Gaining connections as an art student

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Let’s admit. Being an art student artist is tough.

Not only do you have to be constantly creative, you have other elective courses that you have to deal with while juggling having a social life. Here are some tips on how to not only maintain a social life but as well meet new people within your busy schedule ūüôā

1. Join events and activities organized by your faculty

This might be obvious but sometimes its really hard to take time out to join school events. But if you really wanted to meet new people with the same artistic passion as you then joining these events can also help broaden your social network !

Each year my school has these art conferences where students are able to present either a pitch about their project or present their artworks directly in a conference room. I was able to not only see other amazing student  work, I was able to get critique on my artwork and gain a couple of Facebook followers.

 

2. Check emails from profs about becoming a short term artist assistant

I’m not sure about other universities but my visual art profs from Simon Fraser University always get emails about artists needing a short term artist assistant . These are golden opportunities to not only see what a full time artist does, you might score a well known one that can help build you social network as well! I was lucky enough to become a artist¬†assistant for Lyse Lemieux,¬†who opened my eyes to the art of installation and to contemporary textile works.

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3. Before you graduate, do at least one internship !!!

If you absolutely cannot make it to doing the first two, then consider doing an internship before you graduate!  Not only do you get school credits, your intern placement will generally allow you to work at home or will work around your busy school schedule.  Internships are great for meeting only a handful of people but you have deeper connections with them because you are going to be working with them for one school semester.

I was currently interning at BAF Gallery and I was able to gain valuable connections with not only my supervisor but with the¬†curators and artists of the gallery’s¬†exhibiting shows¬†!

Most of these tips come from my personal experience as an art student so please feel free to add on more tips in the comments down below!

-Clara

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