2011 InterArts Graduate Thesis Exhibition and Performances

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.

Chip Duggan

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.

Laura Elayne Miller

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.”

Matthew L. Aron

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

Exhibiting Students:

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

Arcade Gallery

2nd Floor, 618 S. Michigan Ave.

Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm

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


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

The Center for Book & Paper Arts

Interdisciplinary Arts Department

ADMISSION: All events are free and open to the public