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.

Angee Lennard

Founder & Director

In the ten years since Angee Lennard founded Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago’s nonprofit community-based printmaking studio, the organization has evolved from an experimental work/live space to a multi-facetted organization unique in its dedication to providing approachable access to fine art printmaking to anyone who wishes to be creative through print. Under her leadership, Spudnik Press Cooperative provides pathways for individuals to grow their artistic practice over time and at their own pace through studio access, residencies, fellowships, classes, exhibitions, collaborative projects and public programs.

Angee Lennard is also a devoted educator whose teaching experience ranges from arts administration to illustration. As a lecturer at SAIC in the Arts Administration and Policy department, Lennard is able to share her perspective on the parallels between art making and arts administration and inspire students to find enjoyment in administrative roles. At Marwen, Lennard leads high school students through illustration, design, and printmaking projects. Her teaching at Spudnik Press Cooperative focuses on the technical elements of printmaking. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmedia from SAIC in 2005.

Fun Facts: Angee owns chickens (and eggs)! She believes that the egg came first.

E-mail: angee@spudnikpress.org

Photo by Jamie Davis.

Website:

www.angeelennard.com

Classes by this Artist:

Intro to Printmaking
Stop Motion Animation
Printmaking Survey: Monoprinting, Etching, Letterpress
Screenprinting Refresher
Screenprinting Refresher
Printmaking Foundations: Relief, Etching, Screen
Screenprinting 201: Color Theory for Screenprinters
Etching & Intaglio Printmaking
Screenprinting Refresher
Screenprinting Refresher (Sep 2016)
Etching & Intaglio Refresher
Printmaking Foundations
Screenprinting Refresher
Color Theory for Screenprinters
Printmaking Foundations
Screenprinting Refresher (July 2017)
Screenprinting Refresher (Oct 2017)
Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing
Screenprinting Refresher
Screenprinting 201: Color for Screenprinters
Screenprinting Refresher
Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing
Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing (January)

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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/

Sean McInerney

Sean Mac

Sean Mac is a Chicago-based illustrator, cartoonist, and muralist.

He uses comic books and zines as a platform for storytelling and narrative. His work uses loose linework and vibrant colors to tell humorous and intimate stories within each panel. In addition to self publishing his comics his work includes screenprinting and public art. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.sugarbro.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.

Classes by this Artist:

Introduction to Paper Marbling

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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/

Mike Pennekamp

Mike Pennekamp is not only the Studio Technician at Spudnik Press. He is also an internationally exhibited artist, printmaker, and illustrator. Mike earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010 and spent the next five years working at Tom Huck’s Evil Prints in St. Louis, MO. Eventually he decided to earn his terminal degree and, in 2017, graduated University of Arkansas with his MFA with a concentration in Printmaking.

Website:

www.mikepennekamp.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Printmaking Foundations
Screenprinting Explorations (April 2018)
Printmaking Foundations
Screenprinting Explorations (September)
Relief Printmaking (May)

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)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (November 2019)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (December 2019)
Invitation Design: Hand Illustration + Digital

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Monika Plioplyte

Monika Plioplyte currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. She was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and moved to the United States with her family in her early teens. Plioplyte received her BFA in printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (‘12) and her MFA in Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (‘19). She has been a recipient of Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Travel award for printmakers (‘12), Blanche E. Colman Award (‘16) and John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Grant (‘17). Currently she is a co-director and curator at Three Seeds Gallery in Pilsen.

Plioplyte works in various media such as printmaking, performance, photography, and ceramics. Drawing from her historic identity as it relates to the worlds of Lithuanian tradition, the immigrant experience, and the struggle between the psychological and physical self, she grounds her experiences to cross-reference seemingly disparate parts of her cultural objects, behaviors, and physical life. Thinking about the body as the paradox of contained and container at once, Plioplyte focuses on capturing the boundaries of the body as object and the limits of its physical extension into space. In her practice she explores and breaks down the boundaries of human experience, however anxious or unsettling, it is a permanent state of transition. Rooted in feminist ideas and tensions between the experiences of pleasure and pain, Plioplyte deconstructs and reinvents the body.

Image: Monika Plioplyte, I for Nested Pattern, 2019

Website:

monikaplioplyte.com/home.html

Classes by this Artist:

Monotypes & Collographs

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