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)
Studio Access Training: Nu-Arc Platemaker

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Dutes Miller

Board of Directors

Dutes Miller’s collages, artists books and phallic sculptures examine the spaces where the artist’s inner life, queer subcultures and mass media intersect. Miller appropriates images from pornographic websites, magazines and his own imaginings to investigate alternative standards of beauty, visualizations of lust and desire found on the internet, and power dynamics in sexual relationships. Michelle Grabner wrote in ArtForum, “Miller’s mixed-media collages on paper incorporating penis figures striking silly states of repose and activity are enjoyable vignettes, demonstrating nimble material interplay.”

Miller’s work is driven by an investigation of queer male sexuality through a tactile exploration of materials, most often plaster, resin and paint and also including fabric, feathers, horns and other found objects. From a conceptual standpoint, he is interested in the notion of an object that is penetrable (orifice) versus one which penetrates (phallus). Appearing to be in states of transition, his sculptures attempt to find the potential conflation of the two.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

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
Paper Marbling Workshop
Decorative Paper: Suminagashi, Paste Papers, & Paper Marbling
Techniques in Monoprinting

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Yasi Moussavi

Yasaman Moussavi is a visual artist and art instructor. She holds an MFA with two emphases on Painting and Printmaking from Texas Tech University, where she explored and developed her skills in papermaking, printmaking, and installation art. Her 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.” Her works have have been displayed in many national and international solo and group exhibitions. She is a co-founder of Didaar Art Collective, a Chicago -based Iranian art community. She works and live in Chicago.

 

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • 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)

Catherine Norcott

Trained as a printmaker in Boston, MA, Catherine maintains an interest in producing artist books, fiber and print works. She investigates a lifelong curiosity in human relationships through imagery that references scientific illustration, the human body, and maps. She also enjoys the surprising and beautiful possibilities in incorporating found images and select textures in collage. Beyond her visual practice, Catherine works to support the growth of creative communities at Arts of Life and Spudnik Press Cooperative. She serves as a member of Spudnik’s Exhibition Committee, actively advocating to increase visibility of emerging printmakers in the Chicago Arts community. She is drawn to printmaking in particular because it is a community-based practice – it is not about being alone in a studio, but very much about being in conversation with and sometimes collaboration with others.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.catherinenorcott.com

Classes by this Artist:

Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

Mike Pennekamp

Mike Pennekamp is 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)
T-Shirts & Tote Bags Screenprinting Workshop
T-Shirts & Tote Bags Screenprinting Workshop

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 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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