Center for Book and Paper Arts Receives $5,000 Grant


Award to Fund Exhibition Exploring Hand Papermaking as Social Art Practice


CHICAGO (January 23, 2013) – The Center for Book and Paper Arts (CBPA) at Columbia College Chicago received a $5,000 award from the Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation for the upcoming exhibition “Social Paper,” scheduled to open in January 2014.

This prestigious grant, whose previous awardees include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will fund costs including travel for site visits and interviews with key artists, research and mounting the exhibition.

Social Paper will be the first exhibition to document the important intersection of hand papermaking with dominant trends in social art practice. Social art, in which artists emphasize collaboration and shared authorship through community-oriented projects, has a positive impact by engaging the public, according to Jessica Cochran, curator of exhibitions.

“Hand papermaking, naturally a communal activity, has a firm, though under-represented, place in this discourse,” said Cochran. “This exhibition demonstrates CBPA’s role at the forefront of research in hand papermaking.”

In addition to the gallery exhibition, concurrent community art projects will also take place in the new Papermaker’s Garden, located in the heart of the Columbia College South Loop campus.

Cochran and Melissa Potter, director of the Book and Paper MFA, will work with a group of Columbia College Interdisciplinary Arts graduate students to plan the exhibition.

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

The Center for Book and Paper Arts is dedicated to the research, teaching, and promotion of the interdisciplinary practices that support the book arts and hand papermaking as contemporary art media. The Center is part of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, and in addition to housing both graduate and undergraduate classes for that department, it publishes a critical journal and artists’ books, mounts exhibitions, hosts artist residencies, sponsors symposia and public programs, and provides advanced study through a workshop program.

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