Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and educator currently teaching at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in Motion Graphics from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in Graphic Design from DePaul University. Lisa has also received certificates in Design and Time and Poster Design from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland and is part of an electronic music collective called Chandeliers.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • 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.

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Kianni Bey

Studio Fellow 2021

Kianni Bey’s work investigates the construction of identity in a methodological way, through exploration of personal and familial histories, collaborative world building, and emergent methods of survival from Black women and femme-identified people. Her practice aims to uplift, empower, and exist as a safe space for Black and femme bodied people, driven by a desire to expand the narrative surrounding marginalized lives. Kianni’s practice consists of lens based bodies of work that visualize liberated futures and aesthetics by creating thresholds or portals to other realities.

Image: Kianni Pleasant-Bey, Fever Dream, Mixed Media; Variable dimensions, 2019

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.instagram.com/zami.mami/

Sarah Bloom

Sarah Bloom Studio is the multidisciplinary visual art studio of Sarah Bloom, a Chicago based maker and over-thinker. With a focus on thoughtful and fun design, she aims to bring joy to those who interact with her work. Sarah’s experience in a variety of design disciplines have informed her visual storytelling abilities in a unique and eclectic way. Her tactile nature and experience with traditional printmaking led to her love of all things letterpress.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.sarahbloomstudio.com

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

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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).

Shari Carrillo

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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

Kyle Dunlap

Member

Kyle Dunlap is currently a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With a background in oil painting, his present work is focusing in Photography and Print Media. While working in various modes of imagery in both of these mediums, his subject matter is engaged with exploring personal narrative in relation to literary motifs.

Services Offered:

  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.instagram.com/kanklekopter/