Advanced Portfolio Preparation
Instructor: Laura Boles Faw
6 Sessions / Wednesdays, September 11, 19; October 3, 17, 31; and November 7
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm
Location: McMillan Conference Room
This course focuses on the development of an artist’s portfolio, building critical thinking skills, and learning various oral and written presentation techniques. We will discuss a multitude of opportunities for artists: 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 every week, so it is imperative to maintain an active studio practice over the course of the semester. In addition, students will be required to develop an artist statement to revise and improve upon during the course of the class. We will look at examples of both artist statements and portfolios in class that will expose students to many different approaches. At the end of this class, participants will have learned how to best document and represent their work and artistic philosophy to a broader audience.
Laura Boles Faw is an artist, curator, and educator whose mixed media sculptures and installations focus on the reconsideration of spatial signifiers. She received a BA in Art History from Sewanee and an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Boles Faw has recently shown her work at Ever Gold Gallery and Royal NoneSuch Gallery in San Francisco, and had a solo show with her collaborator Cathy Fairbanks at Pop Up Art House in Las Vegas in 2011. She also co-curated Over My Dead Body: A Collaborative Installation about Artistic Survival during the summer of 2011. http://laurabolesfaw.com
Creative Writing Strategies: Demystifying the Artist Statement
Creative Writing Strategies will help students gain confidence in writing about their artwork. Writing an artist statement may seem like an arduous process that is far removed from the act of art-making, but drafting an artist statement can actually be as creative and fun a process as creating artwork. Taking cues from historical and contemporary forms of art-based writing—manifestos, impossible proposals, text-based art—this course will demystify the process of writing an artist statement through a series of exercises. Each student will come away with a new or updated written artist statement, and also learn valuable skills that help to verbally articulate the work. This workshop opens the door to possibilities for a hybrid art practice that combines writing and art-making.
Kim Cook is a conceptual artist living and working in San Francisco. Her hybrid art and writing practice contemplates intersections of social practice, site-specificity, and alternative education. She holds an MFA in New Genres and an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from Sam Houston State University.
Contemporary Performance Art in San Francisco: An Exploration
Instructor: Kara Q. Smith
6 Sessions / Saturdays, October 6–November 3
Location: Studio 18
This course will examine a selection of artists who implement performance into their practice. Using San Francisco as a historical reference point, we will draw out connections within the trajectory of performance art that has occurred in or is related to the city. Through lectures, readings and response we will explore themes of social and political identity, local and global culture, activism and participation. This class may include potential gallery visits. No prerequisite.
Kara Q. Smith is an independent writer and curator living in San Francisco. She has worked with numerous arts and cultural organizations in both Alabama and California. Influenced equally by Jane Jacobs, Lucy Lippard, and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, her work explores the role art can play in facilitating community, interacting with urban spaces, and creating poetic dissidence. Kara is currently serves as Continuing Education Coordinator at the San Francisco Art Institute, Editorial Assistant at Art Practical and a regular contributor to ArtSlant. She is also one of the recent recipients of SOMArts Cultural Center's Commons Curatorial Residency, along with co-curator Laura Poppiti, for their July 2012 exhibition Performing Community. Kara holds a BA in Art History from Birmingham-Southern College and an MA in Urban Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute.