Columbia College Chicago

Upcoming Programs

The Interdisciplinary Arts Department hosts year-round public programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 South Wabash Ave, 2nd floor.

Tuesday, February 11 | The Big Here: Chicago
Wednesday, February 12 | Ann Stewart | Anchor Graphics Artist-in-Residence
Thursday, February 13 | 3D Printing Panel & Rountable Discussion
Thursday, February 13
| ART2Make Opening Reception

Thursday, February 13
| Social Paper Opening Reception

Friday, February 14 | From Paper to Practice: Tactics and Publics in Socially Engaged Art 
Monday & Tuesday, February 17 & 18 | A Homecoming for Julia: Language and Labor
Thursday, February 20 | Visiting Artist Lecture | Chi-wang Yang

Wednesday, March 12 | Jordan Knecht | 
Anchor Graphics Artist-in-Residence
Friday & Saturday, March 14 & 15 | Chicago Zine Fest
Thursday - Saturday, March 13 - 15 | DIY Paper "Drop in" Workshops with The People's Library

Monday, march 31 | Nicholas A. Basbanes |  On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History
Thursday, April 3 | Visiting Artist Lecture | Chrysanne Stathacos
Thursday, April 10 | The Love, adventure and business of letterpress printing
Tuesday, April 15 | Richard Wagener: Wood Engraving Talk & Demo
Thursday, April 23 | Visiting Artist Lecture | Aaron Landsman

Thursday, May 22 | Elizabeth D'Agostino | Anchor Graphics Artist-in-Residence

Tuesday, February 11 | 6:00 p.m. | Free | EVENT INFO
Museum of Contemporary  Art, Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave

The Big Here: Chicago
Center for Book and Paper Arts at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago Tuesday Evening Series

Organized by artist Maggie Puckett, The Big Here: Chicago is a dynamic participatory installation of of thirty-five questions set on handmade paper designed to test and increase ecological awareness. With each question articulated on paper made out of organic fibers that amplify the question’s content, visitors are encouraged to write and draw answers directly on the installation, which will ultimately be bound into an artist’s book.  Puckett’s project is an extension of Social Paper, a concurrent exhibition at the Center for Book and Paper Arts that considers contemporary applications of the art of hand papermaking in relation to socially engaged art practice.

Visitors to The Big Here: Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art can also participate in hand papermaking demonstrations facilitated by Columbia College Interdisciplinary Arts graduate students with a  variety of pulps generated from plant fibers, some of which were cultivated in the Center for Book and Paper Arts Papermaker’s Garden, located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop.

Social Paper is on view at the Center for Book and Paper Arts February 10 – April 15, 2014

Maggie Puckett is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She received her MFA in Book and Paper Arts from the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, and her work has been shown recently at Cornell University, Co-Prosperity Sphere and the L.A. Art Book Fair.

Wednesday, February 12 | 6:00 p.m. | Free | EVENT INFO
Anchor Graphics, 623 S Wabash Ave, 2nd Floor


Ann Stewart | Anchor Graphics Artist-in-Residence

THURSDAY, February 13 | 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 P.M. | Free AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | EVENT INFO

3D Printing Panel and Roundtable Discussion

New Media Caucus / CAA Chicago 2014
Roundtable chairs:
 Tom Burtonwood and Rachel Clarke

A massive expansion of 3D printing in the prosumer market has made it possible for artists and designers to use 3D print technologies in their practice. This began with expensive commercial print services where files could be sent out for production — services that expanded due to the availability of a growing variety of printing materials. With the advent of open source 3D printers, such as the RepRap project, the cost of this technology has come down significantly, opening up this sector to makers, hackers, hobbyists and educators. This in turn ignited the explosion of consumer facing brands and systems such as Makerbot, Printrbot and Ultimaker. As the price of printers decreases, many art / technology / new media departments in colleges and Universities have acquired a 3D printer or are planning to purchase one.

This roundtable is an opportunity to explore and discuss the emerging field of 3D printing in the art and technology / studio art context, with particular focus on pedagogy. The concurrent 3D print show, ART2Make at Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper provides a context for what is possible and how 3D printing is being adopted as a medium.

The 3D printing roundtable welcomes artists and designers who are conversant with 3D CG and 3D printing, educators who are using 3D printing, artists and educators who are beginning to explore the possibilities of these technologies, AND those who are simply curious about this emerging technology.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 | 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. | FREE | event info

ART2Make Opening Reception

Join us for a reception in the gallery to celebrate the opening of ART2Make, an exhibition of artists who create sculptural objects using digital files and 3D printing techniques. A collaboration between the College Art Association and v1b3.

Social Paper

Social Paper Opening Reception

Thursday, February 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | FREE | EVENT INFO

Join us for a reception in the gallery to celebrate the opening of Social Paper: Hand Papermaking in the Context of Socially Engaged Art. In correlation with the Annual College Art Association Conference Evening at Columbia College Chicago

From Paper to Practice: Tactics and Publics in Socially Engaged Art 

Friday, February 14  |2:30 P. M. - 5:00 p.m. | EVENT INFO
College Art Association Annual Meeting, Chicago
*Admission to conference is required

Panelists: Melissa Potter (chair), Jessica Cochran, Stuart Keeler, Claire Pentecost & Laura Anderson Barbata

Artists working in the social realm engage creative practice in the spirit of urgent social transformation. In projects such as community gardens and bookmaking with indigenous tribes of the Amazon, Social Paper, an exhibition on view at the Center for Book & Paper Arts during the 2014 CAA Conference, places the art of hand papermaking in a broader theoretical and historical landscape by considering medium specificity as a tactic of social engagement.  This panel of artists, critics and curators address some of the central concerns of social practice including labor, environment, activism, and pedagogy while creating a new context for evolving scholarship in the field of craft arts and interdisciplinary practice.

Monday, February 17 | 10am-2pm | studio production / dialogue (after that paper will be drying) | EVENT INFO
Tuesday, February 18 | noon – 1pm |
processional to garden & placement of flowers | EVENT INFO

Exhibition-Related Workshop

A Homecoming for Julia: Language and Labor

Workshop by Laura Anderson Barbata with Jillian Bruschera (MFA ’14)

In association with Social Paper: Hand Papermaking in the Context of Socially Engaged Art

Enrollment capacity: 8 students / 4 community members
Price: $75 (community members)

An opportunity for participants to engage in an internationally-renowned contemporary art project, this paper and social practice workshop employs a combination of collaborative discussion, design and hand papermaking techniques to address language in the media, oppression, objectification in society from the 19th century to present. Led by artist Laura Anderson Barbata as an extension of her socially engaged, multi-faceted art project to repatriate Julia Pastrana (see project description) exactly one year ago, participants will use the following techniques to create new language collages out of existing language in the paper studio: laminations, stencils, watermarks, shaped-sheets and blowouts. A focus will be on graphics, spatial design and conceptual re-appropriation of language. 

For more information and to register, click here.


Visiting Artist Lecture

Chi-wang Yang

Chi-wang Yang  is part of the collaborative artist group Cloud Eye Control, a collaborative performance group from LA. A common theme in their work is human adaptation in a technological world. For more information on Chi-wang and other visiting artists, click here.

WEDNESDAY, march 12 | 6:00 PM | FREE


Jordan Knecht | Anchor Graphics Artist-in-Residence

Friday & Saturday, March 14 & 15 | EVENT INFO

Chicago Zine Fest
March 14-15, 1104 S Wabash Ave
1st floor, 2nd floor (cbpa) & 8th floor

Buy zines, participate in workshops, panels, dance parties, readings and more! Workshops at the Center for Book and Paper Arts (2nd Floor) -- and see the official schedule of events for many more Zine Fest activities!!

Alternative Pamphlets // 12:00-1:30 (Room 211, 2nd Floor)
The People’s Library // 12-1pm (Gallery, 2nd Floor)
Low-tech Lickables  // 12:00-2:00pm (Room 201, 2nd Floor)
Pressure Printing with Spudnik Press // 2:30-4:30 (Room 209, 2nd Floor)
Patch Making and Fabric Transfers  // 3:00-3:30 (Room 211, 2nd Floor)

Columbia College Chicago and the Center for Book and Paper Arts is pleased to host Chicago Zine Fest, an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. In addition to hosting studio workshops and demos, the Center for Book and Paper Arts and its graduate student organization will co-organize panels, lectures and public programs. A complete schedule of events will be posted in February. 

Chicago Zine Fest takes place on the 1st, 2nd and 8th floors at 1104 S Wabash Ave. 

Visiting Artists: The People's Library 
March 13 - 15, 2014

The People's Library is an ongoing collaborative project featuring libraries designed, built and authored by community members. The project transforms and re-purposes discarded books into blank canvasses for the production and exchange of local histories.

In Richmond, VA, at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library, a thousand blank books are being created for anyone in the community to check out, bring home, fill with their histories and bring back to the library to be included in the permanent collection. The resulting installation includes a thousand micro-monuments, becomes the real and symbolic meeting place for alienated publics, and offers sustainable, collective and critical alternatives for the form and function of public art.

DIY Paper "Drop in" Workshops 
Thursday, March 13 | 5-8pm | Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 S Wabash Ave, 2nd Fl | EVENT INFO
Friday, March 14|  10-1pm | Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 South Michigan Ave | EVENT INFO

Join artists of The People's Library and learn how to create paper out of discarded books, while discussing the importance of local histories and participatory culture.  In conjunction with the Columbia College Chicago Library on the occasion of Social Paper. 

Tactical Weaving: Textiles, Labor, and Community Action
Friday | March 14 | 4-6pm | Event Info
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum - Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted

Join members of local labor movements for an inspiring afternoon of craft and strategy. The People's Sewing Collective, Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper Arts and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will facilitate a workshop and conversation, weaving participants wide-ranging labor experience, skill sets and visions for the future into a collective book. The finished product, an expansive "blueprint" of labor insights, will be offered to UIC United Faculty as they continue to fight for a fair and equitable contract.


The People's Library at Chicago Zine Fest

Saturday, March 15, noon - 1pm | EVENT INFO

During the zine fest workshop, participants will meet with the People’s Library’s co-directors and learn about the project through a tour of their installation (featured in Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts exhibit: Social Paper). The workshop will culminate with a group brainstorming session on how the methods utilized in the project can evolve to produce similar projects across the country. Help us explore and propose ways that creative labor can reimagine how we engage with each other, with the production of history, and our public institutions.

Monday, march 31 | 6pm | Free | EVENT INFO


Nicholas A. Basbanes |  On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History

Sponsored by the Caxton Club 

Historians estimate that there are on the order of twenty-thousand commercial uses of paper in the world today. The average American handles, on average, about thirty different objects every day that have been made with paper. Which begs the question—is the paperless society we hear so much about today as imminent as some people suggest? 

Who better to tackle this question, and everything else in the storied and surprising history of paper, than Nicholas Basbanes who has written eight acclaimed books on every conceivable aspect of books and book culture. Basbanes will discuss ideas from his new book, ON PAPER, which documents his travels from southwest China where paper was first invented, to a pulping mill at the National Security Agency, to a Kimberly-Clark mill where a million boxes of Kleenex are made every day and into the fascinating ways paper has shaped our culture, politics, economy, and history. 

About Nicholas A. Basbanes
A native of Lowell, Massachusett s, Nicholas A. Basbanes graduated from Bates College in 1965, received a master of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1968, and served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier Oriskany in the Tonkin Gulf in 1969 and 1970. An award-winning investigative reporter during the early 1970s, Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991, and for eight years after that wrote a nationally syndicated column on books and authors. He is a former president of the Friends of the Robert H. Goddard Library of Clark University, which has established a student book collecting competition in his honor.


Visiting Artist Lecture

Chrysanne Stathacos

Chrysanne Stathacos
 is a truly interdisciplinary artist creating participatory public art projects. She aims to make new connections between cultures, historical periods, technologies, and environmental issues, which mirror the human processes of change, hope, healing, and mortality.

For more information on Chrysanne and other visiting artists, click here.

Thursday, April 10, 5:30p.m.
Event Info

1104 S Wabash Ave, 2nd Floor

The Love, Adventure, and Business of Letterpress Printing 

This event will be both a book launch for Adventures in Letterpress by Brandon Mies and For the Love of Letterpress by Martha Chiplis and Cathie Ruggie Saunders. Following presentations of these two newly released publications, we will have a discussion of letterpress printing as a business with Jen Farrell of Starshaped Press and Elizabeth Isakson-Dado of Tandem Felix Letterpress

Tuesday, April 15 | 6PM | FREE | EVENT INFO

Studio Demo

Richard Wagener: Wood Engraving Talk & Demo

A program of Anchor Graphics and the Center for Book and Paper Arts, with support from The Caxton Club

Through an artist talk and demo utililizing art samples, an engraved block and tools, learn about the history of wood engraving from Richard Wagner, praised by the Book Club of California as "unsurpassed in the world of contemporary wood-engraving."  

Wagener is a renowned artist who works primarily in wood engraving and printmaking with imagery oriented around plant life, nature, California, landscape and the built environment. His technique involves engraving an image on mirror-smooth surface of a meticulously prepared endgrain woodblock. His illustrations have appeared in numerous fine press and illustrated books and he has exhibited internationally. 

Wagener has an undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and a graduate degree from Art Center College of Design. He has been engraving wood for over thirty years and his work has been in a number of fine press editions, most notably with Peter Koch in Berkeley and the Book Club of California. In 2006 Wagener established his own imprint Mixolydian Editions. He currently lives and works in Northern California. 


Visiting Artist Lecture

Aaron Landsman

Aaron Landsman uses performance, acting and teaching as part of his artistic practice. Fascinated by the way power is performed, he uses formal experimentation and long term community engagement to challenge the faces of the city. His performances are often in public places such as side walks, offices and private homes. He has collaborated with church choirs, engineers, homeless young people, a tourism board, high school students and local government officials.

For more information on Aaron and other visiting artists, click here.

Thursday, May 22  | 6pm | FREE | EVENT INFO
Anchor Graphics, 623 S Wabash Ave, 2nd Floor


Elizabeth D'Agostino | Anchor Graphics Artist-in-Residence

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