Empowering Creatives at ShopColumbia

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During Women's History Month, we honor female-identifying artists who make ShopColumbia a unique shopping experience in the heart of Columbia College Chicago’s campus.

Happy Women’s History Month! As Columbia celebrates, it is the perfect opportunity to highlight the outstanding female-identifying students at ShopColumbia. These brilliant creators have displayed exceptional entrepreneurial skills and unwavering dedication toward their crafts in fun and sometimes quirky ways. They have worked tirelessly to create innovative products and services that have positively impacted the lives of many.   

ShopColumbia is a local art boutique that provides an opportunity for emerging artists and designers from Columbia to showcase their talents and sell their creations. This community is vibrant and diverse, with students playing a significant role in contributing their unique perspectives, skills, and creativity to the array of products available for purchase.  

ShopColumbia offers a diverse range of artistic creations including handmade jewelry, fashionable clothing and accessories, innovative ceramics, and thought-provoking artwork. These works of art are crafted by creatives who are not only entrepreneurs, but also storytellers. Through their craft, these students express themselves and share their narratives that resonate with consumers everywhere. Let's take a moment to acknowledge their hard work and show our support by celebrating their achievements. 

Angela Kalish

angela's work at shop columbia

Meet Sophomore Angela Kalish, a talented Graphic Design student with a unique flair for designing patches and stickers. But don't expect to see any ordinary designs from her, Angela's creations are filled with quirky and fascinating creatures like rats and aliens that are sure to capture your imagination.

Ashley Cruz


Junior Ashley Cruz, is an ambitious Interior Architecture student who puts her creative skills to use by crafting wonderful pieces of art. Her latest creations are unique rug coasters and rug mirrors, which are shaped like juicy strawberries. You can't help but admire her artistic talent.

Cassidy Martinez


Senior Music student Cassidy Martinez is a highly skilled artist who has an exceptional talent for creating stunning pieces of art that are sure to catch your eye. Her works are a true reflection of her passion for creativity and her dedication to excellence in every piece she creates. The best part is, Cassidy's commissions are now open to the public, so why wait? If you're looking to add a touch of artistry and elegance to your life, contact Cassidy today.

Ceci Budzyn


Senior Animation student, Ceci Budzyn, has a passion for creating the cutest dog-themed greeting cards and stickers you will ever see! Her designs are sure to put a smile on anyone's face, and her attention to detail is impressive. If you are a dog lover or just appreciate great art, you won’t want to miss what Ceci has to offer. Check out her work and get ready to fall in love with her adorable creations.

Cecilia Schmitt


The artwork of Cecilia Schmitt ’22, an Illustration grad, is simply breathtaking and will leave you mesmerized. From vibrant landscapes to complex portraits, each illustration is a masterpiece that truly highlights her creativity and skill. Don't miss the chance to add one of her unique prints to your collection.

Elizabeth Aguirre


Meet Elizabeth Aguirre ‘15, a Graphic Design and Marketing grad, who has a passion for creating stunning polymer clay jewelry. Her unique designs are a true reflection of her artistic skills and attention to detail. From earrings to necklaces, each piece is carefully crafted to add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe. You will not find anything else like it, so be sure to check out Elizabeth's amazing collection.

Shamya Banks


Sophomore Shamya Banks is an incredibly talented Fashion Studies student who designs and crafts her own line of beautiful handbags and headbands. Her unique and eye-catching creations are sure to turn heads and make a statement. Shamya's passion for fashion shines through in every piece she creates, and it is no surprise that her designs are in high demand. Get ready to add some serious style to your wardrobe with Shamya's stunning handbags and headbands.

Shelby Olson


Graphic Design student Shelby Olsen also known as Crochet by Shelby has been making waves in the fashion world with her incredible crochet designs. From vests to bucket hats to balaclavas, she has some serious talent! Her designs are so unique and eye-catching.