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FacultyThe department faculty is a diverse group of practicing artist-professors who engage interdisciplinarity on a daily basis. None of us is simply one thing. We are papermakers and filmmakers, musicians and book artists, performers and sculptors, dancers and printmakers, composers, poets, photographers, sound artists, theatre directors, video artists, writers, installation artists and curators. Our full-time faculty is comprised of Jeff Abell, Annette Barbier, Paul Catanese, Niki Nolin, Melissa Potter, and Miriam Schaer. Additionally, we have assembled an amazing cadre of part-time faculty members whose commitment to the department is profound. Below you will find a complete list of our faculty members with biographies and contact information, and you may additionally be interested to learn about some of their ongoing research projects.
Interim Department Chair, Associate Professor
Niki Nolin is a media artist who blends painting and poetry with motion, interaction, installation and performance. Working collaboratively with artists and poets, her focus is to arouse in the viewer the conviction of a reality, which exists in the spaces between words and images. Collaborative projects include work with Maureen Seaton, Suzanne Cohan-Lange and Sherry Antonini and others for Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, UCLA, Chicago Cultural Center, Krasl Museum, Artprize, Chicago Art Expo, International Digital Media Arts Association, International Calligraphy Organization, eNarrative Roundtable Boston, the College Art Association, SIGGRAPH and many others. Niki Nolin received the Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2010 from Columbia College Chicago and is currently Interim Chair and associate professor in the Interdisciplinary Department. She holds an MFA in art and technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA in painting from Rockford College.
: Excavating the Image, Visual Narratives
Interdisciplinary Arts MA Program Director, Associate Professor
Jeff Abell is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work encompasses music, sound art, performance, critical and creative writing, and photography. He has been a writer and editor for numerous publications, and active in the non-profit community. Much of Abell’s work explores issues of gender and identity. His work was included in the Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibition Art in Chicago, 1945–1995. In 2008 he premiered his lip-synch opera Confusion, completed with the help of an Artist Residency at the Experimental Sound Studio. Abell has been part of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago since 1981.
Sound: Theory & Practice, Art as Discourse, History of Interdisciplinary Art, Art as Practice, Connected Studio Practice, Multiples, Connected Images, Sound in Context, Conceptual Strategies
: 916 S. Wabash, Rm. 213E | : (312) 369-7270 | : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Anderson's animations and videos have been used in both the commercial market and in galleries worldwide. His clients have included: Universal Music, Starwood Hotels, MKTG, The Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park and several others. He has collaborated on a number of interactive projects, including Infinite Sprawl, which was mentioned in the January 2010 edition of Art in America. Most recenly, he was a consultant for the Qatar Museum Authority for the Told\Untold\Retold exhibition in Doha, Qatar where his duty was to oversee the installation of the digital artworks by fifteen of the top Middle-Eastern artists in the world including Adel Abidin, Walid Raad, Khalil Rabah, and Wafaa Bilal among others.
Sherry Antonini is a multimedia artist whose work combines original text, voice, sound, new media, photographs, and mixed-media pieces to create performances and work for exhibition. She has performed live and her work has been exhibited extensively in Chicago and other parts of the United States in museums, galleries, theaters, and music/performance venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Cultural Center of Chicago, and Monkey Town Performance Space, NYC. Her work has been featured in solo performance pieces and exhibitions and as part of larger collaborative projects with numerous professional artists, musicians, and choreographers.
Media Performance, Performance Aesthetics, Word: Theory and Practice, Text, Connected Images
: 916 S. Wabash, Rm. 213 | : email@example.com
Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts
Annette Barbier's work has received national recognition in venues including new media festivals and conferences such as the International Digital Media and Art Association (IDMAA) (best of show 2005, featured artist 2011), ISEA, and Ars Electronica. She received commissions (with Drew Browning, '09, '06) for installations in Site Unseen, at the Chicago Cultural Center, and in 2003 for Waiting in Line, an interactive installation at the Museum of Science and Industry. Permanent collections include the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University Library, Ars Electronica Center, and the Video Data Bank at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received numerous Illinois Arts Council fellowships, an NEA Regional Fellowship (’91), and a Fulbright award to India (’88). Her work has been reviewed in Media-N, the Journal of the New Media Caucus in Fall, 2011 and in After Image, Fall ’06, as well as in several other publications.
Associate Chair, Interdisciplinary Arts + Media MFA Program Director, Associate Professor
Paul Catanese is a hybrid media artist, Associate Professor & Associate Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago and the President of the New Media Caucus, a College Art Association Affiliate Society. His artwork has been exhibited widely including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA Artist's Gallery, La Villette-Numerique and Stuttgarter Filmwinter among others. Paul is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including commissions for the creation of new artwork from Turbulence.org as well as Rhizome.org.
History of New Media, Directed Graduate Projects, Connected Studio Practices, Interactive Media, Performing in Artificial Space, Screen Media, Sound as an Art Material, Thesis
: 916 S. Wabash, Rm. 203C | : (312) 369-8785
: firstname.lastname@example.org | : www.paulcatanese.com
Founder and Emeritus Professor
Suzanne Cohan-Lange, sculptor and curator, spent the past three decades as an arts administrator, museum designer and educator at Columbia College where she was founder and Chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department for twenty-five years. She is currently President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Curatorial Committee of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. As a sculptor, Suzanne has worked in steel, resin, cast paper and more recently, wood. Her current work combines sculpture with text, video and sound in large-scale multi-media installations. Her most recent exhibition, Little Black Dress, a sculpture, poetry and video installation created by Suzanne and long time collaborators: Sherry Antonini and Niki Nolin, was last exhibited at Indiana University Northwest in the Fall of 2008. Her sculpture continues to deal with the figure as a metaphor for the human condition.
Joseph Fosco is a sound designer and composer. Working primarily in theatre, Joseph has composed music and designed sound for over 300 productions, and is a member of the Artistic Ensemble of A Red Orchid Theatre. Additionally, Joseph works in film, multimedia, dance, and Internet based projects, and has performed his "monologues with sound" across the United States. He has been awarded and nominated for several awards including a New York Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Sound Design, and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Original Music. Joseph also designs hardware and software systems for audio production and processing.
Tiffany Funk works in all aspects of art, whether practice, theory or criticism. Researching the future(s) of the past, in particular visionary artistic models, her strives to uncover fundamental links between art and science, in particular the fields of life sciences, cybernetics, and images. Within the various media of text, discourse, objects and computer software, her work explores the use of soft circuitry intertwined with existing and fictive biological organisms, with an aim to inform our contemporary narrative with historical and evolutionary models. Her forthcoming dissertation deals with the aesthetics of the prosthetic, in particular how we can navigate the sometimes troubled yet symbiotic relationships we share with our technological tools.
Visiting Lecturer AY14/15
Julia Goodman received her BA in International Relations and Peace & Justice Studies at Tufts University in 2001. While taking art classes at Santa Monica College, she began making paper in her backyard in 2003 and completed her Master's in Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts in May 2009.
Goodman has exhibited over the past decade across the United States, including shows at the San Jose Museum of Art, Intersection for the Arts, Rena Bransten Gallery, Columbia College and Machine Project. Her work has appeared in Open Space (SFMOMA Blog), the San Francisco Chronicle, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and In The Make. Recent residencies include the JB Blunk Residency, The Lost Coast Culture Machine and Recology SF. Current group exhibitions include Berkeley Central Arts Passageway (through Kala Art Institute) and David Brower Center.
Goodman lives and works in San Francisco.
Jenny Magnus, writer, performer, musician and teacher, is founding co-Artistic Director of the Curious Theater Branch. Her work has been produced at Steppenwolf Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and venues throughout Chicago and the US and Europe. She has released 9 albums, with the band Maestro Subgum and the Whole, and as a solo artist. In 1998, she was named among the Artists of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, and from 1998 to the present, she was included among the 50 most influential people in Chicago Theater by NewCity Chicago. She has been teaching for 12 years.
Meida McNeal is an artist, educator and scholar specializing in performance studies, critical ethnography and historiography with a focus on postcolonial performance and African diasporic cultural production. She has an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Dance Studies at Brown University in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies. In addition to teaching at Columbia, Meida is a 2010 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, an Arts Consultant for the Chicago Artists Resource Web Project and a Teaching Artist in Chicago Public Schools with Changing Worlds, a nonprofit educational arts organization. Current performance projects include Ladies Ring Shout, a black feminist movement theatre work and The Sweet Goddess Project about women's experiences in Chicago house music culture/consciousness. In addition to her performance projects, Meida is currently completing her first book-length manuscript “Compromised Subjectivities: Constructing Trinidadian Nationhood and Navigating Postcolonial Caribbean Performance” based on over ten years of ethnographic research in Trinidad.
: Performance Aesthetics
: email@example.com | : honeypotperformance.com
Interdisciplinary Book + Paper Arts MFA Program Director, Associate Professor
On Sabbatical AY14/15
Melissa Potter is a multi-media artist whose work investigates womens’ rites of passage, from marriage, to motherhood. Her work is expressed in paper, print, sculpture, and video animation. She exhibited at venues including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and White Columns, where she was featured in the exhibition “Regarding Gloria”, one of the first survey precursors to the 2007 “year of feminism”. She is founder of the NY-based feminist art collective, Art364B. Ms. Potter is a two-time Fulbright recipient. In her first award, she founded a hand papermaking program at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
Experiential Papermaking, Dimensional Papermaking, Thinking Through Making, Art as Practice, Directed Graduate Projects, History of Paper, Connected Studio Practices, Thesis
: 916 S. Wabash, Suite 213C | : (312) 369-6788
: firstname.lastname@example.org | : www.melissapotter.com
Associate Professor (Television)
Mat Rappaport’s art work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to built environments. Rappaport is a co-initiator of V1B3, which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media based interventions. Rappaport has published essays in the iDMAa Journal and a chapter in the book Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art and Social Practices by Rutgers University Press. He has received fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies.
Bryan Saner is a performance artist, teacher and sculptor. Since 1995 he has been collaborating as a performer with the Goat Island Performance Group. International venue and performance credits with Goat Island include the Venice Biennale Theater Festival, the Belluard Bollwerk International Festival Switzerland and the New Territories International Festival of Live Arts in Glasgow. He is an instructor in the annual Goat Island Summer School at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches with Goat Island's annual European Summer and Winter schools. Publications include the collaboratively written book: Small Acts of Repair. Performance, Ecology and Goat Island, edited by Stephen Bottoms and Matthew Goulish.
Acting Director, Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Program AY14/15
Miriam Schaer is a multimedia book artist. She has exhibited steadily and extensively in solo and group exhibitions, and her work has been mentioned in a long list of articles and reviews. She is a recipient of a NYFA Artists Fellowship and her work has been included in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Douglass Library, the oldest and longest-running exhibition series dedicated to showcasing women artists in the United States. Her work can be seen in many public collections including Arts of the Book at Yale University, The Mata & Arthur Jaffe Collection: Book as Aesthetic Object at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University in Durham NC. Her work is also on-line in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for the Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum, and www.miriamschaer.com.
Thinking Thru Making, Book, Directed Graduate Projects, Connected Studio Practices, Graduate Teaching Seminar, Advanced Print Media
: 916 S. Wabash, Suite 213B | : (312) 369-6635
: email@example.com | : www.miriamschaer.com
Associate Professor (Television)
Eric Scholl is an educator and independent documentary filmmaker who is on the faculty of the Columbia College Television Department. His videos have been seen on local and national television, and in festivals internationally. His documentary, The End of the Nightstick: Confronting Police Violence in Chicago, aired nationally on PBS’s acclaimed independent showcase “P.O.V.” His latest work, It's In the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition, looks at the musical heritage of western Louisiana.
Associate Professor (Theater)
Nana Shineflug is the founder (1972) and Artistic Director of the Chicago Moving Company (CMC). CMC has performed throughout the U.S., as well as in Berlin, Germany; in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Luis, Brazil; Jerusalem, Israel; Jaipur, India; Tianjin, China. Nana has received Four Choreographic Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, is the recipient of a Chicago Dance Coalition's Ruth Page Award for Lifetime Service to the Field and a Columbia College Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a Fulbright Senior Specialist. She is also a photographer with exhibits in Chicago and Jaipur, India.
Doug Stapleton is an artist and curator. He is an Assistant Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery and an Artistic Associate of The Seldoms, a Chicago based contemporary dance company. His past collaborative and solo performance work has been presented in Chicago and elsewhere for the past fifteen years. Doug’s studio practice consists of making a collages and assemblages that address his interest in anthropology, art history, gender construction and religion.
Mirela Tanta is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, writing her dissertation “Portraits of Utopia: Socialist Realism inside Ceausescu’s Palace.” Originally from Romania, where she thought philosophy and directed theater, she came to America as an ArtsLink program fellow in poetry and as a guest of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Fall of 2002, she won curator’s choice for Chicago’s Around the Coyote Arts Festival. Her recent publications include: Watchword, Another Chicago Magazine, and Milk Magazine. Her conference presentations include: The Art Institute of Chicago, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Art as Discourse
Nancy VanKanegan’s art works address personal and social enigmas and narratives derived from myth, legend and ritual as they weave into contemporary life. Her installations and performance works, strongly influenced by her lifelong yoga practice and the work and play of daily life, are fed by, and seek to generate beauty, humor and delight. In 2008 she used digitally collaged images to explore the link between Yoga and animism in a multi-media academic presentation for the Humanities Education and Research Association. She is currently working on a presentation about the Latina legend La Llorona with CCC colleagues RoseAnna Mueller and Jesus-Macarena Avila as part of the Intersections Program at the Chicago Cultural Center. A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, she has been exhibiting and performing since the 1980’s.
: Visual Art Theory & Practice