My second year of graduate school is over! Congrats to all the 2015 Graduates, especially the graduate ambassadors, book&paper/interarts grads, and my original photo cohort. For those who were unable to see the MFA Photography show, I included some images taken by Allison Clarke of the exhibition. Check out the other graduates: Phaedra Call, Ilana Cheyfitz, Juan Giraldo, Yeinier Gonzalez, Elaine Catherine Miller, and Lena Vieira.
The last few weeks of school were a blur and all led up to final reviews and Manifest. Part of the Lectures in Photography series, the last lecture in spring, was given by artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. Their visit included a lecture, an in-class discussion with Oliver Chanarin, and one-on-one review with Adam Broomberg. Of the now—I believe—15 visiting artists over the past two year, they were two of my favorites. I include Latoya Ruby Frazier, Carrie Mae Weems, and Susan Bright on my highlight list. Also, it does not hurt that my written thesis is partially about their work.
I have written extensively about the Graduate Seminar class and detailed how integral it is to CCC photo grad program. That part of my graduate experience is over, minus visiting artist days. During the third year, the course is replaced with thesis hours with our chosen advisors. The two year program will have it every semester.
The last day of the school years ends with a celebration called MANIFEST. It is a celebration of Columbia College’s many undergraduate and graduate programs. For me, it was End of Semester Reviews.
This review was only for the second year students. The first years had their days before and the third have their show at the Glass Curtain. We each had a mixture of four outside reviewers and three faculty members.
Happy Summer! My summer plans include, playing softball, finishing my written thesis, working at Hyde Park Art Center, getting ready for my final year, and welcoming the incoming student to the new two year program.