Grace Makuch

Grace Makuch is a printmaker and artist living in Chicago, Illinois. She is interested in the dissemination of language and information within the context of contemporary social entropy. Deeply bothered by a political administration and status quo that is shrouded in secrecy and thrives upon the decomposition of thoughtful communication, Makuch makes work that is a call and response to feeling helpless, manic, and confused in the 21st century. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Magna Cum Laude, from Columbia College in 2016. Her work has been shown at the Chicago Printmaker’s Collaborative, Spudnik Press, and Mouthwash Magazine. Makuch is a recent alumni of the Spudnik Press Studio Fellowship program.

She may be reached at gmakuch1@gmail.com.

 

Updates on her ongoing drawing project and other art related content can be viewed at instagram.com/polenta_girl

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.gracemakuch.com

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: Riso on the Run: How to Quickly Print and Bind Your Own Getaway Planner

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Dan Manion

Fellow

A recent BFA Printmaking graduate of Ohio University, Dan Manion is an interdisciplinary artist and storyteller with an affinity for all forms of visual and auditory narrative. He wishes to continue pursuing printed and moving imagery to expand upon his experimentation with various storytelling forms which allow us to simultaneously escape, cope with, and confront our own experiences with the world. His narrative goals aim to evoke intimate, visceral and empathetic connections between diverse viewers.

Website:

www.danmanion.net

Project Statement:

I am interested in experimenting with various materials to craft compelling stories.

In August of 2016, my brother and I exhibited a collaborative installation called “We Are Building A Ship,” where we crafted an experimental comic consisting of three interrelated storylines, each covering their own wall. The comics surrounded the viewer, placing them in the center of this imagined world. We used large screen printed comic panels in tandem with painted glass sculptures of the setting in which these stories were taking place. We wanted the audience to experience a fictional world we conceived through small fragments that provoked further investigation.

My intention with this Studio Fellowship is to continue my experimentation using print media as a vehicle to produce immersive narratives. Stories ​encourage empathy, which is exceedingly important in cultivating understanding between individuals, especially in the current political climate. ​These stories would be told through comics, vignettes, moving imagery, and other forms. I want to utilize printmaking methods I am already familiar with (i.e. relief and silkscreen) as well as with methods I would like to learn more about (i.e. risography and letterpress) to disseminate my work.

Victoria Martinez

Victoria Martinez is a transdisciplinary artist and educator from Chicago who explores installation art, site-specific experiments, screenprinting, and painting. She believes in chance and intuition, creating projects for galleries and ephemeral experiences in the urban environment. Martinez works with vibrant colors; pattern based textiles, and overlooked items, sewing them together to create fresh perspectives. She has exhibited at Northwestern University, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Arts Incubator. Upcoming projects include group exhibitions at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Roots and Culture, and a solo exhibition at Washington State University.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

victoria-martinez.com/

Residency Period:

Sep 2012–Dec 2012

Project Statement:

Victoria Martinez is interested in structures of mixed media ephemeral collages. Her objectives are to establish urban environmental interventions within abandoned spaces, on her own and in collaboration with the people who live in close proximity to these spaces. These urban interventions ultimately culminate with performances that are directly related to the art work(s). While in residence, Victoria Martinez has created an edition of vibrant screenprints on paper. During her residency she created work based on the trips between her Pilsen apartment and Spudnik Press in the Ukrainian Village. Inspired by text, found objects and urban detritus, Martinez created ephemeral collages that give a second life and greater meaning to previously discarded materials.

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Carolina Martinez

Carolina Martinez is an artist and graphic designer who works mainly on print media, illustration and book arts. She has worked in commercial print graphic design alongside more personal artistic projects.

Working mainly on acrylic paintings, she creates illustrations and sketches about both private and universal references of miniature worlds that reflect her everyday, scratching and adding layers in order to give expression to her own perceptions of what is real and what is fantasy.

Carolina Martinez (born in 1983) is from Bogota, Colombia.

Website:

carolinamartinez.work/

Project Statement:

As a recent immigrant, I’ve been struggling to find a place that I can confidently call home. I moved to the United States over a year ago and have been deliberately processing my experience through the creative process. Over the last five months I’ve been exploring the idea of home through a series of acrylic paintings that use the metaphor of a soil sample as a way to illustrate a deeper understanding of the meaning of home. A soil sample is the term used in geology to describe a portion of the earth that is extracted and then studied to test the quality of the soil. I have created a series of illustrations of small universes that reflect places, cities and countries I have lived in. I want to translate all the visual language from the acrylic paintings into printed media, as a way to explore different colors, textures and narratives for that imagery, and collect them within a printed book that intends to answer the following questions: -What is home? -Where is home located? -What does home looks like? -Who do you share home with? -What is the difference between your past/present/future home?

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: Paste Papers (Plus Accordion Books!)

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Judith Mayer

Judith Mayer Creative

Judith is an illustrator and lettering artist with a love for letterpress printing. She received her BFA from Ball State University with majors in Graphic Design and in Photography.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

www.keyworddesign.com

Olivia McClean

My name is Olivia McLean, and I am a mixed media illustrator, and designer from Chicago. When I’m not working I’m usually burning food, ordering food, eating food, and always drawing food.

Website:

oliviamcleanart.com/

Margaret McGill

Always messing around with various processes, especially screen printing and relief.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

mgsmks.tumblr.com/

Keara McGraw

Keara McGraw is a Chicago-based illustrator whose passion for storytelling just barely eclipses that for peanut butter. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago, and was named Columbia College’s 2015 Illustrator of the Year.

Illustration is her library, and she loves archiving details through research and linework. She began screenprinting because her heart felt a calling for handmade kitchen towels, and thinks ironing is cathartic. She will never stop drawing birds.

Website:

www.kearamcgrawcreative.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Wearable Prints: Screen Print Your Own… (Sep 2016)
Wearable Prints: Screen Print Your Own…
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (April 2017)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (Sept 2017)
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting (Nov 2017)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (Nov 2017)

JJ McLuckie

JJ McLuckie is a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist,  muralist, and Creative Director for Manifest Urban Arts Festival.

Through highly calculated layouts and improvised content based on emotion, he aims to create an experience in each piece that alters depending on one’s point in their life at that moment. The subjects of his work often embrace an abstract or surrealistic quality that floats between child-like innocence and manic obsession, often creating opposing responses of humour and discomfort.

JJ creates in hope of projecting the feelings of excitement and unpredictability that he experiences while drawing onto both people that may have never drawn since grade school and those who do every day.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

www.jjmcluckie.com/

Sula Medovoy

Sula is a recent graduate with BFAs in Graphic Design and Printmaking from Ohio University. She is currently working as a Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

sula.medovoy.com

Dutes Miller

Website:

westernexhibitions.com/artist/dutes-miller/

Residency Period:

Sep 2008–Nov 2008

Project Statement:

Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger’s first collaborative show occurred at Western Exhibitions in the Spring of 2007 and was reviewed in TimeOut Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago-based couple has been creating collaborative works since they starting dating years ago, this work creates a distinct body of work separate from their individual studio practices. Miller’s personal work is often paintings or collages with themes of hardcore gay, hyper masculine, body-centric images, rather than focusing on partnerships and domestic.

Feliz Lucia Molina

Feliz Lucia Molina was born & raised in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, to Filipino immigrant parents who ran crisis heterotopias from the early 1980s to mid 2000s. During this time, she lived in various houses converted into board-and-care facilities for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities.

She holds a BA in Writing & Literature and minor in Religious Studies from Naropa University and MFA in Literary Arts (Poetry) from Brown University. A recipient of poetry fellowships from Kundiman and The MacDowell Colony, she taught poetry at Brown University, Cal State San Marcos, and UC San Diego.

Her books are Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press, 2013 & 2016) and The Wes Letters (Outpost19, 2014). Her chapbooks are An Essay Of Things About Someone I First Met and Spent Time With For One Day in Tokyo (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014) and Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary Press, 2016). Her generative poetry book, Roulette, is forthcoming from Make Now Books in 2018. She is working on a second poetry collection, Thundercastle, and an autobiographical screenplay about growing up in board-and-care facilities. Her work has appeared in and is forthcoming PEN America, Open Space, PoetryNow (Poetry Foundation), Fence, among others.

Based in Chicago and the Southern California desert with Ben Segal, she makes chapbooks for Museum Of Expensive Things, is a poetry editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, and is a co-organizer of Desert Poetry. From 2017-2019, she is a Master’s candidate in clinical social work at the School of Social Work Administration supported by a Dean’s Distinguished Leadership scholarship at The University of Chicago.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.felizluciamolina.com/

Yasaman Moussavi

Yasaman Moussavi is a visual artist whose work reflects the spiritual attachment to places and the emotional tension between today’s precarious living and the Persian’s poetic tradition of “living in harmony with nature.” Moussavi was born in Tehran, Iran and she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Al-Zahra University of Tehran.

She holds an MFA degree with an emphasis in painting and print making from Texas Tech University, where she explored and developed her skills in papermaking, printmaking and installation art. She has participated in many group national and international exhibitions such as 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.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

yasamanmoussavi.wordpress.com/

Residency Period:

Sep 2017–Dec 2017

Project Statement:

During this residency, my aim is to translate human experiences of transition and displacement into a visual language by creating a series of prints made out of textured hand-made papers, such as kenaf and other natural materials. I would like to create a body of work based on my personal journey from my home country, Iran, to the U.S., and explore the feelings associated with being in between places. My final exhibition will consist of etchings that depict creatures entangled in a natural space. I want to explore the ties between individual and environment, and unearth emotions, associations, and memories that one attaches to physical spaces to discover the abiding bond between nature and us.

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: Handmade Paper: Adventures with Pulp, Embedding, and Laminating
Papermaking (Sept 2017)
Papermaking: Pulp, Sculpt and Print

Kristin Nason

“Growing up on Cape Cod, MA, whatever I was doing I was usually aware of whether the tide was coming in or going out.

Now in Chicago, I check the weather more than the tides. I live with my husband, an art historian and partner in utopian dreaming, and a few plants.

All of my work is dedicated to the people who have made it possible for this person, to be in this moment, writing this to you.” – Kristin

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

kristinnason.com

Maggie O’Brien

I’m originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to Chicago for school. I am strongly interested in printmaking, cartooning, and the wide, ever-changing world of illustration. I studied Illustration in the BFA program at Columbia College Chicago, and I currently live in the Lakeview area of Chicago. I love going to art fairs (my favorite is Renegade Craft Fair), and collecting artist’s prints, as well as their business cards so I can learn more about their work. I like the idea of making art accessible to collectors and the general art-loving public by showing at fairs and having an online presence.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.maggieobrien.net/

Kristi O’Meara

Kristi O’Meara is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and author living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She is the founder and co-director of The Patternbase.

She received her bachelor of fine arts in 2009 from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she studied painting, design, and fiber arts.

Kristi released her first publication, The Pattern Base: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs through Thames & Hudson Publishing in 2015. Her work has been featured in IdNCool HuntingCS | Modern LuxuryDutch ElleSelvedgeNSS, and WGSN homebuildlife, among others.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design

Website:

www.kristiomeara.com/

Olivia Orndorff

After traveling over the US, Europe and Asia, Olivia currently lives in Chicago.
One of these winters she’ll pack it up, but until then you can find her at rummaging
through a bookstore, at a bar, or out for a run.

Want to chat? Have a question?
You can email her at olivia@oliviaorndorff.com

Website:

www.oliviaorndorff.com/

Elise Parisian

Elise Parisian is a Chicago based mixed media artist working primarily with etching and collage. She recently graduated from Smith College with a degree in Studio Art.

Website:

elise-parisian.squarespace.com/

Ashish Patel

Don’t talk to me. I see through you and everyone else and you’re probably pretty boring, most people are. I’m just here to make stuff, I don’t want you to see what that is. But maybe you’re cool, in which case I might ask you for an opinion or give you a beer at open studio. Don’t be a bummer, because I’d rather be alone than unhappy.

Angelika Piwowarczyk

Design by Angelika

Angelika is the founder and owner of Design by Angelika, a multi-service design and print shop based in Chicago, Illinois. We specialize in design for all of life’s special occasions and love to work on projects that reflect our love for travel, illustration and all things nature. We’ve worked with engaged couples, expecting couples, non-profits, small businesses, illustration lovers to create custom invitations, commissioned art, logos and branding, tattoo designs and so much more!

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Illustration

Website:

www.designbyangelika.com

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art (WI2015)
Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art
Card Making Workshop: Hand Lettering and Screenprinting
Screenprint Your Own Gift Set
DIY Gifts: Kitchen Tea Towels
Hand Lettering Workshop
Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting
Illustrative Lettering: Combining Word & Image
Make Your Own Wall Art: Chicago Edition
Adobe Illustrator for Printmakers
DIY Screenprinted Tea Towels
Screenprinting On Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art (Dec 2017)
DIY Screenrprinted Tea Towels (Dec 2017)
DIY Screenprinted Tea Towels
DIY Valentines: Screenprint Your Own Cards
Hand Lettering
Make Your Own Wall Art: Chicago Edition

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George Porteus

George Porteus is an Illustrator and Cartoonist. Born in Massachusetts, in 2007 he recieved a BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art , in Baltimore, MD. Since he began making comics in Chicago four years ago they have appeared in local publications such as Lumpen and NewCity, and mini-comic anthologies like Dip and Old School Trolls. He has self-published six books, including this year’s Enter To Exitand Naked Mole Rats, and is a member of the comics collective Trubble Club and of Spudnik Press Co-operative, respectively. In 2016 he was named as a runner-up for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo’s annual CupCAKE award. He lives with his partner and their cat on the lower-west side of Chicago, IL.

Website:

www.georgeporteus.com/

Brendan Robson

Fellow

Currently a designer in Chicago, Brendan Robson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Graphic Design in May of 2017. As a designer Brendan enjoys exploring the areas of intersection between analog and digital content and the opportunities for discovery that exists within that space. Primarily focused on aspects of design, printmaking, and multimedia installation, Brendan’s personal body of work addresses themes of memory constructs, genetics, digital identity, and stasis.

Website:

www.brendanrobson.com

Project Statement:

Earlier this year, I created a piece about the parallels between corals forming a reef and queer identified individuals forming communities. This project led to a summer-long exploration into queer identity's place in naturally occurring environments and popular media's metaphoric use of these environments.

As part of my fellowship at Spudnik Press, I would like to continue to explore these ideas and produce a primarily screenprinted publication (or publications) that brings together research, imagery, creative writings, and more about queer experience and memories of queerness. The idea that the senses activate memories, and environments activate senses, allows for an exploration that continues the core theories I have applied to my work over the past year. One aspect of these publications that I would like to pursue is the idea of deliberately leaving some sections blank for a collaborator to come in and add a design/drawing of their own. By screenprinting this series I believe I will have more unique controls over the structure of the book than riso-based processes, and this will also allow for expressive compositions and a stronger narrative.

Brad Rohloff

Brad Rohloff is a artist, printmaker, and comics maker hailing from Wisconsin but living in Chicago. His work ranges from appropriated sculptural and printed material to self published and performed comics. Brad runs an comics, zines, and artists’ books publishing house in Chicago called Bred Press, which looks to provide a platform by which to support domestic and international contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter. Brad likes big dogs and jokes. He has also helped organize the performative comics reading event Brain Frame, and used to be a Spudnik Press intern a long time ago.

Brad got his BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2014.

Website:

www.brohloff.me/ www.bredpress.com/

Emilio Rojas

Emilio Rojas was born in Mexico City, (ca.1985) he is a multidisciplinary artist,working primarily in performance, using, film, video, photography,installation,  public interventions and sculpture. His works have been exhibited in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Austria, England, Greece, France,  Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. He has attended numerous residencies including the Banff Centre, Elsewhere Museum, the Surrey Art Gallery, the Botin Foundation, Hammock Residency, and Pirate Camp: Stateless Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.Besides his artistic  practice, Emilio is also a yoga teacher, translator, community activist and anti- oppression facilitator with Migrant and Queer Youth. His work is represented by Jose de la Fuente in Santander, Spain. Last year Rojas moved to Chicago, where he is pursuing an MFA in the performance department at the School of the Art Insitute of Chicago. He has a BFA from Emily Carr University, in Film Video and Integrated Media and lived in Vancouver, Canada for 8 years, before moving to Chicago.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

performancero.com

David Ruff

David Ruff is a Chicago based contemporary artist working in a variety of media.  His artistic processes began as a child in South Carolina, where he experimented with many different types of art.  His work is characterized by a love of details, the architecture of objects and the geometry surrounding the subject.  Inspirations can come from real life or from a very fertile imagination. Most recently, a change in David’s life has prompted him to take a look at the world from a different angle…which improves the view tremendously.

David studied both architecture and visual arts at Clemson University and received a degree in business management.  After many years in the business world, he struck out on his own to pursue his artistic career.  While studying visual arts, David developed a love for the art of printmaking and that has translated into many ideas from this medium into other types of artwork including photography, digital artwork and paintings.  David still goes back to his roots by screenprinting, woodcut and linoprints on occasion.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.ruffmade.com/