Columbia College Chicago, Golub & Company Unveil Mural by Melanie Vazquez in South Loop

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1001 South State has a second mural created by a Columbia alum.

CHICAGO--November 9, 2018. Columbia College Chicago and Chicago-based Golub & Company announced the installation of a new mural on the east wall of luxury apartment tower 1001 South State. Created by Melanie Vazquez '18, the mural was unveiled on Nov. 8 at a public ceremony followed by a reception in the building’s rooftop lounge.

“I hope that this mural can serve as a reminder to those who long for home and even if not, I hope it resonates with many,” said Vazquez. “I am honored to be a part of Columbia College Chicago’s Wabash Arts Corridor alongside other talented artists and to work with 1001 South State. This would not have been possible without my team at Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces.”

Vazquez is an accomplished multi-disciplinary artist who has created digital work, prints, paintings, film photography, and interactive projects. Her work features vibrant colors, symbols of Mexican culture, and depictions of personal experiences.

This was Golub & Company's second collaboration with the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC), a program launched by Columbia that transforms urban spaces and reclaimable resources to revitalize the South Loop business district.

“1001 South State is designed to reflect the energy and creativity of its vibrant South Loop neighborhood,” said Stephen Sise, vice president, Golub & Company. “Our ongoing relationship with the Columbia College Chicago’s Wabash Arts Corridor and the public art exhibited on the building underscore our commitment to this inspiring community.”

Vazquez has shown her work with the Tiger Strikes Asteroid exhibition, Hokin Project Gallery in Chicago, and has collaborated with her colleagues for Dock 6 Collective. She was selected from among several contenders who competed for the opportunity to produce a mural at 1001 South State.

“We are thrilled to add Columbia alumna Melanie Vazquez’s work to the Wabash Arts Corridor and on 1001 South State, which already features a mural by another Columbia alumnist Justus Roe,” said Neysa Page-Lieberman, executive director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces and chief curator of Wabash Arts Corridor. “Melanie’s vibrant palette and engaging design have earned her a place among a roster of local, national, and international artists who continue to make the South Loop one of Chicago’s most significant cultural assets and a top destination for public art.”

1001 South State caters to a community of artists, entrepreneurs, and makers. The building’s many technology-friendly amenities include the Makerspace, a communal workspace where residents have access to the state-of-the-art milling machine and 3D laser printer to create projects and prototypes. The newly constructed 40-floor, 397-unit building opened in 2016 and features an outdoor pool and aqua lounge, a living biowall, a stylish communal lounge and coworking space, and more modern amenities. For more information, visit


About Golub & Company LLC
Since its founding more than 55 years ago, with three generations of professionals working in the business, Golub & Company has built a strong reputation as a trusted co-investor and developer with its many institutional and private capital partners. It’s a reputation based on track record; Golub and its affiliates have owned, leased or managed more than 50 million square feet of commercial, mixed-use and multifamily real estate properties (inclusive of 45,000 residential units), valued in excess of $10 billion located across the United States and internationally. Access more information by visiting

About Wabash Arts Corridor
The Wabash Arts Corridor is a living urban canvas in the heart of downtown Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. Founded by Columbia College Chicago is 2013, WAC has grown to be one of the most expansive, diverse, and accessible public art programs in the country. The community-driven project weaves the visual, performing, and media arts into daily life, immersing residents and visitors into artist-reclaimed public spaces that transform the urban experience. Visit

About Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for nearly 7,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens. For more information, visit


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