictures jump off the page and onto the screen in this fun, entry-level animation workshop! During this session, we’ll take inspiration from our domestic surroundings, breathing life into the inanimate and the mundane in order to realize fantastical scenes taking place in the home under quarantine. Love drawing? Sketch out a cartoon! Prefer taking pictures? Bring some objects together in a setting for a stop motion video!
Along with examples of her own work, Lya will also showcase a few of the animators she turns to for inspiration, including Suzan Pitt, Ray Harryhausen, Bill Plympton, Cristóbal León, and Joanquin Cociña. She will then demystify how to quickly and easily create the content necessary for your very own animated GIFs, embracing the wonderfully clunky and homemade aesthetics of this extremely accessible medium. By the end of the night you’ll be able to bring your audience into the life of your work like never before! No fancy software is needed, just a smartphone and some free apps (but Lya will also give a tutorial on doing this in Photoshop for anyone who wants it).

Suggested Materials

  • Smartphone
  • Paper and whatever you love to draw with
  • Ruler
  • Objects to photograph for stop motion videos
  • Phone tripod or makeshift phone holder, or a homemade viewfinder

Zoom Meeting ID: 927 0596 5534


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

With Renewed Urgency: New Editions from Spudnik Press | Open House

Open House Covid-19 Safety Protocol

Visitors do not need to make an appointment. However, to allow social distancing, exhibition viewing will begin in the Annex and continue clockwise through the Printshop. Staff will greet visitors and help ensure everyone can enjoy the artwork while remaining 6’+ from other guests. Please arrive in groups of 3 or less. Masks are required to enter the building. Please contact angee@spudnikpress.org with questions regarding safety protocols or to schedule a private viewing.


Featured Artists: Candida Alvarez, Alexandra Antoine, Judith Brotman, Andrea Carlson, Celeste DeLuna, Brendan Fernandes, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Erin Hayden, Benjamin Merritt, Jessie Mott, Paul Nudd, João Oliveria, Steve Reinke, Joe Tallarico, Selina Trepp

With Renewed Urgency is our annual exhibition featuring new prints by 16 artists, created through our Residency and Invitational Publishing Programs. This exhibition reflects on the unique power of a printmaking studio to breathe new life into the art making process, and how we depend on art during times of crisis for solace and meaning. Our title and theme With Renewed Urgency is also a chance to reflect on how the current pandemic has escalated already existing social emergencies that many of our featured artists have long been making work about. The call of Andrea Carlson and Celeste De Luna’s Indigenous Futurism rings even louder, as capitalism and colonization turn COVID-19 into an economic disaster. Others like Selina Trepp and Benjamin Merritt give us critical and pleasurable ways to reconsider what it means for an artist to remain homebound, reduce their material consumption, or need to rest because of an illness.

Other show highlights include a collagraph impression of the pelt of a plastic animal by our first international Resident Artist, João Oliveira, organized in collaboration with Comfort Station and funded by the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund. The prints from Ten x Ten show a collaboration between visual artists and musicians exploring the translation of artistic gestures across media.

The Spudnik Press Cooperative Residency Program provides professional printmakers unfettered studio access for new projects. The Publishing Program welcomes artists from a variety of contemporary disciplines, ranging from painting and drawing to performance and experiential art making, to enter a centuries-old tradition of developing a fine art print in collaboration with professional printers. Through these programs, Spudnik Press invites a diverse range of artists to continue printmaking’s unique history as a fine art, a master craft, and a social practice. With Renewed Urgency showcases traditional process and new experiments in screenprint, intaglio, relief, collagraph, and digital printing, as well as an impressive range of monotype techniques and prints that used the plate-making process as a form of sculpture. By installing the exhibition throughout the printshop in which the artwork was produced, we embrace our goal of encouraging artists and audiences to move through a variety of creative roles: making, experiencing, learning, and teaching. Placing the artwork into an active print studio highlights connection among the creative, the analytical and the technical processes of art making.

With Renewed Urgency: New Editions from Spudnik Press Cooperative will be on view through October 31, 2020 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Gallery Hours
By appointment. Email angee@spudnikpress.org to schedule a visit.

Image:
Left: Benjamin Merrit, Nap Suite
Right, clockwise from top left: Alexandra Antoine, Nkrabea: A coming together; Jessie Mott, OF SOUND AND LINE; Selina Trepp, 7 beats, don’t want to do 8, it’s too square; Azadeh Gholizadeh, Memory Bubbles

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Comics = Poetry + Design

Guest Artist: Alex Kostiw

  • Have you always wanted to try your hand at comics?
  • Are you an experienced comic artist, looking to geek out with a group of fellow enthusiasts?
  • Maybe you are a visual artist looking for a break from your other practice, or a writer who wants to see what pictures can bring to your work?

All are welcome at this Drink & Draw where Alex Kostiw will teach us how comics workand why! We will then put those theories into practice together. Starting with pure structure, we’ll look at how panels express hierarchy, rhythm, and emotion through shape and arrangement. Then we’ll generate a variety of images from abstract to still-life, from drawings based on reference images to a collection of collage materials, which we will cut up into panels or turn into “viewfinder” style overlays for a finished page. As we go, we’ll discuss the different relationships between text and picture in comics: how text can complement, expand on, or emphasize picture, and vice versa. Finally, we’ll write short poems for our pages, whether completely original or with found text.

Suggested Materials

  • Plenty of paper (any and all colors)
  • Scissors and glue/tape
  • Collage materials (magazines, junk mail, etc.)
  • Pens, pencils, or whatever you like to draw with

Optional Materials

  • A tablet for creating digital images

Zoom Meeting ID: 939 3121 8101


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: A Shiny Gold Star: Comics Celebrating Teachers

Guest Artist: Alex Nall

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” – Jim Henson

Summer is almost over and that means school will soon be back in session, albeit in a very different and much more challenging way than usual. Whether students are in the classroom or learning from home, using a tablet or a pencil and paper, one thing is certain: their teachers will have a lasting impact on them, as our teachers had on us.

So please join cartoonist and teaching artist Alex Nall for a comics workshop celebrating our favorite teachers, and how they shaped us into who we are today. Alex will lead us in writing, drawing and designing our own page of comic book art using memories from elementary, high school, or beyond. Simple set-up and endless storytelling possibilities await! No drawing experience required. Only honesty, openness, and creativity are required to craft your story. Afterwards, you can send a copy of your mini-comic to Alex, to be included in a zine that will be shared in print and online.

Suggested Materials:

  • Any kind of paper
  • Pencil, eraser, and black pen or marker
  • Colored pencils, pens, markers, crayons

Zoom Meeting ID: 934 0360 1138

Alex Nall is a cartoonist and teaching artist living in Chicago. He is the author of Teaching Comics, Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours, Lawns, and Are Comic Books Real? He has led workshops at Chicago Publishers Resource Center, Independent Resource Center in Portland, Oregon, Columbia College Chicago, Cartoons Crossroads Columbus, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, among many other libraries, galleries, and non-profit art spaces. His work has been featured in Newcity, Chicago Reader, and Best American Comics (Notable Section). He has worked as an arts educator for over seven years, serving youths in Chicago Public Schools and after-school programs throughout the city.


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Finding the Garden – A Comics Workshop

Guest Artist: Brad Rohloff

  • Seeds, Blooming, Renewal
  • Growth and Overgrowth, Wilderness and Compost
  • Cycles of life, Cycles of care taking

These are some of the themes we’ll explore with artist, illustrator, and publisher Brad Rohloff in this collaborative comics workshop. We’ll do freehanded drawing challenges based on natural flora, and use mad libs and Exquisite Corpse poetry to create shared prompts for our illustrations. The final result will be a truly wild array of words and images that grows from our collective wanderings!

Suggested Materials

  • Paper
  • Pens of any or all colors
  • Anything you like to draw with!

Zoom Meeting: 980 1090 3060


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

2020 Annual Member Meeting

Our Annual Member Meeting brings together our community of members to provide feedback and guidance for our organization while being able to meet and learn from each other.

This is also when our members meet the nominations for our Board of Directors, both new nominees and those up for re-election. Our board is a committee of generous supporters who work hard to ensure our long-term health and that we remain vigilantly work towards our mission. (Due to the need to have this event be virtual, a secret ballot by way of an anonymous survey will be sent to attendees shortly following the meeting.) 

Please RSVP to info@spudnikpress.org to receive the Zoom meeting link. 

The Agenda: 

  • Presentation of our 2020-2022 “Facilities & Equipment” plan; Q&A + feedback
  • Meet our prospective new Board Members (with anonymous online ballots to be distributed following the meeting)
  • Overview of plan for fall 2020 and 2021 member programs; Q&A + feedback
  • Member Announcements

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

The Board of Directors Ballot

Eryan Cobham (New Director)
Director of Engineering, thinkCERCA

Vida Sačić (New Director)
Associate Professor of Art at Northeastern Illinois University
Co-founded ofLEAD: Letterpress Educators of Art & Design

Steve Jablonoski (Renewing Director, Current Vice President)
QC Manager at FCB Chicago
Creative Lead at Fresh Coast Industries

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Abstract Alternative Portraiture with Margot Harrington

Guest Artist: Margot Harrington

What do our emotions look like, as they live inside our bodies?
How can the techniques of abstract art help us express and explore our internal world?
What would a portrait of ourselves, our city, or our community look like if we rendered it entirely in shapes, colors, and gestural mark making?

To guide us in these questions, artist and designer Margot Harrington will lead us in an evening of alternative portraiture. No experience is necessary for this loose and improvisational approach to drawing that is not meant to be hyper-realistic. We will use fully sensorial prompts (including Margot’s very own Studio Arts ASMR soundtrack!) to explore how drawing creates a tactile, vibrational experience in the moment, and learn to inhabit our bodies and drawings in a more connected way. Working from the psychology of somatics, we will use drawing as an introspective tool for self-expression and build an abstract visual vocabulary for describing personal experiences, values, and desires.

Zoom Meeting ID: 924 7103 8045

Suggested Materials:

  • Colorful drawing materials that make a wide range of different marks (pencils, charcoal, chalk, pastels, markers, pens, watercolors, etc.) and any kind of paper

Optional Materials:

  • Collage materials, cutting tools and glue
  • A tablet for digital drawings

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Laying A Scene

Guest Artist: Ethan Brown

No matter what kind of art you make, drawing is an important skill worthy of study, and rewarding in its own right. Ethan Brown will take us back to the basics for a night of casual observational drawing that will help you deepen your engagement with your familiar environment by intentionally slowing down your focus. Remember line, form, value…? Gesture drawings and continuous contours? These old chestnuts are still among your most trustworthy companions and they’d love to see you again, no matter how long it’s been; even if you’ve never formally met!

We’ll use homemade viewfinders and value scales as simple tools for planning our compositions. We’ll also talk about how formal elements affect the mood of a drawing, and how an implied or lost edge or even a single line can give information to your viewer, or inspire their imagination. Come rediscover your surroundings with us!

Suggested Materials

  • Plain drawing paper
  • Pencils, pens, charcoal, ink, markers

Zoom Meeting ID: 991 2763 7103


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Conjuring Narrative

Guest Artist: Rob Kelsey

This event has been postponed to July 29 from its original date on June 3.

In this Drink & Draw, we will juxtapose our own invented illustrations on top of modern, found materials to force the unreal into the real, and weave the extraordinary into the mundane. Join artist Rob Kelsey for a night conjuring up supernatural elements of the mythical past who will haunt, reclaim, and repurpose mass produced capitalist goods! The current technological era has filled our lives with “objective” things like photographs, machines, and consumer products. How can we manipulate these to revive the disappearing magic of folklore, mythology, and fantasy? Rob will show us how this form of art making can be a deep exercise in storytelling. By adding something new and unexpected to our objects, we change their history and watch new narratives emerge — sometimes in ways we will only discover once we’ve finished. 

Zoom ID: 94214787367

Suggested Materials:

  • Printed materials: photographs, advertisements, postcards, magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes, etc.
  • Any painting or drawing tools that will fix to your materials (acrylic paint, white-out, markers, pens or paint pens, etc.)

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative. 

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Visual Resistance: The People’s Graphic Workshop & Revolutionary Printmaking

Guest Artist: Atlan Arceo-Witzl

Atlan Arceo-Witzl welcomes you to a night of political print history and new political art making! Beginning with an exciting introduction to the famous Mexican workshop and artist collective Taller Gráfico Popular (The People’s Graphic Workshop), Atlan will inspire us with the many ways that artists and activists have used print and design for social justice, building community, distributing graphics for revolutionary movements.

Next we will move into our own political art making. Maybe you want to make a collage, poster, or slick infographic about racial justice or public health. Or you might get inspired to draw satirical cartoons or make one of their present-day cousins: The Meme! This Drink & Draw will be a chance to give your ideas some direction and bounce them off other creative folks, whatever stage they’re in. We’ll share what we’re working through right now and leave with clear, strong imagery to take out into our current moment.

Atlan Arceo-Witzl is a Mexican-American visual artist and creator whose work is concerned with everyday rituals, icons, symbols, objects, and language. In his artistic practice, his current points of focus are the cultural production of print ephemera, craft of the sign-painting industry, redefining “American” through a Latinx lens, and documenting/ recording of events across multiple mediums/ languages. He is a graduate of Skidmore College with a Bachelors of Science in Studio Art with a concentration in relief printmaking and sculpture. He lives in Chicagoland, IL pursuing a career in the arts and education while enjoying the fascinating human game of communication.

Zoom Meeting ID: 950 5745 0987

Suggested Projects

  • Infographics
  • Political Cartoons
  • Memes
  • Posters
  • Bumper Stickers
  • Informational Pamphlets

Suggest Materials

  • Paper of any kind
  • Drawing or painting materials
  • Smartphone or tablet for digital graphics and memes
  • Collage materials for handmade “analogue” memes

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB!

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.