At the end of each academic year, students in the first through third years of the VCS program participate in a review of the most recent works they’ve made. (Seniors are exempted because they have their thesis show in January, and final open studios at the end of the year.) In addition to giving the department a chance to check in with students and see how their work has developed over the past few months, the reviews allow students a chance to receive detailed feedback from faculty members.
During the reviews, students install their works in the studio classrooms or surrounding halls, so that two-person teams of faculty reviewers can view them and ask questions. The conversations that ensue cover a broad range of topics, including the strengths and weaknesses of individual artworks, the direction a student’s total output is taking, and suggestions on new things to try (including refinements to existing artistic practices, additional techniques and mediums they might want to explore, and classes they might find useful).
Since the VCS program is known for encouraging artmaking across a wide variety of mediums, the work presented in the reviews is often very diverse, and sometimes surprising in its combination of different approaches. In order to showcase some of this diversity, I’ll be posting works from last year’s reviews over the next few days. Today’s post features artworks from six students. I’ll be back in a few days with more.
I have grouped the images below by student, and ordered them to contrast different mediums and styles. You can click on any of the images below to see an enlarged version.
I’ll be back in a few days with more images from the Spring 2010 portfolio reviews.