Columbia College Chicago



April Sheridan (CPBA Staff)

Faculty & Staff Research

The Interdisciplinary Arts Department and the Center for Book & Paper Arts faculty and staff are a vibrant group of individuals, each of whom maintain ongoing research projects, creative, and curatorial practices that advance a diverse breadth of scholarship in numerous disciplines as well as advancing the notion of interdisciplinarity, while enhancing our learning environment. Visit the Faculty & Staff Research page to learn more.

Kate McQuillen (2010 Summer Resident)

Residency Program

The Center for Book & Paper Arts currently offers three residency opportunities for working artists as well as graduates of our program, intended to provide time, facilities and assistance for specific projects. Visit the Residency Program page to learn more about our past, present, and upcoming residents. For information about how to apply, please contact Jessica Cochran, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at


Mood Potential, by Elisabeth Tonnard (in JAB27)


The Center for Book & Paper Arts publishes JAB – the Journal of Artists' Books, exhibition catalogs, as well as a number of artists' editions. In addition, the Center is currently in the process of expanding its publishing initiatives under the imprint epicenter which has been developed to support a wide range of projects. Visit the Publications page to learn more.

Expanded Artists’ Books

The Center for Book and Paper Arts recently received a $50,000 Arts in Media grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of a new electronic publishing initiative, Expanded Artists' Books. This grant will support an award of two $10,000 commissions for new artworks for the iPad. These will have physical counterparts that intersect, modulate, or inform the digital components of the artwork. Visit the Expanded Artists’ Books page to learn more.


The World's Longest Breakfast
, by Michael St. John, 2011

Student Research

Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department's graduate programs are each leaders of research, which is formally evaluated numerous times during a students' education with us. Among these evaluations are a series of week-long critique sessions in which the entire department participates. The faculty have selected several projects from the most recent critique session that provide a sense of the diversity of these research projects. Learn more at the Student Research page.