For the fall semester 2008 The Fine Arts Association was involved in an array of great activities. For the first time since 1996 the FAA became involved in university Homecoming activities. We took part in the campus community as a group and were able to even have two art students from the organization win Homecoming king and queen. It was great fun and was successful in creating a bond with others involved.
The Fine Arts Association also held a costume car wash in the parking lot of K-mart. We raised over $100 for the organization by dressing in various costumes and washing cars for people in the community. It was based on donation only but people were excited to take part in the spectacle of getting their vehicles washed by a huge bottle of mustard, a furry tiger and the like.
Throughout the semester we also organized a couple of student critiques, which we plan to continue through the continuing semesters. It was a great opportunity to get work looked at by fellow peers outside the classroom and away from professors. It was quite successful and the students who participated seemed to get good, open advice and feedback.
We also put on the biannual art sale in the Furlong Atrium. We got a lot of submissions of work from art students outside the organization as well as from members. As a group we worked the sale, marketed our stuff, spent time together, and had a lot of fun.
The FAA is also affiliated with ‘A Clean Poorly Lighted Space.’ The gallery is a great opportunity for students to be involved in curatorial practice, gallery direction, and gallery maintenance. We did all of these things without direct funding from the university.
Next semester we will be receiving funding for our proposed activities so we will be able to do even more. We’ve planned trips out of the area, guest speakers, gallery openings, dances, and the opportunity to do other activities that students would be interested in doing. We also plan to continue the monthly student art critique.