A Note to Art Faculty

From Steven Glazer, Coordinator of the Student Art and Illustration Contests and Exhibit:

First of all, if you are doing something special in the classroom, something that you think others would really like, or need, to hear about, I strongly encourage you to submit a proposal for a Lightning Talk, a short, 10 minute overview of your accomplishments and/or challenges. When I hear these talks I am astounded at the creativity, knowledge, patience, effort and skills of my colleagues from across the state. By the end of the day my brain was going full speed and I was incredibly inspired. This is something all should experience!

Even more important, is the opportunities that the LAND Conference has for your students. While the conference only last for three days, a portion of the main room has been set aside for community college student art work from across the state of Michigan. Two years ago we had approximately 75 pieces on display, and last year we had over 120 pieces. The exhibition is faculty selected…which means you are responsible for selecting and submitting your students’ work. The submissions are done via JPG images, and must somehow reflect the 2018 LAND Conference theme of Bridges. Furthermore, there are LAND Conference Student Art Competitions in three categories: Two Dimensional Work, Three Dimensional Work and Illustration. I have attached the guidelines for the 2018 LAND Conference Fine Art and Illustration submissions.

The following are some quick ideas of how the theme of Bridges could be used in your class projects:

  • The creation or depiction of an imaginary creature that morphs from one animal into another, and therefore bridges the gap between two types of beings.
  • A surrealist collage that pulls the items that make up the compositional focal point out of its traditional environment and places it in new surroundings, and in turn builds bridges to new meanings.
  • A graphic piece inspired by M.C. Escher, one the masters for visual bridges.
  • A “picture in the round,” a 3-D version of a famous painting, hence a bridge between dimensional qualities.
  • A study of a famous work of art, done to reflect contemporary ideas and/or values, hence a bridge through time.
  • A three dimensional recreation of a historical vessel, done with contemporary designs or motifs.
  • A futuristic view of a common household item.
  • A futuristic view of your neighborhood, hence a bridge over time.
  • A work of art that highlights the change an item morphs from organic to mechanical or visa versa.
  • A piece that bridges any visual motif from one “generation” to the next.
  • A piece about either building bridges between cultures, or taking down bridges between cultures.
  • Consider the idea of Building Bridges or perhaps Breaking Down Walls or Barriers; Bridges on Which We Take a Stand; Bridges Across Which We March Together; Structural Integrity; Architectural Design; Networking; Dividing. . .

What can you come up with, either from the above list, or on your own, that reflects the theme of Bridges?

Note that while all submissions that are brought to the conference in Muskegon will be displayed, the JPGs will be juried for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both 2-D and 3-D categories, and Best of Show in the Illustration category. Furthermore, the Illustration winner will serve as the cover to the Student Awards Program. The juror will be a professional artist that is not connected to the LAND Conference Steering Committee, nor in a teaching capacity that they could have students who have submitted work to this competition. There will be monetary awards for each of the seven winning pieces. The juror’s decision will be final. Additionally, a luncheon to recognize all of the student winners will be held at the Land Conference on February 23, 2018.

This is a great chance you and your students to interact with others across the state of Michigan. I look forward seeing some spectacular student art work, and hopefully meeting a number of my artistic colleagues in Muskegon.

While this conference is not art centered like F.A.T.E., N.C.E.C.A., or A.I.G., it is relatively inexpensive and a lot of fun. Additionally, in the arts are all feeling the push of Guided Pathways, the restrictions of financial aid requirements, and the sometimes endless task of finding ways to keep ourselves viable. It may be cool if a number of us attending this event and were able to meet for a couple of hours as a group to discuss these issues. Please let me know if you have interest in this idea.

Steven Glazer
Henry Ford Community College

November 1, 2017