Monday, August 26, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fall 2019 Book to Art Selection

In celebration of our LETHAL LADIES:  THE WOMEN OF TRUE CRIME focus, we are venturing into non-fiction territory with Corinne May Botz's The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, whose subject matter explores the life and work of master criminal investigator Frances Glessner Lee and her amazing crime dollhouses. We will be meeting to discuss the book, Glessner Lee's work in general,  her legacy on other art forms, AND to  make paper dioramas of our own favorite crime scenes.

Book to Art Club Meeting
Wednesday ,October 9th
Library, 1st Floor 

How to Participate:
Check out a copy of The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death at the Library (copies are also available via I-Share Interlibrary Loan).

Watch this space and Library social media for more resources and further reading on Glessner Lee's  life and work.

Join us on October 9th, where we'll have discussion and diorama making supplies aplenty for you design your own paper crime scenes (both real or imagined, benign or grisly--your choice!)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lethal Ladies Exhibit Call for Submissions!

The Aesthetics of Research is currently seeking submissions in all media & formats for our exhibition, LETHAL LADIES |  THE WOMEN OF TRUE CRIME.  As both perpetrators and participants in our shared cultural fascination with the subject matter, women have made vast contributions to true crime-related art forms.   From murders to heists, deceptions to general unruly behavior, we will explore the patriarchal structures  and societal constraints/expectations that true crime, and its subject matter, subvert & transform.  Further, how we as artists and consumers create and further these conversations within the genre. 

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 on  October 3rd  to talk about their work, resources, inspirations, etc.

Deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2019
Drop-Off Delivery Dates :  September 23-27, 2019
Exhibit Opening, October 3rd, 2019

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.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Zine Madness @ the Library

We are just beginning to work on a host of really cool things happening in the fall, including panel discussions and the 5th Annual Little Indie Press Festival. We'll be hosting our monthly zine nights beginning again in October, as well as working to fill our 1st Floor Zine Exchange this summer!  Stay tuned in August  for a full schedule of events!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

chicago zine fest 2019

Next Saturday, May 18th, we'll be tabling at the Chicago Zine Fest, table G8! We'll have some free resource mini-zines, as well as copies of this year's Book to Art Zine project devoted to War of the Worlds. (plus all sort of other cool randoms from A of R affiliated folks...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Strange Fevers Exhibit
Columbia College Chicago Library
1st Floor
April 12h-May 31th

Strange Fevers features 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, including altered signage, pranks or hoaxes, illusions, street art, faux propaganda and more…

Artists & Scholars
Columbia College Chicago Library
3rd Floor East
Saturday, April 13th

Join us for an afternoon of discussions, readings, and exhibits in honor of our Strange Fevers focus topic

Strange Fevers Artists Panel – 1pm
A discussion with the artists featured in our Strange Fevers exhibit this spring.

Spooky Little Girls – 2pm
Adolescent girls are often the subject and impetus for strange and violent occurrences—everything from poltergeist activity to the Salem Witch Trials.  This discussion delves into the power and agency of teen and pre-teens throughout popular culture and art, as well as how artists in multiple genres use this particular trope to explore new paths into our understandings of feminism, theory, and culture.

Oddities Reading-3pm
Sit back as we delve into the world of all things delightfully weird--science fiction, urban legends, ghosts, monsters, and explore mind-twisting work of all genres.

Skyscrapers. Monsters, Oh My! -4:15 pm

Join us for a roundtable discussion and learn about the artist collective/ project CCS, developed in 2017 and dedicated to crypto related shenanigans in the Chicago area.  Share stories, lore, and explore the boundaries between art and hoax, information and disinformation. 

Weird Science Fair

Peruse the exhibits & table offerings of community artists and “scientists’.  Pick up some great art, zines, and more, Think the art school version of your grade school science fair. Ghost photography, urban legends, aliens, cryptids, and more…

Public Domainia:
Science Gone Wrong
Columbia College Chicago Library
4th Floor Lurie Lounge
April 19th

Our Friday Marathon with the best of the worst and the
worst of the best. Snacks & zine-making included!

The Monster Maker
Invasion of the Bee Girls 
The Wasp Woman
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Curse of the Swamp People

Friday, March 1, 2019

How to Tuesday | Bookwrecking & Collage

March 19th | 7-9pm
Columbia College Library
624 S. Michigan | 1ST Floor

Join the library for an evening of bookwrecking & collage making. We will have discarded library materials and ephemera on hand, as well as scissors, exactos, adhesives, and other supplies to make your masterpiece.

How To Tuesdays are a series of workshops and artmaking experiences that highlight certain subjects and areas within the Columbia College Library Collection--areas that are an excellent resource for practicing and developing artists.