Collective Impact Series: Mikki Kendall (author of HOOD FEMINISM)

The Collective Impact Series presents a conversation with Mikki Kendall, the author of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 6 p.m. 
We warmly invite you to engage with Mikki Kendall, the New York Times bestseller author of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot. Mikki is a writer, diversity consultant, and occasional feminist who speaks on intersectionality, policing, gender, sexual assault, and other current events. Her essays can be found in TIME, the New York TimesThe Guardian, the Washington PostEbonyEssenceSalonThe Boston GlobeNBCBustleIslamic Monthly, and a host of other sites. Her media appearances include BBC, NPR, the Daily ShowPBSGood Morning AmericaMSNBCAl JazeeraWVON, WBEZ, and Showtime.
Mikki Kendall and Columbia College Chicago’s Associate Professor Raquel L. Monroe, Ph.D. will delve into Kendall’s book Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot. Mikki will share her ideas on resisting isolation as a critically engaged writer and artist involved in social movements. How creatives can work in collaboration with organizations to address issues like gun violence and hunger through the lens of hood feminism will also be discussed. Register for this public Zoom webinar below.
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Established by the School of Fine and Performing Arts in 2018, this series encourages cross campus collaborations and sharing of knowledge leading to collective impact. Collective Impact strives to bring students, alumni, faculty, staff, and Chicago community members together with nationally renowned artists and community leaders to discuss the challenges and organization of community engagement and social justice in art making.
This presentation is in partnership with Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Community Engagement.
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Digital Display | Pop Art

We are in full swing on our BAD ART: KITSCH, CAMP, & CRAFT programming this semester. Keep an eye on for more developments…

Pop Art

Pop Art

Pop Art Redefined

The Pop Art Tradition: Responding to Mass Culture

Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures

Pop Art and the Critics

Pop Art: A Continuing History

Pop Art: A Critical History

Power Up: Female Pop Art

Pop Art and Consumer Culture

Pop Art and the Origins of Postmodernism

Meet Library Artist-in-Residence Jill Ahmann!

Can you speak a bit about your background as an artist and what brought you to Columbia?   

I’ve been drawing since like fifth grade. I know a lot of artists say they were born with a crayon in their hand but my reality is I got into drawing because I liked to draw fan art of the characters from Warriors books– the ones about the cats. I really leaned heavily on creating art as an escape after I started, although I didn’t know why at the time. As I went into high school, however, I began to realize that I was queer, and the best place that I was able to express that was through my art and animations. I even began escaping through animated television, as shows like Steven Universe and Legend of Korra began having LGBT+ representation in them. As I fell into my newfound identity, I ended up winning a National Gold in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for one of my animations. That animation is actually one of the reasons I was able to attend Columbia, as I got a huge scholarship from it! 

For a while, I didn’t know if I actually wanted to go to school for art. I thought I wouldn’t be able to find a stable job, so I wanted to go into biology. Then I learned that apparently the job prospects for someone with a biology degree (one who doesn’t go into pre-med) are just as poor as someone with an artistic career. Not to mention I’m not super great at biology to begin with, so who knows what I was thinking. Anyways, my senior year of high school, I ended up applying for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s PSEO program, which is basically a dual-enrollment program where the state would pay for my tuition/supplies and I could take college classes at the same time as I finished high school. It was kind of like a test to see if I was actually good enough to get into things with my current skill; and I got accepted! I ended up loving it at MCAD, but I didn’t want to stay in Minnesota. There isn’t really a huge animation scene there– not to mention it’s exactly as cold as people say. So I came to Chicago! 

What initially inspired you to apply for the Library Artist in Residence Position? 

I’m a part of the Illustration Student Group discord and I heard about the position over the summer. I thought it sounded like a really good opportunity! I found the idea of my own studio space especially appealing so I could have a space away from home to focus and really improve myself!

We were very excited to see that you work in various mediums (visual arts, writing) in your creative practice, especially since we always try to emphasize the Library as a place for interdisciplinary synergy to happen.  How do you feel working across mediums informs your work?   

I love learning new mediums! During the pandemic, I made it one of my missions to try a bunch of new traditional art supplies. I went from gouache, to posca paint pens, to even experimenting with 3D art programs on my iPad! When I first started animating, I used Flipnote Studio on my Nintendo DSi, which is hardly close to anything conventional, so it’s probably just in my nature to enjoy learning different softwares and seeing how that can help improve/inform my art. I’ve also always been a big writer. I was in speech and debate in high school and I always wrote story-based speeches. This is probably one of the biggest reasons it’s really hard to get me to stop talking, now that I think about it.

Can you speak a bit to your experience of libraries in general—school, public, academic–how it relates to both your personal education and development as an artist?  

I love libraries! My mom used to take me to the Minneapolis library every weekend while my sister was in her ballet class. We started visiting even more after I quit ballet myself and had more time on my hands. I was always a reader growing up, so I found myself checking out books more from our local library all the time!

When I was in high school, I volunteered at my local library to help set up summer reading events for kids. It was really cool because it was like my life came full circle for a little bit. I used to go to preschool in the same building as that library and so it was awesome to see kids just like me coming out of that same program. A lot of the programs were creative-based too. Like real macaroni-art style programs, but art nonetheless! I was actually so surprised how many of the activities I helped run had nothing to do with reading and more to do with just promoting community and learning! It makes me wonder how much of an impact my local library had on me without me even realizing. Maybe macaroni-art at the library was the tipping point that actually got me into art, who knows?

What do you hope to gain from your Residency in the Library this coming year?   

My hope is that by the end of the academic year, I’ve got a portfolio good enough to brave professional settings. I’ve applied to a couple of art programs through big animation studios but it was mostly so I could familiarize myself with the process– I knew my portfolio wasn’t at the level it needed to be. I want to at least stand a chance this coming year as I go into my next round of applications. I will also be starting on my animated solo thesis film this coming Spring Semester and so the studio space will be really helpful for me to separate my home life from my project moving forward.

Obviously the studio space isn’t the only thing I’m excited about, I’m just happy to be more involved in the art community here at Columbia and I’m hoping that the Artist-In-Residence position can help me grow to the best version of myself as an artist!

What are your current and future projects?  What should we look forward to from you next? 

I’ve been getting more into comic/zine making recently. I just finished a zine for Shop Columbia’s Dark Market called “My Biggest Secret Is… I’m a Werewolf! Totally Not That I’m Gay..” Which is a mouthful, so I usually just call it Werewolf Girl. It’s about a girl trying to navigate being a popular high schooler while also hiding her werewolfism as well as her queerness. I’ve only finished the first short zine but I’m planning on making at least two more, both as much bigger volumes, so that’s something to look forward to! I’m planning on taking a few copies to Quimby’s, the zine store in Wicker Park, so I can start selling them more widespread. I really love comics, so I’m trying to see if I can make more of them! Other things I plan on doing this year are setting up an online shop and building my character/background/prop design portfolio so I can apply to summer internships in LA– fingers crossed! 

I also mentioned it earlier, but I’m in my third year at Columbia, which means that I get to start working on my animation solo project in the Spring. The actual project won’t be finished until next year, and I’m still not entirely clear on what I want to do for it, but I’ll definitely be posting a lot of work-in-progress stuff when I do!

There’s going to be a lot of weird art this year, that much is for sure! My favorite go-to doodles recently have been video game character Sonic the Hedgehog with rabies and Garfield the cat with top-surgery scars so if that’s any indicator of how my artistic process has been shifting then there it is.

I utilize TikTok a lot (my user is @waxcandles) to post work and let people know what I’m up to, so that’s a great place to keep up with my future projects!


(stay tuned for a spotlight on Ruben Davila, our second 2021-2022 Artist in Residence)

Digital Display: For the Love of Kitsch

We are in full swing on our BAD ART: KITSCH, CAMP, & CRAFT programming this semester. Keep an eye on for more developments….

Kitsch Deluxe

The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience

Star Spangled Kitsch: An Astounding and Tastelessly Illustrated Exploration of the Baudy, Gawdy, Shoddy Mass Art Culture in this Land of Ours

Some Call it Kitsch: Masterpieces in Bourgeois Realism

Kitsch and Art

Kitsch! Cultural Politics and Taste

Love Objects: Emotion, Design, and Material Culture

Kitsch: The World of Bad Taste

Mexico Kitsch

New Library Resource: Statista

Statista: A one-stop shop for quick and reliable data

When it comes to starting any project or paper that requires strong background research to support it, data and statistical research can easily become the backbone of a well-thought out topic. The only problem is finding that data.That’s where Statista comes into play. 

Statista provides a wide-scope of consumer data on any topic ranging from more popular topics like Amazon to data on the United Kingdom. With the click of a button, you have access to hundreds of visuals, reports, slideshows and outlooks on a range of industries.

When looking at a specific industry or company, a slew of information can be found from a general overview, company users and consumers, and sales. 

Within this database, Statista has provided news archives and expert research that is simply condensed for easier understanding. At the same time, dossiers can be found under the “Reports” tab on the top for an in-depth look at trends within specific industries and countries. 

When looking at different markets, you can discover what’s happening across more than 150 countries in consumer, digital and mobility markets. 

Provided through their “Outlooks” tab, consumer market outlooks and data on sales, revenue and prices can be found. Also, if you want to spice up your presentation or project, this database has free infographics that you can simply download onto your own device for use. 

Statista is a trusted resource to many large media outlets, such as Forbes and Newsweek for their current and timely background research. With the background knowledge this database can provide, your professors are sure to be impressed with what you pull together with Statista’s analytical help. 

All this can be found on the Columbia College Chicago Library website under “Databases” or at this link:
You can access Statista directly through this link:

By: Kamy Smelser

One Book, One Chicago | Bedrock Faith by Eric May

Congratulations to Creative Writing Department faculty Eric May, whose book Bedrock Faith is the 2021 One Book, One chicago selection for Chicago Public Library.

After 14 years in prison, Gerald “Stew Pot” Reeves, now 31, returns home to live with his mom in Parkland, a Black middle-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. A frightening delinquent before being sent away, his return sends town residents into a religiously infused tailspin, which only increases when Stew Pot announces that he experienced a religious awakening in prison. Most neighbors are skeptical of his claim, with one notable exception: Mrs. Motley, a widowed retiree and the Reeves’s next-door neighbor who loans Stew Pot a Bible.

With uncompromising fervor (and a new pit bull named John the Baptist), Stew Pot appoints himself the moral judge of Parkland. He discovers that a woman on his block is a lesbian and outs her to the neighborhood, the first battle in an escalating war of wills with immediate neighbors: After a mild threat from the block club president, Stew Pot reveals a secret that leaves the president’s marriage in ruin; after catching a woman from across the street snooping around his backyard, Stew Pot commits an act of intimidation that leads to her death.

Stew Pot’s prison mentor, an African American albino named Brother Crown, is released from prison soon after and moves in with Stew Pot and his mom. His plan is to go on a revival tour, with Stew Pot as his assistant. One night, as Stew Pot, Mrs. Reeves, and Brother Crown are witnessing around the neighborhood, a teenager from the block attempts to burn down the Reeves home, and sets fire to Mrs. Motley’s home instead. Neighbors are sure Stew Pot is behind the fire. The retaliations against Stew Pot continue, sending him over an emotional ledge as his life spirals out of control with grave consequences. Through the unforgettable characters of Stew Pot and Mrs. Motley, the novel provides a reflection on God, the living and the dead, and the possibilities of finding love without reservation.

Check out the calendar for readings, appearances, related programs and more all over the city.

Visit our display on the first floor of the Library to pick up a print brochure.

The Return of Frankentoys

Wicked Week: Frankentoys @ the Library

Frankentoys is here again with another year of plush toy destruction! The Library will provide basic supplies, including stuffed animals, thread, glue, and scisssors to help you deconstruct a stuffed animal and reconstruct it into a “Frankentoy!” 

 Thursday, October 28 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

 4th Floor East

Resource Round-Up | Questioning the Canon

We are in full swing on our BAD ART: KITSCH, CAMP, & CRAFT programming this semester. Keep an eye on for more developments….

Can Art Change the Future for Racial and Ethnic Identity? A Roundtable Conversation

Panorama | Riff: African American Artists and the European Canon

Questioning the Canon

Redefining the Canon

Whiteness and “The Canon”

Correcting the Canon

Hacking the Canon

Community Ofrenda & Codex Express Yourself: Fall 2021

We welcome you to view these artist books, “one of a kind” codex-inspired creations in the entrance area of CCC Library.

Columbia College Chicago students display their one-of-a-kind books inspired by their learnt knowledge of Maya/Mexica codex literature. These artistic creations are examples of what resulted from the HHSS course, “LATIN AMERICAN ART, LITERATURE AND MUSIC” instructed by Jesus Macarena-Avila.

Alongside student’s projects will be a small community “ofrenda” inspired by the Mexican holiday, “Dias de los Muertos”. This inspired “ofrenda” is to remember past singers, with a special dedication to the late Jesus Chuy Negrete (1948-2021). Negrete, who sang corridos (Mexican historic ballads) in the past at the CCC events, see here:

Please view this 7 min. video tribute to Negrete by legendary New Mexican Chicana advocate, Linda Ramirez (who has contributed to the historic book: “500 Years of Chicano History” by Dr. Elizabeth Martinez). Ramirez’s video was done (and produced by Albuquerque-based educator, Petra Gonzales) for CCC students enrolled for the HUMA121 course, click here:

October 4 – November 29, 2021

Library Entrance at Columbia College Chicago (CCC)
624 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor
Chicago, IL 60605-1996

Courtesy of HHSS and Library Departments with the students enrolled in the HUMA 121 course: “LATIN AMERICAN ART, LITERATURE AND MUSIC. This course-related event’s social media sponsor is Illinois Latino Voice and poster design by Iniguez Design Studio. A special thank you to Rita Rousseau-Negrete: and Janet Harper!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this October-November event will be photo-documented to be featured in an upcoming edition of Illinois Latino Voice plus a class virtual ofrenda: