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Alumni Spotlight: Leo Selvaggio

by Justin Botz

Leo Selvaggio is a recent Graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA program and has been on a creative roll since graduating.  His project URME Surveillance has been getting a ton of attention recently including some articles in The Verge, Techcrunch, cnet and Hyperallergic.

Alumni Spotlight: Leo Selvaggio

Leo Selvaggio is a recent Graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA program and has been on a creative roll since graduating.  His project URME Surveillance has been getting …

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

Alumni Spotlight: J. Johari Palacio

by Jennifer Ligaya

Photo credit: J. Johari Palacio (http://jjoharipalacio.com)

Photo credit: J. Johari Palacio (http://jjoharipalacio.com)

I was honored to have had the opportunity to chat with Interdisciplinary Arts MA alum J. Johari Palacio, Perpetual Rebel, about becoming, being, and looking into the future as an artist. Johari’s work is inspired by Hip-Hop culture and his beginnings as a street artist in L.A., and has been given a place within the AfroFuturism movement here in Chicago.

Alumni Spotlight: J. Johari Palacio

I was honored to have had the opportunity to chat with Interdisciplinary Arts MA alum J. Johari Palacio, Perpetual Rebel, about becoming, being, and looking into the future as an …

Interdisciplinary Arts MA Jennifer Ligaya, jennifer.ligaya@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Weil

by Jeni Crone

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Hannah Weil graduated from CCC’s Art Ed MAT program in 2012. Last year, I visited her art room at the Harvard School of Excellence in Englewood, where her third graders were designing cityscapes. She has since moved on to James Ward Elementary School. Via email correspondence I asked Hannah a few of the questions I encounter as our program’s Grad Ambassador, as well as some of the things I am curious about in looking towards transitioning from grad school into the working life of a teacher.

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Weil

Hannah Weil graduated from CCC’s Art Ed MAT program in 2012. Last year, I visited her art room at the Harvard School of Excellence in Englewood, where her third graders …

Education - Visual Arts MAT Jeni Crone, jennifer.crone@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Why Make Art Now

by Jeni Crone

Party, 2014 Jeni Crone

That was the title of a class I took in undergrad: Why Make Art Now. It was that one class I almost always left feeling a little angry. It is where I came to hate the term Art World, feeling rather that Art Universe would be a more appropriate term. The Art World is usually referring to high art, and in title claims a superiority, as though it is what we all should be aiming for. It was always a lot of arguments along the same lines of the age-old Art VS. Crafts dispute. You can only go so far in comparing your visit to the eye doctor to one to the dentist before you are having two completely different conversations. Art, perhaps, is anything that has been made by a human with the intent to receive a reaction—whether it communicates an idea, prompts a conversation, evokes a feeling, or is meant to be appreciated. I always wanted art and its purpose to be broad and open to interpretation. What makes a work of art valid? Oh, boy. Perhaps that is why I have gone the MAT route and not the MFA one.

Why Make Art Now

That was the title of a class I took in undergrad: Why Make Art Now. It was that one class I almost always left feeling a little angry. It is where …

Education - Visual Arts MAT Jeni Crone, jennifer.crone@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Alumni Spotlight: Reema Amin

by Danielle Dwyer

Reema Amin Selfie. Photo Credit: Reema Amin

Reema Amin Selfie. Photo Credit: Reema Amin

Sometimes you end up on a different path from where you started.

For Columbia College Chicago Journalism MA alum, Reema Amin, that was the case.

Although Amin, 24, said she secretly wanted to be a chef or an actress, she started her collegiate career studying law at the University of Illinois.

Alumni Spotlight: Reema Amin

Sometimes you end up on a different path from where you started. For Columbia College Chicago Journalism MA alum, Reema Amin, that was the case. Although Amin, 24, said she …

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

ALTA Conference and Literary Translation

by Steph Jurusz

Literature in Translation — Great finds at the ALTA bookfair!

This semester, I am taking one of the most exciting, unique, and challenging courses in my graduate program so far: Literary Translation. Taught by Aviya Kushner, we have studied theories of literary translation as well as some of the best works of translated literature from around the world. For the past ten weeks, we have read literature from a variety of languages and translated short poems or prose pieces from their original languages into English with a trot (a word-for-word list of English meanings for each word in the original source text).

ALTA Conference and Literary Translation

This semester, I am taking one of the most exciting, unique, and challenging courses in my graduate program so far: Literary Translation. Taught by Aviya Kushner, we have studied theories …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Alumni Spotlight: Maria Abraham

by Chelsea Rowan

MAbraham Director Photo

Maria Abraham is a graduate of the Cinema Arts + Science – Directing, MFA at Columbia College Chicago. She entered the program in 2003 and has since become one of the many successful graduates of the program.

Alumni Spotlight: Maria Abraham

Maria Abraham is a graduate of the Cinema Arts + Science – Directing, MFA at Columbia College Chicago. She entered the program in 2003 and has since become one of …

Cinema Art + Science - Cinema Directing MFA Chelsea Rowan, chelsea.rowan@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Aftermath

by Dustin Seelinger

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Since that last entry was pretty heavy, I wanted to follow up with the aftermath of it. Last time around I filled you all in on the mildly-overwhelming semester that I have been having, from losing my four legged best friend to family illness. I have been on constant follow-up mode with my faculty since then, and am happy to say that things are getting better.

Aftermath

Since that last entry was pretty heavy, I wanted to follow up with the aftermath of it. Last time around I filled you all in on the mildly-overwhelming semester that …

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

Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Wilson

by Justin Grogan

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Nicole Wilson lives east of Cleveland in Chardon, Ohio. She currently balances a multitude of workloads: assisting with private events at an Arboretum; teaching English to international clients whose companies have relocated them to the area; subbing at county libraries; and, picking up the occasional freelance assignment. She is the author of Amazing Face (Phantom Limb Press, 2013) and Supper & Repair Kit (Lettered Streets Press, 2014).

Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Wilson

Nicole Wilson lives east of Cleveland in Chardon, Ohio. She currently balances a multitude of workloads: assisting with private events at an Arboretum; teaching English to international clients whose companies …

Creative Writing - Poetry MFA Justin Grogan, jgrogan@colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Filmmaking & Difficult Decisions

by Katie Sponseller

MFA Thesis Screening

This weekend marked that time of the semester where everyone in the Cinema Art + Science MFA programs stop, take a second to breathe from their hectic schedules, and spend some time reflecting on why we are here doing what we’re doing.  This past Friday and Saturday evenings, Columbia held the MFA Graduate Thesis Screenings at Film Row Cinema.

Filmmaking & Difficult Decisions

This weekend marked that time of the semester where everyone in the Cinema Art + Science MFA programs stop, take a second to breathe from their hectic schedules, and spend …

Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing MFA Katie Sponseller, katie.sponseller@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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