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:

2018 Annual Member Meeting (+ Pizza Party)

Our Member Meetings brings together our community (you) to meet each other, learn from each other, and provide feedback and guidance for our organization.

The Annual Meeting is also when our members exercise their voting right by approving our Board’s nominations for new 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.

Please RSVP to to help us order the right amount of food.

The Agenda:

  • Grab pizza and a beer (vegan and alcohol-free options available)
  • Strategic Planning Session: Envisioning the Future
  • Casting ballots for the Board of Directors
  • Art Spotlight: See and learn about artwork produced through our Publishing Program
  • Overview of upcoming events and opportunities
  • Shout outs: Share your upcoming events and exhibitions
  • Take our Annual Member Photo
  • Post-meeting drinks at On Tour.

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

The Board of Directors Ballot



An Evening with Richard Hull | Featuring Tim Daisy and Katinka Kleijn

Spudnik Press Cooperative, together with Fulton Street Collective, are pleased to present An Evening with Richard Hull, Featuring Tim Daisy and Katinka Kleijn. This special concert and print release event are organized on the occasion of a newly published limited edition of prints by esteemed artist Richard Hull, produced by Spudnik Press Cooperative.

As part of the invitational Fine Art Editions Program at Spudnik Press, Hull created a sugar-lift aquatint intaglio print. The work is comprised of concentric circles and loops, carefully arranged on top of one another and accentuated by repetitive forms to give rise to a harmonious potrait-like structure, titled “Spud”.

A longtime fan of jazz improvisation, Hull’s lyrical artwork, including selections from his recent exhibition at Western Exhibitions, will be featured alongside a rare musical performance by Chicago-based percussionist and composer Tim Daisy and reknown Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn. Distinguished for their contributions to the field of improvised music, Daisy and Kleijn will delight our audience with a spontaneous composition in response to Hull’s work, as well as share a few personal anecdotes about their cross-disciplinary collaboration —all in the intimate environment of Fulton Street Collective’s space.

About the Artists:  

Tim Daisy is a percussionist and composer working in the fields of improvised and composed music. He has performed and recorded original music for modern dance, sound installations, film, and improvised music ensembles of various configurations since 1997. Daisy owns and operates Relay Records and also helps curate the weekly OPTION series at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

Richard Hull is an accomplished artist with paintings, drawings and prints in numerous private collections. He has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Portland Art Museum, OR; the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; and the Painting Center, New York, NY to name a few. Richard Hull is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Katinka Kleijn defies today’s traditional definition of a cellist, transitioning comfortably through the styles of classical, experimental, contemporary, improvisatory, folk and progressive rock, as well as across the traditional fields of solo, chamber and orchestral performance. Kleijn is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is in frequent demand as soloist.

Image: Richard Hull, Spud, 2018 (detail).

Drink & Draw August 2018: Repeat Patterns with Orr Gidon

Did you ever wonder how wallpaper designers create intricate patterns that fit together seamlessly? Or have you ever wanted to make your own spunky gift wrap? If so, stop by our August Drink & Draw to learn some fun approaches to designing your own unique patterns, as elegant, devious, or wacky as you desire.

Guest artist, Orr Gidon, will guide us through a collaborative approach to pattern making inspired by M.C. Escher’s tessellations. Learn how to weave basic shapes and lines into a rich tapestry of marks and textures that captures everyone’s style, be it floral, squiggly, or geometric. If you fall in love with your design, perhaps you can return to Spudnik to turn it into curtains or gift wrap!

Orr Gidon is a freelance artist, designer, and fabricator living and working in Chicago. Their design work emphasizes principles of ergonomics, multi-functionality, and sustainability with a sculptural approach. In their 2D work, Gidon is stimulated by pattern, repetition of line, and shape to create visual movements and optical illusions. Within their 3D practice, Gidon explores concepts of change and movement through processes of material manipulation, employing wood, metal, and glass. Gidon earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they studied Printmedia and 3D Design & Fabrication.

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.

Spudnik Press Art Market + Open House [Chicago Print Crawl]

Spudnik Press Cooperative is thrilled to participate in a fun new summer event (drum roll) the Chicago Print Crawl!

Not only have we been organizing the event, but Spudnik is going all out to show off our digs as a participating stop during this first ever, all-city printmaking crawl!

From an outdoor lounge in the parking lot all the way up to the third floor, we’re presenting an assortment of ways to see, make, and learn about prints and printmaking. Shop the member art market from 12-6pm at Low Res Studios Rec Room and celebrate with all the Chicago Print Crawl venues after 6pm when the member market turns after party.

Outdoor Lounge featuring:

Print Shop Tours featuring:

Member Art Market featuring:

Check out the full event details on Facebook and let us know we’ll see you then!

Chicago Print Crawl

A FREE self-guided tour of printmaking production, publishing, exhibition and sales venues throughout the City of Chicago.

12:00 – 6:00 pm: Locations throughout the city
6:00 – 8:00 pm: After Party @ Spudnik Press Cooperative

The Chicago Print Crawl is a free self-guided tour of 20 printmaking production, publishing, exhibition and sales venues throughout the City of Chicago.

The Chicago printmaking scene encompasses a wide range of processes and purposes and supports a huge network of artists and designers. From traditional stone lithography to screenprinted gig posters to letterpress stationary, from private art studios, to collectives, to galleries and retail venues, The Chicago Print Crawl includes an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind spaces.

In neighborhoods throughout the city such as Bridgeport (Fata Morgana Press), Logan Square (Galerie F) and Albany Park (Free Range Gallery), this city champions a surprising number of unique and amazing studios.

From 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. participating venues will open their doors and invite print enthusiasts and anyone interested in a behind the scenes peek into the production of print to tour their studios, view and handle prints, and see presses in action. Choose your own adventure – maps are available at all locations.

To wrap up the evening, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Spudnik Press Cooperative is hosting an After Party to bring everyone together for drinks, music, and an art market featuring 20 members of the cooperative.

Print Crawl Participants

2X1Y Studio
a. favorite design
Aron Packer Projects
Bert Green Fine Art
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Fata Morgana Press
Fernwey Gallery
free range
Galerie F
Hoofprint pop-up exhibition at Sideshow Gallery
Matt Bodett & Megan Sterling
Ork Posters
Perfectly Acceptable Press
Spudnik Press
Starshaped Press
Tiger Strikes Asteroid
VGA Gallery

Visit for a map and more details.

Download the Press Release


States of I: A Conversation | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Please join us for the opening reception of States of I: A Conversation with featured visiting artists Mary Jones and Jolynn Reigeluth.

Jones and Reigeluth are artists that live and work in states of “I;” respectively, Indianola, Iowa and Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to living in states that start with the same letter, these printmakers have a penchant for building images from a central persona who is at best an unreliable narrator, caught and fraught in a landscape of self.

In their work, both artists celebrate the absurdity of being human by bringing to light those untold internal monologues. These autobiographical works by Jones and Reigeluth exemplify their shared interests in narrative imagery, as well as a love for the graphic legacy and energy coming out of Chicago, Illinois. For this exhibition, Jones and Reigeluth will contribute two bodies of work that culminate in a conversation with a set of two prints – one from each artist – that correspond in size and title.

States of I: A Conversation will be on view through August 11, 2018 at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

States of I: A Conversation will kick-off with a Artist Talk at 6:15 p.m. on June 15th, followed by the Opening Reception. The exhibition runs through August 11, 2018. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. This exhibition was selected by the Spudnik Press Member Exhibitions Committee.

Images (left to right): Jolynn Reigeluth, These Are My Legs II, 2017 (detail); Mary Jones, Harryette, 2017 (detail).

Drink & Draw June 2018: Dream Drawing with Vanessa Sanchez

What is a recent or memorable dream you’ve had? What would it look like if you drew it? What do animals dream about? How can you put to paper your abstract thoughts and surreal ideas?

We invite you to explore your wildest dreams at our June Drink & Draw! Using found imagery, a variety of art utensils and mark making techniques, guest artist Vanessa Sanchez will guide us through fun and thoughtful drawing exercises that will explore creative approaches to depicting some of our weirdest dreams and imaginative ideas!

Vanessa Ann Sanchez received her BFA in Painting at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently the Director of Yollocalli Arts Reach, a member of Instituto Grafico de Chicago, and is one of the lead organizers for Villapalooza, the Little Village Music Fest. Her recent work of zines, prints and paintings have focused on feminism, magic realism, and motherhood.

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: Vanessa Sanchez, Sweetie, 2017 (detail)


Spudnik Press Community Day

2:00     Pop-Up Exhibition
2:00     Layers & Shapes: Communal Pattern Making Workshop
2:00     Assembled Parts: Collaborative Relief Printmaking
5:00     1/1: Print Politics and the Monoprint Panel Discussion

Come take part in a day of communal printmaking presented by our 2017/2018 Studio Fellows, Molly Berkson, Ben Garbus, Brendan Robson, and Cristina Umaña.

As a culminating aspect of their 7-month Fellowship, these artists have collaborated to design and present a robust day of programming that invites our community to see, make, and talk about artwork.  Spudnik Press Community Day is also a day to celebrate the artwork and accomplishments of these four emerging artist.

Spudnik Community Day will fully activate out studios and include two collaborative drop-in workshops, a pop-up exhibition, and a panel discussion. All of these activities focus on communal printmaking practices and the intersection of various processes and motives within the umbrella of printmaking.

With a focus on screenprinting and relief printing, guests will learn introductory printmaking processes through making their own prints and contributing to the creation of a collaborative group monoprint. The evening will culminate with a panel discussion exploring monoprints and ideas surrounding the political and social implications of this type of printmaking as an art form.

1/1: Print Politics and the Monoprint is a panel discussion with Chicago-based artists on the topic of monoprints and the political consciousness surrounding this form of printmaking. Unlike other types of printmaking, an image produced through monoprinting can only be made once. Using this as a point of departure for our conversation, we will address why some artists are choosing more and more to create prints of this nature and whether it’s a commercial trend or a political statement, or else something new altogether.

About the Panelists:

Jessica Christy is a printmaker, designer, and North Dakota native living in the Chicago area. She received her MFA from the University of North Dakota in 2011 and has since created works that challenge the status quo of human activity and the resulting impacts. Heavily influenced by her upbringing in the Dakota culture, Christy often weaves the Native experience into her pieces. Her work has shown both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jordan Martins received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and North Park University. He is the executive director of Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space. Martins’s visual work is based in collage processes, including mixed media two dimensional work, photography, video and installation, and he has exhibited nationally and internationally. He is co-director of the Perto da Lá, a biennial multidisplinary art event with international artists in Salvador, Brazil. From 2014 to 2016 he served on the programming committee for the Chicago Jazz Festival. He was a resident in the Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH program in 2013, a mentor for their LAUNCH program in 2016 and 2017, and currently serves on their Educational Advisory Panel.