BLOG*May 4, 2012

Last week Roxana and I were invited to West Liberty University to be a part of their annual MadFest (Media Arts and Design Festival) and to present a one day Artist As Brand workshop. Essentially it was two very full days of presentations, looking at portfolios, judging artwork, web design, animations etc. as well as presenting awards to the winners. High schools from the surrounding area were invited which brought a youthful vitality to the event.

The workshop was filled with 21 faculty, students, and alumni who came to some striking realizations about themselves and their artful path. One of the students Seth Miller, a talented photographer is creating a short film based on their interviews. I can’t wait to see it!

The past two days have not only left me feeling spiritually and emotionally invigorated, but have immensely enhanced my confidence and eagerness to begin working as a freelance artist. Thank you so much again for taking the time to plant seeds of knowledge in West Liberty’s creative minds. The wisdom you share and bring out in fellow artists is truly priceless.
-Victoria Lavorini, Graduating Student

“I have a clearer vision of where I want to go as you have greatly helped with the HOW.  Thank you for your insights…”
-Bev Beatty, Alumni

“Your generosity and sharing of experiences was greatly appreciated.”
-Brian Fencl, Chair Journalism, Communication Studies & Visual Arts

“The Artist as a Brand Workshop was very beneficial for me. It helped me define my purpose in relation to my artwork and made me believe in myself and the possibilities I will have as a freelance artist.”
– Chloe Woods, Student

“It was very inspiring! I would like to stay in contact with you and keep you updated on my work and progress through the rest of my time at college, and as an artist.

-Sean Ritner, Student