Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Tools of the Trade

by Joshua C. Robinson

Joshua C. Robinson March 21, 2014

Coffee, A Necessary Tool  by Joshua C. Robinson
March 21, 2014

Many of the graduate programs at Columbia College Chicago have very clear tools of the trade. Music Composition for the Screen has pianos, audio editing software, composition software/paper. Photography has light kits, cameras, dark rooms, certainly there are even more tools that these and other disciplines utilize on a daily basis. But what about Business & Entrepreneurship, what are the standard tools that we utilize as budding arts managers to achieve proficiency and excellence in pursuit of our Master’s degree? What do we use on a daily basis that will carry us to the completion of our degree and beyond? Here is an incomplete list, if you have additional ideas please feel free to leave them in the comments:

Tools of the Trade

Many of the graduate programs at Columbia College Chicago have very clear tools of the trade. Music Composition for the Screen has pianos, audio editing software, composition software/paper. Photography has …

Business & Entrepreneurship MAM Joshua C. Robinson, JoshuaCDRobinson@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Theater Sound Experience

by Logan Stahley

Theater to Ourselves!

Theater to Ourselves!

From my experiences going to film premieres of my undergraduate projects, watching the films in a full theater was always enjoyable. It was great to hear reactions from the audience based on the film as a whole. In addition, it was nice to hear the music and sound effects in a large theater, with a decent stereo speaker setup. I try to go to as many movie showings as I can because hearing the soundtrack through the high fidelity speakers is a greater experience than watching these films in my living room. Currently, all large professional theaters have surround sound ranging from Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 7.1, to Dolby Atmos. These set ups are highly evolved from early film sound. In the beginning, there was just one speaker behind the screen. Now with Dolby Atmos, there are roughly 60 speakers, each with individual control. These speakers completely surround the audience, with an array on the ceiling. Take a look at Dolby’s video about the past and present of surround sound.

Theater Sound Experience

From my experiences going to film premieres of my undergraduate projects, watching the films in a full theater was always enjoyable. It was great to hear reactions from the audience …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

MIDWEST POETRY READING TOUR, IN (MOSTLY) PHOTOS

by Daniel Scott Parker

Here we go, y'all

Here we go, y'all

Almost every Wednesday night after class, two classmates—Abigail Zimmer and Tyler Cain Lacy—and I go to Boiler Room to celebrate the hump of the perpetually arduous week of our final semester in grad school. One of these Wednesdays, Abigail suggested that the three of us go on a spring reading tour to celebrate our near completion of the program. Incidentally, within that same month, each one of us received news that we were going to have a chapbook published. So for Spring Break, the three of us hit the road for Cancun with readings lined up in Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and concluded the tour with a blowout event of poetry and film here in Chicago. 

MIDWEST POETRY READING TOUR, IN (MOSTLY) PHOTOS

Almost every Wednesday night after class, two classmates—Abigail Zimmer and Tyler Cain Lacy—and I go to Boiler Room to celebrate the hump of the perpetually arduous week of our final …

Daniel Scott Parker MFA Poetry Daniel Scott Parker, danielsparker@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Never a dull moment…

by Dustin Seelinger

Faculty Q&A at Admitted Student Day

Faculty Q&A at Admitted Student Day


The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy. The week before Spring break was critique week. This year’s critique week was a little different than years past. Responding to feedback from students from the year before, the Interdisciplinary Arts faculty decided to completely change the format. This time around, they wanted students to show as much physical work as possible, this year students reenacted performances, installed their work on the walls and as for me, I set up a merch table showing off my Zines and current body of handmade paper portraits and drawings. It was great.

Never a dull moment…

The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy. The week before Spring break was critique week. This year’s critique week was a little different than years past. Responding to feedback …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

We Become Each Other’s Unmakers

by Justin Botz

video piece by yunji Johanning

video piece by yunji Johanning

Last Friday was the opening for the cross-departmental collaborative show We Become Each Other’s Unmakers, which explores  “The simultaneous growth and decomposition of ideas, tensions, and structures” as it relates to collaboration, and features work from artists, Ej Alexander, BJ Allen, Alex Borgen, Ahmed Hamad, Penelope Hearne, Megan Louise Pitcher, Valentina Vella, Daniel Scott Parker, and Julyn Wilderson.

We Become Each Other’s Unmakers

Last Friday was the opening for the cross-departmental collaborative show We Become Each Other’s Unmakers, which explores  “The simultaneous growth and decomposition of ideas, tensions, and structures” as it relates …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Quentin Bajac, MoMA’s New Curator is at Columbia

by Evan Baden

Quentin Bajac critiquing work at Columbia. Photo, by Evan Baden, Photo MFA

Quentin Bajac critiquing work at Columbia. Photo, by Evan Baden, Photo MFA

A few weeks ago we got a special treat in the form of a guest visitor. Quentin Bajac, the new curator of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York came to Columbia to give a lecture and look at some work. 

Quentin Bajac, MoMA’s New Curator is at Columbia

A few weeks ago we got a special treat in the form of a guest visitor. Quentin Bajac, the new curator of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in …

Photography MFA Evan Baden, evan.baden@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Spring in Chicago

by Parker Stockman

Shamrock Shuffle

Shamrock Shuffle

It’s finally spring in Chicago. The students are getting a bit rowdy, the weather is slightly less cold, and people are outside. A few weeks ago, we got our first nice bout of weather, when temperatures soared over their perpetual state of hovering around freezing for two months. It was in the fifties, so I took the time to go for a run, outside, in shorts and a t-shirt. Maybe that was a little too gung-ho, but I was training for the Shamrock Shuffle, an 8K that was held on March 30th, and I wanted to just run outside. I’ve been training for this race for weeks, and I have come to learn that running makes me think of my writing a lot and helps me work out problems.

Spring in Chicago

It’s finally spring in Chicago. The students are getting a bit rowdy, the weather is slightly less cold, and people are outside. A few weeks ago, we got our first …

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Parker Stockman, parker.stockman@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Road Trip

by Conor O'Farrell

The route.

The route.

Two thousand and thirty miles later, we made it to Los Angeles. I drove with Joe, and we took the northern route. Day#1 took us from Chicago to Denver. It was fourteen hours of flatness with not much to look at. Day#2 was different; we left Denver and drove straight into the Rockies. I will retire here. This road trip brought the number of states I’ve been through to fifteen, and for sure Colorado is the most scenic. Twelve hours later we rolled into Las Vegas, which was our stop that night. It was Paddy’s day. I’m Irish. Enough said. Subsequently, day#3 was rough. It was only five hours into Los Angeles but after two-and-a-half days driving we were glad to finally make it.

Road Trip

Two thousand and thirty miles later, we made it to Los Angeles. I drove with Joe, and we took the northern route. Day#1 took us from Chicago to Denver. It …

Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing Conor O'Farrell, conor.ofarrell@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

NAEA Conference San Diego

by Cherie Tymkiw

Inside a Lecture Room at the NAEA Conference

Inside a Lecture Room at the NAEA Conference

Man, am I lucky! The spring break at my cooperating high school aligned with the spring break of Columbia as well as the week when the NAEA Conference was taking place in San Diego. The Art Ed MAT cohorts planned ahead of time, and held multiple fundraisers throughout the year to help pay for some of the cost for all of us to go. We kept the bill low by staying in a downtown hostel and sharing rooms. This lead to more money leftover for eating and other fun activities like surfing at Mission Beach; it was awesome!

NAEA Conference San Diego

Man, am I lucky! The spring break at my cooperating high school aligned with the spring break of Columbia as well as the week when the NAEA Conference was taking …

Art Education (K-12) MAT Cherie Tymkiw, cherie.tymkiw@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Columbia: the Land of Opportunities

by Danielle Dwyer

Out reporting on my first day in Columbia's Journalism MA program.

Out reporting on my first day in Columbia’s Journalism MA program.

I continually get the question of, “What opportunities have you experienced at Columbia?”

Those of you who have read my blogs or my bio before know that I worked in advertising for two years before coming to Columbia to pursue my dream job of becoming a sportscaster.

Columbia: the Land of Opportunities

I continually get the question of, “What opportunities have you experienced at Columbia?” Those of you who have read my blogs or my bio before know that I worked in …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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