Print like a Professional: Residencies & Artist Proposals

This workshop is for members of Spudnik Press only. If you are not currently a member please join or renew prior to registering for the workshop.

This twofold workshop begins with a focused panel discussion featuring representatives from Ox-bow, Ragdale, and Spudnik Press, each representing their respective programs for artists. Following the group discussion, each participant will have the opportunity for an individual proposal review with one of the panelists.

The panel discussion will first present the current landscape of opportunities for Chicago artists to find support to develop new bodies of work outside of academia. By looking more closely at the unique programs of each organization, we’ll examine how the review and selection process varies between opportunities, what types of artists and projects are sought out, and the tacit criteria that jurors desire in applications.

We’ll also discuss how artists can ensure they get the most out of their experience as a resident, fellow, grantee, etc. What does it take for an opportunity to not just support one project, but to create more opportunities or initiate a pivot career shift? How have alumni benefits from being in the network of graduates?

Participants can then stick around to meet individually. For those who want specific feedback on a proposal (either universal or for a specific opportunity) should submit materials to no later than August 13 for panelists to review in advance. General questions and impromptu review of materials are also welcome. Each participant will have have the opportunity for one 10-minute session with one of the presenters.

Lastly, each panelist will bring along and share a resource their organization uses as part of their review process (such as juror guidelines), giving participants rare insight into what happens with their application after they click “submit”.

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Presenter Bios:

Amy Sinclair, Grants and Admissions Manager, Ragdale
Amy Sinclair is a visual artist from Chicago with special interest in performance art, books arts, and fashion. She is Grants and Admissions Manager at the Ragdale Foundation. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University and joined the Ragdale staff in spring 2013.

Rebecca Parker, Program Director, Ox-bow
Rebecca Parker is interested in creating opportunities for artists to engage with communities that support and grow their practice. As Program Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, she works with faculty, visiting artists, artists-in-residence, and students to create programming that connects artists to the landscape of Ox-Bow as a site for experimentation and community. As an arts administrator, she has worked in a number of capacities, including commissioning public art, working with university admissions and grants management. She received her Master of Fine Arts, with a performance focus, from the University of Connecticut, and continues her practice as an artist.

Nicolette Ross, Studio Manager, Spudnik Press Cooperative
Nicolette is the Studio Manager for Spudnik Press Cooperative. She has long been a contributor to the Spudnik Press community. First joining our organization in 2012, Nicolette has been an active member, volunteer and teacher. In her staff role, she manages the Fellowship Program and Exhibitions Programs.

Nicolette Ross holds a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

2017 Annual Member Meeting

Member Meetings allow our diverse community of artists to connect through the sharing of artwork, artist opportunities, and collaborative initiatives.

The Annual Member Meeting is when our members exercise their right vote on who will join our Board of Directors. Our board is a committee of 7-12 generous supporters who work hard to ensure our long-term health and that we remain vigilantly work towards our mission.

The Agenda:

  • 6pm: Doors open. Grab pizza and a beer!
  • The Member-driven Equipment Fund Committee
  • Casting ballots for the Board of Directors
  • Artist Spotlights: Meet our income Fall 2017 Resident Artists!
  • Post-meeting drinks at High Dive.

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

The Board of Directors Ballot

Angie Snell, Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels
Browne Goodwin, Retired Architecture & Planning Professional

Cassie Tompkins: A Revision of Everyday Life–Opening Reception & Artist Talk

A Revision of Everyday Life is a series of screen-printed and dyed fabric monoprints that capture the splendor of quotidian life. Through an expression of geometric and abstract shapes, these prints explore the emotional experience of color, tensions between opposites, and the nature of daily life. Tompkins’ technique merges industrial (screen-printing) and traditional (dyeing) craft to amplify the space between the exquisite and the drab. She strives to capture her wonder and appreciation of natural and manmade phenomena through material explorations. The flowing drape of the wall-mounted cotton panels, inclusion of design elements, and the imprecision of the processes speaks to her improvisational philosophy of making—work makes work—each step informs the next, each panel inspires the following, and if there is a plan it’s, on the whole, guesswork. The resultant imagery is bright and graphic, inviting the viewer to take another look at their own surroundings— a revision of everyday life —through material and designed transformations.

Cassie Tompkins: A Revision of Everyday will kick-off with a Artist Talk at 6:00 p.m. on August 11th, followed by the Opening Reception. The exhibition runs through September 30, 2017. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Cassie Tompkins: A Revision of Everyday Life was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Image: “Purple and Orange Gradient,” Cassie Tompkins. Cotton, plain weave; shibori dyed, screen printed. 2017.


Print like a Professional: A Candid Gallery Talk with Aron Gent

This workshop is for members of Spudnik Press only. If you are not currently a member please join or renew prior to registering for the workshop.

“No unsolicited submissions” is a fairly universal stance for galleries to take. Which leaves many artists lost on how to proactively pursue opportunities for gallery representation. In fact, there are many ways in which the “gallery world” can seem shrouded in mystery to emerging artists.

Luckily, Spudnik Press members are invited to visit Document and meet with Founder and Director, Aron Gent. After viewing the current exhibition, participants will sit down for an open conversation to demystify the inner workings of galleries, dealers, and collectors. How can artists get (and prepare) for studio visits? What exactly does gallery representation entail? What does the relationship look like between a gallery and their artists? How important is it for artists to “network” at gallery openings?

Drinks and snacks will be provided but, but artists should bring their own questions. Space in this gallery discussion is limited. Please RSVP in advance. Event location is 1709 W. Chicago Ave.

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Presenter Bio:

DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US.


Drink & Draw August: Pen & Ink

From William Shakespeare to Rembrandt, countless artists of every discipline have used the simple dip-pen to create art that changed the world. We aren’t asking you to do that. We’re just asking you to come down and have some fun working with one of the most ubiquitous tools in the illustrator’s tool kit, and see what you can create. Join guest artist Andrew Ghrist and practice drawing with a pen & nib, crosshatching, textures, and mark-making variations.
Andrew Ghrist is a Chicago based artist, illustrator, and printmaker with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work consists of equal parts fantastic organic illustration of nature and graphic elements created by the printmaking process. Andrew Ghrist’s prints, and even more so his original drawings, exhibit dedication to craftsmanship and detail, transforming the work into artifacts of countless hours spent diligently crouched over an image.
Drink and Draw is a low-key event devoted to drawing practices. There is no teacher and no pretensions. Spudnik provides a theme for the evening, props, and festive drink. You provide a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and come with friends! Drawing nights take place the first Wednesday of every other month.

Print like a Professional: Starting a Business

This workshop is for members of Spudnik Press only. If you are not currently a member please join or renew prior to registering for the workshop.

This twofold workshop begins with a focused panel discussion featuring three successful print-based entrepreneurs followed by each participant benefiting from an individual consultation with one of the panelists.

The panel discussion will investigate how each artist has defined the scope of their business, who are their customers, how they find clients, and how they approach and balance risk taking, artistic production, marketing and self-promotion, and the administrative side of being an entrepreneur.

After the panel, each presenter will meet one-on-one with participants. Participants can use this mini business consultations to simply practice their elevator speech, ask about their specific concerns like setting up wholesale accounts, or get feedback on their website and online presence. Each participant will have one 10-minute session with one of the presenters.

Lastly, each panelist will bring along and share a useful resource to help manage their business (such as a budget analysis worksheet) to help participants apply what they learn to their own business ideas.

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Presenter Bios:

Jenna Blazevich, Vichcraft

Vichcraft is the independent and collaborative, multi-disciplinary studio of Jenna Blazevich.

With a focus on visual storytelling, she strives to craft and perfect charmingly unique brand experiences. Her agency experience has allowed for a portfolio ranging from small to large client projects. Vichcraft has a current focus on building small, meaningful brands, and partnering with their purpose-driven leaders to build an authentic visual identity.

Combining hand craft processes and tactile mediums with a digital design skill-set, Jenna strives to work right around the line between art and design to visually translate ideas. Her background in textiles and pattern-making continues to inform her approach as a graphic designer and feminist artist.

Jill Ruzicka, Hello Paper

Hello Paper Co. is a design studio specializing in letterpress greeting cards and wedding invitations. Our cards are handprinted on 100% cotton paper using a vintage press. We create hand-made, environmentally friendly paper products without the stuffy attitude.

All of our letterpress and foil stamped cards are designed, hand-printed and assembled in Chicago, IL. We use vintage presses and 100% pure cotton paper, making each card a unique piece that is also tree free, acid free and biodegradable.

Erin Chlaghmo, Relativity Textiles

Erin Minckley Chlaghmo is an artist, teacher and mother of two boys. Her passion for pattern led her to screen printing and fabric dyeing while studying in Chicago. After receiving her MFA in Fiber & Materials Studies, she worked for a variety of fabricators and artists, including a local wallpaper manufacturer. Learning how to set up an artwork in Illustrator for print production for many accomplished design houses, Chlaghmo decided to branch out on her own and start her own label. It is through the process of learning textile design techniques and teaching them to others that Relativity’s philosophy was born.

Spudnik Birthday Party & Equipment Fundraiser at Revolution Taproom

Beer! Food! Cake! Raffle Prizes! Help us get closer to our Equipment Fund Goals!

Join us for some good ol’ classic Birthday Party fun and suds, celebrating 10 years of Spudnik at Revolution Brewing‘s beautiful taproom in Avondale. Not only will this event be a great opportunity to catch up with friends, family, and your spud buds- ALL proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Member-Driven Equipment Fund. Make sure to arrive by 7:30pm and join us for a Private Brewery Tour!

This year’s Equipment Fund Committee (EFC, for short) has set their sights on a Digitized Screen Exposure Unit! Let’s do this!!

$15 Admission Ticket (available upon entry)
-Pizza, snacks, birthday cake, and non-alcoholic beverages
-Private Brewery Tour ticket (7:30pm sharp)
-One raffle ticket for a chance to win some really great prizes!
-Cash/Credit Bar – Check out the rotating tap list and pick your poison!

Raffle Prizes include official Spudnik Merchandise, Open Studio Passes, Original Artwork Mystery Tubes, and a chance to win THE GRAND PRIZE– two VIP tickets to the Print Factory Art Party: 10th Anniversary Benefit this Fall (a $200 value)!

Increase your chances- additional raffle tickets available for $5 each.

Your friends and family are welcome to join in the fun, but keep in mind, you must be 21+ to attend this event. Sorry kiddos.

Pop-Up Print Sale @ Galerie F

Our members are mounting a one-day print sale and BBQ at this Logan Square haven for print collectors. The event is free, but bring $ for art, burgers and brats.

Located in Chicago’s historic Logan Square neighborhood,Galerie F specializes in silkscreen gig posters, art prints and street art. In their own words, “We seek to contextualize printmaking and street art in the contemporary art scene, while promoting local and international artists. Our community and our city are essential to our mission. We are open to the public seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. Come in to check out our latest exhibition, browse through our print archives and extensive collection of street art and other collectibles.”

After picking up a few new art prints the art, head to the back patio to enjoy a beverage and grilled fare. Spudnik volunteers will be cooking up hot dogs and burgers (of the meat and veggie variety) on the private patio of Bangtel (think fresh design meets amazing hospitality).

Featured Artists:


Galerie F
2415 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Where we have been, before we go: Opening Reception & Gallery Talk


Jennifer Scheuer  

Featured Artists:

Anne Beidler, John Bergmeier, Ed Bernstein, Kaitlyn Collyer, Benjy Davies, Pamela Drix, Fred Hagstrom, Raluca Iancu, Eleanor Jensen, Kathryn Maxwell, Katherine Miller, Greg Page, Minna Resnick, Mary Robinson, Nick Ruth, Carrie ScangaJennifer Scheuer, Hannah Skoonberg, Taro Takizawa, Ruth Weisberg

Where we have been, before we go features twenty prints that investigate the art making process as a progressive and ever-evolving exercise. Twenty artists were each asked to produce new work in the form of a diptych that reflects their own current artistic practice in contrast with their earlier artistic aesthetics, themes or processes. How does self-perception affect artistic creation?

This exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists from across the country, many exhibiting for the first time in Chicago. Participants represent a broad range of artistic approaches and careers. This portfolio of prints utilizes many print processes including screenprinting, lithography, relief, photographic processes, and more.

In addition to the flat prints on paper, the portfolio incorporates a decisive book arts component. Each portfolio is packaged with book binding supplies and instructions. Participating artist is charged with manipulating the prints to a unique drum leaf book, each deciding how they prefer to sequence the images. This process highlights the role of personal interpretation, narration, and perspective. The “Where we have been, before we go” exhibition features just one solution of how the book can be assembled.

The portfolio was organized in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Graphics International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The drum leaf book will be donated to Cornell Universities’ Fine Arts Library as a book available for checkout through their new book arts collection program.

Where we have been, before we go will kick-off with a Gallery Talk at 6:00 p.m. on June 16th, followed by the Opening Reception. The exhibition runs through August 5, 2017. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment. Where we have been, before we go was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Image by Fred Hagstrom

Publishing Prints: Artist in Dialog

Printers have a long history of collaborating with artists. Why are printers so excited to get artists working in other mediums, often very disparate from flat ink on paper, to publish prints? What do artists get from the experience? Meet artists Kelly Kaczynski and Jeroen Nelemans in conversation with artist and printer, Stan Shellabarger. Shellabarger has been working side-by-side with artists at Spudnik Press to produce new bodies of print-based art work. The discussion will be moderated by curator and arts writer Kristin Korolowicz.

Presenter Bios

Kristin Korolowicz is an independent curator and writer. She has worked previously at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. As the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the MCA Chicago, she curated solo exhibitions of commissioned works by Gaylen Gerber and José Lerma. Her current independent curatorial research interests include investigating multivalent forms of collaboration. She recently curated an exhibition of Deb Sokolow’s work at The Stolbun Collection; developed in response to Joseph Grigely’s stewardship of the Hans-Ulrich Obrist archive at SAIC. Korolowicz earned her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.

Kelly Kaczynski is an artist working within the language of sculpture.

Selected exhibitions include Peregrine Program, IL; Ortega y Gasset Projects, NY; Soap Factory, MN; Comfort Station, IL; Gahlberg Gallery, IL; Threewalls, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, IL; Rowland Contemporary, IL; University at Buffalo Art Gallery, NY; Triple Candie, NY; Islip Art Museum, NY; Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NY; DeCordova Museum, MA; Boston Center for the Arts, MA.

Public installations include projects with the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; the Interfaith Center, NY; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston and the Boston National Historic Parks, MA; Boston Public Library, MA.

Curatorial projects include the 2014 exhibitions, Roving Room at Habersham Mills, GA and Virtually Physically Speaking at Columbia College, Chicago, IL and the 2011 exhibition Mouthing (a sentient limb) at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.

Kaczynski received an MFA from Bard College, NY and BA from The Evergreen State College, WA. She has taught with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kaczynski is currently a Lecturer with the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL.

Jeroen Nelemans, born in the Netherlands, currently resides in Chicago. Nelemans is interested in the construct of a digital image. In order to access a new set of contemporary notions related to sight and seeing, he dissects the image as a physical entity.

His work has been exhibited at the MISSION gallery in Chicago; Aspect/Ratio gallery, Chicago; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Space, Miami; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece; Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois; the Nice&Fit gallery, Berlin and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids.

His works has also been screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; the Banff Center, Canada; Gallery 400, Chicago, as well as the Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle, Germany; the Magmart International Video Art Festival, Napoli; the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival, Ireland and the Kortfilm festival, Copenhagen as well as the 25th Festival Les Instant Video in Marseille France.

Stan Shellabarger‘s performances, works on paper, prints and artist books employ alternative drawing methods, addressing the body and the Earth to create minimal abstract objects. He takes everyday activities — walking and writing, sometimes breathing —to extreme measures in endurance-based performance work. The repetition of the activity leads to massive accumulations of marks, recording discrete units of time and space that amplify traces humans leave on the Earth; repetition is necessary so that these extremely subtle marks emerge as visible artistic interventions.

Stan Shellabarger has work in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The National Gallery of Canada and the Newark Public Library. His work has been written about in Art in America,, The Chicago Tribune, Art in Print, Chicago Magazine and ArtSlant. His work has been shown at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice, France; MCA Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and he’s been invited to perform at the VOLTA show in Basel, Switzerland; the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, Oregon; Macy’s downtown department store window during the Looptopia festival in Chicago; Millennium Park in Chicago; Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois; The Suburban in Oak Park; and the Center of Contemporary Art in St. Louis. Shellabarger received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago and he lives and works in Chicago.