Saturday, December 29, 2018

call for submissions!

The Aesthetics of Research and Columbia College Library invite area creatives to submit to our upcoming exhibit, featuring work which manipulates public and private spaces, information and public opinion. 

STRANGE FEVERS: MASS DELUSIONS, CONFUSIONS, AND OBSESSIONS explores the strange world of public madnesses through the lens of art, culture, politics, and entertainment.From propaganda hoaxes to Victorian Spiritualism.  Cults to crop circles. Fake news to Sasquatch. Witch hunts to urban legends. Satanic Panic to Beanie Babies. 

We are seeking work in various media that transforms and shapes experience the public both physical or electronically for playful or political purposes. using the existing culture either as impetus or camouflage, Altered signage, pranks or hoaxes, illusions, street art, faux propaganda welcome.

 We are looking for both 2-D  and 3-D art , installations, text, and objects. Accepted artists will also be offered the opportunity (optional) to join us for a panel discussion in April to talk about their work, resources, inspirations, etc.

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2019
Drop-Off Delivery Dates :  March 4-13th, 2019

Exhibit Opening, March 15th

Please send .jpeg of 3-5 pieces or media files to for consideration.

We welcome submissions from all members of the Columbia College and greater Chicago arts community.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

coming this spring!

stay tuned for details on our Spring 2019 focus topic and all the awesomeness we have in store....

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thrift Store Redux

Stop by the Library's 3rd Floor to see our latest round of Thrift Store Redux, a regular installation of work incorporating found and upcycled materials.  We’re excited to welcome back Columbia Alumni Zach Bartz who uses predominantly thrift-store canvases & other surfaces to paint on.  His work will be up through mid-January, so stop in a have a look! 

Spawned by a workshop and exhibit hosted by the Aesthetics of Research in 2016, Thrift Store Redux seeks to explore ways that artists can create new work out of old materials. Check out the A of R Blog for samples of great makers and artists working  in this vein.  The Library also has a host of relevant resources available in the stacks available for checkout and perusal...


2.  Raw + Material = Art

3. Playing with Books :  the Art of Up-Cycling, Deconstructing, & Reimagining the Book

4. Up-Cyle: More than 100 Upcycling Ideas for Furniture, Lighting, Products, & Accessories

5. The Art of Cardboard

6. Collage, Assemblage, and the Found Object

7. Junk Jewelry :  25 Extraordinary Designs to Create from Ordinary Objects

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Book to Art Club | War of the Worlds

Join the Library for our second Book to Art Club meeting of the semester, Wednesday, November 14, 7-9pm on the 1st Floor.

Started by the Library-As-Incubator Project, the Book to Art Club is a book + art-making club that exists virtually and in-person at libraries around the world. Our selection for this year is HG Wells' War of the Worlds, a story told time and again through various media--films, comics, radio. Come for some general discussion (of both the book and other incarnations) and make some art. At the end of the year, we will turn our collective endeavors into a book art/zine project in time for the Manifest Celebration.

(Henrique Alvin Correa, 1906)

For a sampling of the amazing illustrations that have accompanied the text over the years, check out the resources below:

Terrifying 1906 Illustrations for HG Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

The Very First illustrations of HG Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS

Edward Gorey Illustrates HG Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7 Books to Fuel Your NANOWRIMO

November is NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month).     Sharpen your pencils and charge up those laptops!  The Columbia College Chicago Library has some great books to help get you into gear and get you on your way.

1. Complete Handbook of Novel Writing

In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, you’ll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work. This fully revised edition includes an updated marketing section for navigating the unique challenges and possibilities of the evolving literary marketplace.

2. On Writing

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

3. This Year You Write Your Novel

No more excuses. “Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls,” bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. Anyone can write a novel now, and in this essential book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Walter Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish it in one year. Mosley tells how to:
– Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer’s needs–and how to stick to it.
– Determine the narrative voice that’s right for every writer’s style.
– Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story.

4. How Not to Write A Novel

In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distill their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them. With hilarious “mis-examples” to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they’ll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more. As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.

5. The Writing Life: Writers on How they Think and Work

Featuring a gathering of more than fifty of contemporary literature’s finest voices, this volume will enchant, move, and inspire readers with its tales of The Writing Life. In it, authors divulge professional secrets: how they first discovered they were writers, how they work, how they deal with the myriad frustrations and delights a writer’s life affords. Culled from ten years of the distinguished Washington Post column of the same name, The Writing Life highlights an eclectic group of luminaries who have wildly varied stories to tell, but who share this singularly beguiling career. Here are their pleasures as well as their peeves; revelations of their deepest fears; dramas of triumphs and failures; insights into the demands and rewards.

6. Hooked

The road to rejection is paved with bad beginnings. Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no one will keep reading. It’s just that simple.
In Hooked, author Les Edgerton draws on his experience as a successful fiction writer and teacher to help you overcome the weak openings that lead to instant rejection by showing you how to successfully use the ten core components inherent to any great beginning.

7. Part Wild : A Writer’s Guide to Harnessing the Creative Power of Resistance

We all have the call to create. The question is…why don’t we answer it? We all come pre-loaded with a creative spark that drives us to innovate, explore, express, and make our unique contribution to the world. Often, though, that drive doesn’t get us very far down the road before it runs right smack into resistance—the mysterious force that thwarts creativity.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Opening Night | A Library Murder Mystery

This week commences the CCC Library Gaming Society Murder Mystery. This semester, it is a murder mystery/scavenger hunt hybrid, where clues will be unveiled throughout the month, including some caches of evidence hidden in the library. Keep an eye on the Gaming Society Tumblr for more details & daily clues. Visit: or