Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Fall is here!

by Jasmine Clark

Filter Photo Festival photo booth

Filter Photo Festival takes place in Chicago every September. There are workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, exhibition openings, and a lot more going on throughout the 4 days. As a gift to the grads, our chair provided each student with 2 portfolio reviews. It gives us a chance to have outside eyes on our work and potentially make new contacts in our industry. This year, I had Mike Itkoff, co-founder of Daylight Books and Paul Roth of Ryerson Image Centre review my work. They both provided me with artists to research and other ideas to consider moving forward.

James Pepper Kelly, Managing Director and Julie Weber, MFA 2014

Art Walk – Whit Forrester, MFA 2016

Art Walk – Rebecca Sittler

My favorite part of this year’s festival was an unexpected visit from my undergraduate advisor, Rebecca Sittler, and the amazing lecture by Carrie Mae Weems in conjunction with Columbia’s Lectures in Photography Series.

HPAC Grads

My schedule this semester has been packed. On Tuesdays, I work at the Hyde Park Art Center with two other photography graduate students. We were given the opportunity to be teaching artists and teach photography to teens from different high schools around Hyde Park.

Photo Studio – Hyde Park Art Center

This quarter is all about the Portrait and I am co-teaching with Lena Vieira (MFA 2015). The class is going well so far. I am looking forward to our field trip to Columbia’s photography studio in a couple weeks.

Photographing People – Module 2

I am also TAing. The second module of three for Photographing People is underway. The best part of this class is taking the class outside. It is a nice change of pace.

I mentioned Candidacy in the last post. That date for the second year class is November 19th. We each present our work to faculty members and we have a discussion for about 45mins. Thankfully, we had a trial run at the end of the first year, but it is still not easy.

Seminar Critique – Scott Vahan Tavitian, MFA 2016

For graduate classes prior, they had to present to the full faculty, my class is only doing half. I am not completely sure why there was this change.  Reviews are the only times all of the faculty members are together. To give an example of the pairings, my first review was with Gregory Foster-Rice, Judy Natal, Kelli Connell, Ross Sawyers, and Bob Thall. We have to address the following questions:

  1. What are the ideas and/or issues that inform and motivate your work?
  2. How has the process of making your work evolved?
  3. Evaluate what is and what is not working visually, technically, and conceptually in your work. Please refer to specific images when discussing this topic.

The questions are not a surprise. We consistently answer and consider some form of each question in critique and meetings.

Wish me luck :)

Shows to check out:

Alec Soth at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Carlos Javier Ortiz at David Weinberg Gallery

Fall is here!

Filter Photo Festival takes place in Chicago every September. There are workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, exhibition openings, and a lot more going on throughout the 4 days. As a gift …

Photography MFA Jasmine Clark, jasmine.clark@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

by Logan Stahley

Joel Goodman – photo credit: ascap.com

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class of 2014, had the opportunity to intern with Joel Goodman, who has worked on numerous documentaries including The American Experience. Joel is a very active composer, with seven movies coming out this year.

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class …

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

Mental Health & Going to Graduate School

by Joshua C. Robinson

Credit: http://www.nami.org/

Credit: http://www.nami.org/

Bipolar Disorder Awareness day was on October 7, 2014 hosted by NAMI and Abbott laboratories, (maybe you’ve seen the vague advertisements for the company all over Chicago EL stops). In honor of Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day, I am writing this post.

Mental Health & Going to Graduate School

Bipolar Disorder Awareness day was on October 7, 2014 hosted by NAMI and Abbott laboratories, (maybe you’ve seen the vague advertisements for the company all over Chicago EL stops). In …

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

An “Ode” to Hesitance

by Jennifer Ligaya

Hesitation. Photo Credit: http://www.iceis.pl/hesitate/hesitate_olivas,400.jpg

You. Stop me. In mid sentence. In mid thought
In perfect timing. Perfectly imperfect timing…

I’m watching you.

An “Ode” to Hesitance

You. Stop me. In mid sentence. In mid thought In perfect timing. Perfectly imperfect timing… I’m watching you.

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

I Work For The Columbia Poetry Review

by Justin Grogan

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So, it’s week 6 of the semester and the crazy community of editors and board members, whom work for the Columbia Poetry Review are finally meshing. The process of poetry selection is often of heated debate, where a rigorous rhetoric is defined and encouraged. In week 1, we might try and defend a poem purely based on personal interest, such as this poem made me laugh. However, by week 6 we have hit a collective mind think or organic vision of the journal. As a community that has engaged in such in-depth discourse, we have subconsciously formed an unknowing statement of poetics for the next issue we will publish.

I Work For The Columbia Poetry Review

So, it’s week 6 of the semester and the crazy community of editors and board members, whom work for the Columbia Poetry Review are finally meshing. The process of poetry …

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

Juke Cry Hand Clap

by Justin Botz

This semester I had the privilege of designing projections for Honey Pot Performance’s Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House and Chicago Social Culture.

Juke Cry Hand Clap

This semester I had the privilege of designing projections for Honey Pot Performance’s Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House and Chicago Social Culture.

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

Student Spotlight: Monimia Macbeth

by Kaity Sinke

Mimi

Photo courtesy of MH Branding and Visual Solutions

If you want to meet a woman who is essentially “taking on the world” then you need to meet Monimia Macbeth. As a fellow colleague, I cannot help but be in awe of this woman and her passion.  Attending graduate school, serving as a program director for a non-profit, AND performing as a member of a nationally renowned dance theater??  She is so incredibly driven and an absolute inspiration to me.

Student Spotlight: Monimia Macbeth

If you want to meet a woman who is essentially “taking on the world” then you need to meet Monimia Macbeth. As a fellow colleague, I cannot help but be …

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

Senioritis: Something You Never Fully Overcome

by Danielle Dwyer

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Bundled up at my internship. The reality of working in a TV studio. Photo Credit: Lawrence Benedetto

Sot it’s my last semester of grad school.

The home stretch.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

My third round of having a senior year, well…kind of.

So with this being like a senior year, why should anything be different?

Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s not.

Senioritis. Is. Still. Inevitable.

Senioritis: Something You Never Fully Overcome

Sot it’s my last semester of grad school. The home stretch. The light at the end of the tunnel. My third round of having a senior year, well…kind of. So …

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

Student Spotlight: Sylvia Oben

by Danielle Dwyer

Travel Writing course on January 2014 in Cusco, Peru at Machu Pichu. Photo Credit: Peru Travel Reporting Class

“I love journalism. I love to share with people and share people’s stories. That’s why I am here. I like to be able to help them.”

If you read her work, watch her report or speak with her, you would have no idea Sylvia Oben began speaking English only six years ago when she began pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Purdue University.

Although Oben started to learn English in her home country of Puerto Rico, she said she wanted to go to college to become more bilingual. It was while earning her mass communications degree that Oben said she knew she wanted to be a journalist because she wanted to be a voice for the people. With English as her second language, Oben said she wanted to use journalism as an outlet to not only help others understand the news regardless of their language, but to also share the stories of those who cannot speak English.

Working as a volunteer at a networking event for National Association of Hispanic Journalists at WBEZ. Photo Credit: From Sylvia Oben

“My Spanish language has been helping me a lot because many people here in Chicago speak Spanish and some people don’t speak English,” Oben said. She added that it gives her an advantage to report the story before other reporters since she speaks Spanish and they don’t.

Oben has also used her first language to her advantage within Columbia’s program—she reported on immigration during her state and national public affairs course.

“For me it’s not a language barrier, I call it a challenge,” Oben said. “[Speaking Spanish has] been so helpful to me. I enjoy to do my work in Spanish since it’s my first language.”

Interviewing the candidate for U.S. Congress, Hector Concepcion (R-4th District) at the Bruce Rauner Primary party on March 18. Photo Credit: Veronica Rios

Oben said she likes to be a journalist to not only inform the public and share people’s stories, but to also act as a translator between the source and the public audience. She said she listens and reports in Spanish, but tells the story in English.

The hands-on focus of the Journalism MA program is what drew Oben to Columbia.

“I feel every student can learn something new,” Oben said “It’s not like your bachelor’s, here you go there [to report]. I don’t feel like a student anymore, I feel like a professional journalist.”

Oben said when she’s out reporting her sources know and recognize the value of Columbia’s program. She added that she has gained many hands-on experiences in her course assignments and through her job with La Raza newspaper.

Oben’s first published article at La Raza newspaper in 2012. Photo Credit: Sylvia Oben

Following Oben’s 6-month internship with the publication, her boss offered her a freelance reporter and social media manager position.

“I love it,” Oben said. “I love everything that has to do with social media. I think this has been so helpful.”

Although Oben said her dream job is to be in front of the camera as a Spanish TV reporter, she said she knows how competitive the field can be.

Working for Univision Chicago (TV Spanish network) at Fiesta del Sol event. Photo Credit: From Sylvia Oben

Oben added that Columbia’s multimedia focus has been helpful to gain experience in different media outlets, which will make her more marketable upon graduation.

Reporting Spanish news for WindyCityWebcast.tv in the summer of 2013. Photo Credit: Sylvia Oben

Oben said no matter the media outlet, she will always love working as a journalist. She added that sometimes she comes away learning more about that person than she did before she went into the interview.

“I really love to talk to people and share experiences. I love to hear about their story and I love to be their voice,” Oben said.

Travel writing classmates at El Comercio newspaper in Peru. Photo Credit: From Sylvia Oben

Student Spotlight: Sylvia Oben

“I love journalism. I love to share with people and share people’s stories. That’s why I am here. I like to be able to help them.” If you read her …

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

Dreams Really Do Come True!

by Chelsea Rowan

Almost all the first year directors and producers

One of the most exciting nights of my life happened thanks to the Cinema Arts + Science Department at Columbia College Chicago. As a way to welcome the incoming class of MFA Directing and Producing students, the Cinema Arts + Science Department gave us all free tickets to the Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night Screening and Gala. What an honor, right? We had the chance to dress snazzy and rub shoulders with those we consider our idols and inspiration. Miss Julie, directed by Liv Ullmann, and starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain, and Samantha Morton was the film that opened the festival with its US premiere.

Dreams Really Do Come True!

One of the most exciting nights of my life happened thanks to the Cinema Arts + Science Department at Columbia College Chicago. As a way to welcome the incoming class …

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

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