Friday, February 8, 2019

Call for Panels, Roundtables & More | First Ever Artist & Scholars Colloquium

The Columbia College Library invites panel & roundtable proposlas for our very first Artists & Scholars Colloquium taking place on Saturday April 13th. This years theme is STRANGE FEVERS: MASS DELUSIONS, CONFUSIONS, AND OBSESSIONS. We intend to delve in to 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 looking for short proposals for panels, roundtables, performances and other discussions that probe and explore these these subjects and more, from the academic to the creative, the scholarly to the irreverent. All subjects listed above are fair game, and we are looking for experts, amateurs. artists and auteurs. (We even like the idea as panel as performance, as art itself.) The Colloquium celebrates our concurrent exhibit, Strange Fevers, and will include an panel devoted to the exhibit, as well as other workshops & fun through the afternoon, including a Weird Science Fair (think your grade school Science Fair with ribbons, but a little stranger..)

E-mail proposals and questions to

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Breton's Birthday | Surrealist Love Letters

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Columbia College Library 
624 S. Michigan--5th Floor

Join the Library and The Aesthetics of Research for this year’s  Breton’s Birthday celebration, honoring everyone’s favorite father of surrealism. This year, we are combining two of our favorite February doings—surrealism and love letters! In honor of Breton and Valentine’s Day, we will be featuring a handful local authors followed by an open mic session, offering everyone the chance to read their strangest, most bizarre and delightful missives. From the heartfelt to the heartbroken, the hilarious to the horrific.  Sign-up for the open-mic portion begins at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Next Tuesday! DIY Collage Pendants!

How to Tuesday presents DIY COLLAGE PENDANTS!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Columbia College Library
1st Floor

Just in time for gift-giving, we are offering a chance to turn paper and glass into tiny artful trinkets perfect for your Valentine…we will have supplies and materials on hand to make the perfect piece of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Make use of our collage stash or bring your own photos and/or paper to use.
The Aesthetics of Research is an ongoing project dedicated to exploring the role that libraries and their collections play in artistic process, creative community building, and resource sharing in the arts.

Rom Com Trivia Night! This Friday!

Friday, February 8th, 2019
Columbia College Library
624 S Michigan-1st Floor

Do you have a weirdly extensive knowledge of romance and love according to Hollywood?  Do you sigh or cringe at every kiss in the rain?  Every "meet cute" scene in a coffee shop?  Are you a Kate Hudson or more of a Sandra Bullock? A Ryan Reynolds or a Seth Rogan? Come get a start on your Valentine's week and test your genius with an evening devoted to the best and worst that the film industry has to offer when it comes L-O-V-E.
Welcoming all Columbia College community members interested in the intersection of libraries and gaming, the Library Gaming Society sponsors occasional events and activities that explore the CCC Library and its collections/resources as a perfect place for game playing and game-making. Our interests are diverse and include board games, card games, video games, role playing games, trivia nights, etc.

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