November 7, 2016


Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago
Yaw Aygeman, den na ma ye (what have I done), 2016. Video installation.

Curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, PhD

As a microcosm of our society, the art world maintains a system of marginalization based on racial and cultural difference. Artists identified as “other” function in silos, just as they do in society. This exhibition presents eight artists who examine these silos, otherness, and the cultural and social ramifications of marginalization based on one’s identity, whether self-defined or inscribed. Bearing witness, as these artists do, not only identifies the pressing issues of our time but also challenges the norm of marginalization, absence, and exclusion. Through the work of Yaw Agyeman, Wesley Clark, Nathaniel Donnett, Shané K. Gooding, Esau McGhee, Johana Moscoso, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Ellington Robinson, Stacy-Lynn Waddell, Rhonda Wheatley, and Wilmer Wilson IV Silos gives voice to the silence(d).

Events and programming

November 17, 4–5pm
Annika Marie in conversation with Shané K. Gooding
Columbia College Chicago, Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Annika Marie, Associate Professor of Art History in the Art and Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago will be in conversation with Silos artist Shané K. Gooding to kick off the opening of the exhibition.

February 9, 6pm
Lecture: Jereen M. Hayes 
Columbia College Chicago
623 S. Wabash Ave, room 203, Chicago, IL 60605

Join Jeffreen M. Hayes, PhD for a discussion of her curatorial practice.  Hayes, PhD a trained art historian and curator, merges administrative, curatorial and academic practices into her cultural practice of supporting artists and community development. Hayes is both an independent curator and the Executive Director of Threewalls, a non-profit contemporary art space based in Chicago. Hayes earned a PhD in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, a MA in Art History from Howard University, and a BA from Florida International University in Humanities. She has worked with several museums and cultural institutions across the country including Hampton University Museum, Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and Rebuild Foundation. Hayes held fellowships at Ithaca College in the Art History department and in the Cartoon and Caricature Division at Library of Congress as a Swann Foundation Fellow.

The Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS) is the College’s student-centered galleries, performance venues and art boutique. The spaces are hubs for social, educational and cultural activities for all Columbia students and the broader community. As an extension of the classroom, DEPS incorporates the College’s curriculum by building programs with academic departments combining theory with practice. Through civic engagement, DEPS connects students and the college to local, national and international partners to provide experiential learning and professional development through collaboration. The spaces present innovative and accessible programs and opportunities for students, the college and beyond.

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts and business for more than 8,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens. For more information, visit

Exhibition contact: Mark Porter, Exhibitions Manager, [email protected] / T 312 369 6643


Silos at Columbia College Chicago

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