Stencil Printing Association of Risography & Exchange

SPARE (Sten­cil Print­ing Asso­ci­ation of Riso­graphy & Exchange) is a mod­est short-term artist res­id­ency pro­gram and resource cen­ter for Riso­graph print­ing, small-scale pub­lish­ing loc­ated in the Pilsen neigh­bor­hood of Chica­go…

As a res­id­ency pro­gram SPARE gives res­id­ents a small bed­room plus access to their Riso­graph GR3750 sten­cil print­er with sev­er­al col­or drums and oth­er rudi­ment­ary book­mak­ing tools.

We are open to artists look­ing to print or make work dif­fer­ent from what is in their port­fo­lio and this will in no way hinder your accept­ance if you can lay out your ideas clearly. In fact, we are espe­cially inter­ested to work with artists without print or book exper­i­ence or oth­ers who can chal­lenge those con­ven­tions.
We have exper­i­ence with many aspects of design, print­ing, bind­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion, pro­mo­tion, and sales and are will­ing to dis­cuss them with you but will only respond dir­ectly in these ways at your request. Again, this is a mod­est pro­gram focused on con­tent and book­mak­ing with less (if any) interest in broad appeal or profits. These details don’t need to be final­ized in your applic­a­tion but please con­sider artist/​printer rela­tion­ship as this is a res­id­ency and you can work col­lab­or­at­ively (to any degree you choose) or mostly inde­pend­ently.
We are inter­ested in integ­rated and unique approaches to all aspects of print­ing and pub­lish­ing and strive to act­ively rethink these con­ven­tions dir­ectly through each SPARE print­ing endeavor. If you aren’t famil­i­ar with these facets of pub­lish­ing don’t worry – we’ve star­ted this pro­gram in part to work with people who are mak­ing great work but aren’t able or haven’t yet presen­ted it in this way.”

If you like to apply sub­mit the fol­low­ing for your con­sid­er­a­tion:

  • A pdf port­fo­lio or link to web­site.
  • A state­ment that describes your gen­er­al work and con­cep­tu­al pur­suits.
  • A dis­crip­tion of your intents and the pro­ject you will be work­ing on while res­id­ency and  a date when you can come.

SPARE reviews applic­a­tions four times a year on the 15th of March, June, Septem­ber, and Decem­ber and try to make selec­tions shortly after those dates.

We hope to make this oppor­tun­ity avail­able to a wide range of artists so please don’t hes­it­ate to con­tact us with any thoughts, ques­tions, or con­cerns you have. We’re also open to dis­cuss­ing your work or pro­pos­al before mak­ing a decision regard­ing your res­id­ency.”