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Semester updates

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SPE NOLA trip

Long overdue update! The semester is the busiest I have been since I started graduate school and there are only four weeks left! I currently hold four jobs:

Semester updates

Long overdue update! The semester is the busiest I have been since I started graduate school and there are only four weeks left! I currently hold four jobs:

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

(more) Ireland!/first Week of Spring

The Burren – Hike!

Our last week in Ireland began with a hike. We went from a chocolatier to hike this:

(more) Ireland!/first Week of Spring

Our last week in Ireland began with a hike. We went from a chocolatier to hike this:

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

Ireland!

Our trip around The Burren

For this year’s J-Term session, I took part in a Graduate Studio Intensive in Ireland at Burren College of Art. Columbia is trying out graduate student study abroad opportunities. Eight of us went, including seven grad students: six Photo, MFA candidates – Allison Clarke (3), Phaedra Call (3), Yeinier Gonzalez (3), Eileen Walsh (2), Jeanne Donegan (2), & me; Interdisciplinary Arts and Media, MFA candidate Thea Baldwin; and our advisor Kelli Connell. We were hosted by the Burren College of the Art, in Clare, County, Ireland in the town of Ballyvaughan and ended our trip in Dublin.

Ireland!

For this year’s J-Term session, I took part in a Graduate Studio Intensive in Ireland at Burren College of Art. Columbia is trying out graduate student study abroad opportunities. Eight …

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

Halfway

600 S. Michigan Ave – That View! (instax)

Fall Semester 2014 is over and I am at the halfway mark of my graduate program! Spring semester brings candidacy retest, new projects, written thesis, and the last semester of graduate seminar. Until then, we have six weeks off. The last Friday of each semester ends with an all-day )9am-5pm) review process.

Halfway

Fall Semester 2014 is over and I am at the halfway mark of my graduate program! Spring semester brings candidacy retest, new projects, written thesis, and the last semester of graduate seminar. …

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

Candidacy

My Candidacy Room (1)

Candidacy presentations happened this semester on a Wednesday and we found out the results Thursday during an individual meeting with the co-coordinators of the program, Paul D’Amato and Judy Natal. Traditionally, we present to all of the full time faculty. For my group it was different. There are 8 of us so we were split into 2 groups with 5 faculty members each: Group A – Judy Natal; Ross Sawyers; Jay Wolke; Greg Foster Rice and Kelli Connell; Group B – Paul D’Amato, Myra Greene, Bob Thall, Peter Fitzpatrick, and Dawoud Bey.

Candidacy

Candidacy presentations happened this semester on a Wednesday and we found out the results Thursday during an individual meeting with the co-coordinators of the program, Paul D’Amato and Judy Natal. Traditionally, …

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

Applying

Organization

When I applied to graduate school, I painstakingly researched every school with an MFA program, using the two following links:

U.S. News Top Photography Programs

U.S. News Top Fine Arts Programs

My criteria for selecting schools hinged on: faculty, location, type of program, and work being produced. I applied to 8 schools and could have easily picked 12: Duke University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Syracuse University, UT Austin, UNC Chapel Hill, Indiana University, U of I Urbana-Champaign, and Columbia College Chicago.

Applying

When I applied to graduate school, I painstakingly researched every school with an MFA program, using the two following links: U.S. News Top Photography Programs U.S. News Top Fine Arts Programs …

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

Faculty Spotlight: Dawoud Bey

From "Class Pictures"

From “Class Pictures”

Working with Dawoud Bey is a pretty amazing experience. I suppose it depends on your working method or style how much some of his advice can direct you, but like the rest of the full-time faculty here, his advice remains poignant regardless of the work you make as a student.

Faculty Spotlight: Dawoud Bey

Working with Dawoud Bey is a pretty amazing experience. I suppose it depends on your working method or style how much some of his advice can direct you, but like …

Photography MFA Evan Baden, evan.baden@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Fall is here!

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.

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

Student Spotlight: Jess Dugan

Jess and I, our first week of graduate school

Jess and I, our first week of graduate school

Jess Dugan recently completed her MFA at Columbia and she is already well on her way to having success in the field of photography.

Student Spotlight: Jess Dugan

Jess Dugan recently completed her MFA at Columbia and she is already well on her way to having success in the field of photography.

Photography MFA Evan Baden, evan.baden@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Second year begins

Best view – 600 S. Michigan Ave, 13th floor, September 3rd, 2014

This week marks the beginning of my second year in the photography program. It will be a busy semester. During the third semester of the three year program, second years go through a candidacy process. It takes place in late November and involves presenting a body of work created during your time in the program. I spent my first year experimenting with different approaches to my work while getting accustomed to a new environment. It is a pass or fail process. Passing signifies that you are ready to work on your thesis project.

Second year begins

This week marks the beginning of my second year in the photography program. It will be a busy semester. During the third semester of the three year program, second years …

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