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Albany Show Exclusive! ~ CU Open House & Portfolio Review

Posted on November 13th, 2011 by

Last week went to the couple of different destinations. 

I am with my "Psycho"

Albany, NY. First of all, on Monday I went to the Fall 2011 SUNY Student show at SUNY Plaza Gallery in Albany, NY (NOV 7, 2011). Got a piece in the show, could not miss the reception!! I was a bit anxious before the trip. It’s awkward, but I kept checking my email like for several days what if the ride will be canceled! Before I planned to go with my host parent at the beginning, but then plans changed. So, I really did not want to lose my second chance getting to the Albany. Oh, I know… So my friend and I got a ride from our instructor who was going to the show as well. The ride was, I think, the best part of the trip 😀 We brainstormed some ideas for the Visual Arts Club’s activities before the holidays with my adviser, and some more artsy-shmartsy conversation all the way there and back. So in a nutshell, it was FUN.

The show was really nice, except some little ‘flaw’. My friend’s piece was placed on the floor, which I thought is slightly changes the perception of the piece. I still think that it must be on the stand; however, what I have learned from the instructor is that the show is up for like month already, so I just have to accept the situation, and live with it… I really don’t like that idea, but it wasn’t my piece so I did not go beyond the “expectations” and I said “OKeeeeeey”

I did not spend too much time looking for my artwork because it was at the beginning of the show. I was happy with the placement too! And the piece was FRAMED 😀 [thanks to my instructor!] I guess everything in a frame looks better than it is! *Imagining myself in a frame, hahah how cool I look!* That evening was one of the most gratifying moments that I’ve experienced in a while.

my adviser, me and my friend

my adviser, me and my friend

My useless point&shoot one more time betrayed me. I did not have my DSLR camera with me, luckily the instructor had one! He was taking our photos with the Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. So guess what?! Later, I was like an obsessed photo-maniac kept asking him to take photos from different angles and to frame differently…Going back to the camera looking at the image quality.. oh well I guess I was really annoying, and he was too nice to say NO MORE PHOTOS!   Well, my urge of making memories ended up having our images at the college’s Online News and Facebook pages. I have mixed feelings about it, but mostly positive 😀  So all in all, I am going to apply for the Spring 2012 SUNY Student Show, because my adviser said we should do it again!  This is such a wonderful experience for me as a student! Plus, these kind of shows builds my exhibition resume! :D  The show is up until Feb 3, 2012. If you are at Albany, go and check it out!


My friend & I at Port Authority

New York, NY. The next stop was NYC on Friday.  OMG, NYC  is too cool and polluted for me. Every street is a smoke cloud. [Smokers you should quit smoking, before I die from the secondhand smoke.] Oh it’s so hard to breath oxygen… felt like there is none.. almost… but anyway it’s where I really want to go currently because of the college. I ‘traveled’ with  my friend. Mission was to find the CU Building and attend the Open House/portfolio review day. Funny part my American friend’s knowledge of the city was just like mine, meaning 0.01 out of 1-10 scale! So anyway, good thing we left for city early in the morning: took a bus trip there, then caught a cab, but because of the traffic, the cab was not moving at all! and guess what?! We were charged around $10 for not moving! How annoying was that! Personally, I don’t trust cabs, especially in the city, at all. Because they are the tricksters! They are there just to trick tourists and anybody who has no idea how the city is structured, they make intentional detours to charge more. I dislike that so much! Why we human beings are so cheap like this? I have no answer yet.. Need to grow to understand it, I guess…Anyway, another silly move was like we made a tour around the CU Building, before we found it 😀 That was ridicules when we came back to the point where we started and found the building right in front of us! Yes, I need a map next time I go to city, or an Iphone! [I feel like I have to somehow save and get one, because internet turned to be a necessity, just like food!]

I am in the Great Hall at CU

A little about CU. That school is astonishing! I have never seen studios and workshops like those in reality! The event took place in one building, a Foundation Building. I was in the Great Hall, where guess who gave a speech? Before being elected Abraham Lincoln!!!! [and many other American presidents! ] But, Lincoln is my favorite American President, from the day I read about him at my American History class! Abraham Lincoln: Self made-man! Is that a coincidence? Oh, no there is no such thing as coincidence! Anyway, it was another fact that makes me like that school more! One more detail which I respect a lot is founder Peter Cooper demanded “only a willingness to learn and a commitment to excellence” I really feel pleased, because it is too close to my credo on the Earth. :D  What’s the point of doing something if you are not trying to give 100% of possible?! I guess here comes my obsessive mind… which is a new topic for another blog post.

The portfolio review though happened in other modern/new CU building across the road! I like the enigmatic appearance of the CU buildings, you see outside and never know what is going on inside. I love that mysterious tactic that I think is one of the CU’s distinguishable features! So I went to the portfolio review with the first group, we had cards with numbers, and of course my numbers sum up to 7.. as usually! Well, I kind of missed the Q&A part  at the Great Hall, where the rest of the group were waiting for the review, but I emailed Admissions already with Qs because of my transcript situation.. Have too much or too less to submit.. I don’t know yet!

So, I was in a line waiting for my turn. Interesting fact about CU portfolio review is that FACULTY actually does review student works! Not the admissions counselors, but the artists who are actually teaching the classes. I think that is way better, at least I know that it’s an experienced art instructor, not an admissions representatives who are, as far as I understood, usually art appreciators, not the real artists. Anyway, my portfolio reviewer was a sculpture instructor! What a ‘coincidence!’ So he ended up telling me to include my 3DD projects in my portfolio when I’ll be submitting my Home TEST. He said I should make more conceptual work, [ no wonder] and he looked at my drawings, and said “yes I see you can draw.” Well, it wasn’t craziest portfolio review at all… It was more like a conversation to see who I am , where I am  coming from, and what  I am interested in. Also, he said I should take off some of my pieces from the portfolio.. ANOHTER “COINSIDENCE?” well, anyway now I know what to do. When I asked what they want to see in the supplementary portfolio, he said more out of class work… Guess what?! I have no time for it :(( BUT, I WILL MAKE MORE AFTER THIS POINT!  Moreover, he said they want to see what I am doing and who I am… It’s really philosophical.. Anyway, the selection is solely will be based on the HOME TEST, that I am hopefully going to receive in early December. I am excited, nervous, and want to do it! Currently working on my application, need to see transfer counselor very soon at SUNY Ulster. I wrote a little essay too, for the application.

Education & Culture

I have to say this: I feel like I can get into any art school if I am going to pay huge amount of money, and do what they want to see in the portfolio. YET, CU is a big challenge, because it’s free and the selection is based on abilities, skills, talent whatever you want to call it. I think this is what makes that school very attractive to me! The CALL that I hear as “If you think you can do it, or you worth it, why don’t you try and see ?”  It’s an invitation to challenge myself, and get out of my comfort zone! I really want to see what I can do & how far I can go. The competition is one of the highest I ever seen: 65 students per year are accepted, and only 15 transfers.. and I am a transfer! 😀 This is what I think is a real test!! I will have almost one month to solve creative problems that they are going to send [6 or more]. Evaluation will be done by the FACULTY, and they will be rating the works from 1 to 10 scale, if I am not mistaken! So all I have to do is just be creative, focus and get the work done on time, and then wait!

GOOD LUCK TO ME! My advisor said “‘luck is a combination of opportunity & preparation’ – and it helps to cross your fingers and wear your lucky hat! “  😀 I have to find a lucky hat now!  Oh, wait…I might already have one.. that green thing..

Well, this week was fun and intensively busy, next week I am going to Massachusetts with ART DEPARTMENT! Trip to THE CLARK and MASS MoCA 😀 I’ll write about that soon!

Gulnar B.

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Welcome to my blog! I am Gülnar, an international student from Azerbaijan Republic. I am currently studying at SUNY Ulster where I obtained my A.A. in Fine Arts degree during the Fall 2011. Right now I am working on my A.S. in Advertising Design and Graphic Technologies degree. I plan to obtain my BFA and MFA. In fact I am a graduate of Azerbaijan University of Languages ( BA in American Studies), but at some point in my life everything has changed, and my career path as well. I am an artist/graphic designer/photographer. I live in upstate NY with my American family for the duration of my studies. I have many "likes & dislikes", so I am not going to count up all that in here :D, read my blog and you will see. I’ve chosen to keep this blog as I enjoy writing (yes, even in ENGLISH) besides art and sharing my observation & experience. I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I do while writing it. Thank You!

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4 Responses to “Albany Show Exclusive! ~ CU Open House & Portfolio Review”

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