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graduate school application trouble

updated fri 26 jan 01


Carissa Doying on tue 23 jan 01

Hi Amy,
IMO, your slides are most important. They should show focus, conceptual
development, as well as, formal ability. Spend money to have beautiful
slides made. It's worth every dollar.

Sure, send your resume. Someone might bother to read it. Bear in mind, art
faculty are an overworked, dedicated bunch who also like to make their own
art. There are never enough hours in the day. Keep all writing clear and

I am half way through the program here at USC, Columbia, SC. The only thing
I have ever attempted that was more challenging is raising kids. Now I
don't know what I love more, my kids or my clay.

Good luck to you.

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AMY MACHEN on tue 23 jan 01

Hello clayarters, I am in the process of applying to graduate programs. My
undergraduate school did not prepare me for the application process so I am
humbly asking for any help you can give. I have been teaching K-8th grade
art for the past 2 years, as well as making pots. All of the schools ask for
artist statements and portfolio slides but I am wondering if I should send a
resume. Is this common practice? Please let me know of any graduate
application info that might be helpful. Thank you in advance.-Amy Machen in
sunny Florida
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Saic1984@AOL.COM on wed 24 jan 01

In my position as the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions for the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I see my fair share of
applications....It is quite common for those who have been professionally
working/exhibiting to include their CV.
Our application asks candidates who have been out of school for six months to
summarize their art practice and additional activities. Please feel free to
e-mail me off list (at if you have any additional Grad
School questions.

Andre van de Putte

Saic1984@AOL.COM on thu 25 jan 01

I completely agree with Carissa...I oversee the MFA reviews at SAIC and in
ceramics in particular professional slides are crucial! Between glazed
surfaces, three-d forms, and suptle coloration.....its tremenously difficult
to light your work (and shoot it) yourself.

Money well spent, in my opinion.