To me the purpose of art is to produce something alive...but with a separate, and of course one hopes, with an everlasting life of its own. ~Henry Green
With all the graduation parties and celebrations going on, it brings back a memory of my own. How many graduations have I had? Well, there was my sixth grade graduation, which wasn't a graduation as per say but Sacred Heart did have a ceremony for us acknowledging our next milestone. Then, there was my high school graduation from Greater Latrobe High School. Yep, I wore my cap and gown as I walked across the stage to collect my high school diploma.
On a side note, I was really sick and didn't even want to go. I actually had walking phenomena and had a hard time breathing. I was just plain miserable, although collecting that diploma was a very good feeling!
Then, there was the first time I graduated from Seton Hill University, at the time it was still the college. That's when I received my Bachelors of Arts in Marketing Management. Only a few short years later, I received another degree, this time a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, again from Seton Hill University.
I guess this story is about the later, my second degree. Going through the business program and then the art program, I quickly realized how completely different they were. Besides the obvious of the different personalities of the students and the teachers, but the atmosphere, the assignments, the approach to assignments, the stress, all totally different. I didn't enjoy one degree over the other, for they were of equal importance to me. Now looking back on it, exactly equal importance, I use them both in tandem on a daily basis.
Kyle may not have remembered, but he was there at my senior show. Granted, he was a little munchkin, but as with all important moments in my life, Kyle was there.
Graduating from the art program, we were required to have a senior show. It was a big deal! Not only to the students who were displaying there very best work, but to those students and facility who perused the gallery shows upon the conclusion of every year. Not to mention friends and family of said students. Yes, it truly was very exciting, especially since that was my first and last art exhibit, ever.
Please note, all my references to the senior art show was from way back in my day. I'm sure the requirements have changed since my days at Seton Hill.
We were allowed to request a solo show, whereas the student had the entire gallery as well as the back room to display their work. This was usually reserved for those who majored in painting or drawing and over the years compiled enough artwork for an entire gallery. Some students had the option for a partial solo show, whereas they were given the back section of the gallery to themselves. I believe with both requests, they had to be submitted in advance to be reviewed by the facility, either approved or disapproved.
The most popular senior show consisted of three or four seniors, usually of like disciplines, combining forces to create one big gallery show. That's the option I chose. I was very blessed with my group, for I had three great guys join forces with me: Mike Sloskey, a graphic design major; Josh Simon another graphic design major; and Albert Nimley a studio arts major (or something along those lines). All wonderful and very talented gentlemen!
How did I get so lucky? We were standing in the gallery during class with our professor Carol Brode, she simply asked for us to pick our senior show group. I was standing in close proximity to Mike and Josh, who I had many a classes with, being graphic designers. Somehow Albert, who I believe was friends with the guys, joined forces with us. The rest was sheer awesomeness.
When you decide to partake in a show with someone, you not only need great art pieces for the presentation, but you really need good communication skills; the ability to compromise and work with different personalities; a shared vision of the show; and a respect for one another. It's not just hanging pictures on the wall, there's so much more to it.
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