Lydia Godfrey Evans is a letterpress printer who incorporates design, illustration, and many printing and craft methods to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She specializes in wedding invitations and other custom pieces for clients, in addition to printing for other designers. Lydia designs and prints unique pieces for each client to match their style and bring their vision to life. She loves the creative process and the craft of letterpress and how it can empower individuals to express themselves in a personal, tangible way. Share the joy of letterpress!
Classes by this Artist:Letterpress 201: The Vandercook: Maintenance, Adjustments & TLC
Letterpress 201: The Vandercook: Maintenance, Adjustments & TLC
Letterpress 201: Perfecting the Platen Press
Ruby Figueroa is an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago, IL. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from Concordia University Chicago, and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book, Paper, and Print Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Prior to joining the Spudnik Press staff, Ruby worked as the Technical Facilities coordinator at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and as the Printshop Support Assistant at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her artistic work explores the idea of home, and the relationships between humans, loss, time, and heartbreak. Her autobiographical essays are mixed with experimental nonfiction seen in her zines, artist books, monoprints, poetry broadsides, and videos.
Fun Facts: Ruby has a cat named Cobra and her favorite food is ceviche.
Classes by this Artist:Letterpress: Movable Type + Polymer Plates
Studio Access Training: Post Production Tools
Chris Flynn is an artist, printmaker and drummer from Chicago who earned his MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2017. Since earning his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999, Flynn has been the Master Printer for Anchor Graphics, collaborating with an extensive range of artists and teaching printmaking to students of all ages and experience.
Chris Flynn’s current art practice builds on an open body of work entitled The Antigravity Puppet Project, which integrates sculptural papermaking and print media with percussion music and sound art. The Puppet is a self-portrait as a human-scale marionette, while The Antigravity Project is its dissection by image and sound. The figure, its fragmented image and its internal soundscape are played beside each other in translation games between graphic and musical forms, telling the allegory of the puppet through percussive sound composition, photogravures, visual scores and data glitches.
Classes by this Artist:Photopolymer Intaglio
Photopolymer Intaglio (May)
Ben Garbus is an artist working in Chicago. He holds a BA from Oberlin College and has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. Garbus hails from western Massachusetts.
My practice is rooted in re-framing that which reads as neutral, atemporal, and mundane, because now more than ever, nothing is. At Spudnik, I’ll be developing a suite of text-based works on paper that mobilize the gravity of print media to elaborate upon banal phraseology, constructing ordinary ideas as authentic fragments of subjective experience through print. Handmade signage, small-town newspapers, tattoos, and comics, all printed indications of the way people find meaning in everydayness, will serve as key points of reference for me.
Orr Gidon currently resides in Chicago as a freelance artist, designer, and fabricator. Gidon earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they studied Printmedia and 3D Design & Fabrication. In their 2D work, Gidon is stimulated by pattern, repeating line and shape to create visual movements, and optical illusions inspired by patterns of human behavior. Within their 3D practice, Gidon explores concepts of change and movement through processes of material manipulation, particularly using wood and metal.
Their design work emphasizes principles of ergonomics, multi-functionality, and sustainability with a sculptural approach. Part of their time is spent working with steel at Manifold, a metal furniture fabrication studio.
Classes by this Artist:Screenprinting 201: Textiles
Relief Printing & Repeat Patterns (June 2017)
Screenprinting on Textiles (March)
Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Magdalena Glotzer recently graduated from the University of Chicago where she received a dual-degree in Art History and East European Studies. Her undergraduate research focused on analyzing Ancient Mesoamerican ceramic figures as a method of understanding cross-cultural exchange. She is passionate about arts education and supporting emerging artists, scholars, and creative communities. This summer, Magdalena interned at the Norton Museum of Art in Florida with the Curatorial and Education departments. There, she led museum tours for summer camps and curated an exhibition on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. She has also worked at the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Visual Resources Center in the Art History Dept. at the University of Chicago, and the Smart Museum of Art. In her spare time, she dabbles in black and white film photography, painting, drawing, and poetry.
Fun facts: Magdalena is training for a triathlon and has run across the state of Iowa 3 times!
Photo by Erik L. Peterson
Board of Directors
Browne Goodwin began collecting art in the 1970s, and has been a champion of emerging artists across the country, specifically in Texas, LA, and Chicago.
Vice President, Board of Directors
Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago. He has lived in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Bert Green Fine Art focuses on fine art marketing, sales and curation, with an emphasis on art’s role, impact and interaction with trends in urban economic development and revitalization, technology and culture. The gallery represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and works with specialty print houses to produce unusual and rare limited edition lithographs, letterpress, and photographic prints.
Professor of Art Education
Vicky Grube earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois. After teaching in an early childhood program in Urbana, Il and the ECEC lab school in Iowa City, Iowa, Grube received an MFA in theatre arts from the University of Iowa. She was awarded four state, one regional and one national NEA. She became the director of a Suzuki preschool arts program in Iowa City, taught art, art education and theatre design as an adjunct at the University of Iowa, Mt Mercy College and Cornell College while earning a PhD in art education from the University of Iowa. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in numerous locations such as University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Lloyd Shinn Gallery, Chicago Illinois, The Joslyn Art Museum, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Museum, University of Iowa, Cornell College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, East Tennessee State University among other galleries.
Classes by this Artist:Zine Workshop: Tiny Stories
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Hakimi received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019) and is the recipient of the Katz International Photography Award (2018). She graduated from Hamidrasha School of Art (2016, with honors) and holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering (BGU, 2010). Her work had been exhibited in Chicago, Tokyo, Shanghai, Medellín, Marseille, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and is included in the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection in Chicago, The Nahum Gutman Museum collection and the IBM Collection in Tel Aviv.
Image: Efrat Hakimi, corner office (flotilla VII), acrylic on paper, 2017
Amira Hegazy creates prints, drawings, collages, animations, and interactive experiences that manipulate popular and recognizable forms of image-making to produce art that addresses political and social issues in visually comfortable ways. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois though she is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she grew up between traditional American and Egyptian cultures. Amira’s experiences with racial and gender-based discrimination inform her work and motivate her activism.
Amira is an MFA candidate in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2015 with a BA in Studio Art and Sociology and honors in International Immersion. Social science and research continue to be an important part of her artistic practice. Amira works as an artist, letterpress printer, educator, and book restoration technician. She has exhibited her work at the International Print Center of New York, The William King Museum of Art and other international venues.
Amira is the proprietor of Statement Letterpress + Design where she creates custom prints, books, stationary and editions.
- Exhibition Opportunities
- Printmaking Commissions
Classes by this Artist:Bookbinding Workshop: Simple Self-Publishing (June)
Bookbinding Workshop: Secret Belgian Binding (July)
Bookbinding: No-Sew Books
Bookbinding: Hardcover Case Binding
Studio Fellow 2019
Ally Hembree is a printmaker focused in screen printing, relief, and polyester plate lithography. She has a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound. The subject matter of Ally’s work is heavily influenced by the environment in which she creates. While at the University of Puget Sound, she connected her critical interest in film media with her printmaking. Her senior thesis, Moments, inspired by the unforgiving Pacific Ocean, was an installation of 40+ polyester plate lithographs. Artist Anida You Ali awarded Ally the 2018 Student Art Show Juror Prize for her print, Power Based Violence, a catalogue of media produced by Harvey Weinstein. Currently, Ally is focused on incorporating the unforgiving Chicago cityscape into her print making practice.
Image: Ally Hembree, Selection from collection Moments, Polyester Plate Lithography, 2018
Classes by this Artist:First Impressions: Ally Hembree | Linoleum Block Printing
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