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Submitting Your Work

by Parker Stockman

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Do you see that up there? My name is on an article. I’ve been published over at Role Reboot! My friend Dana Norris wrote an awesome article about things she knew about online dating, and when I read her article, I commented that it’s a bit different for a gay man. “Write that and submit it,” she said. So, I did.

Submitting Your Work

                  Do you see that up there? My name is on an article. I’ve been published over at Role Reboot! My friend …

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

Wherever I lay my hat

by Conor O'Farrell

One of the producers, in his room under the stairs. Courtesy Warner Bros.

One of the producers, in his room under the stairs. Courtesy Warner Bros.

My ambassador duties will come to an end later this summer, and someone new will take the reigns. In the meantime, now that we’ve somewhat adjusted to Los Angeles, it’s my job to prepare you for both Los Angeles and the film industry. Last time I wrote about stuff to consider professionally before making the move. But now, here’s some of the more practical stuff to consider that will benefit you when you touch down in Los Angeles.

Wherever I lay my hat

My ambassador duties will come to an end later this summer, and someone new will take the reigns. In the meantime, now that we’ve somewhat adjusted to Los Angeles, it’s …

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

Student Spotlight: Kellen Walker

by Justin Botz

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Today’s student spotlight is on Interdisciplinary Arts & Media thesis student, Kellen Walker.  She is an amazing artist who works primarily in sensory-heavy, interactive performances.

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Could you talk about some of your work before Columbia?

Before Columbia, I was living between Austin and San Antonio, Texas, making theater and performance art that involved food and smells. I directed a double-bill featuring an autobiographical work of my own, The Marnie Tape, paired next to Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. These performances, set in a San Antonio warehouse, were fantastic artistic opportunities. I collaborated with my partner, Barry Walker (musician), and best friend, Jessica Quazi (lighting/sound designer), among so many other talented people. At the time, I was very interested in breaking the fourth wall with the senses. I wanted to play with the idea of how an audience member participates when they sit down to witness theater. Works from Matt Hislope and Josh Meyer of Rubber Repertory and Jeremy O. Torres of Theatre Synesthesia (both Austin-based theater companies) deeply inspired me to make more sensory-heavy work.

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Could you talk about a project you are currently working on?

Currently, I have something in workshop called Game Night, which I’ve been working on since February of 2013. It is a choreographed experience that illustrates to an audience what a stroke would feel like. I produced a version of Game Night at Rhinoceros Festival in 2014 with Barry and Jessica, my main collaborators, as well as Chris Bednash from Columbia’s Interdisciplinary Arts & Media program. It’s a project that I need to keep alive and shape in many formats beyond the black box theater. It is definitely still in the works.

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What has been a highlight from your time in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media program?

I fortunately had the opportunity to meet an alumni from the program, Mike St. John, right when I came to Columbia in 2012. At the time, he had just graduated from the media side and had a really interesting art practice that involved, to name one project, making homemade cereal. We hit it right off, as friends but also as collaborators. Mike, his friend Moe Yousef from Brooklyn, and myself came together in 2013 and are now in a performance group based in competitive eating called The Sin Eaters. “Sin eating” is an age-old tradition, mostly practiced in the middle ages where a lower caste member of society would eat a crust of bread over a deceased body to absolve any corporeal sins. In short, we tailor an event like a pie eating contest into a performance, or moreso, a labor that we provide the audience. Our take on “sin eating” has turned into a communal exchange, where a witness confesses a sin and we essentially eat/absolve their confession in a competitive eating format. It’s choreographed chaos! We had incredible opportunities to perform at Co-Prosperity Sphere in May 2013 and then in September that year at church-turned-artist-residency, Pilot Balloon, out of Lawrence, Kansas.

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Any upcoming shows you want us to know about?

The Sin Eaters are performing at the Abrons Art Center in New York in mid-August. Talk about dream come true!

For more info on Kellens amazing work check out her website!

Student Spotlight: Kellen Walker

Today’s student spotlight is on Interdisciplinary Arts & Media thesis student, Kellen Walker.  She is an amazing artist who works primarily in sensory-heavy, interactive performances. Could you talk about some …

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

The Importance of Studio Visits

by Evan Baden

Julie and John come to visit in St. Paul, 2011

Julie and John come to visit in St. Paul, 2011

Studio visit is a word that you will hear over and over again while in grad school (when you’re out in the real world as well), but it would be a good idea to actually know what that term means and why it’s important to being an actively exhibiting artist. 

The Importance of Studio Visits

Studio visit is a word that you will hear over and over again while in grad school (when you’re out in the real world as well), but it would be …

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

Miss Independent

by Danielle Dwyer

One of my many long driving trips by myself.

One of my many long driving trips by myself.

Miss Independent…Miss Self-sufficient…Miss Keep-your-distance.

Miss Unafraid…Miss Outta-my-way…

…Miss On-her-own…

This is my theme song – Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson.

Miss Independent

Miss Independent…Miss Self-sufficient…Miss Keep-your-distance. Miss Unafraid…Miss Outta-my-way… …Miss On-her-own… This is my theme song – Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson.

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

Apartment Safari

by Steph Jurusz

View from the Roof on July 4

For most MFA students at Columbia, June-August is apartment hunting season, and I am no exception. We moved into our apartment last August after a two-day drive from Florida. As I mentioned in my previous tweets and posts, we currently live in a convertible studio apartment, which was great for us when we first moved here, even though it was smaller than what we were used to. Now that both of us do the majority of our work from home, a larger apartment was in order.  Additionally, my fiance’s sister will be moving up to Chicago for school and will be living with us, so our apartment hunt this season began with some pretty specific criteria. Although it was challenging at times, I am happy to report that we found a beautiful apartment and are set to move in on August first. Read more to learn about my apartment hunting saga and advice!

Apartment Safari

For most MFA students at Columbia, June-August is apartment hunting season, and I am no exception. We moved into our apartment last August after a two-day drive from Florida. As …

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

La Dolce Vita

by Cherie Tymkiw

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Trying to Capture the Eiffel Tower with the Panoramic App

So, summer school ended and on July 4th, I left for a vacation in Europe. Yes, not very American to skip 4th of July celebrations, but it was so much cheaper and it’s very American to be a capitalist. Plus, O’Hare was pretty empty so the lines went really fast! I was not really able to take a vacation last summer because, as a student in the MAT program, there are full time classes in the summer during the evenings, so it was time to get some culture, art, language and new experiences in Europe. 

La Dolce Vita

So, summer school ended and on July 4th, I left for a vacation in Europe. Yes, not very American to skip 4th of July celebrations, but it was so much …

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

Evolution of a Practice

by Dustin Seelinger

Photo taken by Dustin Seelinger Interdisciplinary Book and Paper MFA

Photo taken by
Dustin Seelinger
Interdisciplinary Book and Paper MFA

As I’m checking in from a coffee shop called the Flying Pig on the coast in North Carolina, surrounded by a pile of research books for thesis, I wanted to write a little bit about evolving art practices. I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but my current practice is not at all the practice I thought I would have when I started at Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts program.

Evolution of a Practice

As I’m checking in from a coffee shop called the Flying Pig on the coast in North Carolina, surrounded by a pile of research books for thesis, I wanted to …

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

How do graduate students stay active?

by Kaity Sinke

Chicago Color Run 2014

Chicago Color Run 2014

As summer progresses and the workload begins to weigh more and more—I am starting to realize how integral the exercising portion of my self-care practice truly is. It’s funny how something that we truly need so much—we often put on the back burner when life starts to get rough. However, as busy graduate students, we all need to find the time to practice our own unique ways of staying active for our health, our happiness, and even our sanity!

How do graduate students stay active?

As summer progresses and the workload begins to weigh more and more—I am starting to realize how integral the exercising portion of my self-care practice truly is. It’s funny how …

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

Summer Inspiration

by Bubba Murray

Chicago in Summer

Chicago in Summer

It’s summer in Chicago. Without having to go to class, I’ve had a few moments to think about what motivates me as an artist. One of the elements at the top of my motivation list is inspiration. Sometimes we assume inspiration comes out of the blue and strikes a select few with genius. When that happens I call that divine inspiration. However, I’m thinking about a more practical type of inspiration. Let’s call it inspiration by osmosis. (I bet you didn’t think high school biology would come in handy for this blog huh?)

Summer Inspiration

It’s summer in Chicago. Without having to go to class, I’ve had a few moments to think about what motivates me as an artist. One of the elements at the …

Film & Video - Cinema Directing MFA Bubba Murray, james.murray2@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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