Over the week of spring break students from the FSU College of Fine Arts attended two prominent art-related conferences, PRINTMAKERS PLAYGROUND, a Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Multiple Layers Conference Event, and Current, the 57th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). While it could have been a time to just relax on the beach, these FSU Studio Art MFAs and BAs were networking, presenting, and viewing amazing works from artists in the printmaking and ceramics fields. Attending conferences such as these gives students a chance to learn new skills and gain inspiration from leading artists within the field for taking the next steps within their emerging artistic careers.
Three MFA students, Audrey McKenzie, Kalee Iturrioz and Kimberly Springs attended SGCI’s conference in Miami, FL and focused on printmaking at the incredible ISprojects studio. During this time, these students were able to network with printmakers from other Florida universities, attend artist talks, view demonstrations of printmaking techniques, and experience large-scale relief printing using a steam roller. Students also had an opportunity to participate in an open portfolio and professional mentoring session where they got to display their works and receive feedback to help them further their practice.
Two BA students, Trinity Fulop and Kierra Korpolinski, and one MFA student, Kimberly Springs, attended NCECA’s conference in Cincinnati, OH. This four-day annual conference centers around anything and everything ceramics, providing attendees with the chance to attend various panel discussions, artist talks and demonstrations, network with other ceramic artists, meet FSU alumni, and promote the school’s art and ceramics programs in the exhibition hall.