Thursday, January 14, 2021


Urban legends and other types of contemporary folklore develop from the morass of the cultures they inhabit--the stories any society tells often a indicator of their obsessions, fears, and social mores. Whether it's the stories we learned as children, or ones we still believe to this day , they offer a stunning glimpse into our psyche, as well as an anthropological romp through the bizarre, the perverse, the haunted, and the mundane.  This semester's focus topic revels and explores in the wealth of urban folklore from not only American culture, but beyond, as well as creates discussions of how such stories tell us as much as we tell them.

We are currently looking for both 2-D  and 3-D art , installations, text, and objects. Selected work will be on display on the 1st Floor of the Library physically through June 15th, as well as in a virtual version of the exhibit.  If you are not in the Chicago area or able to drop off physical pieces, we are also seeking some additional Web Exclusive offerings for the virtual incarnation as well.   Accepted artists will  be offered the opportunity (optional) to join us for a virtual panel discussion in mid-March (date TBD) to talk about their work, resources, inspirations, etc. 

Deadline for submissions: March 8th, 2021

Drop-Off Delivery Dates :  March 15th-19th, 2021

Exhibit Opens: March 26th

Exhibit Closes:  June 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.

Monday, July 13, 2020

ARTIVISM 2020 | Call for Submissions

Attention Chicago 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 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.
Deadline:  September 15th, 2020
We are seeking work from all corners of the Chicago arts  community.  To submit  to the exhibit, e-mail (subject line: BLM Exhibit) with 3-5 images of your work  . We will work with you to arrange drop-off and/or installation details in September.  The end exhibit will be both virtual and physical, with opportunities for contributing artists to engage in panel discussions, interviews, and more throughout the semester. 

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.