Faculty, Alum on Her Full Circle Experience at Columbia College ChicagoNov 30, 2021
Melissa Pinney tells us about her favorite projects and being named the latest Diane Dammeyer Fellow
Melissa Pinney tells us about her favorite projects and being named the latest Diane Dammeyer Fellow
Illustration student Yulia Yrkoski talks about their Columbia experience, revolutionizing the industry
Audio Engineering Student Kimberly Liwanag has built a sustainable support system within her Audio Design & Production program, one defined by individuals committed to supporting her evolution as an artist.
Ksenia Rychtycka ’93 discusses her new chapbook and how her experience at Columbia helped her become a published author.
By the time he graduated from Columbia's Cinematography program, Smego was an agency producer hiring directors to shoot some of the biggest names in advertising.
Day discusses his new poetry collection about the day-to-day experiences of a Black adolescent male transitioning into maturity, and how his time at Columbia helped him publish this work.
Journalist Danny Fenster ’09 was released into the custody of former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson after being sentenced to 11 years in Myanmar prison.
As coordinator of Columbia's Environmental Studies minor, and in part, Rafacz has also been instrumental on launching the new BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.
As her skills and experiences evolved while a student at Columbia, Loupakos became interested in working in sound for film. After taking Audio for Visual Media I with Michael Coyle, Loupakos knew that she wanted to explore sound design and recording.
Since his second year at Columbia, Fashion student Ben Sill has been dedicated to making the most of his time with experts in the field.
Columbia Dance faculty tell us about their work in “The Rosina Project”
Cruz teaches various courses in sociology, including Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems in American Society, Race and Ethnic Relations, Marriage and Family, and The Sociology of Sport and Social Inequality.
Broadcast Journalism alum Kristin Crowley '06 has advice for anyone with a passion for investigative journalism.
Laura Hawbaker spent several years traveling and living around the world, writing, teaching, and tutoring, and received a master’s degree in linguistics. After a while, Hawbaker realized she wasn’t being as creative as she would like, so she decided to attend Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing MFA program.
Throughout her time at Columbia, Jennifer Nelson '08 kept her eye on her goal, which was eventually working in television. She continued to stretch professionally, representing the institution at Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and landing an internship at Nickelodeon.
Aleida Zapata talks about access to fine art and expanding her craft through embracing new technologies
A collection of artworks by former Columbia faculty member to be archived, displayed at the College
Alum Jesi Nelson '15 started her career determined to help represent the female and BIPOC communities. Earlier this year, she was named one of eight composers selected for the Universal Composers Initiative and the first female and first BIPOC composer to be hired by Lucas Arts to score a Star Wars project.
CTVA alum Angel Kristi Williams MFA '15 is dedicated to her work, she is also a dedicated mentor to other creatives, and teaches screenwriting at the Maryland Institute College of Art as well as master classes at Johns Hopkins University.
Miller graduated in May 2019 and was selected the commencement speaker for her graduation ceremony. She was the first Deaf commencement speaker in the history of Columbia.
For John and Theresa, the road to professional and personal success has been driven by their ability to create the community they want to work in.
Andrews has spearheaded Columbia’s recent Cultural Studies BA program update as the Co-Chair.
"Carve you own path but do so with sensibility for the finite resources, empathy for others, curiosity of the world around you, and meaningful creativity."
Camille Estrada Willaford talks about publishing their comic in a well-known comics magazine
'Though the Odds Be Great or Small' is about Notre Dame's 1957 Comeback Season and the Year That Changed College Football.
For today’s college students, Boursier has a bit of advice: “Find what renews you, find people who believe in what you do, and find people you like to work with. Workplaces change, but finding people you like to be around and trust will get you more of what you want from life.”
After graduating in 2013, Krouch dove into the world of filmmaking. She now works as the Independent Film Coordinator for the City of Chicago, where she gets to pay forward the mentorship and support that she received early on in her career.
Allium will replace the department’s three genre-specific journals, Columbia Poetry Review (poetry), Hair Trigger (fiction), and Punctuate (non-fiction), becoming the department’s first multi-genre print and online publication.
Columbia’s Art Now! Lecture Series to kick off
Adjunct Instructor Flora Brunetti talks about her life teaching in both Chicago and New York, her perspective on navigating COVID, and her advice for students interested in carving out their own paths to success.
When Borovikov started at Columbia, he was nervous. English wasn’t his first language, and he didn’t know its linguistic quirks. However, his time at the College has helped Borovikov enhance his work.
Johnson has been working successfully as a freelance audio engineer since 2015, taking many of the skills he learned at Columbia with him along the way.
Story updated July 2 to reflect the most recent information available related to Fenster's detainment.
Pax Helgesen ’15 has carved out a successful career in sound design. Now, he's here to pay it forward.
Sama Alshaibi talks about how her experiences at Columbia helped shape her career and the projects she has been most passionate about
Students from across Columbia brought the South Side Community Art Center’s administrative archives to life through a recent exhibition
This year's APME conference will be a hybrid event, featuring sessions with musicians and experts in popular music education, keynote speakers from various disciplines, and a virtual student showcase.
Winners of the 2021 Paula Pfeffer and Cheryl Johnson-Odim Political Cartoon Contest have been announced.
Columbia College Chicago’s student art exhibit to open online for second consecutive year
Interactive Arts and Media Assistant Professor David Antognoli tells us how serious games can bend the rules and create new worlds.
As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Manifest, we wanted to highlight a few MFA students to learn more about their Columbia experiences, how they’ve been cultivating their work to showcase in this year’s Manifest and how each finds inspiration to pursue their art.
Sarah Uhlarik has gone from pastry chef to graphic designer with help from Columbia
Wisel wanted to become a professor so she could empower students the same way that her mentor empowered her.
On the road to self-discovery, Columbia student Elsa Brydalski finds that Graphic Design was exactly what she was looking for.
‘You could do [writing] for a living.’ “That had never occurred to me. ... But the minute he said it, I knew it was for me,” said Petrolle.
Faculty member Dr. Khalid Long to interview Regina Taylor on Zoom Monday, April 12 from 2-3PM as part of Columbia’s Social Justice Initiative
Columbia College Chicago student Sheryl Williams tells us about the joys of working on stage and the importance of mental health in theatre.
Registration for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters will open for students beginning Monday, April 5.
Congratulations to the five new additions to Columbia's tenured faculty ranks: Christopher Arnold, MFA, Design; Olga Goldenberg, PhD, Humanities, History, and Social Sciences; Robert Hanserd, PhD, Humanities, History, and Social Sciences; Anne Libera, BS, Theatre; Kubilay Uner, MFA, Music.
Columbia’s Theatre students rehearse and perform in physical pods helping bring performances to life during social distancing.
Díaz de Sabatés took a Women's Life Stories course and it changed her life
This year, American Sign Language has been in the spotlight due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Communication Instructor Demetrio Maguigad on the promise and potential of social media.
Stuart Greenspan knows what it is to devote your life to music and to live limitlessly. This is his story.
Obstacles aplenty lay before filmmaker Kseni Avonavi on the path to her dreams. This is her story of resilience, persistence, and success.
Assistant Professor Melissa Gamble on asking the hard questions, and why asking them pays off.
Columbia College Chicago announces awardees for its first ever DEI Teaching Activism Awards.
Adams realizes that many students coming into his classes may have had painful science classes while in high school and actively works to give them a better experience.
Columbia Photography students collaborate with Skylark Editions to document the pandemic
Rohrbeck was able to tie his Biology minor to his Cinema and Television Arts major while at Columbia.
Over the last two decades the art of photography has evolved, and so has the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Celebrating its 45th year, the MoCP has mastered its ability to harness the power of art and imagery to create social change.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography and Columbia community members on the importance of visibility and the impact of photography on social justice
Black Arts Festival 2021 synthesizes the past and present to inform visions of an empowered future.
How mentorship, a community support, and a healthy dose of courage helped one student leap from her small town to big stages in Chicago.
For Associate Chair and Associate Professor Peg Murphy, applied creativity has always been at the heart of her interests.
From Kennedy-King to Columbia College Chicago, Vashon Jordan has followed his dreams of using art to make a better world.
How Audio Arts and Acoustics Alum Andrew Hulva combined his passions to forge a unique career in his chosen field.
Prados-Torreira is a cultural historian with a range of interests that include American and Cuban history.
Columbia Assistant Professor of Instruction tells us about how he got into Design, his latest projects, and how those projects inform his teaching.
Dance student Kennedy Ward tells us how an art camp and a fateful invitation to Links Hall brought her to Columbia.
The first time Teena was on campus, in 1984, she knew that she would return – and encourage her future children to do so too.
Minges Wols fell in love with teaching at Columbia during her very first course.
Award-winning Fashion student Amaiya Sims on going all-out for the dream.
Sam Roe is best known as a pathbreaking and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who has decades of experience in his field. He is also an adjunct instructor in Communication at Columbia College Chicago.
Filmmaker, screenwriter, and director Kellee Terrell would have been justified in walking away after witnessing the inside of an industry that, although improving, remains rife with white, male, cisgender homogeneity. But instead, she made a different choice. She made the choice to persevere. This is what happened next.
Assistant Professor Joshua A. Fisher on interactive design, immersive technology, and how posthumous personhood may come to define our legacies for the next generation.
The book is scheduled to be published in March 2021.
Art and Art History student Darby Gustafson talks about moving into the Fine Arts program and his current projects.
Associate Professor Curtis Lawrence, watching the events unfolding at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, felt a familiar grim disappointment in the threads of racism and ignorance woven through the storming of a prominent symbol of the democracy.
Moss loved her illustration classes and professors but felt that something was missing. She found what she was looking for in the Science and Math Department.
Audio Arts and Acoustics Alum Jessica Borowski had to fight for what she wanted. Here's how she landed her dream job in a competitive field.
Richard Song sat down with us to talk about building a life beyond cultural assimilation and how his business, Eleven04, has taken off.
Students often find courses within the Columbia Core that fuel their passions. In fact, there are courses that fill up every semester as students choose how they want to fulfill their general education requirements.
For Tomas Videla, music was always a part of his life, but he never imagined that he’d be scoring the soundtrack for the upcoming HBO documentary about Tiger Woods.
Illustration student Mary Lee Fenner tells us about her passion for art, promoting illustration and design, and her latest projects
While campus may be quiet these next few weeks, there is plenty happening online at Colum.edu. Here are some ideas to keep you entertained and informed virtually until next semester.
Star Wars Multiverse is part of a series of books that Rutgers University Press called Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture.
Columbia’s Theatre students showcase their skills in a fun holiday video
For Dennis Avelar ’05 the path towards self-publishing his first novel, The Blue Q: The World as I See It, started nearly twenty-five years ago.
Four Columbia faculty members, alums honored with 2020 Equity Jeff Awards
CTVA faculty member Ruth Leitman co-designed the Interdisciplinary Documentary field with CTVA faculty member Eric Scholl and regularly teaches courses in nonfiction writing, distribution, and production.
Brooke Wyatt is a Music Performance student working towards her BA. As a transfer student, she has a unique insight into the opportunity for both academic and professional advancement at Columbia. Here, she shares her journey thus far.
Artist Emma Young discusses music, songwriting, and the community that has supported her growth.
Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Kristin Pichaske discusses her unique path to success as a documentary filmmaker.
For Shane Tolentino, Columbia became home not only because of the community she built here, but because the institution was well-poised to offer opportunities to live, study, and aspire expansively.
Music Artist-in-Residence Russell Gunn discusses mentorship, community building, and the importance of saying "yes" to opportunity.
Foley discusses her new book and how her time at Columbia helped her become a writer
Jennifer Sadler’s experience as a critical race scholar and marketing professional helps students turn a critical lens toward marketing
Audio Arts and Acoustics Instructor Ryan Black on how a small investment in your future can make all the difference.
Jerakah Greene ’20 has been awarded a position in the Tulsa Service Year program.
When the COVID-19 pandemic caused Illinoisans to quarantine, Ryan Trembath ’07 used the opportunity to follow a lifelong dream – to write a book.
CTVA student Dara McClure breaks boundaries as a director, storyteller, and content creator.
Columbia alum Kelan Smith tells us about his favorite projects and his most current role at Porchlight Music Theatre
Fashion alum Oula Yassine discusses how her time at Columbia helped her develop her unique style and advance her career.
Dan Rybicky, known for his award-winning and critically acclaimed films, discusses building a balanced creative life and acting as a mentor and resource for his students at Columbia
Associate Professor Jeffrey Spitz's students have been tasked with bringing a film character back to life to help Central Camera recover and reopen.
Faculty member Heather Gilbert and alumnus, former faculty member David Cromer nominated for Tony Award
Associate Professor Clayton Smith tells us about teaching Business and Entrepreneurship while running a new business
Javy Solano, who earned his BFA in Fashion Design in 2017, discusses how he built his life around alternative themes.
At Columbia College Chicago, experts in social media and digital strategy come together to offer an opportunity for students to learn how to marshal emerging technology for multi-faceted careers in the field of communication.
Hughes has recently been awarded the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship and the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize
Faculty member Heather Gilbert nominated for a Tony Award for her lighting design work
Harris shares her insights on Columbia’s Fiction MFA program and how her education has helped her get published
Lupita Diaz Donato is a senior in the Music Department (BMus ‘21), studying Composition and Production. We sat down with her to talk about her evolution as an artist, experience at Columbia, and plans for the future.
Columbia College Chicago student tells us about how she became interested in photography and its endless possibilities.
Since joining Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Nonfiction program, Ravelli has been awarded StoryStudio’s Stories Matter Foundation Masters Award, a scholarship to attend three master classes in the Kweli International Literary Festival, and two of her essays have been published.
Columbia Dance alumna Kierah King hasn’t missed a beat
David Christopher "Big" Krause has found a passion in carefully crafting environments for the stage and screen. Here, he discusses his role as an entrepreneur, mentor, and Assistant Professor in Cinema and Television Arts.
McCarthy and Columbia’s archivists created a project entitled Capturing Quarantine, where students interview each other remotely to document their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Music alum Eric Rutherford, who earned his BMus in Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music in 2017, has recently been profiled by InTune magazine. A songwriter and band leader originally from Detroit, Eric has been persistent in his pursuit of producing jazz, classical, pop, and blues music. He sat down with Kevin JP Hulihan from InTune to discuss his career path. You can read their conversation here:
Christian Cook's ’19 first novel has been published by Leeds Press Corp.
Tad Walters shares his vision for the diverse and inclusive future of quidditch.
Faculty member Marc Fischer talks about documenting life during quarantine and the importance of performing wellness checks through art
Paciga’s work focuses on early childhood education and development and examines the relationships between media objects and children’s language and literacy development.
Humble beginnings led to recognition at the Academy Awards for John Hancock.
Theatre faculty member Heather Gilbert honored for her work in lighting design
While teaching at Columbia, Assistant Professor Matthew Andersen connects American Sign Language to the arts.
Game developer Autumn Scruggs has a creative spirit, prodigious technological skill, and a powerful will. Here, she discusses her path to success.
Assistant Professor and music technologist Visda Goudarzi and Assistant Professor Florian Hollerweger discuss their "Listening to the City" courses.
Carl Seaton '94 on directing, producing, and how stories can change a life.
Columbia Student Josué Romero sees art as a tool to address pain and to heal
Assistant Professor Missy Hernandez discusses her path as a filmmaker, writer, content creator, and mentor.
Faculty members find innovative ways to teach and learn the art of dance during COVID-19
Philip Dembinski ’08 on his love of photography and his favorite shoots
The Digital Print Center (DPC), a new state-of-the-art, two-story print shop, opened on campus last spring at 623 S. Wabash.
Michael Hilgendorf, BM '20, on song-writing, solos, and his love of playing guitar.
Since the start of COVID-19, masks have evolved from paper to durable cloth to silks and satins, cottons, and high-performance innovative fabrics. They're fundamental to getting dressed and being out in public.
The Beauty of Your Face has been named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Marie Claire, Bustle, Real Simple, and Literary Hub.
Leonardo Selvaggio MFA ’14 discusses his work creating COVID Experiments and his hopes to provide essential workers with personal protection equipment.
Math takes planning, effort, and inspiration
Kirkpatrick took a Writing Horror class assignment and has been able to get it published in an anthology, Tales of the Lost Volume Two: Stories To Get Lost In.
Atmosphere Press will publish the novel within the next year
Wesley Reno on engineering, his internship at Electrical Audio, and working in the era of COVID-19
Fashion Studies Chair Colbey Reid and Associate Chair Allison Leahy lead the Fashion Lab, a course providing Columbia students with the opportunity to produce research and insights for industry leaders
Columbia’s AEMMP record label partners with Ingrooves to further distribution
Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Jenny Boully has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.
For Ciara an uncertain beginning has had a very, very happy middle. And there’s plenty more of the story that’s still unsigned.
For Asma, studying the world of monsters is a way to engage with the darkest corners of our own assumptions, conventions, prejudices, and reactions.
Alum Niéna Drake discusses her path from Columbia to succeeding in media, art, and the world of DJing.
Journalism student Alexandra Yetter on The Columbia Chronicle, landing internships, and finding editorial success
Columbia College Chicago alum sets up scholarship for Marketing students in honor of her parents
Columbia College Chicago’s Admissions Department shifts gears to keep prospective and incoming students excited about Columbia despite COVID-19
Tailyn Kaster translates Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds COVID-19 press conferences
In the face of COVID-19, the Columbia community has come together to keep our culture anchored and to keep us moving forward. This is our story.
Democratic Committeewoman Maggie O'Keefe, Theatre '11, discusses politics, working in the community, and serving the 40th Ward.
Columbia graduate student talks about science, design, and turning to art during a time of global crisis
“I can feel this in my bones. It’s devastating for the world, for every one of us, and this is just the beginning unfortunately.” – Joan Giroux, Professor of Art and Art History
Cinema and Television Arts student Mia Elliott on the road to becoming a producer
Hoffmann's first novel, “Other People’s Children” will be published in 2021.
Jennifer Keiper, BFA ’92, MFA ’94, on anchoring, mentoring, and climbing to great heights
As part of its Collective Impact Series, Columbia College Chicago hosts a presentation by Piven Theatre Workshop on using theatre to impact the lives of women incarcerated at Cook County Jail.
Mary Mazurek on working for a Big Three recording studio, overcoming obstacles as an engineer, and *that* Grammy nomination
Kendra Allen, BA ’17, declared herself a Nonfiction major and hasn’t looked back
Suzanne McBride leads Columbia students interested in politics on the journey of a lifetime
Writer, director, and all-around go-getter Sydne Horton talks making movies that matter
Sometimes the detour you take leads on an alternate route to happiness and fulfillment
Humanities, History and Social Sciences Associate Professor Katie Paciga teaches early childhood literacy at Columbia College Chicago
Crestfall is a remote town, in a remote place, inhabited by a curious cast of characters. They are interesting, lovable, and unique. And they keep dying of not-so-natural causes...
Black Arts Festival is celebrating its third consecutive year at Columbia this February 20-22.
Columbia College Chicago alum Delvin McCray reflects on how he moved into the world of fashion, the roads to Project Runway and Paris Fashion Week
Faculty member Darrell Jones talks dance and upcoming projects.
Joseph Mireles went from being a volunteer waiter to being a writer on one of SyFy's most popular shows. Here's how.
Columbia College Chicago adjunct faculty member and alum Joseph Tessone is an expert in all things audio. Here, he discusses his work as President and Lead Engineer at Mystery Street Recording Company.
Columbia’s Fashion Studies Department makes their fashion exhibit accessible to passers-by.
Professor Emeritus Dan Dinello of CTVA discusses themes of nationalism, xenophobia, and gendered violence in Children of Men.
DJ Ca$h Era on building skills in DJing, radio, and the art of pivoting to find long-term success.
Solome Skaff MFA '04 wrote LifeCare, a personal guide that helps people process through the difficulties of life.
Cinema and Television Arts faculty member Danny Kravitz discusses his upcoming movie "The Marksman," starring Liam Neeson.
Columbia College alumnus Jonathan Castillo tells us how photography landed him in Chicago and on the pages of The New Yorker.
Director of photography, documentarian, entrepreneur, and Columbia alumnus Keith Walker sits down to talk about his life, his work, and what comes next.
Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis featured in docuseries dedicated to R. Kelly abuse allegations and culture of complicity
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Associate Professor Michelle Yates produces first short film
Kate Wisel is the author of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, selected by Min Jin Lee.
Assistant Professor Yonty Friesem, together with five colleagues, is one of nine 2019-2020 Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming Grant awardees for the upcoming Civic Media Workshop Series.
Columbia College Chicago Student Mose Mayer produced "Burning Cane," which is now available on Netflix
WAC showcases several new murals from local and international artists.
Theatre Design Associate Professor Heather Gilbert discusses her award-winning work in the Broadway play The Sound Inside.
Columbia College Chicago celebrated the class of 2019 at this year's Commencement ceremonies.
A look back at some the past year’s highlights and accomplishments by Columbia College Chicago’s creative and scholarly community.
Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dawoud Bey discusses his current exhibition, which runs through July 7 at Columbia's Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Columbia College Chicago honored nearly 1,800 graduating students and three honorary degree recipients.
Jim DeRogatis discusses how his decades of reporting led him to his new book, "Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly."
Co-authors Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel, in conversation with Colbey Reid, discuss their new book which explores how emotions are the largest part of the human mind.
This year’s newly tenured faculty members share more about themselves and their work.
Music critic, journalist, and faculty member Jim DeRogatis details his decades-long journey uncovering the story behind R. Kelly and his alleged victims.
Co-directors Michelle Yates and Susan Kerns reflect on some of the films that make this year’s festival “the best yet.”
With the new Tonika Johnson Scholarship for Photography, Tonika Johnson ’03 gives back to Columbia with purpose. Congratulations to first year student Nyia Sissac, the inaugural winner of the scholarship.
Former faculty member Daniel Stiepleman, the screenwriter of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic "On the Basis of Sex," recalls finding his voice and getting his big Hollywood break with the help of Karen Loop, associate dean of Los Angeles programs.
Former faculty member Daniel Stiepleman, the screenwriter of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic "On the Basis of Sex," recalls finding his voice and getting his big Hollywood break with the help of Karen Loop, associate dean of Los Angeles programs.
Chair of the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department C. Richard King discusses his vision for the department and how his scholarship applies to his new role.
Lauren Downing Peters and Justin LeBlanc join the Fashion Studies Department to advance the department’s mission toward a curriculum focused on innovation and inclusion.
Led by alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward ’02, the TransAtlantic Project brings Chicago’s Red Clay Dance and Uganda’s Keiga Dance Company together at the Dance Center Nov. 8-10.
Columbia’s students, alumni, and faculty filled the headlines over the last academic year with top rankings, historic achievements, and continued engagement with art and activism.
Columbia welcomes alumni and supporters for a reunion celebration at the newly renovated Getz Theater Center. Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaims October 19, 2018, as Columbia College Chicago Theatre in Chicago.
Student Yasmeen Qahwash writes about Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Dan Rybicky's new film "Accident, MD," now streaming on Vimeo.
Sez Me: The Columbia Story Hour (and a Half) brings a Chicago sensibility to the new live storytelling series on campus.
The Dance Department’s Practitioner-in-Residence Qudus Onikeku brings a global and anti-disciplinary approach to Columbia students.
In collaboration with the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division, Cinema and Television Arts students and faculty fuse documentary and public service.
Inaugural Series brings artists to Columbia for a year of art-making and discussion.
Illustration alum Nick Drnaso’s "Sabrina" is the first-ever graphic novel to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Interactive Arts and Media Associate Professor K-J Mathieson discusses her award-winning animated short film “Corky.”
After a semester full of accolades, the Fashion Studies Department is looking to the future of fashion through sustainability.
We asked a handful of faculty and staff what projects they’ll be working on over the summer.
The Faculty and Staff Scholarship Initiative event exceeded expectations and continues to raise funds for students in need.
Columbia College Chicago honored more than 2,000 graduating students and four honorary degree recipients.
A look back at the achievements, highlights, and innovations of faculty, students, and alumni of Columbia College Chicago in the past year.
Joan Giroux discusses her ongoing 'eco monopolies' project, the focus of her residency in the Commons at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The MoCP's new exhibition brings an opportunity to revisit the roots of Afrofuturism.
Industry leaders bring their expertise to Columbia’s new online courses.
With the launch of Columbia’s Hip-Hop Studies minor, members of Columbia and the Hip-Hop community share their perspectives on what makes Chicago Hip-Hop unique.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts partners with Columbia to offer fellowships for students of color exploring the haptic arts.
This year’s newly tenured faculty members share more about themselves and their work.
Biff and Buzz Ruttenberg’s stewardship continues their parents’ legacy of supporting the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Students participate in the nationwide walkout to protest the lack of action around gun control.
As the Dance Center nears the end of its 44th season, it celebrates another year of dynamic performances by exploring process in a festival running March 29-April 7.
The College Archives and Special Collections finds and shares Columbia’s legacy of art, activism, and everything in between.
The annual Publication Celebration showcases a compelling range of work by Columbia's faculty and recognizes their 2017 publishing achievements.
The third annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases the diverse experiences audiences want to see on screen. March 7-9 at Columbia College Chicago.
Jeremy Efroymson MFA ’98, Vice President of the Efroymson Family Fund, discusses how a $1 million challenge grant will bolster support for the creative work and success of Columbia students.
The Faculty and Staff Scholarship Initiative (FSSI) group volunteers their time and talents to support the next generation of creative professionals.
Onye Ozuzu performs at the Chicago Cultural Center with award-winning work and a plan for survival.
Alivia Blade ’17 and Bri Heath ’17 bring the 2018 Black Arts Festival to Columbia—the first of its kind in 50 years.
Columbia welcomes three new assistant professors to the School of Media Arts who are "pushing their fields forward."
Photographer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and most recently the Women’s March in Chicago, Sarah Matheson ’16 is always ready with her camera.
In her new television show 'The Perfect Fit,' Communication Assistant Professor Shannelle Armstrong-Fowler brings body positivity to bridal fashion.
Columbia staff and faculty members share the books, podcasts, and TV shows they can’t get enough of.
The Fresh Connect event brought communities together to celebrate the launch of the new Hip-Hop Studies minor.
Associate Professor Joan Giroux and Assistant Professor René King guide students’ exploration of Chicago through its urban planning and activism.
Associate Professor Alton Miller imparts lessons from the charismatic and revered mayor to his "Big Chicago" students.
American Sign Language (ASL) Associate Professor Diana Gorman Jamrozik believes students who take ASL courses are part of a “revolution” in Deaf awareness.
First-semester students in Sam Weller's "Big Chicago" course find inspiration in the city and tap into their own stories.
#GivingTuesday highlights the support of Columbia’s community and the direct impact generosity has on Columbia students.
Alton Miller, Prexy Nesbitt, and the Columbia community had strong ties to 1983 Honorary Degree Recipient and Chicago’s first African-American mayor Harold Washington.
Hot off the heels of being named a top music program in the country for the second year in a row, a Masters in Music Composition for the Screen alumni showcase reveals the collaboration process between composers and filmmakers.
Meet Columbia’s new fundraising team, whose diverse professional backgrounds bring new energy and vision to build a culture of engagement and giving.
Faculty member Shannon Downey’s viral embroidery balances traditional crafts with internet activism.
Professor Stephen Asma’s “Big Chicago” course rethinks monsters and our capability of being monstrous.
Evolution, cultural studies, and Chicago history provoke curiosity in the "Big Chicago" course taught by Robin Whatley and Ames Hawkins.
Watch highlights from the Columbia faculty, staff, students, and alumni who made headlines in 2016-17.
After more than two decades, the Pilsen community welcomes back Photography alum Akito Tsuda ’93 to celebrate his book and exhibition, "Pilsen Days."
Tonika Johnson ’03 creates new narratives of Englewood and other Chicago neighborhoods through art-making.
A year of Undoing Racism workshops show Columbia’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Karla Fuller explores authorship in filmmaking in the “Big Chicago” course, Chicago Film History.
In its 25th year, Columbia’s American Sign Language (ASL) Department continues to reflect the evolution of Deaf culture.
Raquel “Rocky” Monroe weaves dance scholarship and pop culture studies in her “Big Chicago” Dance, Sex, and Popular Culture course.
In Jim DeRogatis’ “Big Chicago” course, first-year students learn from a music critic, an investigative reporter breaking national stories, and a Chicagoan.
2017 Excellence in Teaching Award winners Ann Gunkel and Kristi Bramlett present on what makes their pedagogies unique.
A student-produced exhibition will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the new South Loop murals.
Columbia College Chicago honors more than 2,200 graduating students and six honorary degree recipients.
Joan Giroux and René King collaborate to teach Interior Architecture students how to design spaces with a real-life impact.
Composer-in-Residence Miriam Cutler and Kubilay Uner, director of the Music Composition for the Screen MFA, discuss how they prepare student-composers for their industry.
Ervin Johnson’s Dammeyer Fellowship culminated in a weekend-long exhibition at Ravenswood’s Gallery 19.
Digital Learning opens up new opportunities for Columbia.
Television Associate Professor Mat Rappaport’s course in 360 video expands the boundaries of content creation.
Photography faculty member Brad Temkin talks about what it means for him to win the prestigious award.
Get to know some of Columbia's long-time and beloved campus security staff.
Years of collaborative relationships converge in Photography faculty member Cecil McDonald Jr.’s debut monograph.
Columbia’s eight newly tenured faculty members share more about themselves and their work.
A preview of Tania Richard's and Fo Wilson’s upcoming presentations at the April 26 Faculty Showcase.
Dance visiting lecturer Kelsa Robinson on how Columbia’s B-Series can reintroduce audiences to underground dance and hip-hop.
Columbia’s new LMS will create more collaborative and effective classroom time through its ease of mobile use.
Shawn Wax, Columbia's new VP of Development and Alumni Relations, discusses what he's most looking forward to at the college and why he admires Chicagoans.
Ai Weiwei’s first solo show in Chicago opens at the Museum of Contemporary Photography on April 13.
Andrew Causey and Anne Marie Mitchell will present their recent scholarship at the first of many cross-departmental showcases.
Columbia launches new pre-collegiate summer programs aimed at students wanting to jump-start their education.
Stephan Wanger ’94 recycles thousands of Mardi Gras beads into gigantic, detailed mosaics—and teaches others to do the same through his nonprofit, Bead Town.
Recent alumni return to Columbia to discuss their post-graduation journeys as successful Black professionals.
The intersection of feminism and social practice is at the center of Columbia’s upcoming exhibition.
Assistant professor of English Nicole Spigner writes on the impetus for Columbia’s 'truth talk' series and the need to address police brutality as a community.
New Dean of Students John Pelrine talks about how he envisions working with students and the larger Columbia community.
Columbia partners with Lyric Opera to bring major industry leaders like Renée Fleming and Michelle Williams into the classroom.
Opening March 1, the Chicago Feminist Film Festival is screening what Hollywood won’t.
Provost Wearden on curricular enhancements and recent academic appointments.
Columbia’s new Senior VP of Business Affairs and CFO shares his insights on Chicago, the college and how he views his role in changing the world.
With the increasing tension between the current White House administration and the media, how will the next generation of mulitimedia journalists tell their stories?
MFA student America Salomon's first foray into curating reveals a surprising body of work.
Chicago Tonight invited President Kim to provide context and insight on Chicago Magazine’s recent profile about Columbia. There's more to the story...
ColumbiaCares is a fund created by and for students to provide assistance during financial emergencies.
HHSS adjunct faculty member Rozell “Prexy” Nesbitt shares his insights on activism in and out of the classroom.
First-year students map their Chicago experience in associate professor Sam Weller’s City of Stories class.
The Creative Writing Department proposes a new undergraduate curriculum that would go into effect Fall 2017.
Columbia students bring awareness to veteran homelessness by participating in the 24-hour SleepOut.
The Annual Service Award Celebration honors the faculty and staff who have worked at Columbia for 10 or more years.
Art and Art History faculty member Mat Wilson's approach to an upcoming CTA installation about immigration is personal and political.
Associate professor of Design Ivan Brunetti reveals his creative process behind illustrating covers for 'The New Yorker.'
Staff member Edward Thomas-Herrera makes audiences laugh and squirm with his performances, and his latest endeavor took on added meaning during this election season.
Provost Wearden addresses the Chairs Council; Columbia students and faculty share their classroom experience the day after the 2016 election.
Our conversation with three Columbia students as they reflect on their experience before and after voting in their first presidential election.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is comprised of individuals whose experience and expertise ensure a wide range of perspectives will be brought to bear in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Columbia College Chicago.
Theatre assistant professor Anne Libera talks about creating the first ever BA in Comedy Writing and Performance and why the next Tina Fey is probably here at Columbia.
Columbia faculty members weigh in on how they facilitate the discussion of politics in the classroom.
Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden shares his vision on curriculum change and outlines the process.
Iké Udé's bold exhibition at the MoCP merges photography, art history, cinema and fashion.
Theatre assistant professor Anne Libera talks about comedy theory, re-thinking safe spaces and the joys (and dangers) of comedy during an election year.
Neysa Page-Lieberman and Shannon Bourne showcase the vitality of the Columbia arts community at the 4th annual Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl.
Associate Professor Dr. Jim Van Manen explores the intersection of visual art and Deaf Culture in preparation for the "In the Eyes of Deaf Artists III" exhibition.
The Getz Theatre is set for a major makeover while Columbia completes renovations on two campus spaces.
A part of Chicago’s video game history since the 90s, Josh Tsui ’91 wants to preserve that history in "Insert Coin: Inside Midway’s 90s Revolution."
Artist and Photography professor Judy Natal shares moments that shaped her work in preparation for her keynote address at the Chicago Climate Festival.
"If race is a drama that human beings wrote, what part do I play in the performance of it?"
Latino Cultural Affairs Coordinator Rogelio Becerra-Ramirez discusses the challenges and opportunities in supporting Latinx students and defining new identities.
Students, staff, alumni and faculty showcase their talents and collaborate on Columbia’s new radio ad.
Alum Ervin Alex Johnson ’12 amplifies the intersection between social media, activism and art in his #InHonor exhibition.
Columbia College Chicago launches a brand strategy.
Associate Dean of Career Development and Industry Relations Erik Friedman talks jobs.
Newly appointed Vice President of Student Affairs Sharon Wilson-Taylor, Ph.D, shares some insights into her vision for Columbia students.
Director of Graduate Studies for Art and Art History and Associate Professor Paul Catanese’s "Visible from Space" is on view at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Chicago shapes the career of Hollywood producer and alum Bob Teitel ’90.
Newly appointed Chair of Music, Rosita Sands, EdD, shares her personal journey with music and education, and connects that experience with Columbia’s path ahead.
Columbia brings two game-based exhibitions to DEPS galleries this fall.
The class of 2016 was treated to a host of student performances and dynamic speeches.
More than 2,000 graduating students showcased their work throughout the daylong festival.
The trustee member was elected to succeed Richard Kiphart at the final 2015-16 academic year board meeting.
Columbia College Chicago honors more than 2,000 graduating students and five honorary degree recipients
Columbia College Chicago alumna Caroline Neff joins the Steppenwolf Theatre acting ensemble.
The Art Institute of Chicago acquires four fabric pieces by professor Michael Olszewski of Fashion Studies.
Fellowship creates new partnership between Columbia College Chicago and Heartland Alliance.
Wabash Arts Corridor Big Walls showcases 18 new murals from local and international artists.
Consulate General of the Czech Republic to present sculpture and commemorate Havel's life and work.
Chicago's largest student-run arts festival celebrates Columbia's class of 2016.
Former CFO and AVP of Operations for Berklee College of Music's Berklee Online will oversee expansion of Columbia's online course offerings.
Dance professor, dancer and choreographer Onye Ozuzu named Dean of School of Fine and Performing Arts.
Illinois legislature leaves students without 2015-16 MAP funding and uncertainty remains for MAP grant recipients for 2016-17; college helps prepare students for upcoming academic year.
Congratulations all around to our ten newly tenured faculty members!
Former Executive Director of Sherwood Community Music School appointed Assistant Provost of Continuing and Community Education.
Associate Chair Suzanne McBride appointed Chair of the recently formed Department of Communication and Media Innovation.
Journalism student Alex Wroblewski (BA ’16) is named the 2016 Student Still Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography celebrates 40th anniversary with MoCP at 40.
Former Assistant Provost for Academic Services Keri Walters is appointed Registrar.
Columbia College Chicago’s finalized student center program reveals a student-driven vision.
Department of English Associate Chair Ames Hawkins is appointed as Columbia College Chicago’s first Faculty Administrative Fellow.
Associate Professor and acclaimed storyteller Peter Cook has been promoted to chair of the Department of American Sign Language.
Columbia College Chicago students join city-wide rally to call on Illinois legislators about promised higher education state grants for students.
Columbia College Chicago welcomes music technology entrepreneur Jimmy Chamberlin and KDCW Ventures co-founder and partner Terry Diamond to the Board of Trustees.
New Counseling Services director E. Cordelia Miller Muhammad encourages students to put mental health on par with academics.
A new Career Center is currently in development, aiming to better help students connect with internships, career advising, industry leaders, and more.
Columbia College Chicago’s newest interdisciplinary degree synthesizes technological know-how with research and aesthetic inquiry.
President Kwang-Wu Kim and Provost Stan Wearden outlined Columbia’s past, present and future in connection with the Strategic Plan at the Town Hall meeting on January 29.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is comprised of individuals whose experience and expertise ensure a wide a range of perspectives will be brought to bear in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Columbia College Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune recognized Dance part-time faculty member Carrie Hanson as 2015 Chicagoan of the Year in dance, spotlighting her politically charged work with her dance company The Seldoms.
Associate professor Ilya Levinson and adjunct faculty member Jonathan McReynolds recognized in classical and gospel music categories.
Audio Arts & Acoustics professor Howard Sandroff reflects on his friendship with late composer Pierre Boulez after unearthing a stowed-away 1994 interview.
Professor and Guggenheim Fellow Sabina Ott built her life around her artistic philosophy—and she’s having a great year.
Theatre professor John Hildreth brings his Chicago improv expertise to a new gig as the Chicago Improv Fest's artistic director.
Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Exhibitions, Performances & Student Spaces is featured on "Culture Spots" national video series for its multi-faceted approach to art spaces.
Student Center enters historic programming phase and draws on wide community of campus voices.
Magazine commemorates 10 years of highlighting alumni accomplishments with special A-to-Z issue
WCRX and the Radio Department hosts the Holly Jolly Trolley Food Drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Dec. 10.
President Kim joins more than 60 alums for a New York City Alumni Reception at CNN to help foster stronger connections between alumni and campus community.
Four Columbia alumni thrive in the booming game design industry.
Associate Professor Dan Rybicky’s film Almost There taps into Chicago tradition of storytelling.
Cinema Art + Science welcomes Selma Executive Producer Paul Garnes to connect with students at the 2015 Written Image Award Ceremony.
Creative Writing alumna Danielle Wilcox partners with Chicago Transit Authority to bring art publication to Red Line riders.
The Department of Creative Writing positions itself to be the flagship program in Chicago following merger of Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry.
With more than 3,000 in attendance, the Fall Open House makes an impression.
Journalism graduate student Michael Esparza reports from Paris for WGN-TV while documenting the aftermath of the attacks.
New student center enters planning and development phase.
The College Assembly and the Universal Learning Outcomes Committee invite all to discuss recommendations for college-wide learning outcomes.
New $175,000 initiative will allocate funds into scholarships for students with unpaid internships.
The college's final budget for fiscal year 2016, recently approved by the Board of Trustees, is presented.
Theatre Department launches a new Devised Performance MFA in partnership with the London International School of Performing Arts.
ShopColumbia gives shoppers a head start with a Nov. 23 preview of the 7th Annual Holiday Market, featuring merchandise created by alumni and students.
New Trustee class includes two alumni.
The college’s Gender Inclusive Initiative expands this year with a new pronoun effort.
Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl, Parent and Family Weekend, Alumni Day and the Halloween Gathering, come together for a weekend to celebrate arts, culture, and the Columbia College Chicago community.
Associate Professor Fo Wilson and alumnus Frank Waln each receive unrestricted $25,000 arts award.
Columbia College Chicago launches a search for deans for the School of Fine and Performing Arts and the School of Media Arts. Search committees have been formed, and faculty and staff have been invited to participated in the deans search open forums Oct. 21 & 22
Fashion Studies Department partners with United Airlines to design recycled banners into fashionable carry-on bags.
Garlin will discuss comedy and the entertainment industry with students and the campus community on Oct. 27. Anne Libera, long-time friend of Garlin to host the conversation.
New pilot program brings ambitious, engaging ideas rooted in Chicago, paired with immersive experience.
MacArthur Foundation Fellow (“genius” grant recipient), Guggenheim Fellow and National Book Award Finalist begins three-year residency.
For the first time at Columbia College Chicago, the WAC Crawl has aligned its annual fest around what’s being called “Columbia Weekend,” a two-day celebration of the college’s extended network with Alumni and Parent Weekend.
Theatre Directing student Makena Metz (BA '17) talks about her experience at The Second City.
The Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces introduces first ever Summer Alumni Residency Program
Students from Columbia College Chicago’s Theatre Department have been selected to perform in the prestigious international NEU/NOW Festival 2015.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White honored Columbia College Chicago’s president, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim at the office’s 2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at the James R. Thompson Center.
Columbia College Chicago honors more than 2,300 graduating students and five alumni honorary degree recipients
Featured guests include Edwidge Danticat, Marlon James, Chris Abani, Mitchell S. Jackson, T. Geronimo Johnson, Audrey Niffenegger, Bernice L. McFadden, playwrights Regina Taylor and Kia Corthron, and more
Columbia College Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre and Second City host "A Celebration of the Life of Sheldon Patinkin"
On January 14th, Columbia College Chicago Photography senior Heriberto Quiroz will debut a series of photographs for the exhibition Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain at ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights.
In a presentation to aspiring student filmmakers at Columbia College Chicago on Oct. 22, Moore recounted stories from his years of divisive filmmaking.
Fashion Studies senior Alexander Knox shares his journey from Columbia College to Season 13 of Project Runway.
The exhibition will take place in galleries in Chicago and Milwaukee and on a refurbished 27’ diesel transit bus traveling between the cities. This artist-centered experiment promotes an alternative model for social, creative and curatorial engagement and connects artists and art organizations across state lines.
With 31 works by artists from Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, France and the United States, Papercuts transforms the ancient technique of paper cutting from 6th century China into bold, contemporary statements on international historical, cultural and personal identity.
Columbia College Chicago has teamed up with Shepard Fairey (OBEY series, Obama HOPE) and three other Art Alliance: The Provocateurs artists to showcase their work in the Wabash Arts Corridor as part of the exhibition with Lollapalooza.
Columbia College’s Fashion Studies program is partnering with Willis Tower for its Enduring Style: Practice Makes Perfect exhibition on display throughout the building’s ground-floor lobby through Sept. 5.
Columbia College Chicago has selected Jonathan Stern as vice president of development. In his new role, Stern will partner with President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim to lead the College’s development program...
The occasional distant saxophone riff and scuffles from the above floor are all that sneak through the brief quiet of a classroom in the music building.
There’s a spirit to the Spitz family style of documentary filmmaking that’s distinctively grounded in the Chicago tradition of storytelling.
What does it mean to design a product, packaging and public health campaign that could potentially change social behavior?
Audio Arts & Acoustics senior Frank Waln vowed to himself the day he left his home on a South Dakota reservation—where he is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and identifies as Sicangu Lakota—that he would return one day to help those in his community reach their creative success.
The Columbia Chronicle won 19 awards from the 2014 Illinois College Press Association, including a first place win in the General Excellence category.