Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Applications, Portfolios, Decisions

by Steph Jurusz

Warmest day of the year (so far)

Warmest day of the year (so far)

If you remember my last post, I described my journey to making a decision to apply to grad school. Today I’ll reveal part two of the story: The application and decision process.

If you recall, after months of debating, writing, thinking, and consulting with my writing mentors, I made the decision to apply (Hooray!) Then, I had to deal with a new set of challenges: picking where to apply.

Applications, Portfolios, Decisions

If you remember my last post, I described my journey to making a decision to apply to grad school. Today I’ll reveal part two of the story: The application and …

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

In the pipeline…

by Dustin Seelinger

Old band photos

Old band photos


I’m in between a couple of projects right now, but I’m super excited about a few that I’m about to start working on. We’re doing a mini-grant review in my Connected Studio Practices class. Putting together the images to be presented to a panel of outside curators has sort of made me pause and reevaluate my practice. That along with a critique I received on an experiment in Autobiographical Art has really got me thinking of how to go in new directions.

In the pipeline…

I’m in between a couple of projects right now, but I’m super excited about a few that I’m about to start working on. We’re doing a mini-grant review in my …

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

Time to Shine

by Bubba Murray

AWAKE AUDITION

AWAKE AUDITION

It’s been an eventful few weeks here at Columbia College Chicago. There’s a lot of action in the Cinema Art + Science department. It’s not because classes are beginning to wind down. (Beginning to wind down…is that an oxymoron?) Would you believe it’s exact the opposite? Well, you should. If you walk the halls of 1104 S. Wabash you’ll see as many as four or five productions holding auditions every day. At Columbia we know how to keep things going.

Time to Shine

…ignore the judges, do your best and move forward no matter what the result.

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

Deconstructing Power, Constructing Knowledge

by Christine Reed

Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire

While the second-year Elementary Education and Art Education graduate students are busy student teaching and applying for teaching positions, we are also currently taking one of the most important classes we’ve taken in our Masters of Art in Teaching program so far.  In our Education, Culture and Society class, we study the history of and current issues in the United States Education System and focus on critical analysis and critical reflection of power constructs within the classroom.

Deconstructing Power, Constructing Knowledge

While the second-year Elementary Education and Art Education graduate students are busy student teaching and applying for teaching positions, we are also currently taking one of the most important classes …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The 30-Day Goddess Challenge

by Marie Cisco

Interdisciplinary Arts, MA Marie Cisco Photo by: Lost in Print

Interdisciplinary Arts, MA
Marie Cisco
Photo by: Lost in Print

What does it mean to be a Goddess?

Can any woman be born or become a Goddess?

What does it take/What qualities are necessary for Goddesses?

These are all question I have been a tackling as I continue to work and develop my body of work surrounding the theme of Goddesses in the Modern World. In order to completely understand the concept and ideology of the Goddess, I must immerse myself in the world, life, and body of Goddesses.

The 30-Day Goddess Challenge

What does it mean to be a Goddess? Can any woman be born or become a Goddess? What does it take/What qualities are necessary for Goddesses? These are all question …

Interdisciplinary Arts MA Marie Cisco, cisco@mpaact.org
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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

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