Meet Visions: Kennesaw State's student art guild
By Jarmea Boone
Visions was formed to deliver an eclectic mix of real-world, inspirational, art-involved experiences to Kennesaw State University’s student artists. “Visions supplements the classroom experience by providing students with exposure to the contemporary art world through field trips, by giving them practice at organizing and hanging shows,
(Above) Viewers at the Visions-sponsored student art exhibit.
(Below) From left Visions co-presidents Brittany Alsobrook and Marci Starz presenting awards at the annual student juried art show.
Photos by Patrick Bowling
and through encouraged submissions of work to shows,” said Associate Professor of Art History and Visions Adviser Diana McClintock. Co-president Brittany Alsobrook added, “Our mission is to immerse the student body into the world of art. We strive to expand and increase artistic awareness through a multitude of hands-on experiences.”
“Hands-on experiences” are certainly what Visions members obtain. In November, Visions traveled to Chicago, Ill. to view and enjoy artwork in several museums and galleries. “The trip was amazing,” said Alsobrook. “We just had an awesome time traveling together as a group, expanding our artistic senses.” McClintock expressed her excitement in the expedition. “The trip to Chicago was an entire weekend of memorable moments. What makes me happy is to see students’ reactions when they stand before the actual work of art that we studied in class. They learned that the reproductions really do not do justice to the actual works.”
In addition to biannual trips, Visions also hosts and supports local KSU exhibits and events. Visions is currently celebrating their 25th Annual Visions Juried Student Art Show, available for viewing in the arts gallery in the Wilson Building through May 18, 2008.
Any KSU student can join Visions. “We try to meet as a group once a month. We stay in touch and meet more frequently when upcoming events are near,” said Alsobrook. She also encouraged students to become involved in the unique organization. “I joined my freshman year because I thought that the activities and student trips were awesome.” McClintock stated, “I became adviser because I love working with the students and getting to know them outside of class. This is one of the only ways that I get a sense of the art that they make, since I am an art history professor. But Visions brings students together in a shared passion for art.”
For the future, Visions plans to become more visible on the KSU campus. “Our goals are to expand in student involvement and take steps to more artistic opportunities,” said Alsobrook.
For more information about Visions, contact Diana McClintock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-499-3245.