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Andrew Cameron

Grad Art

If you receive scholarship(s), how has that outside support impacted your education and influenced you as a person?
Scholarship support is essential to an education at Art Center. The widening gap of inequality in America means that revered institutions like Art Center will only get more expensive even as fewer people have the means to pay for an education on their own. In that kind of historical situation the support that scholarships provide, whether through individual or institutional donors, is key to ensuring that a generation of global citizens remains actively and critically thoughtful about the unprecedented problems and opportunities that the 21st century presents. Suffice it to say that for my part an Art Center education, or any graduate degree for that matter, would have been out of reach without the help of donors and scholarships.

Biggest creative challenge/breakthrough you’ve faced while at Art Center?
Interestingly enough, the biggest challenges I’ve faced at Art Center have been those that have forced me to think about broader contexts outside Art Center. Whether through critiques that have caused me to think more intently about situating my own work and ideas within specific social contexts, or classes that have asked me to think more generally about the role of art in the 21st century’s global, digital, constantly changing, any and everything environment.

Describe your most gratifying collaboration with a faculty member or another student?
Although I was extremely skeptical going into the project, my most gratifying collaboration was producing a play with a friend from Grad Art. For the final project in an academic class taught by Bruce Hainley, rather than having us write a standard thesis paper, he suggested that we produce a play by one of the writers whose work we had studied that term, either Gertrude Stein or Jane Bowles. My friend Calvin and I chose to do the Stein play, “What Happened.” While it may not have been a Broadway blockbuster — a video projection, several dozen balloons, white face paint, and a dance sequence later, we arrived at a really fantastic means to transmit a very difficult set of ideas. I couldn’t have been happier.

What are your most reliable and/or unlikely sources of inspiration?
The heavily overlooked, but absolutely wonderful, fiction and poetry sections of the Art Center Library. George Porcari is a dedicated and thoughtful curator of books. Every Art Center student would benefit from a quick browse of those shelves. Words can have a power that we often forget about in our rush from image to image.

What kinds of mentorship relationships have you formed with faculty or internship supervisors?
The close relationship to faculty is one of the best parts about Art Center, and the Grad Art program in particular. From term one, the faculty takes the position that students are not bound to a deferential teacher-student relationship. Everyone in the room is simply an artist at different stages in his/her career. That attitude allows for close and product

   
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