Taylor Hokanson - Columbia College Chicago

Taylor Hokanson

Associate Professor



Taylor Hokanson is an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Columbia College Chicago. The concepts of originality, authorship, and ownership, and their rapidly shifting value in an postdigital society, provide a key to his creative output. His research into the creative applicaitons of computer-aided design and manufacturing, as well as the cultural impact of its increasing accessibility, spurs the production of sculptural objects and gonzo journalism. Hokanson's artwork shows both nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions in Omaha, at the Museum of Alternative History, and in Hong Kong, at the International Symposium of Electronic Art. As co-host of the bimonthly podcast Opposable Thumbs, Hokanson and Los Angeles artist Rob Ray interview a diverse group of contemporary creatives, with a particular focus on women, people of color, and the gender nonconforming, whose voices are often missing from the burgeoning "maker" movement. Hokanson holds a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a MFA in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Instructional Areas

Foundations, Sculpture, Computer-aided Design and Manufacturing

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Computer-aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), distributed authorship, open hardware, Creative Commons licensing, Maker culture, new media art, creative coding, hardware hacking.


B.F.A., Sculpture Washington University 2000
M.F.A., Studio School of The Art Institute of Chicago 2004