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South Loop yarn bomber strikes again, bringing joy and beauty for Pride month

South Loop yarn bomber strikes again, bringing joy and beauty for Pride month

June 29, 2020

Around the South Loop, crocheted purple pansies grow from a knitted plant bed, while mini cacti rest in the desert and a crocheted snail and gnome sit on a knitted log, waiting to be noticed by passers...

Paint The City initiative supports local artists who ‘bring a little light back’

Artist Bryant L. Jones uses art as a creative outlet to spark conversations around important issues.

By Lauren Leazenby, News Editor

June 26, 2020

Black hands pray to “Heal the Hood” on a boarded-up currency exchange. A black-gloved fist is raised next to the words “Black Lives Matter” on the windows of a restaurant. A painting of a Black man ho...

The release of Janet Blackwell's new EP,

‘Falling apart and falling into place,’ Janet Blackwell on releasing an EP during a pandemic

May 13, 2020

Janet Blackwell was all set to release her EP, "Énouement," in January. But then a global pandemic happened. Blackwell ended up pushing back the EP's release to April. The EP title is translat...

Several instructors awarded Chicago arts grants a 'great testament to the faculty at Columbia'

Several instructors awarded Chicago arts grants a ‘great testament to the faculty at Columbia’

April 20, 2020

As many artists lose their jobs or face creative roadblocks while they shelter in place, the city of Chicago is awarding $10,000 grants to 13 local artists—one of whom is in the Columbia community. Althou...

Senior fashion design major Maria Varela is working with instructors in the Fashion Studies Department to create masks to send to health care workers at the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

Artists find solace and community through remote collaborative projects

April 6, 2020

Desperate to keep her mind off the reality that she would have to wrap up her senior thesis online, Maria Varela found a new purpose—making masks for health care workers. After seeing posts about mask ...

Columbia 'authors the culture of its time' with plans for digital Manifest

Columbia ‘authors the culture of its time’ with plans for digital Manifest

March 31, 2020

Emma Young was studying abroad in Germany during the Fall 2019 semester when she spent more than a month focused on writing and producing a song for Manifest’s song competition—something she has been looking ...

Artists depict the universal female experience at ‘Suffra-Jetting’ exhibit

Artists depict the universal female experience at ‘Suffra-Jetting’ exhibit

March 8, 2020

Sitting in front of her camera with her hair uncovered and wearing her late mother’s nightgown, Verneda Lights flashed a furious expression as she captured a self-portrait. Lights later modified the...

The Wave Film Festival hosted 15 local, national and international organizations at tables in the lobby outside Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash Ave.

The first annual Wave Film Festival makes a splash at Columbia

March 7, 2020

Columbia dipped its toes underwater by welcoming 12 subaquatic filmmakers, 13 environmental organizations and 20 short films to Film Row Cinema for the first Wave Film Festival. The Saturday, Feb....

Todd Burbank—a friend of Elio Leturia, an associate professor in the Communication Department— watches Fuentes’ short film “Selfie,” in the audience as part of the Spain On Campus speaker series.

Upcoming campus events bring Spanish art close to home

March 6, 2020

Elio Leturia, an associate professor in the Communication Department, is no stranger to the prejudice international  artists can face when they come overseas. He said when he came to America from P...

Harry Foster’s exhibit also featured work from grafitti artist Gollum and musical performances from artists such as WemmyMo and RayMundo Lakino.

Life viewed through windows at ‘Harry’s Gallery’

March 1, 2020

Since coming to Columbia, Harry Foster has always wanted to host an exhibit to show a cohesive body of work. While shooting cityscapes and street photography, he noticed a recurring theme: windows. ...

Upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography turns the lens on democracy

Upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography turns the lens on democracy

February 28, 2020

The desolate site of the Unabomber’s Montana cabin, a 1950s woman dressed up for a civil rights event and the ghostlike shell of a once-segregated school are just a few of the images Art and Art H...

ILLO is hosted by Chris Arnold and Chris Eliopoulos, assistant professors in the Illustration Department. At the awards there are 19 categories, which range from best traditional Illustrator to best website to best overall Illustration.

ILLO Awards draw recognition to students, hopes to expand

February 4, 2020

When Ali Cantarella was five years old, she stumbled upon her brother's "Dragon Ball Z" fan art and discovered what would eventually become her lifelong passion—illustration. “[After that,] I just kept d...

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