Wednesday, March 25, 2020


With the remainder of our spring Library Zine Nights canceled we are going virtual all during April!

Not just the first Monday of the month, but every Monday!
Not just our usual evening time slot, but all throughout the day!

We will be posting prompts and how-to videos!  Samples and inspirations!  Info on on other zinesters!  All enjoyed from the comfort of your home!

We also invite you to share your own zines, past and work-in progress on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ZINEMADNESS  Every Monday during April...

Monday, February 10, 2020

Call for Submissions: Re-Imagining Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

In honor of our Spring 2020 Book to Art Club selection, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Library and The Aesthetics of Research  are inviting submissions for an exhibit of Columbia community work re-imagining cover art for the novel. Photography, painting, collage, illustration, & more.  Selected work will be exhibited in the Library during Manifest in May.

Columbia students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to submit their work to before April 15th.

You can also join us on April 15th, 7pm,  for our Book to Art Club meeting, where we will be creating work in various paper mediums inspired by the book and discussing the work and its adaptations for film and television, as well as it's broader cultural influence throughout art and society.

The exhibit is part of our Spring 2020 focus, FUTURE TENSE:  IMAGINED WORLDS FROM THE MARGINS.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

curated learning and the library

Increasingly, we get to take the Aesthetics of Research show on the road. This past October, we not only got to present on Zines in the Library at the Chicago Research Summit at North Park University, but also to host a poster session at the Illinois Library Association Conference in Tinley Park.  That poster, which focused on the gist of what we seek to do with A of R, is a great little infographic on our thought process when it comes to curated learning principles and outcomes. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Future Tense: Imagined Worlds from the Margins

Columbia College Library and the Aesthetics of Research inititive invites submissions for  our Future Tense:  Imagined Worlds from the Margins Exhibit in the spring of 2020.  We are seeking work that explores various views of the future, wonderful or horrific, utopian or dystopian, through the lens of traditionally marginalized communities--POC, women, LGBTQ, disability, etc.  Part of our spring focus series, the exhibit will explore our visions of the future, both positive and negative,  in reaction to the imperfect present, as well as what they say about our best hopes and our worst fears.

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 Thursday, March 5th, 2020 to talk about their work, resources, inspirations, etc.

Deadline for submissions: February 21st, 2020
Drop-Off Delivery Dates :  Feb 22nd- 29th, 2020
Exhibit Opening, March 5th, 2020

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, October 16, 2019

Little Indie Press Festival 2019

Saturday, October 19th | 12pm-4pm
Library--3rd Floor East
624 S Michigan

Columbia College Library and The Aesthetics of Research Project, which is dedicated to exploring the role libraries play in the creative process, announces its 5th annual Little Indie Press Festival on Saturday, October 19th, from 12pm-4pm (during the Columbia Weekend). Featuring many manifestations of Independent publishing, including indie literature, comics, zines, and book arts, the festival seeks to bring together all manner of publishers under one roof to celebrate the spirit of independent publishing , including a artist / publisher’s showcase, large format printmaking,  zine making and more.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

inktober 2019

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Stop by the Library's 1st Floor to draw,  snag a list of prompts, and add your work to to add to the Library Sketchbook Project. 



Monday, September 30, 2019

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 and transform. Further, this exhibition shows how we as artists and consumers create and further these conversations within the genre.

“Lethal Ladies: The Women of True Crime” Artist Panel and Kick-Off
THURS. OCT. 3rd|  Library | 5th Floor | 7pm-9pm
Join us for a discussion with the artists featured in the Library’s Lethal Ladies: The Women of True Crime exhibit.
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 and transform. Further, this exhibit explores how we as artists and consumers create and further these conversations within the genre.
Each semester, Aesthetics of Research (AoR) addresses a portion of our programming to a particular genre, art form, movement, or special topic of interest via exhibits, displays, workshops, readings, lectures, panel discussions, and other activities. Focus topics reinforce the Library as a place of creative conversation and inquiry, bringing art and scholarship together, as well as to explore available resources in the Library, on campus, and in the greater Chicago community. 
Library Zine Night |  Lady Killer Edition
MON. OCT. 7th|  Library | 1st Floor | 7pm-9pm
Join Us for our monthly Zine Night, a chance for you to work alone or collaboratively on zines, comics, artist books, or other paper projects in the library.
You Need:
Ingenuity, creativity, and inspiration. A desire to show off or learn new techniques. A want to work and get to know other zinesters and artists…
We Have:
Staplers, trimmers, basic drawing supplies, paper, adhesives, scissors, discarded book scraps, scanners, photocopiers, and occasional guest how-tos.
Book to Art Club | The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
WEDS.  OCT. 9th|  Library | 1st Floor | 7pm-9pm
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 9
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Library, 1st Floor
How to Participate:
  1. Check out a copy of The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death at the Library (copies are also available via I-Share Interlibrary Loan).
  2. Watch this space and Library social media for more resources and further reading on Glessner Lee’s life and work.
  3. Join us on October 9, when we’ll have discussion and diorama-making supplies aplenty for you to design your own paper crime scenes (both real or imagined, benign or grisly—your choice!)

SAT OCTOBER 19th |  LIBRARY | 3rd Floor East | 12pm-4pm

Join us for readings in all genres by Columbia & Chicago community writers celebrating both the women of true crime from all perspectives and the women who make them real through art and media.
CCC LIBRARY GAMING SOCIETY presents Horror Movie Trivia: Lethal Ladies Edition
FRI, OCT 25th | LIBRARY | 1st Floor| 5pm-7pm
The Columbia College Library Gaming Society invites you to unique variation on our annual Halloween season Horror Trivia Night in conjunction with LETHAL LADIES: THE WOMEN OF TRUE CRIME. From perpetrators to victims to survivors, women in horror movies play many roles.  Come test your knowledge of the women of horror and true crime.  Prizes!  Snacks!

Wicked Week: Domestic Goddess Gone Wrong |  Spooky Soaps and Bathory Bombs 
TUES, OCT 29th | LIBRARY | 1st Floor | 7pm-9pm
Join the Library and the Aesthetics of Research (AoR) for an evening devoted to making spookily-shaped soaps and bloody bath bombs devoted to everyone’s favorite Hungarian countess: Elizabeth of Bathory. We will also have resources on making your own molds and packaging. The workshop is part of the Library’s “Lethal Ladies: The Women of True Crime” AoR celebration.

THURS OCT 31st |  Library | 1st Floor | 7-10pm
Stop by the Library on Halloween night for some great public domain horror films in honor of LETHAL LADIES:  THE WOMEN OF TRUE CRIME.  We’ll have treats, flicks, and conversation.
Lethal Ladies: The Women of True Crime Panel
MON  NOV 11th |  LIBRARY | 5th Floor |  7-9pm
Join for a discussion with fans, experts and creators on the enormous popularity of True Crime in American Culture– the good, the bad, and the terrifying. What does the popularity tell us about our obsessions as a society?
Lizzie Borden Murder Mystery                                          
FRI DEC. 6th |  LIBRARY | 1st Floor |  5-7 pm
Help us solve our version of one of the most famous crimes of the century. Did Lizzie Borden really give her mother 40 whacks?  We’ll have clues, red herrings, and great fun for all.  Individuals and teams welcome. Sponsored by the CCC Library Gaming Society.