Engage/Connect Reception February 5, Panel Discussion February 17


Designed to engage professionals from various creative industries with the diverse arts and culture makers of Columbia, Engage/Connect is the fourth edition of the Chicago Curates Columbia exhibition series. Engage/Connect brings Felicia Holman, co-founder of the Honey Pot Performance collective, to curate interdisciplinary works created by Columbia College Chicago students.  Engage/Connect features works by students from Audio Arts and Acoustics, Photography, Art Education and Interdisciplinary Art departments.

Curated by: Felicia Holman

Participating Artists: BJ Allen (InterArts student), Zachary James Caputo, Andrea Coleman, Viktor L.e. Givens (InterArts student), Jack Gruszczynski, Ahmed Hamad (InterArts alumnus), Marlo Koch, Esvan V. Rivera, Mary Palmer and Matt Proshka

Event #1
Engage/Connect Exhibition Reception and Performances.
Thursday, February 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 618 S. Michigan Ave 2nd floor.
Please join us for light refreshments and performances and workshops by Engage/Connect artists. Zachary James Caputo will demonstrate how to create a drone audio piece, Viktor, L.e. Givens will perform a piece related to his installation In Search of My Familiar, Marlo Koch will performCherry, Esvan V. Rivera will host a make-shift livingroom photography portrait studio, Jack Gruszczynski will present readings from his project Encyclopedia Nostalgia and Mary Palmer will present a flag making workshop.

Event #2
All In: Making Art and Community in Chicago:
Tuesday, February 17, 4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m., Stage Two, adjacent to the exhibition.
In complement to the Engage/Connect exhibition, curator Felicia Holman moderates a 90-minute panel discussion with Chicago-based artists Krista Franklin, Carron Little and Baraka de Soleil and arts administrator Marie Casimir. The discussion will center on the value and means of collaboration/experimentation in an artist’s creative & entrepreneurial processes. Exploring the manifestations, impact & value of ephemeral social concepts (i.e. transactional v. relational interactions, distance v. proximity), this is the spine of the ‘Engage/Connect’ exhibition.
Image credit Viktor L.e. Givens, performance still from In Search of My Familiar, 2015. Photographer: BJ Allen