Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Update from thesis land…

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Thesis! It’s barreling ever closer! I just ordered my conversation stickers, which feels great to have those done. The pages for my Chicago punk scene coloring book are done, I just need to format them into a book and have them printed and order my branded crayon boxes. Those are goals for this week. Aside from that, I have been toiling away at this video project to be my big thesis capstone.

Update from thesis land…

Thesis! It’s barreling ever closer! I just ordered my conversation stickers, which feels great to have those done. The pages for my Chicago punk scene coloring book are done, I …

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

T[hesis]-Minus 2.5 Months…

My experience with thesis has been pretty rough so far. The schedule has been hectic, I’m tired, I have tons left to do, and it seems like the install for the thesis show is right around the corner. In fact it is—our installation starts in two and a half months. Add to that trying to juggle a family who has had a pretty rough last few months, and you get the picture. That is my struggle.

T[hesis]-Minus 2.5 Months…

My experience with thesis has been pretty rough so far. The schedule has been hectic, I’m tired, I have tons left to do, and it seems like the install for …

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

Return to Roots…

Last night I made the long drive out to Dekalb to visit my undergraduate campus, Northern Illinois University. I went there to see a lecture by Claire Sherman, a painter whose abstracted landscapes have been favorites of mine. The lecture was great and was very insightful to Sherman’s process. It was one of those lectures where the artist does a great job of showing where they were and where they are now and where they are heading. It kind of seemed like a analogy for something…

Return to Roots…

Last night I made the long drive out to Dekalb to visit my undergraduate campus, Northern Illinois University. I went there to see a lecture by Claire Sherman, a painter …

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

New year, new you…

It’s 2015! All that it’s-a-new-year-and-new-you jazz, but most importantly 2015 means hoverboards and flying cars, right? Well, at least someone is making a hoverboard prototype, and I guess there’s a car that changes into a small airplane so maybe there’s that, but still no self-tying shoes or self-drying jackets, but there’s plenty of time, it’s only January. I guess, in all seriousness, the biggest thing is going to happen this year for me is I will be finally graduating with my MFA.

New year, new you…

It’s 2015! All that it’s-a-new-year-and-new-you jazz, but most importantly 2015 means hoverboards and flying cars, right? Well, at least someone is making a hoverboard prototype, and I guess there’s a …

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

Break time!

So the semester ended. That came and went really fast for me this time around. Finals week was a little on the strange side for me this semester. Out of my four classes, I really only had two finals-y things.

Break time!

So the semester ended. That came and went really fast for me this time around. Finals week was a little on the strange side for me this semester. Out of …

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

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah King

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

Aftermath

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Since that last entry was pretty heavy, I wanted to follow up with the aftermath of it. Last time around I filled you all in on the mildly-overwhelming semester that I have been having, from losing my four legged best friend to family illness. I have been on constant follow-up mode with my faculty since then, and am happy to say that things are getting better.

Aftermath

Since that last entry was pretty heavy, I wanted to follow up with the aftermath of it. Last time around I filled you all in on the mildly-overwhelming semester that …

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

Family crisis in the face of thesis…

SRVIV zine featuring me!

So, I know that thesis year is supposed to be difficult. I get that. It’s designed so that I can exit into the world with a working practice that can carry me into the future… But this is not what I expected. This year has been the most difficult year of my life.

Family crisis in the face of thesis…

So, I know that thesis year is supposed to be difficult. I get that. It’s designed so that I can exit into the world with a working practice that can …

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

Thesis critique post mortem…

Tom Ruiz presenting during thesis critiques

Thesis critiques have come and gone. Yay! Now it’s time to figure out where to go next. There is really nothing I have experienced like the critiques in the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA programs here at Columbia College Chicago. They can be pretty intimidating, but they are designed to give you a set of tools to take with in your professional art practice.

Thesis critique post mortem…

Thesis critiques have come and gone. Yay! Now it’s time to figure out where to go next. There is really nothing I have experienced like the critiques in the Interdisciplinary …

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

Critical Revelations

Bad Religion at the Double Door

My thesis critique is next week (ahhhhhhhhh!!)!! I’ve spent the last few weeks humming and hawing about what exactly I was going to do for it. Originally I wanted my thesis install in the gallery to be a straight reflection if the work I make; drawings, video, weird kid friendly play-sculptures, my zine. The original pitch to faculty didn’t go over that well; it seems like too scattered of an install. During that conversation, an alternative play date was brought up. Since social practice is something I’m interested in, I thought, why not? So I built a new proposal to create a space for kids to learn about the punk scene while their parents could get together to have a conversation about parenting. I met with my advisors and they did not like the idea at all. They mostly thought that it would look too cutesy. But… During that meeting, we spent a lot of time speaking about what is and is not considered punk and the motivations of the genre. After 50 minutes, my zine came up and they were like, that’s the thing. And so it is.

Critical Revelations

My thesis critique is next week (ahhhhhhhhh!!)!! I’ve spent the last few weeks humming and hawing about what exactly I was going to do for it. Originally I wanted my …

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