1. How has your perspective about art changed throughout the process of organizing your own exhibition? The only thing in my perspective that has changed is how much effort that needs to be put into the work and designing. You have to design the pieces in advance or at least have an idea about the space itself. We both only managed to finish the show the lunch before the show began and it was stressful because we hadn't really talked too much about the final panel walls. I noticed that art is tedious and time consuming to create beautiful projects, but it was so worth the experience of everyone coming in and see it.
2. What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do it over? I would plan ahead more and talk to my partner a lot more. Also we should have done all the artist statements and other materials at least 2 days advance before the show started to make sure everything was the right size and could be posted properly.
3. If you had unlimited time and resources, what else would you have done to complete your show? I would have cleaned up my tree design and try to design or do more to the title wall. All in all, we accomplished a lot for only having our walls clean for less than a week.
4. What was the overall value of this experience for you? It was a great experience because I learned that I could really put myself into something and pull through it. The outcome was amazing and everyone was so supportive of my partner and I. It was nice to have a product of the time spent at deep run as an art student be displayed for everyone to see.
5. How could this process be enhanced for future Art 5 students? Design and talk a month ahead! Don't wait till your month has arrived especially if your at the end of the year near exams and other testing. Have your name picked out and an idea of what you want to put on the walls and how extravagant or simplistic the theme will be. Most importantly, don't stress out! This is an experience that is supposed to be fulfilling of your time as a Deep Run art student, your chance to show that you took at least 5 years of art for a purpose. Be proud that you made it this far and let others see what you have accomplished.
6. What means did you use to promote your show, and how might you have promoted the show even better? We used an advertisement that was made by my partner Brian, but the programmers of the morning announcements at school rarely played it or didn't even play it. Once they played it a week after the show was taken done. Be sure to tell them when to air it and, if it's connected to another event, where they put the commercial in comparison to others. We tied in our show with Alice In Wonderland to make the show more accessible. However, the people aren't very proactive so get on their case about it!
7. How do you feel about the labeling system you used for the work on display? It was perfect, we used stickers that businesses use for mailing and they stuck well and peeled off without any strenuous effort.
8. What setbacks did you have to face, and what could have been done to remedy them? The people before us had a really colorful show that made us feel like we had to one up them. We finalized plans over spring break and came back to find the walls unpainted. We had to finish painting the walls white even though it's part of the agreement to finish leave the walls like you found them. They had left them blank and patchy so we spent a good day just painting it white. It wasn't fun since it ended up being my wall that was completed last because of this impediment. We could have encouraged them but it wasn't working well. Plus we had to wait a couple days because we didn't have any primer to actually paint the walls with. Though we eventually solved these problems I wish they weren't there in the first place.