Saic Artist Statement Essay

Lisa Eckenrode Artist Statement SAIC 6/14/12 When I was in elementary school, I was constantly engaged in my arts and crafts assign-ments. This enthusiasm transferred to my home life. I remember traveling to the art store at least once a week so I could choose a new project from the shelves of drawing kits and sculpting clays. When I entered high school, I was able to explore more formal techniques in drawing. I learned a set of skills that became my foundation for drawing. At the same time, I was focusing on high-level academic classes and trying to excel in as many fields as possible. Because I was so immersed in my main courses, I did not see art as a possible career path. I always viewed it as a hobby for which I had a talent. Despite all the effort I invested into all of my classes, I felt a different type of energy when I focused on my artwork. I felt a flow of inspiration running through me, and I almost seemed manic when I was at my prime in any creation process. I had so much energy that I did

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Writing is an important component of being an artist, and an extremely important part of being a student at SAIC. Tell us about you, your art-making practices, and why you are a strong candidate for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) undergraduate program. 

Use your statement as your way to represent yourself and your work. Please also include information about community service projects, exhibitions you have participated in, and any other activities that contribute to the making of your work.

Include information about what inspires you. What does your artistic process look like? Share why you are interested in and utilize certain materials, exhibitions in which you have participated, or other activities that contribute to the making of your work. If you are applying to the BFA with an Emphasis in Writing, your statement also needs to address how you imagine a studio arts environment will impact your writing practice.

Pay attention to the way you construct your essay—watch grammar and spelling. Don’t start with, “I knew I wanted to be an artist since I first picked up a crayon…” There are no word count limitations, but we recommend a 250–500 word statement.

You may submit your artist's statement via the Common Application (within the member specific questions) or through your SlideRoom ePortfolio submission.


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