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CPG August Meeting…

07/28/2015 in Events, News

Members of the CPG…and those wanting to be members,

Our next monthly meeting is being held Wednesday, August 5 at the cozy letterpress studio of our host Vida Sacic. As usual the doors will open at 7pm and the meeting will start at 7:30. Vida will give a tour of her studio that includes a Vandercook 4 and an edited selection of wood and metal type. Examples of her work will also be presented.

The studio is located at 3759 N Ravenswood Ave #135A on the first floor of the industrial building on the corner of Ravenswood and Grace (behind the Trader Joe’s on Lincoln Ave). There is a buzzer with her name on it. Public Transit is easily accessible via Brown line Addison or Irving Park stop.

About Our Host:

Vida is a Chicago based artist, designer and educator who currently works primarily in the medium of letterpress. She received her M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Indiana University Bloomington in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Northeastern Illinois University.

Her letterpress work has been included in print exhibitions nation-wide and textbooks For the Love of Letterpress and Fingerprint No. 2: The Evolution of Handmade Elements in Graphic Design.

Sacic and her husband Jonathan have been chairing the AIGA Chicago Design Thinking speaker series since 2010. In 2013, the duo curated Designing Art at the Fine Art Center Gallery at Northeastern Illinois University. Designing Art is a graphic design exhibition that examines the intersections of fine art and graphic design practices




05/31/2015 in CPG Meeting, Events

All, please note that the June meeting that was scheduled for this Wednesday has been canceled. You’re on your own for print-related discussions this month.

The July meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 8. We will be emailing the group once we have confirmed a few things with the host.


04/28/2015 in Events, News

Hey, you

The next CPG meeting is right around the corner and it’s going to be something different but pretty damn cool…
May CPG meeting will be held at the Chicago Design Museum
Wednesday May 6. 7pm doors, meeting starts at 7:30pm
Before and after the meeting CPG member will get a chance to check out their new exhibit, The State of Detroit, that will be opening on April 28, so it’ll be a perfect time to see the space and the new show.
ChiDM is located on the third floor of Block 37 (108 N. State Street). The building locks its doors at 8:00pm, so make sure to not arrive terribly late (otherwise they’ll have to call to have someone come let them in). There isn’t any building-specific parking, but the Red Line (Lake) and Blue Line (Washington) trains connect into the pedway of Block 37.

Alex Chitty + Unison

12/22/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Events, News

Hello CPGers!

As a result of meeting Alex Chitty at this year’s CPG meeting in her studio, I have the exciting opportunity to curate a special project with Alex and Unison Home (where I work). The information for the opening of the project is below, and I’ve posted it to the CPG calendar.

Hope to see you all there! Let me know if you have any questions.

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Unison is excited to host an installation by Chicago artist Alex Chitty. Join us for the opening with light hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Alex Chitty alters found images and objects in sculptural and photographic arrangements that play on expectations of functionality and a sense of the familiar. Unison’s Wicker Park store will serve as a temporary site for material experiments that parallel ongoing ideas in the artist’s studio practice. Alex has selected domestic goods from Unison’s spring collection to alter, deconstruct, and reinstall in new compositions that reference, but are removed from, their original utility.

1911 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

Show runs January 22 – February 21, 2014 

CROSSHAIR at IPAINTMYMIND Friday Oct. 17th 7-10pm

10/14/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Bulletin, Events, News

CPG comrades,

I will be presenting a selection of new and old works at the IPaintMyMind gallery, in the Green Exchange building at 2545 W. Diversey, Suite 255, this Friday night October 17th from 7-10PM.  RSVP on IPMM’s Facebook page and enjoy FREE BEER provided by Lagunitas.

Though a few gigposters will be among the pieces included in the show, the emphasis is on my silkscreen fine art prints.  I will also be including some straight photography for the first time ever.

I hope to see you there!   -Dan


IPaintMyMind Gallery @ Green Exchange
2545 W Diversey, Suite 255
Friday, October 17th

Beverages by Lagunitas Brewing Co provided to RSVP’d guests

Dames with Decks

07/14/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Events, News

Exhibition and art benefit for Deborah’s Place ( by Gypsyboards

Thursday, July 17, 2014

7 PM to 11 PM

SPACE 1858

1858 W Grand Ave.

Chicago , IL

Artists design skateboard decks with all proceeds going to support safe housing for women escaping violence.

Helen Maurene Cooper
Madeline David
Jaclyn Jacunski
Lady Lucx
Tara Luther
Marci Jordonson
Valerie Kahari
Kate Mc Quillen
Christine Sanderson
Irena Siwek

Dames with Decks
Dames with Decks

Dames with Decks

The Best Practices Series kicks off August 13

07/09/2014 in Events

Spudnik Press Cooperative and the Chicago Printmakers Guild are thrilled to be teaming up to present three professional development opportunities designed specifically for our members. After polling the audience, we lined up seven outstanding guest presenters to share their insight and expertise, including Dan Devening (Devening Projects), Jason Teegarden-Downs (Delicious Design League) and Allison Glenn (Monique Meloche). In conversation with one another and attendees, the series will address self-promotion and marketing for artists, ethical pricing, commissions, and how to build relationships with galleries, collectors, and curators.

The series kicks off on Wednesday, August 13 with a free panel discussion with Angela Bryant, Anna Marie Wilharm, and Renee Robbins.

Best Practices Detail and Registration

2 Upcoming Exhibitions @ Spudnik Press Cooperative

04/07/2014 in Events

Spudnik Press is proud to announce two upcoming exhibitions at Spudnik Press Cooperative:

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Tenebris: James Bouché and Kyle Tata
Curated by Nate Cubeta, 2013/2014 Fellow

Opening Reception Details:
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7-9pm
The Printshop at Spudnik Press

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In Clipping Signal: Collage by Contemporary Poets
Presented in conjunction with Printers Ball Ten: Chatter 

Opening Reception Details:
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6-9pm
The Annex at Spudnik Press



Good Vibrations Opening Reception

02/26/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Events


Brutal winter, right?! Break out of the winter doldrums and get some Good Vibrations going over at Spudnik with the March show in the print shop featuring a few of Chicago’s best: Joey Potts, Austra, and Chema Skandal! Each artist’s work uniquely uses character in bright color palettes creating an environment of good good good…good vibrations.

This opening is a very special one as each artist has donated a one color design that you can print right there at the show! Try your hand at screen printing, support Chicago’s artists, hang out and have some fun. We hope to see you there!

Joey Potts works with a wide variety of media to create illustrations, animations, graphic prints, paintings and collage. His influences include classic cartoons and animation, skateboarding, renaissance art, toys, religious iconography, abstract art, science fiction, movies, psychedelic art, music, and natural phenomena.

Austra is a painter, both street and studio. It’s not always smiles, but it’s all good. Austra’s characters showcase her distinct cartoon style. While cool and playful on the surface, her work explores a wide range of experience, the yin and the yang, and what it is to be.

Chema Skandal is a graphic artist, painter and screen printer. His enthusiasm for popular music and images of the last century are evident in his body of work ranging from gig posters to outdoor murals.

Good Vibrations is curated by Tara Zanzig. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 8th and runs through March 30th in The Printshop at Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622.

Adaptation Arrangement Microsoft Word Document Opening Reception

01/22/2014 in Artwork and Shows, Events

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Saturday, March 8 6-9PM

Adaptation Arrangement Microsoft Word Document is an exhibition of primary materials, aesthetic research and development for an upcoming experimental narrative film tentatively titled All Over – Now. Within the film, 3 interwoven narratives explore how aging, illness and self-documentation inherently create dilemmas of authenticity. As a means to aestheticize this research, the works in this exhibition consist of normally veiled aspects of film pre-production including props, set pieces, soundtrack notation paintings, screen printed storyboards and an artist book/screen play. The exhibition will close with a casting audition to be held within the space on April 18th of 2014.

Adaptation Arrangement Microsoft Word Document is a solo exhibition of work by Daniel Luedtke.

Adaptation Arrangement Microsoft Word Document opens Saturday March 8th and runs through April 18th in The Annex at Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622.