Featured Artist: Manifest 2024 Creative Director, Ruby Bean

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Featured Artist: Manifest 2024 Creative Director, Ruby Bean

Ruby Bean
Illustration, 2024

Each Manifest ShopColumbia works with the Manifest Creative Director to design a limited edition line of Manifest Merchandise. Learn more about Manifest 2024 Creative Director, Ruby Bean and their inspiration for the designs.

What was your inspiration for the designs?
My inspiration for the designs stemmed from this year's theme, BREAKTHROUGH. Witnessing the dedication of my classmates as they strive to embrace their true selves has always been a profound source of motivation for me. I infused elements of my love for comics into the designs, utilizing halftones and dynamic color schemes to convey action and energy.

Columbia T-shirt - $22

How have you benefited from being the Manifest Creative Director and designing this year's Manifest Merch
Serving as the Creative Director of Manifest has been an enriching experience, allowing me to fully immerse myself in the vibrant community here at Columbia College Chicago. Alongside my roles at the Chronicle and the Makerspace, this opportunity has been the pinnacle of my educational journey. Collaborating with an exceptional team and exploring new facets of our school's network has bolstered my confidence in pursuing a career in the arts post-graduation.

Manifest 2024 Bucket Hat - $15


What are you most looking forward to during Manifest?
I'm eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share the fruits of our labor with my family on Manifest day. It fills me with excitement to showcase the collective efforts of my team for this year's graduating class, from Kicking off Manifest to the Shop Columbia Grad Expo to the Linework Anthology release party, the unveiling of my Window Mural, and the Illow Awards!

Manifest 2024 Sticker Sheet - $6

Give us an update on any recent projects/artistic life events; what's next for you?
Looking ahead, my artistic journey will venture into my freelance endeavors such as mural painting and assuming roles within the professional industry as a Creative Art Director. I invite you to stay updated on my upcoming projects through my Instagram @RubyBeanArt.

Manifest 2024 Embroidered Patch - $5


Artist Statement
Ruby Bean is an Artist and Freelance Illustrator from Austin Texas receiving their BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

From the vibrant artistic community of Austin, Texas, Ruby Bean found their creative roots in the heart of East Austin painting murals and traditional illustrations. They now call the Windy City of Chicago home where their passion for street art and urban expression found new avenues of inspiration. With a style that utilizes bold and colorful textures and patterns, their work resonates with the energy of both cities, captivating audiences and transforming landscapes.

If they are not painting thirteen-foot walls, you can catch them on the track skating roller derby with Windy City Rollers. Follow Ruby Bean on Instagram @Ruubybeanart or on their website Rubybeanart.com or at https://r20bean.wixsite.com/mysite

Columbia Bumper Sticker - $5


Click HERE to purchase Manifest 2024 Merch!