With the singular 2011 Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition and Performance Programs, the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago continues to establish itself as one of the country’s leading graduate arts programs in media arts and book and paper arts. Scheduled performance and reading programs will accompany the exhibition on April 29 and 30.
Artwork by Chip Duggan
Featuring extensive individual projects by 16 students on the occasion of their graduation from the three-year program, the exhibition exemplifies the department’s status as a leader in interdisciplinarity. Cohesive and expansive, this exhibition affords each student the time, resources and space to realize well executed, individually-envisioned projects that are the result of a year long intensive research process.
Artwork by Laura Elayne Miller
As a result, the Interdisciplinary Arts Thesis Exhibition and Performance Programs are the place for collectors, curators, art critics and arts enthusiasts to discover the next wave of talent and leaders in contemporary art– particularly in book and paper arts, performance and interdisciplinary media art. According to department chair Michelle Citron, “The culmination of three years of graduate practice, this year’s outstanding quality of work is a bridge to the professional art world.”
Artwork by Matthew L. Aron
We are also pleased to announce that the thesis exhibition has been selected for inclusion in the Art Chicago VIP Black Pass Collector program during the fair, which runs April 29 – May 2. In an exclusive event, Art Chicago’s top collectors and curators will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and interact with students. Public events, including performances, readings, receptions and art walks have also been scheduled for the run of the exhibition.
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Artwork by Laura Wessman LeBreton
MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts: Matthew L. Aron, Laura Wessman LeBreton, Steve Mancione, Daniel Mellis, Margaret Puckett, Jana Sim
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media: Barrie Broadie, Kelli Cousins, Chip Duggan, Hale Ekinci, Mary Mazurek Khan, Colleen McGann, Laura Elayne Miller, Kate Riegle van West, Nicolas S. Ruley, Nick Sagan
MFA Thesis Exhibition and Performances
Friday, April 29–Friday, May 20, 2011
Opening: Friday, April 29, 5 pm to 7 pm
2nd Floor, 618 S. Michigan Ave.
Saturday, May 14, 12pm-5pm
Exhibiting students: Barrie Broadie, Kelli Cousins, Hale
Ekinci, Steve Mancione, Katie Riegle van
West, Nicolas S. Ruley
Center for Book & Paper Arts Gallery
2nd Floor, 1104 S. Wabash Ave
Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm; Sat, 12pm-5pm
Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Exhibiting students: Matthew L. Aron, Laura Wessman LeBreton, Chip Duggan, Hale
Ekinci, Mary Mazurek Khan, Colleen McGann, Laura Elayne Miller, Daniel Mellis, Nick
Sagan, Jana Sims
Stage Two, 2nd Floor, 618 S. Michigan Ave.
Friday, April 29, 7pm
Saturday, April 30, 3 pm and 7 pm
ART AS READING/READING AS ART
Arcade Gallery/ Center for Book & Paper Arts Gallery
2nd Floor, 618 S Michigan Ave.
Friday May 6, 7 pm
MANIFEST ArtWalk & Artists’ Reception
Reception: Friday, May 13, 4–7 pm
INFO: 312.369.6630 or
ADMISSION: All events are free and open to the public