As an art instructor at the University of Minnesota for over 20 years I enjoyed working with many students and particularly enjoyed working one-on-one with students on senior projects, and then as a graduate mentor at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. I felt very fortunate to work with a student/artist at the beginning or midway in their career or studies.
My job as a mentor is to assist the protégée in sorting through the myriad of possibilities to find what is relevant to their work. Changes in the work and the working process is always up for discussion. While staying focused is important in measuring growth, I do encourage exploration and challenges to explore new and relevant directions, materials, and content in the work while guiding the protégée toward a personal vision and voice.
As a working artist I am aware of the multiple injections of information that gets tossed out, sometimes well meaning and sometimes off hand. This information can be confusing but also exhilarating. There are many things that need to be addressed that often are not just in the studio. Writing statements that define the work and working process is necessary to connect with the world; writing a resume, applying for jobs, grants, shows, and being able to articulate a specific approach. This is a practice that I continue to emphasis when critiquing and discussing the progress of the work.
My experiences as an artist having exhibited my work in many venues, having written and received several grants, and as a panelist and juror, and curator putting together works of other artists, I can be very helpful to the protégé in structuring and arranging works for exhibition and critique.
These past six years as a mentor for the WARM program have been very rewarding.
I am amazed at the energy and thoughtfulness of the each protégée I have worked with and I am always in their corner, there to assist in technical, directional, and in any way that helps attain goals both short term and long term.
st in technical, directional, and in any way that helps them to attain goals both short term and long term.