Drink & Draw April 2018: Magical Creatures with Lauren Levato Coyne

Join us for our April Drink & Draw as we take some of the stress out of observational drawing by using taxidermy animals as a point of departure. Our guest artist is Lauren Levato Coyne, known for her fairytale-like drawings that combine simple figurative line renderings with lush illustrations of creatures. She will lead light-hearted drawing activities inspired by her own artistic practice and interest in blurring reality and non-reality. We’ll provide an array of still life props, including taxidermy specimen, for inspiration. By adding a bit of surrealism and magical flare, our Drink & Draw guests will be able to create their own mystical creatures!

Lauren Levato Coyne is a Chicago-based artist and writer. She was trained at the School of Representational Art in Chicago and studied privately with Steven Assael in NYC. Levato Coyne also holds a degree in Professional Writing from Purdue University and another in Political Journalism from Georgetown University. She regularly contributes art essays and has published several collections of poetry, and is represented by Aron Packer Projects in Chicago.

Spudnik Press would like to extend a special thank you to member Robert Kelsey and to our friends at Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities for lending us some of their specimen for this drawing session. Woolly Mammoth is a curiosity cabinet of odd, amusing and eclectic items and conveniently located at 1513 W. Foster Ave., near Clark.

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: Lauren Levato Coyne, Quickening, 2015.

Spudnik Press X Booklyn: READING RIOT

We invite you to join us for this very special event, as Artist and Booklyn Curator Marshall Weber ignites a hands-on exploration of a diverse international selection of recent artists’ books, print portfolios and zines. Including: B&D Press, Fly, God Bless Grafitti Coalition, Justseeds, Keg de Souza, LMNOPI, Re:Surgo!, Streetopia and more!

About Booklyn:
Booklyn is a not-for-profit educational organization that distributes artists’ books, zines, and prints to libraries, museums, schools, and universities in New York City, across the United States, and around the world. For 20 years, they have represented artwork designed to spark public dialog around environmental and social justice issues for positive community impact. They are an educational institution that uses art as a change agent, and are building a global network of like-minded culture makers and educators. For more information, visit booklyn.org.

Marshall Weber, b. 1960, Syosset, New York, lives in Brooklyn, NY. Weber received his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981, and in 1983 co-founded Artists Television Access in San Francisco, one of the longest (still) running alternative media art centers in the US. In 1999 he co-founded Booklyn, an artists run NGO that distributes artworks and programming that furthers social justice causes. Weber has curated hundreds of exhibitions and he is known for his outspoken advocacy for artists and groups that work outside of the mainstream art world.

Weber has collaborated with numerous social justice organizations including: CultureStrike, the Gonzalo Grillo Bus project, Interference Archive, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Justseeds, La Escuela de Cultura Popular Revolucionaria Mártires del 68, and the Occuprint Project of the Occupy Wall Street.

This event is presented by the Spudnik Press Cooperative Programming Committee and is free and open to the public.

Image: Page from “You Can’t Go Back,” an artists’ book by Brian D. Tripp

Roots | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Please join us for the opening reception of Roots, a solo exhibition featuring new work by artist Yasaman Moussavi.

The visual content of the Moussavi’s work for this exhibition is personal and intimate, consisting of etchings that depict creatures entangled in a natural space. As she explores the ties between individual and environment, she begins to unearth emotions, associations, and memories that one attaches to physical spaces to discover the abiding bond between nature and us.

For Moussavi, etching is a dance of covering and uncovering, building and destroying whatever she imagines onto her copper plates. In this sense, printmaking bridges her inner and external worlds. Moussavi also crafts an intimate relationship between her medium of choice and the visual message she wants to communicate by making her own paper. Upon layering and reconstructing handmade papers, she fuses the intricate forms found in her etchings with dynamic natural forms.

At a time in history when we suffer from great divisive rhetoric and disconnect in and with politics, the environment and each other, Moussavi dreams of growing roots and connecting with the self, nature, and people.

Yasaman Moussavi was born in Tehran, Iran and received her BFA in painting from the Al-Zahra University of Tehran and an MA in Art Studies from The University of Tehran. She also holds an MFA with an emphasis in painting and printmaking from Texas Tech University, where she explored and developed her skills in papermaking, printmaking and installation art. Moussavi has participated in many national and international exhibitions, including the Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Irving Art center, TX, A.I.R Gallery Biennial, Brooklyn, NY, “Norouzaneh” International Mini Print Annual Exhibition at Sagene Kunstsmie, Oslo, Spazio 74/b Milan and Chicago.

Roots will be on view at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622, March 9, 2018 through April 21, 2018.

Image: Yasaman Moussavi, Breathe on me, 2017.

The Hashbrown Show Down: Spudnik’s Rootin Tootin’ Fair & Chili Cook-Off

All-You-Can-Eat Chili & Tamales | Guest Juror Won Kim | Audience Choice Awards | Wild West Printmaking Games | Honky Tonk & Bluegrass by DJ Lawrence Peters

Spudnik Press is pleased to announce its eighth annual Hashbrown Chili Cook Off — The Hashbrown Showdown: Spudnik’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Fair and Chili Cook Off!

This year, we’re (fund)raisin’ hell with some of the wildest outlaws in Chicago’s art community and we reckon it’ll be more fun than shootin’ cans off a fence. Lord knows this crockpot ain’t big enough for the two of us, but Spudnik Press sure is.

Join us as 18 chefs from local organizations, businesses, and Spudnik’s own members compete for first place. Saddle up for all you can eat gullet-warming chilis in all kinds of meat and veggie varieties, be a part of the toughest guest jury west of the Loop, and try your hand at unlimited print-themed games! Not to mention you can bring your lil’ buckaroos for a discounted price! So scoot your boots on down to Spudnik Press on Saturday, February 24th from 5-9pm. We reckon you’ll have a rootin’ tootin’ time! Just like our chili fundraisers of yesteryear, this time-honored tradition will take place at Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622.

Featured Chili Chefs:

Returning Chefs
Candor Arts
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Double Trip Press
Fata Morgana Press
Read/Write Library

First Time Competitors
Alberto Aguilar
Barrel Maker Printing
Pilsen Outpost
Spiteful Brewing
Spudnik Fellows 2017

Additional contestants, include Spudnik Member teams, are  forthcoming.


All levels include unlimited chili and games.

 VIP Package: $40 Pre-sale / $45 Door
Open bar, commemorative bandana, golden spoon

General Admission: $20 Pre-sale / $25 Door
One complimentary beverages

Youth: 16 & Under: $8 Pre-sale / $10 Door
Complimentary non-alcohol beverages

RSVP on Facebook


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Winter 2018 Member Meeting

Join us for our first Member Meeting of the year and we’ll give you $500*!

*Well, sort of… The members who attend our inaugural 2018 meeting will have the privilege of choosing how we should invest this money in studio improvements and what our Equipment Fund Committee should help our members fundraise for. Last year our members picked out a new paper soaking tray, a book cradle, and a thermal binder. Plus they raised funds to purchase a new exposure unit too! Exciting, right?

In addition to getting to contribute to the planning of our 2018 Equipment Fund, staff will share insider information on a new Professional Practices program just for members. We’ll invite members to share their goals for our studio. The evening will culminate with a light art-making project or a artist presentation by a fellow member of our studio.

And as always, beer is provided!

Please RSVP to marcela@spudnikpress.org.
Not currently a member? Join Spudnik Press Cooperative

Drink & Draw February 2018: Portraits for Your Valentine with Grace Makuch

Are you tired of the way Valentine’s Day sugarcoats our relationships? Sometimes our relationships (and life in general) can be a bit barbaric, awkward, unassuming, or crude. Our portrait-themed Drink & Draw embraces drawing as a way to capture a simple, honest, authentic, whimsical, and unfiltered impression of those we love.

Grab a photo of a person or creature you really really really like (a crush, a lover, a life partner, a furry friend, your childhood hermit crab, a personal hero, your best bud). Immortalize their face in a collection of candid doodles.

Guest illustrator and humorist, Grace Makuch, will guide our guests through fun projects that co-opt office supplies (Sharpies and index cards) to create simple little portraits that are perfect to send as a valentine, a postcard, or secret note.

Grace Makuch is an artist, printmaker, and genius living in Chicago, Illinois. She is interested in the intersection of two-dimensional art and comedy, and her work often reflects themes of humor and sadness. Makuch is an alumni of the Spudnik Press Studio Fellowship Program and has experience working in various printmaking techniques.

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.

Ink & Drink Art Party for Our Giving Circle

Private Event for members of our Giving Circle

Open Bar | Appetizers | Meet our Artists | Make a Print!

As a celebration of our supportive community and a thank you to our generous donors who joined our Giving Circle by contributing $250+ throughout 2017, we are throwing an art party! Come by the studio for drinks, appetizers, and hands-on printmaking projects.

Guests will be invited to check out a variety of project throughout the studio and experience the allure of printmaking first hand. Try your hand at operating a press! Make your own print! Plus chat with Spudnik Press artists who are excited to share current projects and a behind the scenes look at their art practice.

This is a private event for our Giving Circle donors who supported us at the $250+ level in 2017. Want to join us? Make a Tax-Deductible Donation


Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange | Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Throughout Chicago’s history, printmakers played an active role in the community as publishers and distributors. Local papers were printed and distributed as early as 1833. With easy access to freight lines, numerous plants, and a growing workforce, Chicago rose to become a printing giant during the late 19th Century. At a time ruled by commercial printing, many printers and publishers relocated south of the Loop into Printers Row, also known as Printing House Row, allowing them to expand into larger facilities and bringing them closer to the Dearborn Street train station. By 1960, there were 2,100 printing establishments in the city, including the world’s three largest at the time.

But as use of automation and digital technology changed the face of commercial printing, a new group of Chicago printers emerged. Independent, artist-run shops, including Landfall Press and Plucked Chicken Press opened in the 1970s. Since then, and no longer centralized in Printers Row, many print shops sprouted throughout the city and continue to engage the community through the creation of art that embraces socially engaged themes and/or by addressing a wide range of commercial needs.

Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange is an exhibition that features a print portfolio of the same name, bringing together 26 artists/collectives from numerous print shops and studios across the city and surrounding neighborhoods. While this is a small sampling of the city’s thriving printmaking community, it is demonstrative of Chicago’s collaborative spirit and the many spaces that allow for the creation of printed work. This portfolio of prints includes multiple print processes such as screenprinting, relief, intaglio, and more.

Featured Artists:

Victoria Marie Barquin | Chicago Printers Guild, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Kai Boogert
Liz Born | Hoofprint
Matthew Bozik | Hoofprint, Chicago Printers Guild
Tiffany Breyne | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Nick Capozzoli | FugScreens Studios
John Cizmar | Chicago Printers Guild
Elke Claus | Evil Scientist
Eric Cortez | The Printstitute at Harold Washington College
Expressions Graphics
Liana Faletto
| Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago Printers Guild
Andrew Ghrist | A R Ghrist Prints
Megan Hinds | Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Gabe Hoare | Hoofprint
Carolina Martinez | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Michelle McCoy | Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Epifanio Monarrez | Instituto Gráfico de Chicago
Alexandrea Pataky | Chicago Printers Guild
Richard Repasky | The Printstitute at Harold Washington College
Nicolette Ross | Spudnik Press Cooperative, Double Trip Press
Robert Scheffler | Chicago Printers Guild, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Emily Shopp | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Randi Stella | Spudnik Press Cooperative
Hannah R. Werner | Northeastern Illinois University Printmaking Studio
Connie Wolfe | Chicago Printers Guild, Mid America Print Council, Southeastern Graphics Council International
Tara Zanzig | Tararchy Screenprinting, Fugscreens Studios, Spudnik Press Cooperative

Chicago: A Cross-Town Exchange will be on view at The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622, January 19, 2018 through March 3, 2018.

Image: Expressions Graphics, “Brownstone,” 2017.

Spudnik’s Friends & Family Holiday Party

Holiday times are here! Join Spudnik Press staff, members, teaching artists, students, friends and family for a celebratory drink at Damen Tavern (formerly Bar Deville).

Tuesday, December 12, 8pm – midnight

Damen Tavern, 701 N Damen Ave between Chicago and Grand

Plus, this is a great way to meet our new staff, Marcela Serment, Mike Pennekamp, and Tara Zanzig!

We’d love to see you! RSVP on Facebook

Drink & Draw December 2017: Home for the Holidays | Architectural Drawing with Kate Lewis

From the bowling alley where you had your 7th birthday party (complete with bumpers) to your high school stomping grounds, your hometown is a limitless source of memories and inspiration. Tap into your youthful musings as we drink and draw our way down memory lane. We’ll provide pencils, card stock, and micron pens and you provide some nostalgic photos that take you back to snow days, family traditions and early adventures. For those who look to Chicago as their hometown or source of pride, we’ll have some images on hand of Chicago’s favorite landmarks.

Kate Lewis grew to love art through her passion for math. After studying accounting for years at the University of Florida, she graduated with a BA in 2010, and immediately decided to shift to the business of illustrating. To chronicle trips taken around the world while backpacking, she found herself drawn towards buildings that best represented the experiences she was having and digesting in other cultures, and things began to spiral from there. Using what she learned about calculated angles, organization, numbers, and lines, she felt like she was working the same part of her brain to draw as she was solving complicated equations, so she ran with it and never looked back.

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.