Get Lost [and other advice for travelers]

Posted by Maddie Galer on Jun 23, 2017 2:31:56 PM

 

For the past month, together with 10 other students and 1 professor, I have traveled to 4 countries, 6 cities, 7 hotels and hostels, and 17 art galleries and museums, and I have walked more miles than I can count. This group is made up of some of the hardest working and generally wonderful people. This trip is called Book Arts in Europe because it's focused on the art of book-making. We have visited different studios in Switzerland, Italy, and now in Amsterdam. Being able to experience and work in these studios was inspiring, and being in these countries and different cities was even more so. After traveling for a month, here is some advice I have for new travelers:

 

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Topics: Study Abroad, Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Q&A with industrial design innovators

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 31, 2017 11:28:10 AM

 

Industrial design is about building products and systems. But even more so, industrial design is about people. After all, this discipline is rooted in understanding the way people live and interact with their surroundings in order to create solutions that improve and enhance the human experience.

Given design's emphasis on people, we decided to explore the field by focusing on people too.

Enter Robb Smalldon and Paul Martus. Robb is the Vice President of Studio 431, Landscape Forms' custom product division. Meanwhile, Paul is a Principal Industrial Designer at Newell Brands

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Careers in the Arts, Kalamazoo

A day in the life of an art student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 13, 2017 2:03:27 PM

 

For sophomore BFA student Sidney Anderson, no two days are alike. While some days he's up on a scissor lift carefully lighting a new exhibition at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, other days he's tucked away in his studio space in Kohrman Hall finishing up a project. But no matter the time or day, you can always find Sidney creating. 
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Topics: Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience

Meet the man who started WMU's photography program

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 23, 2017 1:28:07 PM

 

Artist, professor emeritus, Western Michigan University photography pioneer and long-time supporter, Jack Carney is truly a living legend. We sat down with him to hear his story and learn more about his role in the creation of WMU’s photography program. 

Fifty years ago right now, Carney was in his second semester of teaching at Western Michigan University. Just a twenty-five-year-old “hot shot kid full of energy,” he was brought in as a member of WMU’s largest hire class, a group tasked with widening the curricular offerings at an institution known only at the time as a college for teachers.

“We newbies were given the charge by the president and provost to create a university,” Carney remembered. “The students needed more major alternatives than education.”

Carney and his peers in the Department of Art eagerly took the reins in fulfilling this lofty assignment. But no one at the time could ever have imagined just how much Carney would actually contribute. In fact, his work would ultimately earn him the moniker “founding father” of Western’s photography program.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Faculty feature, Richmond Center for Visual Arts

A tale of two artists: Living in the Fine Arts House

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 8, 2017 9:13:00 AM

 

From the Valley to Western Heights, the Student Ghetto to Fraternity Village, there are endless options when it comes to housing at Western Michigan University. Each residence hall boasts its own perks, and each neighborhood offers its own quirks.

College of Fine Arts students have yet another housing option available to them: the Fine Arts House. If for you, home is where the art is, then this Living Learning Community might be a perfect fit. Located in Draper/Siedschlag Hall, the Fine Arts House offers a great opportunity for those with a love of visual and performing arts to live together.

Meet Jules and Tracey, two current College of Fine Arts students. Though their artistic interests and pursuits couldn't be more different, they both found home in the Fine Arts House at Draper/Siedschlag. Get a sense for the Fine Arts House experience through their memories and accounts.

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Topics: Insider, School of Music, Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, Kalamazoo, A Tale of Two Artists

Sweet home Kalamazoo

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 3, 2017 2:03:53 PM

 

Sweet home Kalamazoo. Located almost exactly halfway between Detroit and Chicago, this quirky little gem of a city holds a special place in the hearts of so many Western Michigan University students and alumni. But for senior graphic design student and Print Center manager Stephany Bagnall, Kalamazoo has even more significance.

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Topics: Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience, Kalamazoo

4 questions to ask yourself before submitting your portfolio

Posted by Natalie Faculak on Jan 17, 2017 2:10:42 PM

 

You’ve meticulously selected which artworks to include in your portfolio, spent hours crafting your statement of intent, and asked your favorite art teacher for a recommendation letter. Are you ready to hit submit? Take a moment to ask yourself these four questions just to cross your 't's and dot your 'i's. 

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Topics: Admissions, Frostic School of Art, College Decision

Mapping Mrs. Dalloway

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jan 12, 2017 4:03:11 PM

 

In the well-known novel, "Mrs. Dalloway," British Modernist author Virgina Woolf detailed a day in the life of a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England. While this stream-of-consciousness book was written nearly a century ago, its themes, messages and unique format continue to intrigue readers and stimulate artists. In fact, this story served as the muse for Adriane Little’s main sabbatical project, which opens today at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Faculty feature, Richmond Center for Visual Arts

Metals on the move

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Nov 22, 2016 2:40:07 PM

 

The studio of metals/jewelry coordinator and instructor Autumn Brown is a vehicle for education and a space where art is always in motion. Literally.

Once an Air Force transport bus, a deer-hunting-mobile on a farm in Georgia and a shuttle for a senior citizen center, Autumn and her art brought new life to a 1985 International bus.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Faculty feature

What is product design?

Posted by Scott Irelan on Oct 14, 2016 1:03:30 PM

 

Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Haworth College of Business, recently announced a new program: Product Design and Innovation. Set to debut in the Fall of 2017, this program aims to prepare the next generation of innovators to create the future of design. But what does that really mean? What is Product Design and Innovation? And what will this program look like for the incoming students? Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting addition to the Gwen Frostic School of Art.

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Topics: Admissions, Frostic School of Art, College Decision, The Student Experience

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