Bianca Marks

President, Board of Directors

Bianca is founder of Marks on Canvas, a Chicago-based boutique agency that specializes in strategic creative content, marketing media, project management and public relations for clients engaged in the arts, including: visual artists, galleries, art fairs, organizations and creative spaces. She’s an arts enthusiast with 12+ years of proven expertise driving brand awareness through compelling campaigns and multi-channel communications that integrate social media, content creation, public relations material, advertising, media, and team collaboration.

Notable clients include visual artist Amanda Williams. She’s collaborated on projects with art institutions and publications including: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Arts Club Chicago, EXPO Chicago, Monique Meloche gallery, The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is a guest speaker for the 2017-2018 FIELD/WORK Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition on the subject of Marketing Strategies for Artists, the 2018 US Pavilion Venice Biennale Communications and PR liaison to Amanda Williams and Andres Hernandez and President of the Board of Directors for Chicago-based arts organization, Spudnik Press Cooperative. She resides in Chicago, IL.

Website:

www.marksoncanvas.com/

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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Aaron Maurer

Aaron Maurer specializes in brand identity, illustration and layout and has worked across several areas of the field including marketing, events, packaging, retail, publishing and the non-profit sector. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2006, he spent two years working in Geneva, Switzerland, as a designer for a human rights advocacy NGO. A passion for using his skills to serve others informs his life and work, and he enjoys projects that give back to society. Aaron is an active participant in Chicago’s design community, volunteering with the AIGA Chicago and a member of Spudnik Press printmaking cooperative, among other ventures. An avid fan of music and film, he can often be found at indie rock shows, summer festivals or movie theatres around town. He also enjoys running (including the occasional marathon in support of Team World Vision), reading and pub trivia in his spare time.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.aaronmaurer.com

Margaret McGill

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

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

mgsmks.tumblr.com/

Cheryl McGugan

Perfectartpeace.com was inspired by a line in an old prayer book, The Key of Heaven, that says, “ holy rest is found in Thee who art our perfect peace.” As a lifelong Chicago resident the art work I create has been featured in non-profit events and churches for decades. We now live in an age where once sacred images have lost much of their power to grasp either heart or mind. Wings and angels are my favorite motif. Working in multiple media with found objects and repurposed materials I create art for the joy of it, and as a reminder that the sacred has a role in our everyday life. I am a resident artist at ClaySpace in Lisle, IL and a member of Spudnik Press in Chicago, IL. PEACE, Cheryl

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

www.perfectartpeace.com/home

Sean McInerney

Sean Mac

Sean Mac likes comics, cartoons, and makin neat prints. He enjoys making stories that make people laugh and feel good! His hobbies include yoga, running, and petting dogs.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.sugarbro.com

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/

Dutes Miller

Board of Directors

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.

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Yasi Moussavi

Yasi 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.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
Papermaking: Pulp Painting (July)

Aron Packer

Board of Directors

Starting in the late 80’s as an American folk art dealer, Aron Packer built his early career focusing on outsider and self taught artists. Also exhibiting unusual objects such as sideshow banners, tattoo drawings, and wild looking magic tricks, his early venue was an apartment gallery, and he became known for a broad yet unusual vision. He added contemporary art and established his first public gallery in 1992 in Wicker Park, joining an alternative gallery scene that included Beret International, Ten in One, and Oscar Friedl Gallery. As business forces changed over the past 25+ years, Packer migrated to locations in River North and the West Loop, continuing to expand his notable group of artists. In 2015 he closed Packer Schopf Gallery on West Lake Street after nearly a decade of ambitious shows. Currently Aron Packer Projects has a permanent pop-up space in the offices of the Chicago Gallery News through 2018 which is open 5 days a week. The Gallery lives on!

Website:

www.packergallery.com/

Angelika Piwowarczyk

Design by Angelika

Design by Angelika is a multi-service design and print shop based in Chicago led by Angelika Piwowarczyk (and her trusted sidekick, Flora the German Shepherd). The projects that come out of this little studio vary from custom stationery to small business branding to commissioned artwork, and anything in between!

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

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
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting
Illustrative Lettering: Combining Word & Image
Letterpress I: Movable Type + Polymer Plates
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting (February)
Illustrative Lettering (February)
DIY Screenprinted Tea Towels (February)

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Emma Punch

Emma Punch is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL. Her practice consists of animation, comics, printmaking, and sculpture. Her work focuses on finding humor and relatability in everyday objects or phenomenons that tend to go unnoticed.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.emmapunch.online

Brendan Robson

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.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.brendanrobson.com

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/

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Zakia Rowlett

Experimental Graphic designer. Specializing in logo, branding, book design, posters. Secondary interest in screen printing/book making.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

kianijee.com/work

David Ruff

my name is david ruff, and i am a chicago based contemporary artist working in a variety of media.  my artistic processes began as a child in south carolina, where i experimented with many different types of art.  

my 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 my life has prompted me to take a look at the world from a different angle…which improves the view tremendously.

i 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.  i still go back to my roots by doing screenprinting, woodcut and linoprints on occasion. currently i am working on a series of woodcuts based on the architecture and feelings of an urban environment.

my work has been exhibited at shows and cultural events throughout the chicago area.  i am currently selling works through the pop up gallery in evanston, illinois as well as directly through my site and etsy.  i am also available for commissions.

personal information:

david ruff (b. 1969)

hoffman estates, il

(224)422-8605

ruffcreator@gmail.com

http://www.ruffmade.com

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.ruffmade.com/