Art Career Class

ART 482: Goals, Objectives and a To Do List

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THIS COURSE HAS 2 GOALS:

1. To prepare students for their required thesis exhibition as well as organize and execute this exhibition in Gallery 100.

2. To help students with professional development components associated with the course, including creating the required professional packet and website. 

 

THIS COURSE HAS 3 OBJECTIVES: EXHIBIT, PRODUCE A PORTFOLIO AND PROFESSIONALIZATION

 

FIRST OBJECTIVE: Thesis Exhibit Preparation

 

EXHIBITION PLANNING

On the first day the class will be divided into 8-10 groups of 6-8 students who will exhibit together.

Each groups will also be assigned a week to exhibit: Write your week in here:_______________

The first exhibition will begin at the end of the third of fourth week of class depending on class size.

 

Students will need to decide on:

 

  1. The name of the show. This is to be decided together by talking about common themes and concerns in the work. After talking with your group write down three ideas your exhibition title here:  

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3.______________________________________________________________________

Then share and brainstorm together!

4. Write the final title here:___________________________________________________

 

  1. The exhibition layout. Following a walk-through of Gallery 100 in-class with the director look at the drawing of gallery 100 and try to imagine where your work makes sense in relation to how many pieces you want to show, their size and where your work connects well or is in dialog with other members of your exhibition group: Remember, you may have to edit in order to give equal space to each artists in the show, so choose your very best pieces.
  2. Write each piece you would like to include below including (1) Your Name, (2) Title of the Work, (3) Meduim, (4) Dimensions of the work, (5) Date of Completion.

My pieces are:

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  1. Write down three spaces in the gallery in which you think your work will would be displayed well in stating your preferred order starting with where you think it will look best first:

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3.______________________________________________________________________

 

  1. Discuss how and why you think the work in the show can be best exhibited in Gallery 100 including your own. This is to be discussed in-class with your exhibition partners with an attitude of academic respect and mutual understanding. 

FINAL SHOW TITLE:_____________________________________________________

FINAL PLACEMENT FOR THE WORK:____________________________________

 

  1. What promotion your group wants to do. List as many different ways you can think of to get the word out:

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  1. Co-write the press for the show. Brainstorm descriptive ideas about individual works, related works and the show as a whole. Write these down on a separate piece of paper and compose a single summary sentence about your own work. Together, write a 5-10 sentence press release for your show starting with the title, the day and time of opening night, the gallery location, when it is open during the week and a brief description of the kinds of work that are included in the show. Make sure to include at least one sentence about each work, and that all works are represented equally in the press, and then put them together in a cohesive paragraph or two that sells the show and gives people an idea of what they are going to get to see when they come to the opening. Turn a copy of this into the teacher 1 week BEFORE INSTALLATION!

Write the Date you need to turn this in here:___________________________________

 

  1. Write a brief artist statement that is at least 3-5 sentences or longer. This will be displayed alongside your work or next to your signature book.

You will need to e-mail a copy of this to your teacher and T.A. as well as print out a hard copy that you bring with you when you come to install.

Write the date of your installation here:_______________________________________

 

  1. Everyone should design one poster for your exhibition that relates to your show title/concept two weeks before the exhibit. Share this with your group and vote on which one the group likes best.

This has to be sent to your Teacher and T.A. one week before your show for approval. Write the date your poster has to be finished by here:________________________________________

 

FACULTY MENTOR FORM

Faculty members at ASU who have been mentors for BFA students throughout their academic career will be asked by the student to fill out a Faculty Mentor Form which is provided by the gallery director on the first day of class. You will want to discuss with you mentor which pieces you would like to exhibit and why, where, how to title the works, what you find most compelling about the work, and why you think it is representative of your artistic accomplishments at ASU.

Write the name of your Faculty Mentor here and your meeting dates:

Name of your Mentor:______________________________________

1st Meeting date: __________________________________________

2nd Meeting date:__________________________________________

 

FIRST MEETING WITH YOUR FACULTY MENTOR

Students are to meet with their mentors in the first three weeks of the semester so that students can lay out all the plans for their exhibition with their faculty mentor. The mentor will sign off on the plan that was communicated and the student will turn this back into the Gallery Director on the last day of class.

You must bring your Faculty Mentor Form when you come to install and it must be signed!

 

THESIS EXHIBITIONS

  • Thesis Exhibitions install on Friday afternoons and are up for one week.
  • The installation begins at 4pm on Friday afternoon at gallery 100.
  • Students are given the combination to the lock box, turn in their loan agreements, and check out tools from the gallery closet.
  • They are given the weekend to install their exhibition in the gallery.
  • Sunday evening the gallery director or TA meets with the students to collect tools after the exhibition is installed and they hand back the Faculty Mentor Forms.
  • A work study lighting tech then adjusts lights on Sunday evening. NOT THE STUDENTS
  • The Opening reception is on Tuesday evening from 6-8pm.

 

SECOND MEETING WITH YOUR FACULTY MENTOR

After Installation the students set up a time to meet again with their Faculty Mentor to discuss how the installation matched the plan of action. The Faculty Mentor signs off on the Faculty Mentor form again and the student turns this in with the exhibition plan on the last day of class.

REMEMBER to KEEP these two forms on you when you come to install and to turn them in on the last day of class.

Write the last day of class in here:__________________________________________________

 

  • De-install is at 3:00pm on Friday afternoon.
  • Student workers and your group help with patching and painting at that time.

 

SECOND OBJECTIVE: Professional Packet and Website

 

Professional Packet consists of:

  1. Cover Letter to the director about your ambitions for your art career: 1 Page. PLEASE INCLUDE A LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE!
  2. Images of the work and an Image List: Images should match the Jpegs with Title, Date of completion, Medium and Size.
  3. Artist Statement: 1-2 paragraphs
  4. Artist Bio: 1-2 paragraphs
  5. CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Exhibition History / Resume

 

Website should consist of:

  1. Landing page
  2. Images of your work
  3. Artist Statement Page
  4. Artist Bio Page
  5. CV / Exhibition History / Resume

 

YOU WILL HAND IN YOUR TWO FACULTY MENTOR FORMS, YOUR PROFESSIONAL PACKET, YOUR RESEARCH PACKET AND A LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE ON THE LAST DAY OF CLASS.

 

THIRD OBJECTIVE: Professional Development Seminars and Experiences. Attended Class and takes notes every day. The Class has a lecture component and will also have some visting artists. These are a highly valued part of the course. Class attendance and participation is mandatory.

 

You should also begin attending exhibitions and artists talks that interest you around town. Some will be suggested in class.

 

YOUR TO DO LIST: Quick reference overview and checklist

  1. [  ] Buy the suggested course books (optional)
  2. [  ] Do your homework each week and turn it in the following week
  3. [  ] Get a date to exhibit
  4. [  ] Agree with your group on a title for your show
  5. [  ] Pick the pieces you want to exhibit
  6. [  ] Pick a place to exhibit in the gallery 
  7. [  ] Work on developing ways to promote the show with your group
  8. [  ] Write a press release
  9. [  ] Write an artist’s statement and image list with Name, Title of the Work, Medium, Size and Date of Completion
  10. [  ] Design a Show Poster (mandatory) and Show Card (optional)
  11. [  ] Write a Faculty Member and ask them to be your Mentor
  12. [  ] Meet with the Faculty Member before your show to discuss your exhibition plan
  13. [  ] Install your exhibition and have an opening
  14. [  ] Meet with the Faculty Member after your show to discuss how your plan turned out
  15. [  ] Complete your Professionalization Packet and turn it in on the final day
  16. [  ] Complete your Website and Provide the Link in Your Cover Letter to the director 
  17. [  ] Complete your research packet and turn it in on the last day of class

 

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