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Art Students Get Real-World Experience with ARTiculation

During the spring term for the last three years, Lea Anderson's Art Career Concerns class (ARTS 2210) has taken on the real-world challenge of artists today – putting on their own gallery showing.

Sep 07, 2016

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During the spring term for the last three years, Lea Anderson's Art Career Concerns class (ARTS 2210) has taken on the real-world challenge of artists today – putting on their own gallery showing.

This term's class has created the show titled "ARTiculation: Central New Mexico Community College Art Career Concerns 2011" and features the works of 19 student artists.

The show is free to the public and an opening reception will be held on April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Harwood Art Center, located at 1114 7th St. NW in Albuquerque. The artwork will remain on display through April 30.

The show is coordinated and promoted by the students, who have each taken on one responsibility for the show, such as coordinating contracts, setting up catering for a reception and writing press releases.

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The students also have to hang their artwork in the space and create promotional materials such as post cards and signage, among other duties.

Anderson states that this challenging assignment helps students get a grasp on what it's really like to be a working artist. The gallery showing is one facet of the course to help students become working artists.

"The class was created in order to give career support to artists," Anderson said. "It gives basic pieces of knowledge such as how to digitally document work, how to write a resume and artist's statement, how to mat and frame work and info such as getting into graduate school and how to get other positions as an artist like teaching or working in a museum."

Some media the students have chosen to feature in this show include drawing, painting, printmaking, realism, abstraction, comic book art and sculpture.

"This group of eclectic artists has joined together with one goal in mind – to find a way to see their work fully realized and presented to the world around them," the student-written press release stated.

Anderson said it's a rewarding experience to see students take their first steps toward being professional artists.

"It's really empowering for them because it is intimidating to go in to that world," she said.

The students have been able to make great network connections as well during this experience, she said.

"I didn't have a class like that," said Anderson. "This is a wonderful gift for the students and they are definitely capable. They're very excited and feeling like they're actually learning what they can do to keep going after school."

Call the Harwood Art Center at (505) 242-6367 for more details about the student art show.