Sara Emerson

Executive Director

Sara (she/her) joined the Spudnik staff as Executive Director in May of 2022. She comes to Spudnik with many years of experience within collaborative, educational, and professional printmaking studios.

Sara is an arts educator and dedicated printmaker with deep commitment towards cultivating creativity and expanding equity, inclusion, and accessibility within printmaking spaces. She is eager to work with Spudnik’s members to strengthen past relationships and forge new community bonds. As Sara develops new programmatic initiatives and advances strategic planning, she welcomes input from the Spudnik and Chicago print community.

Sara holds a BA in Printmaking and Social Practice of the Arts from Bennington College. Her work has been featured at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, public galleries, and community spaces, as well as in private collections. She has worked in tandem with masterprinters, print publishing houses, and internationally recognized artists in the US and abroad.



Yang Pulongbarit-Cuevo

Marketing Lead

Yang Pulongbarit-Cuevo is a Chicago-based papercut artist and illustrator mainly inspired by nature, music, anatomy, and folklores. Yang started as a political cartoonist for The Manila Collegian, the official student publication of the University of the Philippines in Manila, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. She eventually earned her master’s degree in Development Communication from the same university, while accumulating about 8 years of combined work experience in marketing and business development. Studying and working in the field of communication complements her art practice, as she allows her work to impart messages in imaginative and symbolic ways. Yang also hosts a weekly radio show and writes newsletters for the Chicago Independent Radio Project – another local non-profit organization.

Fun Fact: Her life is pretty much recorded in a bunch of Excel spreadsheets and Trello boards.


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Breanna Robinson

Studio Coordinator

Breanna is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Chicago. She studied at the School of the Art institute of Chicago, where she earned a BFA in 2017. Her work manifests mainly through printmedia, although she often utilizes collage, painting, html, and object-making.