Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Traveling to Toronto

by Steph Jurusz

In Graffiti Alley

In Graffiti Alley

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that I haven’t left the city for months. With so many diverse neighborhoods, a huge public transit network, and millions of people, it’s amazing to remember that we are all part of the same city. Chicago is so vast that you rarely need to leave, and if you don’t have a car, it’s rare that you’ll need to unless you plan a real getaway.

Traveling to Toronto

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that I haven’t left the city for months. With so many diverse neighborhoods, a huge public transit network, and millions of people, it’s amazing to …

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

Reading YA Novels on the Beach

by Jeni Crone

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I moved to Chicago in 2006 for undergrad, but went home to Kentucky during the summer my first three years here, making this my 5th Chicago summer. This is my second summer living in the Edgewater neighborhood, placing me in walking distance from the lake. Chicago’s beaches are more of an added bonus of the city than a claim to fame, though prominently featured in that season of Real World Chicago many years ago. But, they are certainly my favorite thing about summers here. Waiting to hear about interviews and constantly refreshing the CPS Careers site hoping to find new art positions listed is a stressful business. So, to de-stress or distract myself I’ve fallen to an activity I’ve enjoyed for half of my life: reading YA novels at the beach.

Reading YA Novels on the Beach

I moved to Chicago in 2006 for undergrad, but went home to Kentucky during the summer my first three years here, making this my 5th Chicago summer. This is my …

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

When Passions Collide

by Kaity Sinke

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photo courtesy of McCree Photography

Before I officially moved out of Chicago, I had the opportunity to collaborate with my good friend and amazing photographer, Brad McCree. We had always played around with idea of how incredibly fun it would be to combine both of our passions and spend a day taking dance pictures together in the city. So with my departure coming up so quickly, we decided to do just that. Brad and I spent the entire day playing in the city, going to all of our favorite locations, and discovering new ones. It was a beautiful Chicago day—and it was the perfect way for me to say goodbye to this fantastic city.

When Passions Collide

Before I officially moved out of Chicago, I had the opportunity to collaborate with my good friend and amazing photographer, Brad McCree. We had always played around with idea of …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Kaity Sinke, kaitysinke@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Identity

by Jennifer Ligaya

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I received the call inviting me to be a Teaching Artist while I was driving. I wasn’t anywhere near a good place to pull over. But It happened to be just as I was passing a sign for Columbia. That’s when it hit me…

Identity

I received the call inviting me to be a Teaching Artist while I was driving. I wasn’t anywhere near a good place to pull over. But It happened to be …

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

Long Term Juggling

by Joshua C. Robinson

Courtesy of http://globe-views.com/dreams/piano.html

Courtesy of http://globe-views.com/dreams/piano.html

They say that life is a marathon not a sprint, but what the people handing out advice fail to tell you is that it’s also a juggling act, an exercise in being relentlessly kind and a long term commitment to never give up, even if you are sprinting.

Long Term Juggling

They say that life is a marathon not a sprint, but what the people handing out advice fail to tell you is that it’s also a juggling act, an exercise …

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

Filmmakers: Masters of All Trades

by Katie Sponseller

My team for the film "Use Your Oui Oui" prepares for a Skype call with our production designer located in "France."

My team for the film Use Your Oui Oui prepares for a Skype call with our production designer located in “France.”

This summer has definitely involved a lot of reminiscing over the whirlwind two years that graduate school has been at Columbia. As I head out into the world with the intent of making new projects happen, I have quickly come to find that simply put—filmmakers need to be masters of all trades.

Filmmakers: Masters of All Trades

This summer has definitely involved a lot of reminiscing over the whirlwind two years that graduate school has been at Columbia. As I head out into the world with the …

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

Nine things to know before gradschool

by Justin Grogan

Creating Art is my passion!

What I am up to! Okay, now seriously, the nine things to know or do!

I’ve recently been thinking about some of the things I wish I had done or known before coming to grad school, and so I’ve compiled some of my thoughts here for you. This is a list of 9, and I imagine there are still 91 other things I wish I had known!

Nine things to know before gradschool

I’ve recently been thinking about some of the things I wish I had done or known before coming to grad school, and so I’ve compiled some of my thoughts here …

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

Self-Editing

by Hannah Batsel

Partially finished fabric illustration from my first ever dress collaboration.

Partially finished fabric illustration from my first ever dress collaboration.

The picture above shows a fabric design that I illustrated for an alum of Columbia’s fashion design department, Amy Marie Fenderson. That’s how it looked in February, at least; halfway-drawn on stark white paper, taking up my entire drafting table. In format and in function, the design was completely different when I finally saw it walk down the runway on an actual dress this past Saturday.

Self-Editing

The picture above shows a fabric design that I illustrated for an alum of Columbia’s fashion design department, Amy Marie Fenderson. That’s how it looked in February, at least; halfway-drawn …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Writers Who Don’t Read? Blasphemy!

by Courtney Zellars

There are writers out there who don’t read.

I repeat, there are writers out there who don’t read.  **cue pandemonium**

Writers Who Don’t Read? Blasphemy!

There are writers out there who don’t read. I repeat, there are writers out there who don’t read.  **cue pandemonium**

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Courtney Zellars, courtney.zellars@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

#MAKEITFAIR

by Chelsea Rowan

Startling numbers - image from Visual News (visualnews.com)

Startling numbers – image from Visual News (visualnews.com)

Dare I say that it’s trendy to talk about female filmmakers? I don’t just mean female directors, but females working in all positions within the industry, whether they be directors, assistant directors, producers, director of photographers, dolly grips, gaffers, make up artists, etc. Yes, I do dare to say that talking about women in the industry is trendy, but it is also important. The point of this blog post is not to comment on some new fad where it’s cool to talk about equality in the industry, but rather to highlight the importance of constantly striving towards work place equality, not to mention to bring awareness to those currently unaware of what may be happening behind the scenes.

#MAKEITFAIR

Dare I say that it’s trendy to talk about female filmmakers? I don’t just mean female directors, but females working in all positions within the industry, whether they be directors, …

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