Saturday, January 30, 2010

Arts Administration

I have had one problem with the Arts Administration program at Westminster so far and sadly I won't be able to enjoy the change that looks to be coming. A classmate and I are creating a curriculum for a cap-stone class for the program.

The program will have the Art Administration students coordinate with the art students, bring in guests speakers, and take the students to real life organizations to see how the art business is run. The big goal is to take our scattering of knowledge and bring it all together in a hands on type of class.

I think my favorite part about the class is the fact that students will be able to use the knowledge they have gained from their art, business and communications classes together to be able to coordinate and put together art shows, festivals and perhaps auctions. All of this while also reaching out to the art community in Salt Lake City and bringing that community back on to Westminster's campus.

I spoke with the provost of Westminster at an event I was photographing. I talked with him about the possibilities of this class. He seemed pretty interested, enough to ask me to send him a copy of the report once it's completed for class. I'm pretty excited about what this could turn into. I know that future students have much to gain from this new curriculum.

Plus, it's something if successful, which could look great for my resume. It looks like there are no negatives to creating this class, I'm excited to get started!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Works in Process

Life has been busy with "Grown-up Stuff" which I need to get done. I have paper work, bills, maintenance orders and the like.

I have to call my insurance and the physical therapy place that I've been going to to find out why I was billed instead of my insurance. This seems to happen quite often. It could be because I have 2 last names and for some reason my father doesn't know that it is not hyphenated and that is what is on my card. Oh well.

I'm also trying to help Westminster create a cap stone class for the Arts Administration Program here. I know I will not get the benefit of it (except for maybe my resume) but I know future students will get something great from it. Here at Westminster College the Arts Admin. program is a great splattering of knowledge between business, communications and art, but we don't have a class which brings it all together. I'm trying to fix that, I've talked to Nina Vought, the head of the program. I've also talked to the small amount of the Art Admin students here to see what they would like. What I've heard so far sounds pretty consistent, some sort of portfolio type class with guest speakers and an understanding of how art businesses work.

I've been following this cool little blog:
He also has a twitter as Theartfulmanager. He has some really cool little posts. I've also started to follow some galleries around the southern California area. I'm crossing my fingers for a job. As soon as I revamp my resume this weekend I will be sending e-mails like crazy! I'll hopefully also be able to do some research about galleries around the area I'm going for spring break this weekend.

The darkroom in the photo lab has flooded a couple times this last couple weeks. I asked the campus maintenance to replace the drain pipe because the chemicals have finally eaten away at the metal to the point of major leakage.

I need to contact the U and ask if we can recycle our chemicals with theirs. We're just so small here at Westminster that no one recycles that kind of thing.

In other news, the Reel Griffins are about to finish a script, create a short video for a group on campus and start another scrip for an animated short. Miss Mae has been to busy to work with the Griffins so I've kind of had to take more charge of the group then usual. It's kind of nice and so far it has been going fairly well. If nothing else we've been productive thus far.

I'm also trying to work on my photography more, especially since the student show is coming up. Work is due the 26th of February I believe. I have been working on some self portraiture. I'm playing with the idea of how you make the viewer truly understand that these images are from your eyes and view of the world and combining it with the idea of self and discovery of the self. I just wish I had the money to fix my beautiful A1, oh how I miss it. I guess for now my digital will have to safice. I just want to make the most of the darkroom since it's my last semester. Though, I'm kind of excited about bringing my photography into color any how.

I probably post some photos once I get working on it.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Taking Life in a New Direction

I have less then six months until I graduate. There are so many doors open to me, I just need to find the opportunities that are right for me.

I could stay here in Salt Lake City, move onto a new state, an old state. I can work in a museum, write for art magazines, a non-profit, or go back to a gallery. My internship with Susan Meyer at the Meyer Gallery here in Salt Lake City was so enjoyable that I believe that this is what I want. I just have to find the gallery which is right for me and that wants me.

There is another path entirely which I could go down; I could take a year and go to Yosemite, work and climb for a year. In the winter I could be a lifty. Especially since this winter I have only gone boarding once and will probably only go once more. (That's all that I will be able to afford) It would be just plain fun.

Or last but not least, I could go back to school. Hummm, maybe not, at least not right now. I think I'm schooled out.

I've been doing homework and looking for potential future jobs all day long. It's so exciting what opportunities I have open to me. Oh Arts Administration. So much I can do, it's kind of scary, I won't lie.

I've found some hopeful prospects. I also found a few cool little twitter things and a neat little blog. Go ahead and check it out:

I believe that he even talks about good old Park City in one of his posts.

Well I believe that is all for now. Tomorrow it's back to the photo lab, and Composition and Design class.