Each student artist engages in a theme of personal importance resulting in a process of discovery that leads to an exhibit. In 300 and 400 level courses, the student artist’s primary objective is creating a body of work exploring this theme. The thematic concerns are not limited to one medium. It is important that each work illuminate the theme in a unique way and that each work be distinctive enough to stand on its own.
The senior exhibition requires a year or two to complete. Each student artist must supplement course time and coursework with hours of work and experimentation in the studio. Faculty mentors are always ready to provide critical feedback and technical expertise.
Presenting one’s self as professionally as possible is important because it allows the artist to function in an extremely competitive art world.
Your ability to effectively speak about your art will also be a key factor in the interpretation of your work. The fact that your art has a personal origin that is meaningful to you is a great start, but it will also have to be understood and enjoyed by a greater audience for you to be a successful artist. Your ability to speak about it will foster a public that better understands you and your purpose.
Student artists who properly present the senior exhibition along with a well-edited resume, a solid artist’s statement, and a provocative set of professionally photographed slides, graduate from Emory & Henry College prepared to begin their art careers with a high level of success. Whether you are a graphic designer, teacher, or fine artist, these simple components executed well, will impress your future clients.
Creating art, coordinating your exhibition, selecting the best exhibition space, preparing the labeling, framing the work, installing the work, documenting your efforts, and giving a public lecture are all practical requirements that will prepare you for your future practice as a visual artist.