Artistic endeavors revealed

September 27, 2007

by Lyndsey Lovelady

Studio art is comprised of, on average, anywhere between 60 and 70 students. This major is divided into two different programs, 2D, which is studio art and 3D, which is ceramic sculpture installation.

Marie Bukowski, associate professor of art, said 2D studio art is anything from drawing and painting, to print making, mixed media and collage while 3D is ceramic sculpture installation.

“Of course [the studio art major] is an array of disciplines because studio is then broken up into two separate and distinct parts,” Bukowski said. “There’s the 2D program and the 3D program so that’s sixty and seventy across the board.”

Bukowski said gallery work is probably one of the most preferred and common career choices, post graduation.

“A lot of times [graduates] find that they work in galleries – I think that’s one of the most popular things,” Bukowski said. “A lot of students, help install exhibitions, and we train them for that here when they help in our gallery.”

Bukowski said some people actually do window displays for stores or work in museums.

“There’s kind of an artistic slant to those, working in museums as docents,” Bukowski said. “They take people on tours and give them information about the artwork throughout the museum. I think that’s something that’s pretty common, too.”

Bukowski said marketing and business are two minors that studio art majors should look into.

“Some [studio art majors] minor in marketing or business which is a really important thing to do,” Bukowski said. “I almost wish it was something that was required, that students take a certain number of marketing courses or business courses because that’s so important when you’re trying to market yourself as an artist. You should have that business experience.”

Nick Norwood, a senior studio art and communication design major was originally a communication design major.

“I majored in [communication] design for three years and as I took more studio classes, like drawing classes and such, I kind of realized that I really liked [studio art] and that I was good at it,” Norwood said. “I just started looking at artists, looking at schools and looking at online art so I realized that it was something that I really enjoyed and could see myself doing long-term. It just sort of fits who I am, the whole lifestyle of it.”

Norwood said his favorite facet of studio art as a major is the lifestyle.

“I like meeting people, talking about art, critiques, looking at art and going to galleries. It’s just a really exciting kind of lifestyle,” Norwood said. “I think you should look at the job and the lifestyle of the job more than just what your duties are to see if that lifestyle would suit you and if you can see yourself doing that.”