Afrocentric dance company with a mission to provide creative opportunities to South Siders, which was founded by Columbia Dance alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward, is moving to Woodlawn by the end of the year.
Photography alum Jonathan Castillo was recently honored with an Arts and Culture Award by the Chicago Mayor's office for their Campeones de la Comunidad Latina (Latinx Community Champions) event. The award recognizes the thesis work he completed at Columbia, which was used on billboards for PSAs addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Columbia Votes! registration genius, Ally Longo, is quoted in this story investigating the ways in which college students can vote in the upcoming election. Columbia Votes! was started by Associate Professor of Communication Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin.
The Illinois Press Association has named alumnus Chris Coates ’04 Editor of the Year. Coates earned his BA in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and is currently the Central Illinois Editor at Lee Enterprises.
Folayemi (Fo) Wilson, Artist/Director of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Columbia College of Chicago, is among the advisory committee reviewing the City’s current public art inventory to identify and prioritize artworks that may be problematic. The resulting report will recommend next steps for the existing collection as well as processes for the city’s commission of monuments moving forward, which will include speculative proposals by committee artists.
Columbia College Chicago cultural studies professor Rich King (Redskins: Insult and Brand) joins the podcast to discuss the roots and long-simmering backstory of the Washington NFL football franchise's problematic - and now former - nickname.
Associate Professor Sam Weller is out with a new collection of short stories called Dark Black. Weller is also the official biographer of the late, great author Ray Bradbury he would have turned 100 this week.
Sam Weller, perhaps best known for his biographical work of author Ray Bradbury, has published his own collection of 20 nightmarish tales. Weller has said this book was inspired by Bradbury's The October Country as well as such television shows as Black Mirror and American Horror Story and it shows. The work, which is accompanied by artwork by Dan Grzeca, is unsettling and at times supernatural, though firmly grounded in the realities of modern living. Weller is a faculty member in the creative writing program at Columbia College Chicago. (Hat and Beard, 254 pages, $27.95)
Marissa Jo Cerar '02 has her limited series, "Women of the Movement," set to premier on ABC in 2021. This six-part series focuses on the life of Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmitt Till, who dedicated years of her life to seeking justice for her son.
Columbia student Cherita Chavers, of Fashion Studies and Visual Arts Management, starts a clothing boutique called Beauty Marked Vintage, inspired by nature, romance, summer flings, simpler times, and her grandmother.
Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood will be on display during the Bronzeville Film Festival. It's a part of ComEd's Community of the Future Initiative, which includes different programs aimed at uplifting and sustaining neighborhoods like Bronzeville. Columbia College Chicago students entered and won the festival with a film called "SOLEFUL."
Columbia alum Deon Bonaparte is named one of the top Black entrepreneurs to follow this Summer by Yahoo Finance for his work startig NDVU + LAB Brand Consultancy Agency, and scaling revenue to over $15,000 per month within the first 35 days of opening.
When the Illinois stay-at-home order was issued and virtual dance classes flooded social media livestreams, Red Clay Dance Company held back, taking time to reflect on what online dance classes could accomplish.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team presents Artist Billboards Project: 20+ artist-designed PSA billboards for communities most impacted by COVID-19, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, led by artist Amanda Williams, made possible by Clear Channel Outdoor.
The City of Chicago's Artist Billboards Project features 20 artist-designed #COVID19 PSA billboards, presented by the Chicago Mayor's Office and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, led by the inimitable artist Amanda Williams (AW Originals), made possible by Clear Channel Outdoor, and located in neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides.
Columbia College faculty Joel Corelitz on working in the industry and teaching music composition for video-games--and being a part of a music composition program ranked third in the world by Hollywood Reporter in 2019.
Columbia College Chicago alum Brad Kemp, a graduate of the Columbia College Music Department‘s Bachelor of Music Composition program who also took courses in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre program, is preparing to release "LETTERS," a concept album produced by Kemp featuring 11 songs, each written and performed by a different artist.
The Illinois Film Office, in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival and Full Spectrum Features, recently announced that the winner of the Shortcuts Short Film Contest and the $500 first prize is “Fear,” written and directed by Marjorie Matamoros, a freshman Film major at Columbia College Chicago.
The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) has announced that Rockey Structures, LLC has been selected as finalists in the 2020 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards for its work on Columbia College Chicago's Student Center.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and mandatory shut down of events and non essential business in the city of Chicago, CCFF has announced their plan to launch an online virtual festival May 11th-16th at their website chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com
Jim DeRogatis, the longtime Chicago music critic, crusading reporter, author and broadcaster, and Clarence Waldron, former senior writer and senior editor of Jet Magazine, have been named recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Chicago Headline Club.
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago alumni Mariterese Altosino and Jacob Buergerand Dance Center student Hanna Swartz are company members of New Dances 2020, an incubation program for new work featuring emerging talent co-produced by Thodos Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago. Participating choreographers include current Dance Center student Peyton Winker. Video includes an interview with Winkler.
Congratulations to the alumni and faculty of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department, the Columbia College Chicago Music Department, and the Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts Department who have been nominated for 2020 Joseph Jefferson Awards, Chicago’s top theatre award.
Wearing face masks has become the new normal for daily living - and it will continue to be as more states begin to loosen social distancing restrictions to reopen their economies. It's a challenge not lost on the deaf community. "In American Sign Language, the grammar of the language exists in facial expression," said Peter Cook, chair of the Department of American Sign Language at Columbia College Chicago.
Not only are these film schools and their faculty prepping their students for successful careers in the entertainment biz, but they are guiding them with structure and encouragement and artistic expertise through one of the most turbulent eras in modern-day society.
Mary Gring, originally from South Bend, Indiana, is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary art and media MFA from Columbia College Chicago where her oeuvre in performance, video, projection, and sculpture focuses on health, illness, and self-care.
Columbia College Chicago’s fashion studies students are also answering the call for PPE with the recent launch of #ColumbiaMakesMasks, which aims to create 2,000 cotton covers for N95 masks “to prolong the usable life of personal protective equipment for healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 crisis,” according to a statement on the college’s website.
During her red carpet interview with ChicagoNow.com The Art of New Media, Martin Chase, a Chicago native and a former Advisory Board Member at Columbia College of Chicago, expressed endearment for her home town.
Coronavirus cases have been confirmed at three schools in Chicago: DePaul University, Chicago Booth, and Columbia College Chicago. Each school is implementing measures to prevent the spread, including self-isolation and remote learning.
Dominic A. Pacyga can recall dates and spell names with the precision of a savant. He’s received writing awards for his many books on Chicago history, including four published by the University of Chicago Press and other titles by other university publishers.
The nonprofit consortium that acquired Johnson Publishing Co.’s photo archive for $30 million at auction has named an advisory council to oversee curation and programming around the historic collection here in its hometown before it’s turned over to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The nonprofit consortium that acquired the archive of Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony, Jet and other iconic publications, today announced an Advisory Council that will inform the preservation and future use of the historic photographic collection to ensure the archive is made available for broad public use.
The Greatest Theatrical Event...EVER! is a merciless yet loving tribute to theater as seen through the eyes of three theater historians who also happen to be unreliable ghosts! Not a spoiler alert. They literally tell you that in the first minute of the show.
Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist Frank Waln may best be known for spitting bars, but he’s also a wizard with the mixing board. Growing up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, he cut his teeth on GarageBand and made mixtapes with friends before getting his BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago.
Animator, director, producer and screenwriter of works such as Primal, Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory Genndy Tartakovsky was at C2E2 2020 over the weekend for a special spotlight panel. The creator talked through his start in Chicago at Columbia College and into the creation of some of his landmark series.
Michelle Duster is an award-winning author, speaker, historian and writing professor at Columbia College in Chicago. She is the great-granddaughter of prominent journalist, abolitionist and feminist Ida B. Wells.
INseparable Film Tour: Gary on March 6 at Indiana University Northwest’s Bergland Auditorium not only screens “Larry from Gary” but also features creatives involved with the doc, including Dan Rybicky, the film's director and cinema and television arts associate professor at Columbia.
All films are shown in their original language with English subtitles. Post-screenings discussion will be led by Ron Falzone, Associate Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago or by Mark Schilling, senior film critic of Japan Times or Sophia Wong Boccio, Asian Pop-Up Cinema Founder and Executive Director.
The Chicago Comedy Film Festival will begin March 19th 2020 at 6 p.m. and will continue until March 22 at 10 p.m. Screenings will be held at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60605.
To conclude its 2019-20 season, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of choreographer Abby Zbikowski and her company, Abby Z and the New Utility, in their athletic, multi-genre-influenced work Radioactive Practice April 9-11 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.
With the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s (MoCP) annual benefit, DARKROOM, quickly approaching; it’s time to grab your tickets to a fun-filled night that supports the arts and MoCP. Guests of the event will have a night full of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, stunning photography and even an auction. All proceeds of the event will go to supporting MoCP exhibitions, public programs and community engagement initiatives.
Nigerian choreographer/dancer Qudus Onikeku makes his U.S. debut, accompanied by Uruguayan artist Fernando Velazquez and musicians, with his work Spirit Child March 13 and 14, presented by the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue.
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its 2020-21 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Jerome Lawrence andRobert E. Lee's drama Inherit the Wind, directed by Ian Frank. This timeless American epic takes a microscope to the way societies and individuals alike define and defend their versions of truth.
NC State University Poole College of Management’s Heather Dretsch, assistant professor of marketing in the business management department, and colleague Colbey Reid, professor and department of fashion studies chairperson at Columbia College Chicago have recently conducted research into brand secrets and the ways brands can most effectively design them.
As part of the Dedmon lecture series, Drnaso started his afternoon craft talk by discussing the beginnings of his career—his education at Columbia College Chicago and the various janitorial jobs during which he began developing his muted, bleak style.
On a drizzly morning, Jesse Malmed, Chicago artist, teacher and the sole curator of Western Pole, carried its latest exhibition in a tote bag. His pockets were stuffed with zip ties. The work was by Canadian artist Jessica Campbell, whose most recent solo show was just last year at the Museum of Contemporary Art. As with that MCA show, the work is a rug; Campbell has sewn “FREE” in big red letters against a canary yellow backdrop.
On Wednesday, Kimberly Bartosik’s daughter will fly on an airplane by herself for the first time. Dahlia Bartosik-Murray, an 8th grader at the New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., is part of the original cast of Bartosik’s evening-length work called “I Hunger for You,” running Thursday through Saturday at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.
Broadway In Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Quiet Water Entertainment have announced that GOSHEN, featuring dancers and singers performing to music by GRAMMY Award winner Donald Lawrence, will play Broadway In Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.) for a limited engagement from May 22 - 31, 2020.
The 2018 recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz, Bobbi Wilsyn, has been cultivated by the years spent as the featured Jazz/Blues vocalist with The Chicago Jazz Ensemble.
I reached out to Tom Fraterrigo, a Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts. Fraterrigo has a list of credentials a mile long, so I was very fortunate when he called late Wednesday afternoon to provide a few thoughts on the subject.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is presenting In Real Life from January 16 – March 29, 2019. As the powerful technology behind artificial intelligence grows more sophisticated, machines have developed the capacity to not only capture images but to “see” them as well.
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin will be honored with The Luminary Award at the ICONS Gala celebrating 25 years of Porchlight as the center for music theatre in Chicago, Monday, March 23, at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St.
Queer|Art, New York City's home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the winner of the second annual Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant For Queer Women(+) Dance Artists, Hollerin Space.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, long committed to offering Chicago’s small and mid-sized contemporary dance companies opportunities for artistic development and performance, announces the first Richard H. Driehaus Commissioned Artist: Lucky Plush Productions.
Logan Center Exhibitions is pleased to present The years now, an exhibition of sculpture, photography, and sound by the acclaimed multimedia artist and Chicago native Harold Mendez, which will be on view January 24–March 8, 2020.
"Troy was the epitome of a Chicagoan," said longtime friend Byrd Bardot. "He was known and loved from the North Side, West Side, East Side, and the South Side. Troy was true 'club royalty'. He made the entire city his playground and gave love to everyone he came across; especially on the dance floor and will be greatly missed by myself and everyone else who knew him."
The festival, which will be held at Columbia College Chicago—and make use of its high-quality cinema facilities—aims not just to screen the inspiring work of underwater filmmakers, but also provide a platform for enlightening presentations and discussions centered around film, photography, and ocean sustainability.
He taught for 15 years at his alma mater, Columbia College Chicago, and in 1992 published a comic novel, “Cooler by the Lake,” that received lukewarm reviews. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and studied Vietnamese folklore on a Fulbright fellowship in Hue, Vietnam.
Natasha Parker worked for HBO, a subsidiary of Time Warner and Warner Media. The Columbia College Chicago graduate worked as a production manager for HBO in the creative marketing production department.
Jim DeRogatis is the music critic and author who broke the R. Kelly story in 2000. The first of three installments of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning airing tonight, January 2, 2020, but DeRogatis has been covering the R. Kelly story for as long as it has been public.