I promised to write an article about my college’s Visual Arts Club for so long that finally I got a chance to finish it. and the reason IS…. I had to finish it asap because it had to be published in a local paper The Hudson Valley Voice 😀 How exciting! So the paper most probably is out , I just got a pdf version of the layout, with which I am not happy at all, but I thought I am grateful that it’s PUBLISHED! YAY!!! So here’s my “blog” version of the article 🙂 The layout in here somehow is acting up right now; I never like blog settings that limits users aka my layout options.
Have you ever heard about SUNY Ulster’s Visual Arts Club? No? Yes, but not much? Not sure? Not yet? Then keep reading! VAC is an approved student-run club on campus, the main purpose of which is to give an opportunity to students who are interested in visual arts to create their own art related activities independently.
As any other club at SUNY Ulster, we have four officers (president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary) and of course, many members! Luckily, VAC recruits new members continuously and students can join anytime they want. The majority of our members are Fine Art and Graphic Design majors; however, we always welcome students who simply love art! In order to keep membership status, students are expected to attend weekly meetings at least twice a month, which take place in one of the inspiring spots of Stone Ridge campus at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, VAN265, or at the Studio in ALG 102 on Wednesdays at 1 PM.The Club also has an assigned faculty advisor and a budget. Members can earn funds volunteering on campus events and spend that on on-campus or off-campus activities. The budget is mainly funded through the fee that we, students, pay for student activities every semester. So if you are a student take an advantage of the club that you paid for!Now, most of you are probably curious what kind of activities we are involved in, right? Below is the list of activities that members enthusiastically participate in.
Organizing VAC Member Art Exhibition
|Me trying to stick my photographs on the wall 😀
Yes, we had organized our very own show called “Life & Motion,” opening reception of which was on May 4th, 2012 at The Lounge at BSP, Kingston, NY. These kinds of activities help students to experience new skills such as putting together an art show (being a curator), working as a team, making decisions regarding art work, advertising and more. Emerging artists of SUNY Ulster are always happy to see community members in their receptions. So you are invited to VAC’s next opening! Do not miss it, just keep an eye on flyers or cards on VAC announcements board on campus!
Taking field trips to galleries, museums, or studios
|VAC crew at NYC 😀
Every semester we plan an art trip, so this semester’s trip was to NYC to see BODIES The Exhibition during the first weekend of May! It was an adventurous trip that most of us will remember for good. Trips are funded by the club budget; practically, members got to have a free round trip to NYC! This is one of the feasible advantages of being a VAC member! Another interesting idea that we practice as a club is that we always need extra help during our special events; art students who help us at those days earn a chance to travel with us. Regarding our trip funding, Visual Arts Club members would like to thank SUNY Ulster’s Student Events Planning Council, particularly Kathy Meyer for her continued support and generosity!
Publishing student art & literature magazine
Every year we publish a magazine that features student art and writing. The exciting part about it, if you have graphic design skills and some extra time you will get to have an opportunity to work as an art director or/and designer. You will earn useful skills, a solid portfolio piece, and even a line to add in your resume! That’s exactly how some of our members, including myself, benefit from this particular activity.
[BTW Check out the SLATE! The entire layout design done by me 😀 and I was the art director as well, not if I am bragging, just a little proud SLATE 2012]
Putting together on campus art sales and fundraisers
|Holiday Art Sale 😀 our humble set up
|My friend Steven and I at the tote bags sale
We had Holiday Art Sale for the first time at the end of Fall 2011 semester, before Christmas, at the Student Life Center, AKA Cafeteria, at Stone Ridge Campus, and all profit from the sales went directly to artists/members. Special thanks goes to our Professor and Department Chair Iain Machell, who pushed the idea of on campus student art sale and helped with supplies, and our instructor and club advisor Suzy Jeffers who helped us with the set up and sale process, and of course all the members, especially Yaara Ben-Dor, Steven Esposito, Deirdre Kenney (secretary), Sara Lewis (treasurer), Marissa Markle, Dave Anthony Mathews, Elizabeth McGovern, Lindsey O’Leary, Dina Peone (vise-president), Gabriel Rose, Sara Schiffhauer, Lauren Yaro and our volunteer Tim Helgers who took their time and made that event happen! Also, every semester we design tote bags for sale as a club fundraiser, and members design each tote bag with creativity and care. Next time you see a VAC tote bag sale, get one and support our cause! We sold the majority of tote bags in several days!
Currently we have a mural project that is in process for the Senate Gymnasium at the college.
Inviting guest artist to demonstrate techniques
Also, club budget allows us to invite artists to learn what interests us from them directly.
In other words, if you are a VAC member you can share your ideas for activities and shortly make them happen! These activities help art students to experience the life of an artist in real world settings with deadlines, themes for creativity, submissions, galleries, planning, pricing and more. If you want to be part of this exciting experience then JOIN US ASAP! Gain a valuable experience while having fun with your friends, and you can always add a line to your resume as extracurricular involvement. Don’t forget that transfer colleges always want to see out-of-the-classroom activities in your application essay!
Finally, we have SUNY Ulster’s Visual Arts Club’s Facebook group where many announcing and planning of events take place throughout the week. Please, JOIN US on Facebook for more detailed information about the activities, and just so you know we are always happy to see a new member among us! Welcome to Visual Arts Club!
By Gulnar Babayeva
Visual Arts Club President
Fine Arts & Graphic Design Major
Here’s the ARTICLE 😀 on print supposed to look like this! I am gonna pin this on VAC’s announcement board and print out some pictures for the board about our projects.. it’s been a really fun semester for the VAC!