Marginalia, Graduate Blog

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

Howdy everyone :D

Number One

Number One

The is my first blog post as the Photography Graduate Ambassador. The former ambassador was Evan Baden, who graduated from the program this past May. Evan was the first student I met at Columbia, thanks to the Ambassador program. His honesty about the photography program helped with my decision, and he has been a good friend and was an asset throughout my first year. You can check out his blog here and his website here. I wish him luck in his future   career. Thank you again, Evan, for recommending me for this position.

Howdy everyone :D

The is my first blog post as the Photography Graduate Ambassador. The former ambassador was Evan Baden, who graduated from the program this past May. Evan was the first student …

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

A Farewell…Of Sorts

It'll all be smooth sailing soon

It’ll all be smooth sailing soon

Well, I am late posting my blog to Marginalia. This is nothing new for me. I consistently forget to get my blog up on the correct day. What is different about today is that this will truly be the last time I am late to post, because this will be my last post. After three years of working with the Graduate Admissions Office, and speaking with prospective students, my time has come to an end. 

A Farewell…Of Sorts

Well, I am late posting my blog to Marginalia. This is nothing new for me. I consistently forget to get my blog up on the correct day. What is different …

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

The Importance of Studio Visits

Julie and John come to visit in St. Paul, 2011

Julie and John come to visit in St. Paul, 2011

Studio visit is a word that you will hear over and over again while in grad school (when you’re out in the real world as well), but it would be a good idea to actually know what that term means and why it’s important to being an actively exhibiting artist. 

The Importance of Studio Visits

Studio visit is a word that you will hear over and over again while in grad school (when you’re out in the real world as well), but it would be …

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

That New New

Emily

Emily

In preparation for my residency in Portland, Oregon this coming fall, I have finally begun to photograph a project that has been on my mind for a while. Instead of waiting to begin the project until I was actually in Portland, I figured I would get a head start on it.

That New New

In preparation for my residency in Portland, Oregon this coming fall, I have finally begun to photograph a project that has been on my mind for a while. Instead of …

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