Columbia College Chicago


Collaborative partnerships are an important part of the Center for Book and Paper Arts. Developed with organizations in Chicago and beyond, our partnerships are integral to the growth of our audience, as well as the quality of our artist residencies, public programs, publications and exhibitions initiatives.


The Galleries of Columbia College Chicago
The Galleries of Columbia College Chicago, including project rooms, galleries and a museum, provide diverse perspectives on art, design, media, and culture from Chicago and beyond. This network of exhibition spaces serves students, the college community, and local, national, and international audiences.

Poetry magazine (Poetry Foundation)
Poetry organizes our regular exhibition readings series, which features readings organized in response to an exhibition's theme or artwork.  Recent readings have included renowned poets Roddy Lumsden, Edwin Torres, Judith Goldman and more. Poetry also advises on the development of our public programs.
Anchor Graphics – Columbia College Chicago
Anchor Graphics is currently working with the Center on a collaborative residency with Chicago-based artist Don Colley, which will result in an editioned artist's book. Anchor and the Center also collaborate regularly on on programming and are currently developing residency programs.
Alliance of Artist Communities, Providence, RI
The Center for Book and Paper Arts will serve as the host committee for the
AAC national conference in October 2011. This national organization, based in Providence, RI, is an important clearing house and support center for arts organizations that sponsor artist residencies.
Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers, WI
The Center continues to work closely with the Hamilton Wood Type Museum on a number of programs, including a Fall 2011 exhibition on experimental wood type. Center staff has lectured at their annual national conference and the museum has hosts regular student field trips from Columbia College.
College Book Art Association
Center staff and Interdisciplinary Arts Book & Paper faculty have played a strong role in the creation and administration of this important new organization. Clifton Meador, faculty,  is a founding board member and Steve Woodall, director, is a board member and member of the curatorial and development committees. Book and Paper grad students maintain strong role in CBAA, appearing on conference panels and winning national awards.
Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA), Caracas
The Center is currently consulting on the proposed book art center in Caracas. During an extended visit in May/June, 2011, two MFA students, along with Melissa Potter (faculty), Clifton Meador (faculty), and Steve Woodall (director, CBPA) will travel to Caracas to present workshops and consult on a proposed book art center there.

The Derge Parkhang, People's Republic of China
A joint project with the Derge Parkhang and Wesleyan University, our exhibition Pearl of the Snowlands resulted in a significant catalog documenting this Tibetan printing temple, the last of its kind. We continue efforts to bring the publication to a major university press.

Gallery Hours

Tues-Sat, 12-5pm
Thur 12-7pm



After a summer-long shutdown for renovations, our galleries and studios are once again open for business! We hope you can visit us soon.

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