Monday, September 24, 2018







7pm-9pm
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S Michigan
5th Floor

Join the Library for a panel discussion with community artists about traditional and non-traditional ways of exhibiting work—from galleries and other art friendly venues, pop-ups, festivals, and street art. 
GET YOUR HUSTLE ON is a series of panel discussions, workshops, and other activities that bring practicing artists, writers, editors, curators, and other creatives to the Library to explore practical and applied topics related to a life and career in the arts , including making a living as an artist, submitting your work, building your art business, self-promotion, as well as how the Library and its resources can help you in these endeavors. Past topics have included "Building Your Art Empire" and "Art on the Cheap."


Friday, September 21, 2018

Be Part of the Little Indie Press Fest!



Columbia College Library and The Aesthetics of Research Project, which is dedicated to exploring the role libraries play in the creative process, announces its 4th annual Little Indie Press Festival on Friday, October 12th, from 4pm-7pm (during the Columbia Arts Crawl). 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 publisher’s showcase, readings, zine making and more.    


We are currently accepting table registrations in our Publisher's Showcase for participating presses, artists, publications, and organizations Registration is free of charge, but table space is limited, so apply early to make sure you get a spot. We welcome participants from all corners of the independent publishing world, including small presses/serial publications, zinesters, undergrounds comics, and book artists. While preference will be given to those publisher’s and organizations that are in some way Columbia-affiliated, all Chicago-area community publications and organizations are invited to take part. Please apply by October 5tth here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduGb7M460UFxvnmVVcSykWFFIsgxs32kj5F0naPa76A2UL8A/viewform

Thursday, September 20, 2018

7 Books To Build Your Art Empire



How to be An Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass| JoAnneh Nagler

Whether you’re a new graduate, considering a job change, or a creative type who isn’t finding time to pursue your passions, don’t fall for this line: “Do what you love and the money will follow.” The world is full of starving artists, but you don’t need to starve financially to thrive artistically. Author JoAnneh Nagler wants you to welcome your creativity and continue to make art―but to do so with a plan. In this groundbreaking book, she provides step-by-step strategies to teach writers, sculptors, painters, musicians, designers, and other artists how to have a well-supported, well-lived life―and make art at the same time.
Learn how to:
  • Answer your own artistic callings and get to your art work
  • Give up starving and struggling and build a supported, creative daily life
  • Manage time, money, and day jobs with easy-to-learn, simple tools
  • Develop rock-solid creative work ethics and motivational skills

No matter what kind of creative person you are, this book has the tools you need to live the life you’ve always wanted to live―right now, and for your whole life long.
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@ Columbia College Library


Craft, Inc | Meg Mateo Ilasco

The growing legions of crafters looking to turn their hobby into a profession can rely on the tried and true advice in Craft, Inc. In this completely revised edition of the definitive crafter’s business book, entrepreneur Meg Mateo Ilasco offers expanded and authoritative guidance on everything from developing products and sourcing materials to writing a business plan and paying taxes. With all-new sections on opening an online shop, using social media strategically, and more along with updated interviews from such craft luminaries as Jonathan Adler and Jill Bliss this comprehensive primer features the most current information on starting and running a successful creative business.


Starting Your Career As An Artist | Angie Wojak & Stacy Miller

In this comprehensive manual, veteran art career professionals Angie Wojak and Stacy Miller show aspiring artists how to evaluate their goals and create a plan of action to advance their professional careers, and use their talents to build productive lives in the art world. In addition, the book includes insightful interviews with professional artists and well-known players in the art scene. The second edition features a new chapter on social media and includes interviews with artists, museum professionals, and educators. All chapters cover topics essential to the emerging artist, such as:
•Using social media to advance your practice
•Health and safety for artists
•Artist’s resumes and CVs
•Finding alternative exhibition venues
•Building community through networking
•Collaborating and finding mentors
•Refining career aspirations
This invaluable resource is sure to encourage and inspire artists to create their own opportunities as they learn how the creativity that occurs inside the studio can be applied to developing a successful career in the art world.
Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don’t aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.


Creative, Inc | Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.


Art/Work | Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber

The most comprehensive guide of its kind, Art/Work gives artists of every level the tools they need to make it in an art world so competitive one dealer likens it to “The Sopranos, except nobody gets killed.” Whether you’re an art school grad looking for a gallery, a mid-career artist managing a busy studio, or someone just thinking about becoming a professional artist, this indispensable resource will help you build your career and protect yourself along the way.
Unlike other creative professionals, visual artists don’t have agents or managers. You have to do it all yourself, at least until you find gallery representation — and even then, there are important business and legal issues you need to understand to stay in control of your career and ensure you’re being treated fairly. Heather Darcy Bhandari, a gallery director, and Jonathan Melber, an arts lawyer, walk you through these issues so that you can essentially act as your own manager and agent. They show you, for example, how to tackle business basics such as tracking inventory and preparing invoices; how to take legal precautions like registering a copyright and drafting consignment forms; how to use promotional tools like websites and business cards; and how to approach career decisions such as choosing the right venue to show your work.
In addition to drawing on their own experiences, Bhandari and Melber interviewed nearly one hundred curators, dealers, and other arts professionals, in cities across the country, about what they expect from and look for in artists. The authors also talked to a host of artists about their careers and the lessons they’ve learned navigating the art world. The book is full of their entertaining anecdotes and candid advice.
No matter what kind of artist you are — or want to be — this book will help you. Art/Work covers everything you need to know to succeed, saving you from having to learn it all the hard way — and letting you spend more time making art.

Art, Inc. |  Lisa Congdon

You don’t have to starve to be an artist. Build a career doing what you love. In this practical guide, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art—through illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and beyond. Including industry advice from such successful art-world pros as Nikki McClure, Mark Hearld, Paula Scher, and more, Art, Inc. will equip you with the tools—and the confidence—to turn your passion into a profitable business. LEARN HOW TO: • Set actionable goals • Diversify your income • Manage your bookkeeping • Copyright your work • Promote with social media • Build a standout website • Exhibit with galleries • Sell and price your work • License your art • Acquire an agent • And much more…



Show your Work |  Austin Kleon

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive. In chapters such as You Don’t Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Book to Art Club ! This Wednesday!

Our Book to Art Club selection for the 2018-2019 school year is HG Wells' classic WAR OF THE WORLDS! Get your hands on a copy early--limited copies are available at the library or through ILL (or is downloadable through Project Gutenberg online for free @ http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/36 )

Our first READ, TALK, MAKE session happens on September 19th, 7-9pm, Library , 1st Floor, where rumor has it we will be making alien collages!




Friday, August 31, 2018

7 Books to Kick-Start Your Creative Fall


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"All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with 32 practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable 35-year career."

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"Creative block presents the most crippling—and unfortunately universal—challenge for artists. No longer! This chunky blockbuster of a book is chock-full of solutions for overcoming all manner of artistic impediment. The blogger behind The Jealous Curator interviews 50 successful international artists working in different mediums and mines their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow. Each artist offers a tried-and-true exercise—from road trips to 30-day challenges to cataloging the medicine cabinet— that will kick-start the creative process. Abundantly visual with more than 300 images showcasing these artists' resulting work, Creative Block is a vital ally to students, artists, and creative professionals."

@ Columbia College Library
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 "'Creative longevity is about what you do to prepare yourself for the ripe moment, when the potential of an idea is able to grow into something useful.... This book is for anyone who has a tendency to think visually and needs to satisfy their creative soul." --from the Introduction
Discover the road to productivity and success by keeping your creative juices flowing daily. Cultivating Creativity is a book based on the idea that creativity requires ample momentum--if you stop, you'll stall. In order to get the creative inspiration you need to do your design work well, it's important to establish daily creative routines."
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"Can’t get the creative juices flowing? Unstuck features 52 simple, creativity-generating projects that can fit into any lifestyle. Arranged in order of time commitment—from 30 seconds to several hours—the 52 projects can be done randomly or one per week for an entire year of creativity building. Also included are 12 artist profiles that illuminate what other successful creative people do to stay inspired and productive, along with blank journaling pages to sketch, scribble, and jot down your experiences and ideas. Roll the dice (made from the “custom inspiration dice” template in the book) and see where your creative energy takes you! "

@ Columbia College Library
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"What is Creative Stuff? Creative Stuff is inspiring and colorful. Creative Stuff can be messy, witty and wonderful. Creative Stuff is a tool that brings humor and fun to the creative process. Creative Stuff is full of puzzles, games, activities and thought-starters. Creative Stuff is a workbook for visual creatives, and you're holding it right now. Exercise your imagination through interactive games and challenges, sharpen your brainpower "with puzzles and brain teasers, and find inspiration when you need it most! This workbook will jumpstart creativity and brainstorming for visual thinkers-you know who you are! Every page will stimulate the senses and get those creative juices flowing fast and furious."



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"The only thing keeping you from reaching a new level of creative thought is inaction. With this stimulating book, you'll learn how to focus your creative attention in short, definable ways. Caffeine for the Creative Mind is your springboard for coming up with solutions that challenge you to alter your perspective—and begin generating ideas at the highest possible level!"
@Columbia College Library
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pocketmuse


"The rich variety of exercises will help you to create stories, focus on a single aspect of your writing, and encourage you to think about how and why you write in new and surprising ways.
A truly unique book, The Pocket Muse is fun and effective. It will teach you, cheer you and inspire you to write as never before."

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

call for submissions for fall exhibit! Beautiful Monstrosities!



The Columbia College Library invites submissions from Columbia & Chicago community artists for our exhibit, BEAUTIFUL MONSTROSITIES: FROM SHE-BEASTS to FINAL GIRLS, celebrating women in horror throughout all genres, film, literature, visual art, fashion and more.   

 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, October 4th, to talk about their work, resources, inspirations, etc.


Deadline for submissions: September 17, 2018
Drop-Off Delivery Dates :  September 24-28, 2018

Please send .jpeg of 3-5 pieces or media files to kbowen@colum.edu for consideration.

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018



Columbia College Library and The Aesthetics of Research Project, which is dedicated to exploring the role libraries play in the creative process, announces its third annual Little Indie Press Festival on Friday, October 12th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (during the Columbia Weekend Art Crawl)

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 publisher’s showcase, word games, readings, zine making and more.