Opening Reception!!!

Here’s a big thanks to everyone who came to our opening reception! It was absolutely incredible!

And also a big thanks to our artist Hope Esser for allowing us to curate her work!

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Interview With the Artist

When did you first want to become an artist?
I’ve been making art my whole life. I can’t remember a specific moment when I decided that I had to be an artist, but I’ve always been drawn to art and I can’t imagine ever not doing it. When I was in college at Oberlin, I was studying politics and also taking art classes, but artmaking became increasingly important to me and I ended up with a double major in studio art and art history. I think of my senior thesis show in college as the first time I made a real body of work. Preparing for that exhibit continues to influence how I make art, because it was the first time I really starting drawing from the personal as subject matter in my work.

Where do you find your inspirations?
I find inspiration from a lot of things — sometimes I read books that are just about iconography and symbolism. Other times I will think of an action, song, or event from my childhood, or I will find an object at a thrift store or antique store that will be a catalyst for a new piece. I recently started keeping a blog on my website that acts as an archive of what I have been thinking about, looking at, and trying out. Sometimes these are images of other artist works, and sometimes I include images of in-progress work from my studio. I also keep a physical sketchbook, but the blog has been helpful as another way to organize my ideas and resources.

To read the rest of the interview with Hope Esser conducted by Special Topics student Emily Hitchcock click HERE!

Don’t Worry Baby – Performance


The picture above is linked to the inspiration for the Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies class Special Topics in Fashion: Curate, Design and Install featured exhibition in The Fashion Studies Exhibition Windows.

Artist: Hope Esser
Location: 618 South Michigan Avenue
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm, Sat. 9am-5pm
Video: Hope Esser, Don’t Worry Baby, Video and Video Still, 2012

Open During Manifest!



Since you’ll be at Manifest (May 17, 2013), stop by and come see the Fashion Studies Exhibition Don’t Worry Baby featuring Chicago artist Hope Esser! The exhibition will be open starting May 7, 2013 going all the way through June 29, 2013.

Exhibition is located at the heart of the Manifest-tivities at 618 South Michigan Avenue! Come and join us at the opening reception will take place Thursday May 9th, 2013 from 5-7pm to enjoy art and free snacks! Oh and ADMISSION IS FREE!

Location: 618 South Michigan Avenue
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri. 10am – 5pm
Images: Columbia College Chicago, Manifest 2013


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