This is a few days late, but I’ve had the link to this article up on WordPress for a little while now, so I figure I should still make a post.
For the issue of the Daily Titan published on Tuesday, I wrote an article about the Titan Student Union (TSU) Annual Student Art Show that opened Monday with an artists reception. At a word count just around 1,000, it’s a real doozy of a story. However, if you ask me, it’s a good article worthy of that kind of extended word count.
Though a chunk of the story focuses specifically on the reception itself, most of it actually covers things surrounding the show, such as the process of putting it together and the process of purchasing artwork by the Titan Student Center (TSC) Governing Board. I talked to the TSU Gallery Coordinator and the Chair of the TSC Governing Board to try and get as much info on everything related to the show as possible.
Really, the Governing Board aspect was what made the story especially interesting to me. Already the event was cool because of how it engages the student body with great art, whether they be artists or not, but then I learned it has a much larger significance. The annual art show has been held for more than two decades, and each year the pieces are examined by the TSC Art Acquisition committee (now absorbed into the Programs & Services committee). The best pieces are actually bought out by the Board and then put up all around the school. There’s student artwork from this particular show up in the TSU, the Student Recreation Center and at the Irvine campus.
I also talked to a couple of CSUF students that had their pieces up in the show as well, giving things an interesting balance of artistic intent, event planning and bureaucratic processes.
While the story was really fun for me to write, it was also a bit of an overwhelming one in combination with other things that were going on at the time. A thousand word story on top of running the news desk for the Titan is already a struggle, but add in more things to juggle like homework in my four classes this semester… It gets busy pretty fast. Not that being busy is necessarily bad, as I’m in the camp that being busy is better than being bored, but I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a stressful couple of days.
If you want to see the story in its entirety, you can see it here. You can also check out my whole archive of work for the Daily Titan through the link over on the right!