Art majors from Concordia University Chicago’s Art Department took part in the Self-Employment in the Arts conference on February 22 and 23 at Columbia College, Chicago. The annual conference welcomes college students majoring in the art, music, theater, dance or film from around the country. Three of the 15 students accepted into the juried art show were from Concordia-Chicago: Baleigh Bennett, Anastasiya Camp and Jahari Thompson. This is Camp’s third year as a participant, which represents a significant accomplishment given the exhibition’s prestige. Bennett's ceramic work “Hands” was awarded Best in Show.

Top left: Baleigh Bennett; Top right: Anastasiya Camp; Bottom: Jahari Thompson

Thompson was accepted into the Pitch Competition, which provides an opportunity to win a cash prize for students who present an idea for a new business or are interested in growing an existing one. Nine students were selected to give a three minute presentation before a panel of six business and entrepreneurial professionals. Thompson was the only undergraduate chosen among four winners and will use the funds to purchase photographic equipment and promote his art studio.

CUC students are able to attend thanks to funding from the Len and Carla Schoepp Scholarship Fund for art student enrichment experiences.