Columbia College Chicago

Papermaker's Garden

Students and plant varietals (Phase 1)

The Papermaker’s Garden features a variety of plants grown to be used as papermaking fiber and art material in the Center for Book & Paper studios. This garden supports deep hands on engagement with the process of fiber production as well contemporary ideas in interdisciplinary practice related to art, science, the environment and social practice.

Founded and programmed by students, faculty, and staff in the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, the Papermaker's Garden is also a space for collaborative, cross-disciplinary educational opportunities and site-specific art projects.

Located in the heart of the Columbia College Chicago South Loop campus, two blocks from the Center for Book and Paper Arts, the Papermaker's Garden contributes to Columbia College Chicago’s sustainability initiatives, academic curriculum and engagement with the South Loop neighborhood. 


Let's Be Human To Each Other by Matthew Hoffman

Inaugural Public Art Project
February 13 - April 15, 2014 | In association with the College Art Association Annual Conference


Supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council

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Wabash Avenue at 8th Street

The Papermaker's Garden is supported by the Office of Campus Environment and the Interdisciplinary Arts Department. 

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Project Originators and Principal Investigators

Students in the Interdiscplinary MFA in Book and Paper arts PROGRAM
Alex Borgen, Founder
Jillian Bruschera

Columbia College chicago Center for Book and Paper Staff
April Sheridan, Coordinator on behalf of the Center

Interdisciplinary Arts Faculty 
Melissa Potter, Advisor

Academic Affairs
Stephen DeSantis, Director of Academic Initiatives

Campus Environment
Alicia Berg, Vice President of Campus Environment
John Kavouris, Associate Vice President, Facilities and Construction

Current Additional Investigators
Heather Buechler, Student
Amy Leners, Student
Jessica Cochran, Staff
Steve Woodall, Staff
David Snyder, Faculty
Fereshteh Toosi, Faculty