ColumbiaCrawl Kicks Off School Year with Gallery Exhibits, Media Demos and Performances


Columbia College Chicago Event Welcomes Students Back to Campus,Unveils New Mural Created by Alum Nino Rodriguez

WHAT: Columbia College Chicago kicks off the 2012 fall semester this Thursday with ColumbiaCrawl, a new campus-wide event celebrating the beginning of the school year by showcasing the visual, performing, and media arts through gallery exhibits, performances, open houses and a pep rally on Thursday (Sept.6) from 5-8 p.m.
More than a dozen exhibitions, live music on multiple stages, theater and dance performance, readings, fashion shows, interactive audio, TV and radio demonstrations and flash mobs will take place during the event.

ColumbiaCrawl also marks the unveiling of a new South Loop mural on a local business at the northwest corner of Wabash and Balbo. Created by Columbia College Chicago alum and Chicago-based artist Nino Rodriguez (B.A. ’05), the mural is a vibrant snapshot of the city of Chicago, including portions depicting the city skyline, CTA trains and sports team logos.

Rodriguez designed the piece especially for the newly created Wabash Arts Corridor, a long-term strategy to turn the South Loop campus, from Congress to Roosevelt, into a dynamic arts corridor that reflects the creativity of Columbia College students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as promote ongoing commitment of the college partnering with local businesses and the community.

WHERE: Columbia College Chicago’s South Loop campus

WHEN: Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m. (Best Media opp: 5 p.m. ribbon cutting for mural at Wabash and Balbo)

COST: Free and open to the public.

INFO: Map and full schedule at

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts for nearly 11,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit