January 9 - March 6, 2014
Reception: Thursday February 5, 5-7pm

Designed to engage professionals from various creative industries with the diverse arts and culture makers of Columbia, the Chicago Curates Columbia exhibition series presents its 4th edition with Engage/Connect. Engage/Connect brings Felicia Holman, co-founder of the Honey Pot Performance collective, to curate interdisciplinary works created by Columbia College Chicago students.  Engage/Connect features works by students from Audio Arts and Acoustics, Photography, Art Education and Interdisciplinary Art departments.

Curated by: Felicia Holman

Participating Artists: 
BJ Allen, Zachary James Caputo, Andrea Coleman, Viktor, L.e. Givens, Jack Gruszczynski, Ahmed Hamad, Marlo Koch, Esvan V. Rivera, Alexis Lastomirsky, Mary Palmer and Matt Proshka

Exhibition Programming

Opening reception performances:Thursday, February 5, 5-7pm, Arcade, 618 S. Michigan Ave, 2nd floor.
Please join us for light refreshments and performances and workshops by Engage/Connect artists. Zachary James Caputo and Kelly Butler will demonstrate how to create a drone audio piece, Viktor, L.e. Givens will perform a piece related to his installation In Search of My Familiar, Marlo Koch will perform Cherry, Esvan V. Rivera will host a make-shift livingroom photography portrait studio, Jack Gruszczynski will present readings from his project Encyclopedia Nostalgia and Mary Palmer will present a flag making workshop.

All In: Making Art and Community in Chicago:
 Tuesday, February 17, 4:30-6pm, Stage Two, adjacent to the exhibition.
In complement to the Engage/Connect exhibition, curator Felicia Holman moderates a 90-minute panel discussion with Chicago-based artists Krista Franklin, Carron Little and Baraka de Soleil and arts administrator Marie Casimir. The discussion will center on the value and means of collaboration/experimentation in an artist’s creative & entrepreneurial processes. Exploring the manifestations, impact & value of ephemeral social concepts (i.e. transactional v. relational interactions, distance v. proximity), this is the spine of the ‘Engage/Connect’ exhibition.
Video documentation of the panel discussion can be found here.  Part 1Part 2.  and Part 3.

In Gallery, Studio Sessions with Andrea Coleman:
 January 29 and 30, 9am-5pm. Andrea Coleman will develop works in her Nostalgic Input series

Iteration Two: The Awakening, January 23, 2015 12pm- 5pm. A durational performance with Viktor, L.e. Givens that invites audience to witness the artist install the archived material and reimagine its meaning and posture site specific to the gallery.


Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter, mporter@colum.edu, 312-369-6643

Gallery Hours: M-F: 9am to 5pm

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