How do you like UMBC?
This has been sitting in my in box for a few days now, and for that I’m sorry. It’s been hard to write an answer to this without sounding insincere or overly sincere. UMBC and I have a long history, longer than the one with my husband, and most of my friends (we’ll get to that).
I started at UMBC as a freshman in Fall 2005, and this Spring 2013 I will graduate with my Masters in Fine Arts in Imaging and Digital Art. Academically, like most kids right out of high school, I floundered the first year and a half, simply because I didn’t know who I was as a person or as an artist. It was at that time that I decided to get a part time job at commonvision.
Initially, it was a way to make some extra money and to get out of my dorm room. It quickly became a place full of friends, support (thank god for Laura Schraven), and creativity. Literally all of my best friends (I’m looking at you Willie, Gina, Renny, Dann, Adam, Emily, Jenna, Stefanie, Etc.) can be linked back to the commons and commonvision, and without it I would have never met my better half. I felt like I had found a place where I was able to grow as an artist (I still feel this way), but mostly as a human.
As my last day at UMBC is quickly approaching (MAY 17TH!) I’m feeling a lot of nostalgia. I’m realizing that without this place, I would probably be just fine, but that I wouldn’t be as strong. I think that if my 19 year old self met me today, she would be shocked at how confident, determined, and self sufficient I am. A lot of this was trial and error, fucking up a lot and learning along the way, but I couldn’t have done it without all of the UMBC people in my life who are still helping me today.
So, to answer your question, I’m pretty into it.
Did you get your free t-shirt today at Involvement Fest?
Today has been a crazy day, but that always happens during a screen print demo. Love how this design turned out and how well it was received by happy new t-shirt owners! My little hons are getting so much love :D
My perpetually broken laptop means that I come into the office on weekends to get school work done. Its such a nice place to be in to just sit and drink tea and think when its all silent like this. It almost makes me forget that it can be so crazy and stresstul in here during the week. It’ll be interesting to see how I feel about the new space we’re moving to this winter. Positive vibes all the way!
FOLLOW THE ART WEEK BLOG!
artweek.tumblr.com! you can submit photos or questions or info as you attend events for (mini) Art Week or Art Week 2012. It will also have the most up to date information on the committee, schedules, marketing, and everything else you’d need to know about art week.
Also, don’t forget, mini art week is NEXT WEEK (can you believe it?) and there are 5 really great, super free, exciting, and beneficial events for everyone to attend. Be there or be square!
YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH BLOGGING MY OTHER BLOGS ABOUT MY OTHER BLOGS! I LOVE ART WEEK!
We’re opening the search for the Art Week 2012 Committee! If you want more info go on over to our facebook event!
Super Art Fight comes to UMBC!
Stevo and I have been planning this for some time, but it’s time to actually get the word out! We’ll have marketing materials soon, and if you’re interested in competing, let me know!!
The commonvision crew at Leave Your Mark, Fall 2011!
This was a particularly crazy day since the event was rescheduled so last minute, but overall it went pretty well and everyone seemed to have a great time. These people here are so great and silly and I’m so lucky to work with them.
KT wit some bling teef
Just run of the mill work stuff.
I just bought $70 worth of buttons.
Granted, half of them were bought by Adam, but Emily and I bought 350 buttons! They will be on sale at the UMBC craft fair which is happening on November 18th outside on The Terrace and in The Breezeway. There are still slots open to sell your art and/or crafts!
Ask me how via firstname.lastname@example.org