Deeply fascinated by contemporary art and visual culture, Christopher launched Colossal as a personal blog in the fall of 2010 to catalogue the work of both established and emerging artists across a wide-range of artistic disciplines. The site attracted millions of monthly readers seemingly overnight, and within two years he was able to quit his dayjob to publish full-time and also opened a fun design shop. Colossal is the recipient of the Utne Media Award for arts coverage, a Webby Award nomination, and has recieved accolades from the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS Art21.

Called the "Tate Modern of the Internet," Colossal now has seven regular contributors and is committed to making art accessible to everyone, exploring street art, design, photography, illustration, and craft from all reaches of the globe. In addition to daily articles at Colossal, Christopher has also contributed to Wired Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, Mental Floss, Slate, Designboom, and Quartz.

After engaging with thousands of artists, designers, and makers both online and off, Christopher is bringing art to unexpected places offline through noteworthy exhibitions and events currently slated through 2020. These varied projects promise to be as wildly exciting and original as the work appearing on Colossal each day.

Christopher lives in Chicago with his wife Megan Stielstra, their son, and two dogs. You can reach him at chris@colossal.art — but first consider reading this FAQ.

Curation

Chain Reaction: An International Print and Poster Show —Curator, Design Museum Chicago, November 2018

The Other Art Fair Chicago [Saatchi Art] —Selection Committee, 2018

Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art —Curator, Exploratorium Museum San Francisco, 2018

Track Shorts with Lost Arts —Film curator, 2017

Banksy’s Dismaland —Outdoor Cinema curator, 2014

A Landmark & A Mission: Mobile Library Tour —Curator, The Sketchbook Project, 2012

Books

The Sketchbook Project World Tour —Foreward, Princeton Architectural Press, 2015

Affiliations

YEA! —Board Member, 2018-19

Awesome Foundation —Trustee, 2017

Was Once Literally Quoted by Beyonce

How To Make Lemonade Box Set Book —Beyonce, 2017

My Favorite Tools

Things, Productive, Artforum Artguide, Feedly, Day One, Headspace, Fantastical.

I’m Visiting Chicago Where Should I ...

Museums & Institutions
MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Design Museum Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Stony Island Arts Bank, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Hyde Park Art Center, The International Museum of Surgical Science, Elmhurst Art Museum, INTUIT, Millennium Park, Chicago Botanic Garden, Garfield Park Conservatory.

Galleries
Vertical Gallery, Line Dot Editions, Rhona Hoffman, Catherine Edelman, Carrie Seacrist, Carl Hammer, Zg Gallery, Echt Gallery, Kavi Gupta, Galerie F.

Shops & Off-Beat Fun
Rotofugi, Architectural Artifacts, Woolly Mammoth, Galloping Ghost Arcade, Music Box Theater, Gene Siskel, Quimby’s, Myopic Bookstore.

Interviews & In the News

An Exhibition Devoted to Urban Cycling —Fubiz, November 29, 2018

SF's Exploratorium Hosts "Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art" Exhibition —Juxtapoz Magazine, July 18, 2018

Exploratorium ‘Inflatable’ exhibit puts cool air into art and science —San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2018

Giant Inflatable Sculptures Merge Technology and Art at San Francisco’s Exploratorium —My Modern Met, June 11, 2018

Inflatable and Colossal Works of Art Are Popping Up at the Exploratorium —SF Station, May 21, 2018

Influential Voices: An Interview with Christopher Jobson of Colossal —Booooooom, December 8, 2017

Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2017 —New City, March 2, 2017

Banksy’s New Apocalyptic Theme Park Is Designed to Disappoint —Hyperallergic, August 20, 2015

Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2015 —New City, March 19, 2015

Artist Spotlight : Colossal's Christopher Jobson —Art Institute of Chicago, May 15, 2014

A Colossal Success —Demo Magazine, May 2014

The Eye-Popping Images On Colossal Will Make Art Lovers Of Us All —Fast Company, November 18, 2013

Art Talk with Christopher Jobson of Colossal —National Endowment for the Arts, September 18, 2018

On the Red Couch with Colossal’s Christopher Jobson —Flipboard, August 28, 2012

Virtual Curators: Maria Popova and Christopher Jobson use their voracious appetites for social media to educate the masses on art, design, and culture. — Dwell Magazine, May 2012

Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson —Art21/PBS, March 8, 2012

An Interview with the Creator of Colossal —Hyperallergic, November 25, 2011

Newsletter

Sometimes I make things or say things. Sometimes it’s even worth telling you about.