Applications Being Accepted for CBPA Alumni Studio Access Award

CBPA is accepting applications on an ongoing basis for its Alumni Studio Access Award, which provides studio access for art or research projects to alumni of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department graduate programs.

Graduates of the program who are selected to receive this valuable access time will work independently in the outstanding CBPA facilities to further their artistic research and production. Alumni may submit a written proposal of 200-500 words, which should include a timeline, specification of studio needs (papermaking, print, and/or bindery) and specific equipment use, along with a description of materials that will be used in the project. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of quality of concept and artistic merit; appropriateness to studio(s); and a demonstrated need of the Center’s facilities.


Awardees from 2012 included Amy Rabas, Jill Lanza, and Maggie Puckett. Puckett used her access award in 2012 to work in the papermaking and letterpress/darkroom studios on her now complete artists’ book Phytopaper. “Using the papermaking facilities, I made two types of paper: plain abaca heavyweight cover stock (for printing on), and turmeric-dyed abaca embedded with organic sunflower seeds (for the interior seed-laden paper). The darkroom access was ideal and quick for making photopolymer plates to use in the letterpress studio.”

Maggie’s completed project was recently covered in Proximity Magazine, The Food and Art Issue. The article by Nyki Salinas-Duda, “Neighborhood Detox,” also discusses her upcoming project “War Gardens,” in which various heirloom vegetable seeds (from the Jane Addams Hull House Seed Library and Seed Savers Exchange) will be embedded in paper, and then distributed with historical information and instructions for planting. Puckett’s work will also be featured in the upcoming Social Paper exhibition at the CBPA gallery in spring 2014.


Studio Access Award Residencies are awarded on a rolling basis and include approximately 10–15 hours of access per week, primarily during afternoons and evenings when Columbia classes are not in session in the spaces. Studio Access Award artists may participate once every two years. More information on the award can be found here.