Advanced Portfolio Development

Laura Boles Faw
5 Sessions » Tuesdays, June 3–July 1
6:30–9:30 pm | McMillan Conference Room | $210

Prerequisite: An active studio practice

In this class, we will focus on the development of students’ portfolios, building critical thinking skills, and learning various oral and written presentation techniques. We will discuss a multitude of opportunities: higher education, showing work in commercial and noncommercial spaces, writing grants, and applying to residencies. Students are required to bring in new work to be critiqued each class period, so you should maintain an active studio practice throughout the course. In addition, we will undertake a series of writing exercises to help students develop an artist statement to be revised and improved upon. We will look at examples of artist statements and portfolios while considering appropriate communication strategies. At the end of the course, students will have learned how to best document their work, and how to most appropriately represent their work and artistic philosophy to a broader audience. Students will gain support and motivation to take their work to the next level.

"Laura's passion is infectious and inspiring. She dedicated individual time to people in addition to class instruction. Very helpful in moving projects forward."  –Manipulating Objects student, 2011

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Laura Boles Faw’s work consists of investigations through sculptural objects and installations, curatorial projects, and collaborative ventures. She examines spatial and social constructions and looks to create new meanings and transformative fictions. In conjunction with her solo practice, she collaborates with Cathy Fairbanks on a discursive project called ap-art-ment. She received a BA in Art History from Sewanee and an MFA in Sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute. Boles Faw is visiting faculty in Sculpture and Contemporary Practices at SFAI. 
Laura Boles Faw
Lick, 2013
Photo mounted on plexi
36 x 48 inches
Courtesy of the artist