Founder and editor-in-chief of Colossal, writer, curator.
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.
Par Excellence Redux —Curator, The Elmhurst Art Museum, Delayed
SCOPE New York —Curator, Exterior entrace featuring Brendan Monroe, March, 2020
Material Properties —Curator, Paradigm Gallery, September 2019
Mother & Child vol. II, —Co-curator, with Sugarlift in New York, July 2019
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
The Sketchbook Project World Tour —Foreward, Princeton Architectural Press, 2015
The Arts Club of Chicago —Member 2019-2020
Young Evanston Artists —Board Member, 2018-19
Awesome Foundation —Trustee, 2017
Was Once Literally Quoted by Beyonce
How To Make Lemonade Box Set Book —Beyonce, 2017
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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.
Interviews & In the News
The Art of Golf —Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal of the Arts (print), Spring, 2020
Mini Golf at the Museum —Chicago Magazine (print), May, 2020
The Future of Art Media with Christopher Jobson —Art & Cocktails Podcast, February, 2020
In Chicago, an iconic artist-designed mini golf course gets a second life —Fast Company, February, 2020
Interview in Create! Magazine —Create! Magazine Issue 18 (print), Winter, 2019
Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2019 —New City, February 28, 2019
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
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
Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson —Art21/PBS, March 8, 2012
An Interview with the Creator of Colossal —Hyperallergic, November 25, 2011
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