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2016 Ashland Gallery

he Ashland Gallery Association hosted the Third Annual Portfolio Day on October 20th, at 6:00PM at the Ashland High School Fine Arts classroom. This event was funded by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, together investing in Oregon’s arts, heritage, and humanities. Students and parents attended presentations by a panel of five artist volunteers on portfolio building, pursuing art colleges, and careers in the arts. The event was broken into three parts: Artist Presentations, Whitney Rolfe (above) and the Newmans (below) gave critiques. The panel of artists have the full attention of the art students and parents. Photos by Kim Olson and McKenzie Allen 52 Ashland Gallery Guide Question & Answer Session, and Focus/Mentor Groups. At the end of the event, students were given an artist portfolio to take home. Students later returned with samples of their artwork for a follow-up meeting with the artist mentors. The panel of artist speakers included two retired college art teachers, Richard and Rochelle Newman; Schneider Museum of Art Director, Scott Malbaurn, commercial photographer, Ezra Marcos, and a recent SOU graduate and artist, Whitney Rolfe. AHS art teacher, Sam Scharf had many helpful suggestions, as well. The artists spoke on a variety of topics including: portfolio building, visiting colleges on National Portfolio Day, photographing art, record keeping and journaling, writing an artist statement, studio practices, teaching art as a career, selecting and applying to colleges and art schools, expectations and standards of an art program, digital portfolios, and website building. All of the topics covered connected back to the concepts behind having a well-constructed artist portfolio. The students and parents had many questions at the end of the presentations including inquiries about the differences in art school choices, strategies for receiving scholarships, and personal school experiences. After the presentations, students were split into focus groups where they met with their artist mentor to have any questions answered that were not addressed as a group. Students returned with their portfolios and art samples on November 18th for a follow-up session with the artist mentors where they received critiques and guidance. Many of these young artists will be featured in the AGA March Student Show in 2016. AGA Portfolio Day at Ashland High School T “All topics... connected back to … having a wellconstructed artist portfolio.”


2016 Ashland Gallery
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