Orr Gidon

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)

Browne Goodwin

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.

Bert Green

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.

Vicky Grube

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.

Website:

art.appstate.edu/connect/directory/grube-vicky

Classes by this Artist:

Zine Workshop: Tiny Stories

Products by this Artist:

Efrat Hakimi

2019-20 Fellow

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

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.efrathakimi.com/

Amira Hegazy

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.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.amirahegazy.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Bookbinding Workshop: Simple Self-Publishing (June)
Bookbinding Workshop: Secret Belgian Binding (July)
Bookbinding Explorations
Bookbinding: No-Sew Books
Bookbinding: Hardcover Case Binding

Samantha Hensley

2020-21 Fellow

Sam Hensley is an printmaker, storyteller and sculptor from Kentucky. She mends together little storybooks for tales of endearing yet unsettling creatures of varying sentience. Nursing the emotion between disgust and affection for things that cannot be understood, she reflects her own experiences with mental illness, gender identity, and just feeling misshapen in your habitat. The telling of these stories is further aided by animatronic puppets that she constructs as vessels for her tragically friendly beings. She recently received her BFA from the university of Kentucky.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.samsketchbook.squarespace.com

Genie Hong

Studio Assistant

Genie Hong (b. 1997) is an artist, book maker, photographer, illustrator, and quilter based in Los Angeles and Chicago. She is Sino-Vietnamese, born and raised in the 626 area. Her work explores identity, family, politics, and the complicated situations that arise at the intersections of all of those things. Through humor, she navigates through intergenerational trauma, mental illness, buried pains, and the unique community of first generation children linked by the internet.

Genie has shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Adds Donna Gallery, and has books in the Joan Flasch Special Collections. She is a founding member of the publishing collective, West Coast Friendship Club.

Genie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019).

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

g3ni3.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Studio Access Training: Post Production Tools
Studio Access Training: Relief & Monoprinting
Studio Access Training: Nu-Arc Platemaker

Robert Kelsey

Studio Fellow (Alumni)

Robert Kelsey is a graduate of DePaul University, where he studied animation and game design. He is a book artist and illustrator whose work tends to feature elements of the uncanny and macabre presented in an approachable, cartoony style. His work has appeared in several gallery shows in the Chicagoland area and in zine fests all around the midwest. Follow him on instagram at: @robertkelseyillustration

Website:

www.robertkelseyillustration.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: The Exquisite Risographic Flip Book!
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-shirts and Totebags Screenprint Workshop
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (July)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (September)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (November)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (December)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (January)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (February)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (March)
Screenprinting Explorations (March)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (April)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (June)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (August)
Screenprinting Explorations (Mid-September 2019)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (September 2019)
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting
Screenprinting Explorations
Screenprinting Explorations
T-Shirts & Tote Bags Screenprinting Workshop
Advance Screenprinting: Image and Concept

Logan Kruidenier

Hello, my name is Logan Kruidenier.  I recently completed a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Printmaking at California State University, Chico.  My last year of study was spent abroad, at the Kunsthochschule Mainz in Germany.  As of August 2016 I live and work in Chicago.

I am a multi-media artist. I love making comics (read on my Tumblr and Ello pages), prints, drawings, and most recently I have begun staging public art installations and performances. The format of the Narrative is important to my work, as are the themes of immersion, identity, and consumption.  My industry experience includes designing logos, creating custom brands, illustration, concept art and storyboarding.

Send me an email if you would like to get in touch. I am always interested in any ideas you may have concerning collaboration, omelette combinations (personal favorite: broccoli, mushrooms, spinach and cheddar) or other questions. -Logan  : > )

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Illustration

Website:

www.logankruidenier.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Risography 101 (May)
Risography 101 (November 6)
Risography 101 (September)
Risography 101 (February 10)
Risography 101 (March)
Risography 101 (April)
Risography 101 (May)
Risography 101 (June)
Risography 101 (August)
Risography 101 (Early October)
Risography 101 (Late October)
Risography 101 (November 2019)
Risography 101 (Late September 2019)
Risography 101 (December 2019)
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101

Ryan LaFollette

Ryan LaFollette’s background is in non-profit administration and urban affairs. He has previously worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. Currently, LaFollette is the Assistant Director of the American Library Association. With a steadfast appreciation for art, LaFollette has long been a supporter and collector. His collection includes many prints by artists from Spudnik Press.