Called the “Tate Modern of the Internet,” Colossal is an international platform for contemporary art and visual expression that explores a vast range of creative disciplines. With an archive of over 6,000 articles written by seven contributors, we pride ourselves in celebrating the work of both emerging and established artists through an ongoing commitment to make art accessible to everyone. Our coverage explores visual culture through the latest in fine art, design, modern craft, street art, photography, illustration, science, and animation.
Colossal is designed to serve as an online gallery of visually spectacular artwork, while seeking to educate and inform rather than criticize or interpret. Through this effort, Colossal is used as inspiration and instruction in classrooms across the arts and sciences from grade school through graduate school. Via our website, newsletters, and social media impressions, Colossal reaches an estimated 10 million monthly readers.
In a world brimming with information overload, environmental catastrophe, capitalism run amok, and social injustice, we curate Colossal to focus on the most positive, diverse, and impactful stories around the issues we care about most. It is our intent to amplify the voices of artists working toward a more equitable and environmentally-friendly future by utilizing innovation, unexpected materials, humor, spectacle, and vast reserves of skill and hope.
Colossal was founded in 2010 by writer and curator Christopher Jobson. Over the last decade we have been honored with accolades by The National Endowment for the Arts, TED, and PBS Art21. Colossal won the UTNE Media Award for Arts Coverage and has been nominated for a Webby.
Fascinated by visual culture across a wide-range of disciplines and committed to making art engaging for everyone, Christopher launched Colossal as a personal blog in the fall of 2010. Somewhat blindsided by the publication’s success, he soon left his day job to run the site full-time and began contributing to publications such as Wired Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, Mental Floss, Slate, Designboom and Quartz. He studied design, art, and writing at Columbia College and lives in Chicago with his wife, son, and dogs. You can follow him on Instagram and learn more about him here.
Managing Editor & Contributing Writer
Grace Ebert manages Colossal’s editorial projects. She grew up in rural Wisconsin, where she developed a passion for storytelling, before moving to Chicago to get her M.A. in English from Loyola University. Prior to coming to Colossal, she worked with the USA Today Network for four years and still writes for the Chicago Review of Books. You can follow her on Instagram and find more about her here.
Weekend Editor & Contributing Writer
Andrew is a freelance writer and editor from South Carolina who was raised by pop culture (and wolves). After earning a BA in American Studies and a MA in Media, Culture, and Communications, he began writing about street art, contemporary art, science, fashion, film, and just about everything else for online publications including Complex, Mental Floss, and Thrillist. When he’s not writing or taking pictures of murals, he’s probably customizing sneakers and/or watching movies somewhere in Brooklyn. Follow his misadventures on Twitter and Instagram.
Anatomy Editor & Contributing Writer
Vanessa Ruiz is a creative director and curator based in Chicago. While earning her master’s degree in biomedical visualization (medical illustration) at UIC, Vanessa founded Street Anatomy, a website that aggregates works at the intersection of contemporary art and human anatomy. Ruiz has curated several anatomically-themed gallery shows in Chicago, including several at the International Museum of Surgical Science. In 2015, Vanessa was a speaker at TEDMED and she currently serves on their Editorial Advisory Board.
In addition to overseeing Colossal’s publication arm, Laura Staugaitis steers special projects, brand partnerships, and curatorial endeavors. Despite growing up in rural upstate New York, Laura was raised with an intense appreciation of arts and culture and studied studio art at Williams College. She has worked with a wide range of creative startups and has published writing in Fellow Magazine, Pure Green Magazine, Heddels, and Serious Eats. She currently resides in Brooklyn. You can follow her on Instagram.
Kate Sierzputowski is a freelance writer and curator based in Chicago. Fascinated by artists’ studio processes, she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to physically explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago’s emerging and established artists. In addition to writing for Colossal, Kate also contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, the Chicago Reader, and Teen Vogue, is a co-director of the artist-run gallery space Julius Caesar, and is half of the curatorial duo Episode with Mary Eleanor Wallace. You can follow studio explorations, gallery visits, and other peeks into Chicago’s terrain on Twitter and Instagram.
Johnny Waldman was born in Brooklyn but moved to Japan a year later. He spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in Tokyo. He returned to the U.S. for college where he studied art and art history. He writes about Japanese art and design at Spoon & Tamago and is also an art consultant specializing in Asian art. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.
Anna Marks is a London-based freelance writer and researcher. She also contributes to Wired UK and VICE US among other publications. Growing up in North Yorkshire Anna developed a passion for art and science and went on to study psychology then an MA in design curation. You can follow her gallery adventures on Twitter and Instagram.
Growing up skateboarding Sasha Bogojev always enjoyed skateboard graphics, Toy Machine ads, and the art section in Thrasher magazine. It was around that time he started flirting with graffiti, which eventually lead to appreciating street and urban art. As an adult, Sasha got involved in online art forums and began writing for a variety of art websites. He now writes for Juxtapoz, curates gallery shows worldwide, and writes introductions for artist monographs.
The Colossal identity and website were designed with loving attention to detail by Armin Vit. The site is set in fonts from Hoefler & Co including Ringside and Sentinel. We’re proudly hosted by Media Temple. All advertising inquiries are handled by Nectar Ads. Bio portraits by Lui Ferreyra.