Monday, July 13, 2020

ARTIVISM 2020 | Call for Submissions

Attention Columbia Artists and Activists!

In preparation for our Fall 2020 focus topic, ARTIVISM 2020 we are mounting an interactive exhibit on the Library's first floor featuring signage and artwork created for and/or inspired by the recent BLM Protests in Chicago and across the country.    Inspired by the evolving art gallery that has taken over the fences surrounding the White House in D.C., we are covering our first floor walls with protest artwork, signage, printed matter, ephemera, and more..We are hoping to create an exhibit that will be up through the Fall Semester that reinforces the relationships between protest and artwork, as well as captures an important historic moment in both.

We are seeking work from all corners of the Columbia College Chicago community--students, staff, faculty and alumni.  To contribute work to the exhibit, e-mail (subject line: BLM Exhibit) with 3-5 images of your work and/ or what you would like to contribute. (You are welcome to contribute as many pieces as you would like, but we'd like to get a feel space-wise how much room you'll need.) We will work with you to arrange drop-off and/or installation details in August.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Summer Book to Art Club

Book covers around the world: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret ...


As the last bit of our FUTURE TENSE:  IMAGINED WORLDS FROM THE MARGINS programming,  this summer, we will be focusing on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, an important novel that has spawned many adaptations, art in other mediums, and important discussions about feminism, bodily autonomy,  and dystopian America.  While not exactly a beach or hammock read, Atwood’s work offers fertile ground for creative interpretation and we hope you join us for reading, artmaking, and virtual discussion.

How to Participate:

1. Read the book.  There are many inexpensive physical copies available via online retailers (used & new).  It is also available for download as a free e-book. You can also heck out some of the great cinematic adaptations available, including the most recent, Hulu network’s The Handmaid’s Tale. 

2.  In July, we’ll be creating alternative book covers and movie posters for The Handmaid’s Tale, which will be featured in a virtual exhibit in the Fall.   Translate your vision of the story into whatever medium strikes your fancy–collage, paint, photography, printmaking, illustration, & more…

3.  Join us all along in our Book to Art Discussion Board, where we will be hosting virtual discussions of the book’s themes, the adaptations, and its place in the feminist canon, as well as in dystopian literature, and more.  Also, keep an eye on our social media, where we will be collecting resources and other points of interest related to the book and its adaptations.

All Book to Art Club activities are open to the Columbia College Chicago community and the greater public.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Opens today! Art & Propaganda How to Tuesday!

Shepard Fairey

Join us online on April 28th, for our very first online self-directed How To Tuesday experiment!  In honor of this semester's FUTURE TENSE:  IMAGINED WORLD'S FROM THE MARGINS, we will be turning our attention to the friction and fission between art and propaganda. The workshop will be rife with history and examples of artists inspired by/ using propagandic modes in their artmaking, as well as propaganda makers who incorporate art-making techniques and inspirations into their messaging.   Plus, techniques and tutorials in how you can incorporate some of their techniques into your own work, as well as ways to think about your art in terms of activism and social change.

Access the class at:

The class code to join is "olf4yyn"


After you have logged into your Google Account, select the  + sign to add yourself to the class.  You will be prompted to add the above class code to continue.  You can also e-mail us at for an invitation to join that will take you straight to the add page.