MA, Museum Studies, NYU
PhD (in progress)
History of Art and Architecture, UCSB
Ashleigh Norman (CI Class of ’11)
MFA, Painting (in progress)
San Francisco Art Institute
Jocelyn Kornfeld (CI Class of ’09)
MFA, Graphic Design
University of Edinburgh
Bradley Schnell (CI Class of ’05)
Masters of Architecture
University of Pennsylvania
Agnete “Chippy” Todd (CI Class of ’09)
CERCAL, International Footwear and Design School
Van C. Tran
MFA, Art, Public & Social Practice
The event was overall successful, with a filled room of audience members of all ages and backgrounds. The majority of the audience stuck it through our group discussion, which included responses to the public's questions about our student loan debt, grad school advice, and what our grad school experience was like in a nut shell.
I enjoyed listening to the different voices behind the presenters, who all had taken a different academic art trajectory. Although a majority of the panel speakers were CI alum, everyone had a different higher educational background and perspective to share. This broad base of interests show that there are many options to choose from when selecting and applying to schools as a prospective grad student. And not choosing to go to graduate school to pursue professional work is and has always been an option.
Since this experience, I have been reflecting on how much I have grown post-graduate school, and where I am now with my creative work and professional work. Though it can be easy to get stuck in the moment (as well as the past), I'm trying to use this self-reflection as an assessment of what's next and identify what previous goals I'll need to realign.
I shall extend these similar reflective questions aloud: How much have you grown (since your education) and where are you at now with what you are doing? What connections have you made between what you explored in school and your current work?