Graphic Novel Captures a World on the BrinkSep 18, 2018
Illustration alum Nick Drnaso’s "Sabrina" is the first-ever graphic novel to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
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.