DEPT / EVAL Exhibit curated by Jessica Cochran


Dept / Eval

Alberto Aguilar + Rebecca Hamlin Green

For Dept / Eval (shorthand for department evaluation) I invited artists Alberto Aguilar and Rebecca Hamlin Green to explore the Interdisciplinary Arts Department of Columbia College Chicago.

The artists created the work on site after a guided tour of the department’s facilities, offices, studios and galleries (including the Center for Book and Paper Arts), performance spaces, closets and storage areas.  Each artist collected materials along the way, such as tape, ceramic lettering and paper.

Responsive and gestural, these temporary works serve as a department evaluation of sorts, in that they make visible the ephemeral and material characteristics of a thriving graduate art program.

Jessica Cochran

Curator of Exhibitions and Programs

Center for Book and Paper Arts

Alberto Aguilar

In 1974 Alberto Aguilar was born in Chicago Illinois the city in which he currently resides. He has three brothers and one sister. In 1976 his parents opened the first Mexican grocery store in Cicero Illinois which they named La Grande. In 1997 upon receiving his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) he married Sonia Leticia Guillen. Together they have four children, half of which are girls. Four years later Alberto received his MFA also from SAIC. Currently he is an instructor of studio art at Harold Washington College- one of the City Colleges of Chicago. There he coordinates Pedestrian Project an initiative devoted to making art accessible to people of all walks of life. Aguilar¹s current practice merges his various life roles and attempts to capture fleeting moments, personal discoveries, and his interaction with others using whatever medium is at hand. On the rainy day of March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm he sat in his mini van drinking English breakfast tea, editing this bio by adding this final line.

Visit Alberto’s website here 

Rebecca Hamlin Green

Rebecca Hamlin Green (MFA 2012, University of Arizona) is an emerging ceramic installation artist. Her objects and images evoke a strong emotional connection to the home, self-preservation and observation of nature. She often incorporates animal imagery in her work, using the animal form as an analog to human emotion. Drawn particularly to domesticated animals, she relates their experiences- alongside and in conjunction to human experiences- as vehicles through which we first experience the difficult realities of death, birth, loyalty and the power of nature within the domestic space.  Her work has been featured at the Northern Arizona University Museum of Art, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the 2012 NCECA Juried Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and group exhibitions in Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. Hamlin Green is an educator who aims to further her research through institutional teaching opportunities.

Visit Rebecca’s website here

Jessica Cochran


Jessica Cochran is a curator, administrator, writer and instructor.  She has curated exhibitions for the Contemporary Arts Council, Dominican University’s O’Connor Art Gallery, the Center for Book and Paper Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Around the Coyote Gallery, What it Is and the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.  She has coordinated exhibitions for the Poetry Foundation, Art Chicago, NEXT and the Artist Project.  Her writing has appeared in catalogs for organizations including the Center for Book and Paper Arts and the DePaul University Art Museum (forthcoming), and she has written for Newcity, Proximity, Curating Now and the Studio Chicago Blog.  She has taught at Dominican University and Columbia College Chicago.