Columbia’s Galleries

Columbia’s Galleries

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Arts Management is a fairly broad field of study. As such, I wanted to shed some light on what Columbia offers graduate students interested in fine/visual arts. Not only are there specialized courses to take, but there are a number of spaces located around campus where you can get your fine art fix!

The AEMM graduate program currently offers two courses specific to fine arts management: Gallery and Art Market Management and the Gallery Management Practicum. I should point out that although the other courses on the program may not be specifically gallery/fine arts focused, they all offer knowledge and skills that are highly relevant and applicable to that part of the arts industry!

The Gallery and Art Market Management course explores different business models in the arts marketplace, including galleries, auction houses, art fairs, independent art dealers and advisors, direct sales by artists, and the use of the on-line marketplace. It looks at the interrelationship of these models on the local, national, and international levels and investigates current issues and future trends in the industry. To complement this course, the Gallery Management Practicum offers students the opportunity to gain some real-world experience by managing a real gallery

So what about the galleries? Well, most of the galleries on campus are run by the Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS). However, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is separate, as is the A + D Gallery, which is run by the Art and Design Department. Below is a list of Columbia’s gallery spaces (full info can also be found HERE). They are all fantastic spaces and well worth a visit, so if you are ever in Chicago, feel free to stop by and check them out!

The Glass Curtain
1104 S. Wabash, 1st Floor
Hours: M, T, W, F 9am – 5pm, Thursday 9am – 7pm, Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Located in the historic Ludington building, the renowned Glass Curtain Gallery exhibits emerging and mid-career, national and international artists in all media.

The Arcade
618 S. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

The Arcade takes its name from the building’s previous incarnation when it was known as The Arcade Building. With sweeping views of Grant Park, the gallery exhibits all media, with a particular focus on new media and interdisciplinary art.

C33 Gallery
33 E. Congress, 1st Floor
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

C33 Gallery serves as an art gallery and meeting place for students. With its distinctive storefront windows, C33 is usually home to non-traditional media and site-specific installations.

The Hokin Gallery
623 S. Wabash Ave, first floor
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 11pm, Saturday, 8am – 6pm

The Hokin Gallery is home to the Hokin Project, an arts management practicum course that provides gallery management, exhibition, curatorial, and design experience for students of all majors. The Hokin Project is a student-run collaboration of the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Department and Student Affairs / Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS).

623 S. Wabash Ave, first floor
Hours: M, T, W, F  11am – 5pm, Thursday 11am – 7pm

Not technically a gallery, ShopColumbia is the college’s student run arts boutique selling work from students and alumni. It is a great place to buy gifts!

Museum of Contemporary Photography
Address: 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Hours: M, T, W, F, S 10am – 5pm; Thursday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is a stimulating and innovative forum for the collection, creation, and examination of contemporary image-making in its camera tradition and in its expanded vocabulary of digital processes. 
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum is the leading photography museum in the Midwest, presenting projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies. The museum offers students, educators, research specialists, and general audiences an intimate and comprehensive visual study center.

A+D Gallery
619 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, Il 60605
Hours: Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm, Thursday, 11am – 8pm

The gallery’s primary focus is on process and the development of ideas into art. Exhibitions at A+D Gallery promote understanding of the artistic process by exhibiting works in progress side-by-side with finished pieces; these can be preliminary drafts and sketches, notes, and other generative materials an artist may use to process ideas into finished artwork.

If fine arts and galleries are your thing, Columbia has it!