Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue is being curated as part of an independent study opportunity within the Interdisciplinary Arts department at Columbia College Chicago.  Working with Jessica Cochran, curator of exhibitions and programs at the Center for Book and Arts, students are participating in every aspect of the curatorial process, from research to marketing and installation. 

Jessica Cochran
Curator, Center for Book and Paper Arts

Jessica was formerly the Director of the O’Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University and Director of Marketing and Programs at Art Chicago and NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, where, among other duties, she organized the inaugural Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forums.  She has curated exhibitions for the Contemporary Arts Council, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Around the Coyote Gallery, What it Is and the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.  She has coordinated exhibitions for the Poetry Foundation, Art Chicago, NEXT and the Artist Project.  Her writing has appeared in catalogs for organizations including the Center for Book and Paper Arts and the DePaul University Art Museum (forthcoming), and she has written for Newcity, Proximity, Curating Now and the Studio Chicago Blog.  She served on the Junior Board for threewalls, and served as juror for the 2012 Fred A. Hillbruner Artists’ Book Fellowship at SAIC. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Dominican University and Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches contemporary art and arts administration.

Elizabeth Isakson-Dado
MFA ’13, Interdisciplinary Arts, Book and Paper Program

Elizabeth is an artist and musician from Detroit, where she received her BFA in Printmaking from Wayne State University in 2004.  She is interested in the cross-sections of theory, technology and antiquity in the book arts field, and her current body of work is executed simultaneously on the printing press, in handmade paper and on the iPad.  In 2005, Elizabeth co-founded cubegallery, an online artists resource, and went on to curate Detroit Artist Registry until 2009.  Her paintings and artists books have been shown extensively in the Detroit area at C-Pop, Detroit Contemporary, the Ann Arbor Art Center, WorkDetroit and Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She was named “Top 20 in Their 20s” by Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine, Lyceum Visiting Artist at University of Michigan Press, Featured Emerging Artist at Wyandotte Art Fair and has received an Access Arts Grant for Public Art in Detroit.  Elizabeth relocated to Chicago for graduate study in 2010, where she now lives and works.

Hannah King
MFA ’13, Interdisciplinary Arts, Bio coming soon

CJ Mace
MFA ’12, Interdisciplinary Arts, Book and Paper Program
CJ has a background in print, bookmaking, and writing. Her transition into circuitry, programming, sound, and installation feeds off a deep interest in the ways in which communicative medias, whether “slow” or “fast”, coexist and create social space. She believes deeply in the value of collective, collaborative, independent workspaces that foster the work of artists and has been active at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Spudnik Press Cooperative. While at Columbia, she has received several awards, including the Follett Fellowship, the Aiko Fellowship, a Print and Letterpress Graduate Assistantship, a Rosenblum, an Interdisciplinary Arts Department Project Grant, and a Weisman. She has taught undergraduate letterpress at Columbia and teaches private workshops in various print media at Spudnik. Her work has appeared at the Chicago Cultural Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Chicago Urban Art Society.

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