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Surf’s up


We’re a few more weeks into summer now and things have been pretty busy around here. My wife is taking a couple of summer courses at her graduate school and I’m enjoying my time as full time stay at home dad. The weather has done what Chicagoland weather does these last few days and it’s been hot, humid, and then thunderstormy. It’s time for a change of scenery.

Surf’s up

We’re a few more weeks into summer now and things have been pretty busy around here. My wife is taking a couple of summer courses at her graduate school and …

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

Summer Explorations


It’s summer! And I’m having a wonderful time! Let’s be completely honest, there are a few things as a student that I cannot stand about summer. Okay, pretty much just the one big one: finances. During the school year, I can’t really keep a job (other than this one, which I love by the way) due to having to balance my time with class work, studio practice, and family. This makes finding a summer job super difficult.

Summer Explorations

It’s summer! And I’m having a wonderful time! Let’s be completely honest, there are a few things as a student that I cannot stand about summer. Okay, pretty much just …

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

Going it alone, not really.

Last week my wife was able to present at an international conference for mental health counseling as part of her graduate program at a neighboring school. Super proud of her. Her triumph meant extra challenges for me. Since it’s pretty much just her and I most of the time with the kiddos (our families are super busy and don’t live close) it meant that I was sole care provider for almost a week. Right in the middle of finals.

Going it alone, not really.

Last week my wife was able to present at an international conference for mental health counseling as part of her graduate program at a neighboring school. Super proud of her. …

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

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 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

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 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

My favorite day of the week is Wednesday??

I just wrapped up my sixth week of teaching an undergraduate class in papermaking. I am absolutely loving it. When I started teaching at the beginning of the semester, I won’t lie, I was REALLY nervous. I didn’t know what kind of group I was going to get, had doubts about my abilities to teach them a medium that I’ve been involved with for a minority of my artist practice, etc. As it turns out, all of those worries were mostly unfounded.

My favorite day of the week is Wednesday??

I just wrapped up my sixth week of teaching an undergraduate class in papermaking. I am absolutely loving it. When I started teaching at the beginning of the semester, I …

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

CAA and moving forward…

The CAA (College Art Association) conference was this last weekend. It was a little overwhelming. I helped man the table for the Graduate Admissions office on Friday. I split my time sitting at the table and wandering around. I brought my comic book convention mentality of aimlessly wandering and accidentally finding the perfect panel. At the last comic book convention I attended, I stumbled into seeing John Barrowman, an actor that I endlessly admire. At CAA my approach led me to a panel on Social Practice in Chicago.

It was perfect.

CAA and moving forward…

The CAA (College Art Association) conference was this last weekend. It was a little overwhelming. I helped man the table for the Graduate Admissions office on Friday. I split my …

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

Spring into action…

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And just like that, winter break is over and we begin “Spring” semester. I used quotes on Spring, because obviously it’s still ridiculously cold out there. Don’t get me started…wiith the new semester I am faced with a brand new set of stresses and hopes. This Spring semester is going to be especially big. Conferences, a new job, and the always daunting critique week.

Spring into action…

And just like that, winter break is over and we begin “Spring” semester. I used quotes on Spring, because obviously it’s still ridiculously cold out there. Don’t get me started…wiith …

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

Cabin Fever…

Like always, it would seem that winter break started with a flurry of activity for my family. We had to move again this December. We found a perfect two flat building to move into in oak Park and couldn’t be happier with it. Much happier than with the place we were at last year. We spent a week moving everything from the old place to the new one. We finished just in time.

Cabin Fever…

Like always, it would seem that winter break started with a flurry of activity for my family. We had to move again this December. We found a perfect two flat …

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

Why Choose Graduate School?

I have been asked the same question over and over again lately. It seems that almost every email that I get asks the same question.

Why did I choose to go to graduate school?

Why Choose Graduate School?

I have been asked the same question over and over again lately. It seems that almost every email that I get asks the same question. Why did I choose to …

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

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