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My students at the Center for Book and Paper Arts

Last night (April 8th), there was a temporary exhibition at Columbia College's Center for Book & Paper Arts of work from classes that combine text and image. I am proud to say that 6 out of the 9 people selected came from the Journal & Sketchbook class that I am co-teaching with Patty.

The show, called 'Ratio', was organised by the Student Board of the Fiction Writing Department, under their President Greg Baldino (at left, below):


On the night, four of our students were able to be present, to talk about their visual piece and to read from the accompanying text. They were Lynn Shapiro, who contributed an extremely ornate accordion book; Egan Click, who submitted an automatic drawing and a long journal entry with a similar extended rhythm to it; Kayla Nirschel, who read from the text that she had written in a spiral around an altered photo; and Wyl Villacres, who was inspired by our class to do a project that involved him writing his text on the half-naked bodies of volunteers, photographing them, and then collating them into a hand-made book:


Lauren Masterson and Amanda Koester, who couldn't be present, also contributed extremely detailed works in pen and watercolour.

Congratulations are due to all the students from each of the classes, the Student Board for their work putting the show together, and the Center for Book & Paper Arts for permitting the students to exhibit in a highly prestigious venue.

And my students are still going produce their final projects in five weeks' time! Who knows what they'll come up with next.

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