Each spring semester the Studio Arts faculty meet with our majors in a conversational exchange in which students present their work to faculty and peers. After receiving faculty feedback on this presentation, students then write a short follow-up essay, relaying back to us what they took away from the experience. The goal of these presentations is for students to reflect on their work by curating a small group of successful artworks, identifying key concepts and processes uniting these pieces. We are interested in their emerging identity as artists and what they see as their strongest creative directions.
For the presentation, students write a short biography and artist statement and bring three to five actual works to the presentation. They are also required to show a Power Point presentation containing examples of their other work. This presentation is expected to change and improve each successive year. We are interested in what kind of artists our students imagine themselves becoming and how can we help them accomplish their goals.
By their senior year, our goal is that students will give strong oral and visual presentations of work that they will present to prospective employers or use in an application to graduate school.
The Studio Arts director collects the Power Points and statements presented each year and keeps a folder of each student’s images and data collected.
To Students: Preparing for the Presentation
Your first PowerPoint presentation may include work from high school, so that your faculty and peers can see what you learned before entering Loyola. In subsequent years, your presentation should focus on work you have completed at Loyola. Specifically, it should include at least six works from each studio art course you have taken over the previous two semesters; you do not need to include work from earlier semesters. However, we will archive all of your PowerPoints, and show them before each new presentation to place your recent work into context.
While most of the work you present will be the result of class assignments, we also wish to see your own ideas and expression emerge. For this reason, if you have work completed outside of course assignments, we would encourage you to present it along with images from work completed in class.
The photographs of artwork in your PowerPoint should be approximately 150 PPI, with their longest side approximately 1200 pixels at the longest dimension. Each photograph must be labeled with the title of the work (italicized or in quotation marks), medium, size (height by width in inches), and year completed. The font size of these labels should be approximately 12 points.
In addition to your PowerPoint, you should include approximately five physical works in your presentation. Before beginning your presentation, display these in a neat, organized manner. Hang two-dimensional works on a wall, and display three-dimensional works on a nearby table or pedestal, unless another form of display—on the wall, on the floor, etc.—is appropriate.
This is written in the third person. It reads like jacket copy on the back of a book. Tell us who you are through your personal background. It should be fairly short; perhaps three to four sentences.
After you create your presentation, take time to look at the collection of the artworks you have compiled. Simply communicate what you were trying to do. Identify what you consider to be the strongest works, and explain where you had some difficulty. What connects your images? Are you beginning to see a style or preference in your practice? What technical skills are you acquiring?
- First Time: Write a single page in first person narrative about how you got to this point and what you have learned along the way. Include information about your interests and influences. How has the work you have done contributed to your identity as an artist?
- Subsequent Times: As your answers to the questions posed by the introductory narrative become more concrete, address the development of your ideas. Emerging or persistent themes and interests are important, as are the techniques and processes that best express your ideas. Reflect upon the works that best represent your identity, evaluating the ways in which they correspond to your initial ambitions and the discoveries or changes occurring since your last presentation. Reconsider the artist you are, and the direction you would like to take next. What classes, processes and materials will help you succeed?
We assess the students’ presentations on the following criteria of our program’s Learning Aims:
- Familiarity with the concepts of the visual arts and the ability to communicate the significance of their own work and the works of others.
- Acquisition of material and technical skills required for solving two- and three-dimensional design problems.
- UPPERCLASSMEN: Creativity and initiative beyond required parameters of assignments; ability to work independently, developing her/his own ideas and style.
- SENIORS: A sound preparation for entering the professional work force or pursuing graduate study.
Major Advisor, ProfessorMary Beth Akre, will be in touch with you regarding the details of the Majors’ Presentation, date, time, etc. (firstname.lastname@example.org)