Haley Anne Amicon

My artwork is the result of how I best communicate with others and myself. Thoughts and feelings are free-flowing and forming; they cannot be contained or organized, they are hard to control because their nature is transitory. One minute they are present and concrete, and then they pass. I aim to abstract reality, process it, and return it to something tangible.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.haleyanneamicon.com

Atlan Arceo-Witzl

Past Fellow

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, 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 are current points of focus.  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.

For more, please check out Atlan’s member interview!

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.atlanaw.com/about

Project Statement:

While studying printmaking in my undergraduate program at Skidmore College, I found an interest in ritualistic repetition of form, communication through symbols, and collaboration between mediums. My heritage has played an important role in influencing the imagery of my work, drawing from Mesoamerican culture through to kitschy American print ephemera. There is a peculiar duality between things concrete and disposable, ancient and contemporary. The visual effect of a print changes depending on its context and the way it is utilized. Some display words and images to advertise or bring attention to an idea. Some adorn a blank space, adding richness to the foundation layer. Others are the couriers, the mortar between human communications. At Spudnik, I am interested in producing a cohesive body of work. I hope to experiment with printing on various substrates and combining different printing processes including letterpress, screen printing, woodcut relief, and risograph. Through this series, I seek to further explore the dynamic possibilities in communicating through symbols.

Lisa Armstrong

Fellow

Lisa Glenn Armstrong is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and educator living in Humboldt Park. She received her MFA in Motion Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts and her BFA in Graphic Design from DePaul University. Her work focuses primarily on themes of time, space, motion, and the tensions between artificial and emotional intelligence. She currently teaches as a Lecturer of Visual Communication in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University and is part of an electronic music ensemble called Chandeliers.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.lisaglennarmstrong.com/

Project Statement:

In my work, I explore themes of metaphysics, healing, and vulnerability. As a motion and graphic designer, I often employ the use of typography combined with abstraction and illustrated forms. My thesis work in graduate school involved a series of projects centered around empathy, a subject I plan to continue to investigate through my fellowship at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Julia Arredondo

Freak Momma Boss Chica

Julia Arredondo is an artist entrepreneur who recently concluded her MFA at Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Corpus Christi, TX; Julia is heavily influenced by the small, family-based businesses she grew up around. Formally trained in printmaking and specializing in artistic forms of independent publishing, Julia founded Vice Versa Press and Curandera Press as her entrepreneurial debuts. Julia is currently launching an independent media channel, QTVC Live!, which focuses on live arts sales by underrepresented makers.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.juliaarredondo.com/

Residency Period:

Sep 2015–Dec 2015

Project Statement:

Self-empowerment is a main focus of my work, specifically in the realm of publications and zines. Aspiring to be more like cartoon characters who suffer trauma but never seem to carry emotional baggage, I believe in the power of constructing positive present and future actions by taking sometimes traumatic past experiences and letting those memories work for me. I seek to empower myself and others in a way that let’s us confront oppressive experiences and turn them into badges of strength, humor, and grace.

“Hate it or love it the underdog’s on top. And I’m gonna shine homie until my heart stop.” - 50 Cent and The Game

Classes by this Artist:

Student Debt Suicide Letters

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Andrew Bearnot

Resident Artist

Andrew Bearnot (MFA, University of Chicago) is a self described “materialist”: he thinks with and through the substance of things. Informed by a background in material science (ScB, Brown University) and glass (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design), Bearnot explores moments of transcendence in the everyday. He was awarded fellowships from Fulbright and the American-Scandinavian Foundation for research on glass-making traditions in Sweden and Denmark and has been an artist-in-residence at the Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Marble House Project (Dorset, VT), and Creative Glass Center of America (Millville, NJ).

 

Image: Long Division, Installation, 2018

Website:

andrewbearnot.com/

Residency Period:

Mar 2020–Mar 2020

Marc Benja

2019-20 Fellow

Chicago based 🌈 artist. Interested in collaboration or commissions in painting, photography, quilt making/sewing, and printmaking.

Benja received his Bachelors of Arts from Columbia College Chicago with a focus in painting, printmaking, and photography. His experience with printmaking is especially focused on intaglio processes, such as drypoint and photo-sensitive printing plates, monotypes, relief printing, chine collé, and gel plate printing, using various inks and paints. After a substantial, successful corporate career, Benja is entering the Fellowship to pursue his lifelong passion for the arts.

Image: Feel FieldOil and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

 

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.marcbenja.com

Kianni Bey

My practice consists of lens based (photographic, soft sculptural) bodies of work that visualize liberated futures and aesthetics by creating thresholds or portals to other realities. Escapism and worldbuilding are foundational structures in my work.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.instagram.com/zami.mami/

Ethan G. Brown

Ethan Brown is an artist and graphic designer working in Chicago. He specializes in illustration and screen printing, and tries very hard to be a good painter.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.ethangbrown.com

Holly Cahill

Member

Holly Cahill draws inspiration from the spaces we inhabit within our shared environment. Rather than referencing any one place, the visual seams and illuminated marks in her works point to patterns drawn from construction frames hidden beneath the walls of buildings and the various functions of rooms. She is fascinated by the idea of a portal that can be defined in architecture and science fiction as a passage way for the body from one space to the other. The marrying of this concept of a portal that can bend rules of time and space with its more mundane counterpart in architecture creates a space to consider the possibilities of things beyond our comprehension yet in relationship to what is in front of our eyes.

Trained as a painter, Holly Cahill uses an exploration of materials and process to engage with ideas connected to choreography, landscape, hyper-dimensional phenomena, and architecture. Her work has been shown at Penn State University, DEMO Project, Chicago Artist Coalition, the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, D Gallery, The Franklin, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Walter Philips Gallery in Banff Canada, among others. She received her BFA in painting from Syracuse University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, 8550 Ohio, the Banff Centre, and Ox-Bow. Holly is an artist member of the newest branch of Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago.

Website:

www.hollycahill.com

Residency Period:

Jun 2018–Jun 2018

Project Statement:

As an artist in residence at Spudnik Press Cooperative, I plan to develop a new series of work that builds off of forms and processes utilized in my painting and drawing practice. My painting practice is often sculptural and I would like my works on paper to investigate a more three-dimensional component. I have been using sprayed ink and transfer processes for sometime in my works on paper and canvas. More recently, I began to use paper as a form of resist in my paintings as I cover the surface of the canvas. The paper, which becomes saturated with ink in the painting process is cut or torn and then reused in a series of collages. I am particularly fascinated by the luminous pixellated, atmospheric quality that I can achieve with spray ink and want to bring this element into a series of prints through acquatint techniques. There is also a layering process in my works on paper and canvas, that I would love to develop more through printmaking by using reflective and transparent inks. In the print studio, I also plan to experiment with textured papers that can be molded, torn, and reassembled to lift off the two-dimensional plane. These abstractions mimic clusters of soft natural environments and patterns that would then be altered by inserting geometric elements that refer to built environments such as the home, religious spaces, monumental architecture and gardens that form a bridge between interior and exterior spaces.
Image: Holly Cahill, Through the Eaves, 2013 (detail).

Shawn Calvert

Calvert & Co

Shawn Calvert is a Graphic artist and web/ux designer.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design

Website:

shawncalvert.com

Shari Carrillo

Member

I am an illustrator and personal narrative cartoonist

Services Offered:

  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

sharicarrillo.myportfolio.com

Teri Carson

2019-20 Fellow

Teresita Carson Valdéz is a Chicago based artist working in fiber, film, photography, print media and installation. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the School of the Art institute of Chicago. Recent exhibition sites include Adds Donna Gallery and Mana Contemporary. Her awards and honors include winning first prize for her screenplays Poly Esther, Chucky’s Feast, 1st and 10, Shlomo’s Night Out, and Ratacholo. Her short films have been shown at festivals around the world and at curated film exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego.

 

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.teresitacarsonvaldez.com

Yu-Hsiang “Cat” Chen

Yu-Hsiang “Cat” Chen is a Taiwanese artist, illustrator, and graphic designer currently based in Chicago, IL. She recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Studio Art. Her work often explores themes of alienation and belonging and is usually inspired by her lived experiences, science fiction, and the DIY music scene.

Image: Detail of 2B, a comic by Yu-Hsiang “Cat” Chen

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

yu-hsiangchen.squarespace.com

Aidan Ciuperca

Aidan Ciuperca is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in printmaking and drawing. He is currently working on getting his Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Website:

ciupercaart.myportfolio.com

Elke Claus

Member

My career began at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where I worked in a professional print studio, The Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. There I collaborated with New York City artists in the creation of lithography editions. At the same time, I was an intern at the infamous Franklin Furnace, an avant-garde art space in Tribeca. During those years it housed the country’s largest collection of artist’s books, which I helped organize. These two formative influences have left me with a deep love for technical craftsmanship and the daring of non-conventional, contemporary artworks. After moving to Chicago, I became a teaching assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have taught printmaking at Lill Street Art Center and The Hyde Park Art Center .

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Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.elkeworks.com

Matt Davis

Matt Davis is a printmaker and occasional cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. He runs a Risograph print shop called Perfectly Acceptable that offers affordable commission printing as well as a curated series of artist prints and books. He graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Russian Language a few years ago.

Website:

mhmdavis.com

Classes by this Artist:

Risography 101
Risography 101 (Feb 2015)
Risography (April 2015)
Risography 101 (May2015)
Risography 101 (June 2015)
Risography 101 (July 2015)
Risography 101 (Aug 2015)
Risography 101 (Sep 2015)
Risography 101 (Oct 2015)
Risography 101 (Nov 2015)
Risography 101 (Jan 2016)
Risography 101 (March 2016)
Risography 101 (May 2016)
Risography 101 (June 2016)
Risography 101 (August 2016)
Risography 101 (Sep 2016)
Risography 101 (Oct 2016)
Risography 101 (January 2017)
Risography 101 (February 2017)
Risography 101 (April 2017)
Risography 201: From Pre-Press to Publication
Risography 101 (August 2017)
Risography 101 (June 2017)
Risography 101 (July 2017)
Risography 101 (Sept 2017)
Risography 101 (Oct 2017)
Risography 101 (Nov 2017)
Risography 201: From Prepress to Publication (Sept 2017)
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101 (June)
Risography 101 (July)
Risography 101 (August)
Risography 101 (October)
Risography 101 (November 28)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (October)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (December)
Risography 101 (February 5)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (January)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (February)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (March)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (April)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (June)
Risography 101 (July)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (August)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (Early October)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (Late October)
Risography 101 (Early September 2019)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (December 2019)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files
Risography 101 (March 4)