TTU students explore Chicago art world

Posted by Lori Shull - Friday, November 15 2013
lshull@tntech.edu

 

thumb bean1Students in the Visual Arts Society at Tennessee Tech University attended a Chicago art exhibition where they interacted with artists and honed their professional skills.

Eleven students went to the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art fair, which featured more than 800 artists from 11 countries and 70 international galleries. The event was held Nov. 1-3 and highlighted art forms from around the world.

“Tennessee Tech and the Center for Craft have a very professional group of students in our VAS organization,” said Jeffrey Adams, director of the Appalachian Center for Craft at TTU. “They contribute to the center in so many ways during their education here, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to see such a depth and wealth of fine art and craft objects.”

In addition to the fair, students had access to nearly 300,000 works at the Art Institute of Chicago and other art venues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Students also visited Millennium Park and saw the popular “Bean.” The elliptical sculpture was created by Anish Kapoor and named “Cloud Gate.”thumb ChicagoLion

Students raised money for the trip by selling their artwork at the annual spring Celebration of Craft event. In addition, the Craft Center helped to support the trip with funds from a foundation account.

“Going to the Sculptural Objects and Functional Art fair, Chicago and the Art Institute was inspiring,” said Brendan Mims, Visual Arts Society president. “Meeting many of the world’s best contemporary artists, and asking them questions about their work gave us great insight in making art and being a professional artist.”