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 was a recipient of the Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Travel award for printmakers (‘12), the Blanche E. Colman Award (‘16) and the 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 cross-references seemingly disparate parts of her cultural objects, behaviors, and physical life. Thinking about the body as the paradox of contained and container, 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 and the permanent state of transition however anxious or unsettling it may be. 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

Nicolette Ross

Nicolette has long been a contributor to the Spudnik Press community. Since first joining our organization in 2012, Nicolette has been an active member and volunteer, while teaching many of our relief printmaking and bookbinding classes.

She holds a BFA with an emphasis in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

She is the Studio Manager at Double Trip Press, a premier letterpress studio located in the East Lakeview neighborhood.

@rosspressandbindery

www.nicoletteross.com

nicoletterossprint@gmail.com

 

Website:

www.nicoletteross.com

Classes by this Artist:

Relief Printmaking: Innovative Approaches
Clamshell Boxmaking
Bookbinding (Fall 2014)
Clamshell Boxmaking
Relief Printmaking
Bookbinding (WI2015)
Bookbinding
Bookbinding 201: The Coptic
Bookbinding 201: The Longstitch
The Book and the Box: Two-Tiered Box & Coptic Book Intensive
Relief Printmaking: Print Meets Book
Bookbinding 201: Hard Cover Stab Binding
Relief Printmaking
Book Camp: Tiered Box & Coptic Book Set
Relief Printmaking Refresher
Bookbinding: The Coptic Stitch
Bookbinding: The Long Stitch
DIY Gifts: Handmade Notebooks
Printmaking Foundations
The Artist Book: Design & Construction
Printmaking Foundations: Screenprinting, Relief, Etching (Sept 2017)
Bookbinding (Oct 2017)
DIY Bookbinding: Hardbacked Journal (Dec 2017)
Bookbinding
Relief Tester & Refresher
Bookbinding for Comics and Zines
Relief Tester & Refresher
Clamshell Box Making Workshop
Bookbinding Workshop: Quarter Leather Longstitch
Bookbinding 101: Hardcover Books
Clamshell Boxmaking (March)
Relief Printmaking (January)
Bookbinding: Longstitch Books

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Jake Saunders

Jake Saunders is a Chicago artist working in printmaking as well as drawing and painting. Hailing from Muncie, Indiana, Jake grew up with a love for a variety of narrative based art forms, which became a focus in his art practice. After becoming fascinated with the unique aesthetics of woodcuts and etchings and their aptitude for seriality and multiplicity, Jake earned a BFA and MA in printmaking from Ball State University and went on to earn his MFA at the University of Connecticut. He has since gone on to show nationally and internationally. Today, Jake’s work amalgamates narratives to explore the concept of tragedy in forms both grand and mundane.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

jakesaunders.net/

Residency Period:

Sep 2016–Dec 2016

Project Statement:

Through the use of pre­-established and widely known narratives, my works use symbols, references and visual tropes as a foil for personal and often common experiences. My use of these stories provides a ready-­made visual language of symbolic and allegorical tools in which I utilize to my own ends. An array of artists have frequently used self images as acts of strategic and symbolic significance. Caravaggio frequently portrayed himself as the dismembered head of Goliath, Medusa or Saint John the Baptist while leading an extremely self destructive and violent life. In the same fashion I utilize my self image and the images of friends and loved ones strategically. This way my works tell a story within the confines of another story. Using a well known narrative to express things outside its traditional confines, I inevitably comment upon the narrative itself, its subject or its origin. I often use a story against itself to criticize, subvert or bring to light problematic areas of a culturally relevant anecdote. Print media is philosophically in line with the storyteller. The print’s high aptitude for multiplicity and seriality go hand in hand with storytelling and its need for proliferation. However, more than anything, I view print media like intaglio and relief as a way of extending the act of drawing. As a natural draftsman, I often engage printmaking as a means of refinement.

Classes by this Artist:

Relief Printmaking
Etching & Intaglio Printmaking (May 2017)
Relief Tester & Refresher (Sept 2017)
Relief Printmaking (Sept 2017)
Etching Tester & Refresher (Oct 2017)
Etching & Intaglio Printmaking (Oct 2017)
Relief Printmaking
Etching 201: Color
Etching Tester & Refresher
Relief Printmaking
Relief Printmaking: Carving & Printing Woodblocks (July)
DIY Greeting Cards: Relief Printing

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Adam Schachner

Adam Schachner is an interdisciplinary artist, printmaker, and educator.  A New York City native, Adam moved to Chicago shortly after receiving his B.A in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 2017. He has been the Lab Director for Latitude Chicago since in May of 2018 after working as a lab assistant since September of 2017.

Classes by this Artist:

Artwork Documentation Workshop: Copy Stands, Batch Edits & Color Correcting
Artwork Documentation Workshop: Copy Stands, Batch Edits & Color Correcting (Feb)

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H Schenck

H Schenck received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Bradley University, IL, in 2010. He went on to complete a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Intermedia at UT Arlington, TX, in 2013. His work explores the characteristics of materials, such as foam, fabric, and found objects; he uses the traits he discovers as a language.

Image: Detail of the artist’s biography

Website:

www.hschenck.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting Explorations (Early September)

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Carla Fisher Schwartz

 

Carla Fisher Schwartz is a visual artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her studio practice investigates the relationship between the mapped image and contemporary notions of exploration, virtuality, and the simulated environment through print media, sculpture and video installation. Her art has been exhibited across the United States, including the Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), the McKendree University Art Gallery (Lebanon, IL), and the Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA). Recent residencies include HATCH Projects (Chicago, IL) and The Hyde Park Art Center Program (Chicago, IL), and a studio fellowship with Spudnik Press Cooperative. Schwartz received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was awarded the Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking, and her BA in Studio Art with a minor in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art and Architecture at Harold Washington College.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

carlafisherschwartz.com

Classes by this Artist:

Pronto Plate Lithography
The Great Pronto Plate: Polymer Plate Lithography

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April Sheridan

April Sheridan is a letterpress printer who is particularly interested in the artistic and experimental possibilities of the broadside and its historic place in American culture. For ten years she ran the letterpress printing, papermaking, and bookbinding studios at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. As an advocate for book arts education she has spoken at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum Wayzgoose/Educators ConferenceLetterpress: Forward Thinking Conference at St. Bride Library in London, and at the &Now Conference at CalArts. She currently serves on the boards of the American Printing History Association, Inland Chapter and the WasteShed and was previously assistant director of the Chicago Printers Guild.

Website:

www.instagram.com/april.sheridan/

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Sep 2016)
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (March 2017)
Printing for Poets: Chapbooks & Movable Type (October 2017)
Working with Woodtype
Vandercook SP-25 Authorization Workshop
Vandercook SP-25 Authorization Workshop (June 5)
Vandercook SP-25 Authorization Workshop (June 20)
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Sept 2017)
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Oct 2017)
Letterpress Refresher (Nov 2017)
The Artist Book: Design & Construction
Letterpress Authorization Workshop
Advanced Bookbinding: Artists’ Books (March)

Veronica Siehl

Veronica Siehl is an artist and printmaker based in Chicago. Siehl received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee (2010) and her BA in Studio Art from Beloit College (2006). Siehl’s work has been shown in various cities including Chicago (IL), New Orleans (LA), Poznan (Poland), Olympia (WA), and Knoxville (TN). Her multidisciplinary studio practice includes printmaking, alternative photo processes, drawing, writing and installation.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.veronicasiehl.com

Residency Period:

Jun 2013–Aug 2013

Classes by this Artist:

Bookbinding
Cyanotypes
Printmaking Survey: Monoprinting, Etching, Letterpress (Fall 2014)
Cyanotypes (SU2015)
Bookbinding (Fall 2015)
Bookbinding (May 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Nov 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
The Botany of Blue: Cyanotypes after Anna Atkins
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2017)
Letterpress Print Your Own Cards (Jan 2018)
Botany of Blue: Cyanotypes after Anna Atkins
DIY Letterpress Greeting Cards (January)
Letterpress: Movable Type + Polymer Plates (January)
Cyanotypes: The Botany of Blue (June)
Cyanotypes: The Botany Of Blue (August)
Artist Books: Sequence, Image, & Time
Letterpress Printing 101: Introduction to Letterpress

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Morgan Sims

Morgan Sims received his BFA in printmaking from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2004, and MFA in Graphics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2010. He often teaches at Elmhurst College and was recently a Visiting Professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He is a painter, printmaker, and neon artist. He shows his work in many venues locally, including recently with Bert Green Fine Art, Heaven Gallery, and Intelligentsia. He’s also shown recently in CA, WA, and NY. You can see his work at .

Website:

www.morgan-sims.com

Classes by this Artist:

Plate Lithography
Printmaking Survey: Screenprinting, Relief, Lithography
Photo Lithography (SP2015)
Printmaking Foundations: Relief, Screen, Etching (SP2015)
Printmaking Foundations: Screenprinting, Relief, Etching
Printmaking Foundations: Relief, Etching, Screen
Polymer & Paper Lithography
Polymer & Plate Lithography (August)

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Robert Stokowy

2020-21 Fellow

Robert Stokowy is an artist and composer from Cologne, Germany. His work consists of experimental compositions, text-based interventions, performances and installations. More conceptual works utilize artistic practices such as photography, writing, printmaking and drawing. All projects are framed and connected by an overarching artistic research process, focussing on inner structural characteristics of found or created sonic environments. Using a radically reductive and interdisciplinary approach, Robert’s work investigate modes and possibilities of sonic accessibility. In short art is used as an interdisciplinary tool to understand one’s environment and the human condition.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.robert-stokowy.de/

Anders Zanichkowsky

Studio Assistant

Anders Zanichkowsky is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working with paper, video, textiles, and neon. His prints, performances, and installations center queer and transgender experiences of grief, desire, and communication through disaster. Anders graduated with a B.A. in fine art from Hampshire College in 2008, was an artist in residence with The Arctic Circle in Svalbard in 2016, and received his MFA in printmaking from University of Wisconsin-Madison this past May (2019).

Fun fact: Anders has space-time synesthesia.

Image: Still from I am trying to think about, 4.5 hour durational performance washing a 1900 sq. foot gallery floor, 2018. Documented by Zach Kmiec

Website:

www.anderszanichkowsky.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Printmaking Foundations (October)
Studio Access Training: Screenprinting
Studio Access Training: Relief & Monoprinting
Make Yourself Known: DIY Fundraising & Communications for Artists