Columbia College Chicago

Past Exhibitions

Among Tender Roots On the Road Viewer
From Left: Among Tender Roots (2010); Jack Kerouac: On the Road (2008);

The Center for Book & Paper Arts houses a two thousand square foot exhibition space on the second floor of the historic Luddington building in downtown Chicago.  In the last several years, we've mounted an impressive array of exhibitions including: Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue, featuring Glenn Ligon, Jessica Stockholder and Mel Bochner; The World as Text, with John Preus, Joseph Grigely and Dianna Frid Exalted Trash, featuring Patric Miceli & Marc Fischer/Bruno Richard; From Art to Zine featuring Enrique Chagoya; Jack Kerouac: On the Road; Dismantling the Corporate State (and Other Amusements) featuring Anne Elizabeth Moore, and Among Tender Roots, featuring Laura Anderson Barbata. 

Our exhibitions have been reviewed in Artforum, Art in PrintNewcity, ArtSlant, Proximity, Chicago Tribune and TimeOut Chicago.

The following links will direct you to the Center for Book and Paper Arts exhibition archives:


DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books
Form + Expression: the Written Word
Word on the Street: Image, Language, Signage
2013 Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition
Structures for Reading: Text, and the Reading Body in Contemporary Art

Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker
Afterimage (Spotlight Exhibition Series) 
Material Assumptions:
Paper as Dialogue
2012 Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition
Poems + Pictures

Wood Type, Evolved

Unfree Freedom
(Spotlight Exhibition Series)
The World As Text
Composition 2
Blanket Impressions
2011 Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition
Poesis: The Visual Language of Edwin Torres (Spotlight Exhibition Series)
Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artist's Books by Robin Price, Publisher

Mano/Mundo/Corazon: Artists Interpret La Lotería
Marilyn Sward: Speaking in Paper
Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition
Among Tender Roots: Laura Anderson Barbata

Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Printing at the Derge Parkhang
Dismantling the Corporate State, and Other Amusements (Anne Elizabeth Moore)
Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition

Experimental Literature & the Intersection with Artists' Books
Jack Kerouac: On the road & 66 International Book Covers from the Collection of Horst Spandler
5th International Book & Paper Arts Triennial Exhibition
Really Big Paper + Postcard Art Competition
JAB: The History of the Publication
Book of Origins: A Survey of American Fine Bindings
Interdisciplinary Art MFA Exhibition

Papel Mexicano
Reading, Writing & 'rithmetic
Its All in the Fold - More than just Origami
Action/Interaction: Book/Art
Interdisciplinary Art MFA Exhibition
Before + After
Graphic Reality: Mexican Painting Today
Off the Grid

Exalted Trash
Moveable Feast: Pop-ups, Volvelles, Tunnels, Flaps and other Moveable Books
3rd National Collegiate Juried Handmade Paper Exhibition
Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition
Politics on Paper: Global Tragedies/Personal Perils
From Art to Zine: Enrique Chegoya/Chicago Zines/Rubberstampland
Stand and Deliver:Engineering Sculpture into a Book Format
4th International Book & Paper Arts Triennial Exhibition

Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., 
Saturdays: noon - 4:00 p.m. 

to arrange a tour, email book&

education packets for each exhibition are available 
upon request. 

You can also visit the gallery any night during a scheduled event. Click here for directions. 

View Spring 2014 
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