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Things Happened + More Things Are Happening

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Hello! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you might know that the last few months have been hectic, exciting, and stressful. Very stressful. I think primarily two things kept me sane: the support of my loved ones and the fact that I really enjoy what I’m doing right now. The stressful part stemmed from having too much to do in too little time. At times I felt like I was spreading myself very thin and I was frustrated by my inability to dedicate an appropriate amount of time and focus to any one of my priorities, which all seemed relatively equal.

The spring semester officially ended last week, and even though I still have a lot to do, I feel like I can breathe again. The unfortunate (or maybe not so unfortunate) part is that my body noticed me relaxing and decided that now I was able to deal with some health-related obstacles. It sucks, but thank you, body, for not doing this to me when I was already struggling to stay afloat two months ago.

The past semester was incredibly challenging and, as most things go, ultimately rewarding. I was lucky enough to work with Janet Niewald, Corrine Fitzpatrick, and Sally Alatalo, three talented and generous women, who served as my mentor and advisors and helped me grow in different ways. In spite of distance, I have remained connected to many of my classmates through Skype, e-mail, and Facebook and I can’t wait to be reunited for our last summer together next month (!!!).

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I mailed in my thesis last week, complete with a visual timeline, and I will share that here soon for anyone who would like to read it. My book is taking me longer to finish than I planned, but only because I love it so much and I want it to be perfect. Well also because I’ve been working on a million other things too. I’ve been sharing snippets of it on my Instagram and Facebook so make sure to follow me! You can find all the links to my social media accounts at the top of this page.

This summer, I’m traveling to Chicago again for my last residency (somehow it’s already that time). This last residency will consist of a big thesis exhibition in the Sullivan Galleries, thesis presentations, colloquiums, an art history class, a professional practices class, a class on how to do a thesis presentation, 3 visiting artist lectures per week, screenings, studio visits, and a one-night open studio event. Oh, and graduation of course!!

I dare say that most of my work for the thesis show is done, but anything can happen so I’m doing my best to prepare as much as I can before leaving. I will definitely share images once the work is installed, but basically it is made up of five panels of watercolor on Yupo paper that measure roughly 9′ x 9′ altogether. Over the next month, I’ll finish the paintings and prepare them for shipment to Chicago, where installation will begin as early as June 21st.

When I come home I’ll go back to work at the museum, get some teeth pulled (really), and finish preparing for my wedding. Clearly the excitement will not be over for a while! Thanks for reading and thank you to everyone who has been there for me during this crazy time, especially my fiancé and my family. XOXO

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Headed to Chicago!

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I’ve already announced this on my Facebook page, but I’m officially going to be attending SAIC starting this June! The past few months have been such a roller coaster. The application process was stressful, the waiting was stressful, figuring out how to pay for everything is stressful…but what makes it all worth it is the fact that little ol’ me got into one of the best art schools in the country and I’m actually able to go (with a lot of hard work and sacrifices of course).

I’m very fortunate to have the support of my loved ones during this part of my life. They keep me from losing sight of reality, but they also help me believe in myself. I would not be able to do this without them. (Thank you!!)

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There is a lot of debate about whether or not an MFA is necessary for a successful art career, but what I’m most looking forward to is just being in an environment that encourages my growth and continually pushes me to exceed my limits. I’m excited for the intensity of the summer program and I can’t wait to be surrounded by and learn from other passionate artists. I’ve never been alone in a big city, so that in itself will also be an adventure for sure. The excitement outweighs the nerves right now ;]

Anyway, you can be sure that I will share a lot about my experiences as a grad student as well as lots of new work in the future! As always, thanks for reading :]

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What I’m Doing Right Now

Wow, I have been so busy this month! I can hardly believe that I’ve only been at JMU for a month and a half because I’ve done so many things, it feels like way longer. Anyway, let me fill you in on all the crazy shenanigans that have been going on lately.

First of all, I love all of my classes for once! Here is what I’m taking: Secondary Art Education Methods, Intermediate Painting, Ceramics (Potter’s Wheel), Aesthetics (pretty much the philosophy of art), Printmaking, a mandatory 7-week RA class, and I’m also doing my art education teaching practicum. My professors are great too. I’m in class 24 hours a week and since I have a lot of studio classes, I have a lot of outside work every week as well. My practicum is half an hour away, so that takes up almost 3 hours a week. For my education class, we also teach a small art lesson in a retirement home for 4 weeks (once a week). My partner and I doubled up with another pair so we’re actually going 7 weeks. In my painting class, we are allowed to work very independently and I’m working on a series of paintings that reflect my life with diabetes. They are coming along well. Oh and did I mention I’m using oil paint? I’m in love. I’ll post more info about those pieces in the near future. My ceramics class is challenging, but lots of fun. I always end up with clay all over me, though.. Aesthetics is great because my professor is very entertaining, which keeps me awake! Printmaking is lots of fun too; instead of clay, I get ink all over me.

Aside from classes, the other thing that takes up most of my time is my job as an RA. I love it so far, but it’s more work than I thought it would be. I’m definitely glad I applied for the job though, I’ve already created great relationships with lots of people and learned a ton of valuable information. I feel like I have something to do all the time, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m definitely ready for a break though!

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on recently:

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