Upcoming Events

Convention Skillshare
October 14 + 15
Mel and Courtney are ready to guide you through tabling at conventions and selling your art! Some topics include branding yourself, talking to customers, what to bring, where to get merch made, how to organize your display, and more!

Previous Events

ISG Picnic
September 20
Bring your sketchbooks to a fun afternoon picnic in Grant Park! We'll have sandwiches, cookies, and sodas to enjoy while we sketch and chat. 














First Meeting of Fall 2019!
September 10, 2019
Join us in room 804C of 623 S. Wabash for our first meeting of the semester, where we'll introduce ourselves and our goals and get to know everyone!
Skillshare: Zine-Making with Mel Valentine
March 15, 2019
Join ISG for our second skillshare of the semester, hosted by our very own VP, Mel Vargas! Mel will be teaching us all about zine making, they have made many awesome zines in the past and have a lot of helpful things to share. Bring your favorite pens, pencils, paper, (or whatever you like to work with) and a positive attitude ready to learn! 
Figure Drawing Session: A Collaboration with the Animation Association!
March 1, 2019
Join us for a session of fun figure drawing! Do you need help mastering those loose gestures? Capturing movement? Or maybe some extra practice with shading, form, and anatomy? Whether youre an animator, illustrator, or fine arts major - figure drawing is an ESSENTIAL skill you should never stop honing in your tool kit! This Friday, March 1st from 3pm-5pm, join us on the eighth floor of the 623 Wabash building in ROOM 805. We’ll be alternating between short poses, long poses, and clothing for some fabric fun! Just don’t forget to bring your art supplies! 
Valentine's Day Sale
February 12-13, 2019
Pick up some extra gifts for the important people in your life at ISG's Valentine's Day sale! With cards, prints, stickers, and more, you'll be sure to find something just right for your loved ones. 
Praxis Opening Reception
January 24, 2019
From the first idea to the cusp of completion, the artist sketchbook reveals the messy, chaotic, unfinished, and typically secret aspects of an artist’s creative practice. PRAXIS: A Sketchbook Show presents a collection of sketchbooks bringing to light the process of 23 makers.
Participating artists:
Gaby Billings, Caleb Joaquin,Jennifer Chavez, Caytlin Collins, Lily Cozzens, Jasmine David, Wesley Enriquez, Mary Lee Fenner, Alexandra Flis, Mary Freelove, Katelyn Gilland, Elsie Hayden, Jordan Kelley, Lauren Manicke, Mads Moll, Megan Rivera, Jade Rector, Shane Tolentino, Lois Tuman, Michael Ulm, Mel Vargas, Julia Zeler
Exhibition Dates: January 24, 2019 - February 13, 2019
Pocket Con
December 15, 2018
12pm - 6pm
Join ISG at Pocket Con, a local convention hosted at the Chicago cultural center that’s all about supporting and promoting artists from underrepresented groups. ISG will have a booth at the one day event on December 15th. Come see us and support all the wonderful local artist of Chicago!
Holiday Sale 2018
December 11-12, 2018
11am - 6pm
ISG is ending the semester on a great note with our annual Holiday Sale. Come pick up cards, prints, stickers, buttons, and more--we have all of the perfect gifts for your loved ones!
We'll be in the lobbies of 623 S. Wabash and 33 E. Congress from 11 to 6 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Art Harvest
November  16, 2018
11am - 6pm
November 17 
11am - 5pm

ISG is putting on our very own artist convention... and it's almost here!

Art Harvest is a small farmer's market-like festival to celebrate fall, the beginning of another school year, and the art & craft of our students. We're inviting makers from ALL majors and clubs to come join us! This event will take place in HAUS (where our normal ISG meetings take place). We'll be open to the public on Friday the 16th from 11am-6pm and 11am-5pm on Saturday the 17th.

Strathmore Paper Presentation
November 6, 2018
5 - 6:30PM
Join ISG and special guest Jaclyn Mednicov, Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Papers, for The Essentials of Paper, a 90-minute hands-on presentation on Strathmore Drawing and Watercolor Papers. We will participate in some drawing exercises, using a selection of papers and materials. The goal of the presentation is to provide information to help you select the right papers for your medium and techniques. 
Strathmore has also been generous enough to provide FREE samples of some of their products for all who attend! 
Halloween Sale
October 30, 2018
11am - 6pm
October 31, 2018
11am - 6pm
Check out the lobbies of 623 S Wabash and 33 E Congress, where ISG will have tables set up filled with artwork submitted by our illustrators! You can buy halloween cards, stickers, prints, buttons, and more!
Open House
October 30, 2018
11am - 6pm
October 31, 2018
11am - 6pm
Columbia's Open Houses offer prospective students and their families a fun-filled day with lectures, activities, workshops, and one-on-one discussions with both students and teachers! ISG will be hosting figure drawing, zine-making, and character design workshops. 
Columbia Weekend
October 12-13, 2018
Friday: Art Harvest Preview
Saturday: Cutthroat Ilustrtion
Join us for a weekend of student work, stunning art, and meaningful social engagement on Columbia's campus! ISG will have our Art Harvest Preview set up on Friday, where a few makers have been curated to display their works in the lobby of 623. Don't miss the chance to check out their work, but then come back the next morning for Cutthroat Illustration! Based on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, watch people show off their illustration skills while battling out their classmates in front of a live audience! Buy devious sabotages, create speedy illustrations, and fight to win the grand prize - new art supplies!
Chalk Party
September 22, 2018
We have a giant box of sidewalk chalk left over from an event last semester, and we are bringing it out this Saturday for an outdoor sketch up! Join us in front of the 618 Michigan Ave. building to enjoy some fresh air with friends, and help us make the sidewalk a little more fun!
The forecast calls for clear skies so far, if that changes then the party will be postponed.
Skillshare: Sticker Printing Basics
September 21, 2018
September 25, 2018
How do you turn a simple sketch into a sticker you can sell? From scanning and editing your image, to setting up your file to the 9th floor Digital Print Center, we’ll walk you through the process! There are a lot of great resources in the design building and we want you to be able to use them all. You could even sell what you make at our annual Halloween Pop-up Fundraiser coming up in October!
New Student Greet + Design Tour
September 18, 2018
The Greet & Design tour will be focusing specifically on what you can make on each floor of 623 S. Wabash, tools you can check out (like Wacom Cintiqs and laptops with the whole Adobe Suite!), and where you can make your own prints and stickers. Floors and areas that will be covered include: the Workroom on the 1st floor, Printmaking Studio on the 2nd floor, Resource Room, Materials Lab, and Media Center on the 4th floor, open workspaces and lockers on the 8th floor, Digital Print Center and Computer Lab on the 9th floor, and the Fabrication Facility on the 10th floor.
The tour will start on the first floor and we will work our way up, we will meet together in Haus at 5 and get started!
Convocation 2018
August 31, 2018

Join us for Columbia College Chicago's 2018 Convocation in Grant Park, where students old and new are invited to peruse booths dedicated to the school's student organization. ISG's table will have coloring sheets, informational flyers and posters, doodling materials, and some copies of our Illustration Annual to flip through! We are so excited to be able to inform you about our club and welcome students from all majors.

Sulzer Library Comic Fest
July 28-29, 2018
10AM-4PM Saturday
1:30PM-4PM Sunday

Celebrate local comic book creators at our second annual Sulzer Library Comic Fest! Chat with creators, browse contemporary comics and zines, sign up for workshops, and attend panels where we talk comics, art careers and more. As always, the two day event is free to the public!

ISG was honored to sell our work at this beautiful library, and even got the chance to participate in a panel focused on the struggles and triumphs of life as an artist.

CAKE (Chicago Comics and Art Expo)
June 2-3, 2018

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Manifest 2018
May 10, 2018

Columbia College Chicago invites you to our annual showcase on Friday, May 10, to celebrate the student work that only our students can create. At Manifest, you'll encounter thought-provoking gallery exhibitions, live performances, fashion shows, original game design, literary readings and more--all curated by the talent that defines our campus.

During Manifest, ISG worked at a free portrait-drawing booth in addition to hosting a brand-new event, Mystery Murals, in which two teams of vibrant illustrators faced off in a live mural-making competition. The winners were awarded art supplies from our sponsor, Blick!

Zipcodes: An Illustration Showcase
May 12, 2018
Exploring the origins of each artist, this curated exhibition reflects on the images, sensations, and nostalgia of home through the point of view of senior illustration students. On the precipice of great change, "Zipcodes" serves as a lasting look at one's roots. 

Join these skilled artists in a night of laughter, talent, refreshments, and memories as they prepare to draw their undergraduate education to a close. 
May 5-6, 2018
10AM-5:30PM Saturday
11AM-5:30PM Sunday

ColumCon is a mini-convention produced by students at Columbia College Chicago.

Join us at our two day event featuring 40+ artists and vendors, professional workshops and panels on pop culture, and events such as the gaming lounge, cosplay contest, and charity raffle. Proceeds from this year's charity raffle go towards No Stigmas.

ISG's Alumni Panel
May 1, 2018
ISG welcomes our infinitely skilled alumni back for another alumni panel, where we will be discussing networking, artmaking, professional practice, life after graduation, and more! 
Panelists Include:
Andrea Bell
Kevin Budnik
John Garrison
Olivia Olsen
Preview Day
April 28, 2018

Columbia College Chicago's Preview days allow prospective new students and their families the opportunity to dive into life as a student--which, for ISG, involves lots of figure drawing workshops, coloring pages, and character design workshops! Preview Day never fails to provide fun and entertainment with a myriad of activities, all cultivated and led by thriving students.

Live Painting Skillshare
April 17, 2018

Bring your sketchbook, watercolors, pencils, markers--any of your trusty tools are at your disposal while current ISG President Rebeca Soto guides us through the incredible (and often stressful) art of live portrait drawing. Make new friends and leave feeling confident and ready to accept whatever portrait-related opportunities may present themselves in your artistic journey!

Chi Teen Lit Fest
April 14, 2018
ChiTeen Lit Fest aims to provide a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voice through literary arts, and seeks to bring together young people from across Chicago and celebrate their talents as they express themselves through exceptional and honest art
This year, Columbia College Chicago hosted the festival and ISG was happy to engage interested attendees with coloring sheets, free stickers, buttons, and more!

Building Your Art Empire: An Alumni Panel
April 12, 2018
Join the library and several CCC Community visual artists for a discussion of tactics & approaches to starting and forging a successful art-related business. (which is a boring way to say make art, make money, make more art, have fun!) 
Panelists Include:
Andrea Bell
Ali Cantarella
Julie Wilmore
Dani Knight
JJ. McLuckie
Rebeca Soto
Moms, Dads, and Grads Sale 
February 13-14, 2018

The Illustration Student Group will be hosting our annual Valentine's Day Card Sale ! For only 2 days, ISG will feature some our student's best work for sale. All pieces are handmade by Illustrators at CCC & will be sold exclusively at our pop up shop. Stop by to support your classmates, local artists, and student organization. We will have prints, cards, cookies, stationary, pins, stickers, and other artist merch available. Come pick up something sweet for your boo, best friend, dog, room mate, enemy, or crush !!! ♥ ♥

Illustration Annual Release
October 11, 2017

Join the Illustration student group & Illustration CCC for our Annual release gallery. The show will have copies of the annual publication available for viewing & for pre-order. All proceeds from orders will go towards benefiting ISG Fundraising. 
The release show will highlight student works featured in our first Annual Publication.
The IC3 Annual is a student run publication featuring over 150 dynamic works by Columbia College's finest Illustration students. Curated and published by ISG.
Thanks to the folks at Casa Calle 20 for hosting our event. We hope to see you there!

Not on Paper 
February 16 - March16, 2017

Not On Paper, an exhibition hosted by the Hokin Project Gallery, showcases Columbia College of Chicago’s illustration department as directed by three faculty curators: Chris Arnold, Ivan Brunetti and Chris Eliopoulos. Working with a select group of senior students and recent alumni who demonstrate a wide range of talent using various mediums resulting in a very personal and modern definition of illustration and its expression through art, narrative and design.

Not On Paper comprises a core of 19 artists and illustrators’ producing large scale, singular projects and collaborations that display the breadth and diversity of their practice through a collection of site specific creation. Work will present a range of media disciplines from mural, animation, design, painting and installation while featuring a diversity in perspective, concept and execution.

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