Marginalia, Graduate Blog

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.

James Pepper Kelly, Managing Director and Julie Weber, MFA 2014

Art Walk – Whit Forrester, MFA 2016

Art Walk – Rebecca Sittler

My favorite part of this year’s festival was an unexpected visit from my undergraduate advisor, Rebecca Sittler, and the amazing lecture by Carrie Mae Weems in conjunction with Columbia’s Lectures in Photography Series.

HPAC Grads

My schedule this semester has been packed. On Tuesdays, I work at the Hyde Park Art Center with two other photography graduate students. We were given the opportunity to be teaching artists and teach photography to teens from different high schools around Hyde Park.

Photo Studio – Hyde Park Art Center

This quarter is all about the Portrait and I am co-teaching with Lena Vieira (MFA 2015). The class is going well so far. I am looking forward to our field trip to Columbia’s photography studio in a couple weeks.

Photographing People – Module 2

I am also TAing. The second module of three for Photographing People is underway. The best part of this class is taking the class outside. It is a nice change of pace.

I mentioned Candidacy in the last post. That date for the second year class is November 19th. We each present our work to faculty members and we have a discussion for about 45mins. Thankfully, we had a trial run at the end of the first year, but it is still not easy.

Seminar Critique – Scott Vahan Tavitian, MFA 2016

For graduate classes prior, they had to present to the full faculty, my class is only doing half. I am not completely sure why there was this change.  Reviews are the only times all of the faculty members are together. To give an example of the pairings, my first review was with Gregory Foster-Rice, Judy Natal, Kelli Connell, Ross Sawyers, and Bob Thall. We have to address the following questions:

  1. What are the ideas and/or issues that inform and motivate your work?
  2. How has the process of making your work evolved?
  3. Evaluate what is and what is not working visually, technically, and conceptually in your work. Please refer to specific images when discussing this topic.

The questions are not a surprise. We consistently answer and consider some form of each question in critique and meetings.

Wish me luck :)

Shows to check out:

Alec Soth at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Carlos Javier Ortiz at David Weinberg Gallery

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

Beginning An Edition

Working on a newsprint edition. Photo by photo MFA (graduated)

Working on a newsprint edition. Photo by photo MFA (graduated)

So, in the last blog post I had mentioned my taking on of an intern for the month of June. While I have been putting her to work doing some of the housekeeping things (writing up inventory lists of equipment for insurance, organizing digital files, and so on) that I don’t have the will to finish, we have also been discussing a newsprint edition that I had been interested in making. Well, add it to the list.

Beginning An Edition

So, in the last blog post I had mentioned my taking on of an intern for the month of June. While I have been putting her to work doing some …

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

I’m Done! So…What Now?

Graduation! So...what now??

Graduation! So...what now??

Three years ago, I began my MFA journey at Columbia. Now, as of a few days ago, that part of my life is finished. But, for me, the MFA and my time at Columbia was just a smaller part of a larger journey, one that will continue. And I have a lot planned.

I’m Done! So…What Now?

Three years ago, I began my MFA journey at Columbia. Now, as of a few days ago, that part of my life is finished. But, for me, the MFA and …

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

Experimental Imaging

3D printing plates for inking. Photo by Evan Baden, Photo MFA

3D printing plates for inking. Photo by Evan Baden, Photo MFA

Over in the photography department, we are lucky to have a chair that is interested in experimenting. This semester, the Digital Imaging Pod opened on the 9th floor of the 600 Michigan building. It is filled with all sorts of goodies.

Experimental Imaging

Over in the photography department, we are lucky to have a chair that is interested in experimenting. This semester, the Digital Imaging Pod opened on the 9th floor of the …

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

The Graduate Experience