Photography Week

Monday, Nov 8 – 12, 2021

Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605

The Columbia College Chicago Photography Department is pleased to announce the debut of “Photography Week 2021” from November 8 to 12. Photography Week is a celebration of the medium of photography through artist talks, panel presentations, the “Lectures in Photography” series, and an exhibition. ‘Photography Week’ will kick off with renowned photographer Wendy Ewald the evening of November 8, and the will culminate with an exhibition featuring the 2020 and 2021 work of MFA Graduates in Photography. Click the links below to register. Scroll down for event descriptions.


All times are Central Time Zone


Register for Wendy Ewald: Artist Talk 

November 8th 6:00pm via Zoom


Register for In Conversation: Elaine Miller, Ryan Lowry & Bianca Garcia 

November 9th 1:30pm via Zoom


Register for Nancy Floyd - Lectures in Photography

November 10th 6:00pm, in person or stream live


Register for In Conversation: Simone Tobias, Efrem Zelony-Mindell & KC Crow Maddux 

November 11th 12:00pm via Zoom

Register for Melissa Ann Pinney: Artist Talk

November 11th 6:00pm via Zoom

November 08 2021 6:00pm

Artist Talk - Wendy Ewald

Artist Wendy Ewald will discuss her current exhibition at Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago in which she presents two collaborative photographic projects: Daily Life and Dreams in the Pandemic: A Project with the Centro Romero Youth Program (2020–2021) and The Devil is Leaving His Cave: Photographs by Children from Chiapas (1991). The first is a newly commissioned work developed in partnership with 15 young people at Centro Romero, an immigrant service organization on the city’s Northwest side. The exhibition features the students’ own photographs and stories, made and recorded during their year working with the artist, alongside portraits taken by Ewald and the students. The Devil is Leaving His Cave is likewise a collaborative photographic endeavor, made with Mayan and Ladino children in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1991. Together these projects provide a glimpse into the historical and contemporary realities of life within the Latinx communities of Chicago and beyond.


November 09 2021 1:30pm

In Conversation: Elaine Miller, Ryan Lowry & Bianca Garcia

Elaine, Ryan and Bianca will discuss their respective careers as photographers and artists and how they have navigated the ever changing landscape of what it is to be a professional photographer. Join them for a conversation about their unique work and the different ways in which they have found success as photographers.


November 10 2021 6:00pm

Lectures In Photography - Nancy Floyd

Nancy Floyd has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty-five years and is Professor Emerita in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Her work is especially focused on women and the female body, and has been included in exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA amongst others, and is held in the collections of the Center for Creative Photography, High Museum of Art and Lightwork.


November 11 2021 12:00pm

In Conversation: Simone Tobias, KC Crow Maddux & Efrem Zelony-Minedll

Designer Simone Tobias, Artist and Curator Efrem Zelony-Mindell and Artist KC Crow Maddux will discuss their respective careers and creative pursuits. Join them for a conversation about their work and how their trans and non-binary identities have influenced their careers.

November 11 2021 6:00pm

Artist Talk - Melissa Ann Pinney

Persistence of Vision

Guggenheim Fellow and CCC alumna Melissa Ann Pinney will highlight the major themes of a career that spans four decades in photography. She will also discuss her project in the Chicago Public Schools and her current role as the 2021/22 Diane Dammeyer Fellow in Photographic Arts and Social Issues. Pinney has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

November 12 2021 5:00pm

Opening Reception: Columbia College Chicago MFA Photography Exhibition

The graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 will present their work in an exhibition at the Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash Ave. The exhibition opens Friday November 12th. Join us to celebrate their work.