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Columbia College CBPA curator Jessica Cochran and director Steve Woodall with a work by Eddie Villanueva
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by Pedro Vélez

Whoever said print is dead forgot to tell the graduates at the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. They behave like bookworms cloistered in nerd heaven, and who can blame them? CBPA is located on the second floor of the historic Ludington Building, a terra-cotta-clad, steel-framed architectural beauty designed by the “Father of the Skyscraper” Willian Le Baron Jenney (1832-1907). Once home to the American Book Company, the Ludington is only one of 22 buildings that compose Columbia College’s downtown campus, which with 12,000 students is the largest private arts and media college in the nation.