Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Surviving Winter

by Parker Stockman

 

It’s winter again. Well, almost winter, but let’s just call it what it feels like. Cold, wet, soggy, snowy, icy. If you’re new to Chicago, coming from far and wide for graduate school like I did, you might want a few pointers on how to survive the next five months (yes, you read that right—it won’t get warm again until April or May, probably).

Surviving Winter

  It’s winter again. Well, almost winter, but let’s just call it what it feels like. Cold, wet, soggy, snowy, icy. If you’re new to Chicago, coming from far and …

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

My One Regret

by Danielle Dwyer

 

Loving what I do during my studio record at my Campus Insiders internship. Credit: Danielle M. Dwyer

Ever since I became the ambassador for Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism MA program, I have received lots of questions about how I knew leaving behind everything to pursue my master’s in Chicago was the right decision.

My One Regret

  Ever since I became the ambassador for Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism MA program, I have received lots of questions about how I knew leaving behind everything to pursue my …

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

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah King

by Dustin Seelinger

Artwork and photo by Hannah King, MFA

Artwork and photo by
Hannah King, MFA

I think that one of the best things about the ambassador program and specifically the blog that we write is that our readers get to follow along with the Ambassadors of the graduate programs at Columbia College Chicago. You get to see how we are progressing through our time here and get a candid view of what it’s like to be enrolled in our programs. That being said, I thought that it would be fun to put the spotlight on one of our Alumni in the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, MFA and the former Graduate Ambassador, Hannah King.

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah King

I think that one of the best things about the ambassador program and specifically the blog that we write is that our readers get to follow along with the Ambassadors …

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

Why filmmaking? A talk with Marie Ullrich

by Chelsea Rowan

Screen grab from the film The Alley Cat, directed by Marie Ullrich

Screen grab from the film The Alley Cat, directed by Marie Ullrich

Why do I want to be a filmmaker? That’s a hard question to answer, nearly impossible. I have millions of reasons, both personal and collective. Being a filmmaker means a million different possibilities. I want to be a filmmaker for change, for catharsis, for therapy, for freedom, for independence. But this small list does not do justice the reasons that push me forward everyday. I recently attended the premiere of a Columbia College Chicago MFA Directing alums film at the Chicago International Film Festival. Marie Ullrich directed the film The Alley Cat, which was in the running for, and won, this year’s CIFF Chicago Award. After viewing the film, and having the opportunity to chat with Marie Ullrich, I became ever more self aware of the reasons why filmmaking is my calling.

Why filmmaking? A talk with Marie Ullrich

Why do I want to be a filmmaker? That’s a hard question to answer, nearly impossible. I have millions of reasons, both personal and collective. Being a filmmaker means a …

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

Open Studios Event!

by Justin Botz

Join us for an evening of open studios on December 4, from 6pm to 9pm. 

Over 40 artists working in a rich variety of media will be present to discuss and demonstrate their interdisciplinary practices in a studio environment, sharing completed projects, works in progress, documentation, sketches, performances, prototypes, and takeaways. Artworks will span installation, sculpture, video, sound, performance, book arts, new media, creative writing, and innovative, intriguing combinations of materials and concepts that defy classification. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Studios Event!

Join us for an evening of open studios on December 4, from 6pm to 9pm.  Over 40 artists working in a rich variety of media will be present to discuss and …

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

Alumni Spotlight: Jacky Schiestel

by Joshua C. Robinson

Jacky_Schiestel

If you have ever aspired to work for Google, you might be convinced that all you’ll do is write code all day, program robots, and work on the most top secret projects in the tech industry. Jacky Schiestel (MAM ’04) works as a Human Resources Business Partner at Google and is a perfect example of why the company’s most important factor is the human factor. It’s true you might be doing all of those techie tasks, but if you’re Schiestel, or any other Googler for that matter, your job will depend on how you interact with people, not just computers.

Alumni Spotlight: Jacky Schiestel

If you have ever aspired to work for Google, you might be convinced that all you’ll do is write code all day, program robots, and work on the most top …

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

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

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