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MFA Application Results

It's been awhile since my last post (thanksgiving weekend). I got very caught up with the whole application process for graduate school- which swallowed up my Christmas vacation. I didn't even have time to hang out with friends, previous co-workers, or family. Nonetheless, I knew my portfolio had to get done no matter what and it had to be strong, convincing and full of hard-work. I ended up re-doing my whole portfolio and I am surprised I was able to pull it off and complete it on time. I only applied to two schools: The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI, the school I am currently in for my post- baccalaureate degree) and The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC.

After I turned in my applications I was drained. I think it sucked up all my energy and creativity because this spring semester I have been lagging. It was a very emotional process for me-  I had so many nervous breakdowns (the only other time I had breakdowns were 3 years ago during my architectural degree project). Anyway, in the end it was all worth it.

Here are some images of the whole process:



You are probably wondering "so did she get in?" I am happy to say that YES- I did get into both schools! I was beyond ecstatic. The problem was, what school should I choose? When I received the phone call from SVA saying that I got in, I was on the street and I freaked out. I jumped, cried, started to shake, screamed- a bunch of emotions ran through me and it was then that I knew that NYC was really where I want to be. So in the fall of 2011, I will begin the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts. I am truly happy that I got into such a competitive program. I'll be leaving SF in June, going back home for the month of July and making the biggest move of my life (thus far) in August. The count down begins.

I gotta say, today it was a good day...

Today was a very fruitful day! I registered for spring classes and I surprisingly got all the classes I wanted plus a very desirable schedule. I'll only have classes two days out of the week (Mon & Tue...f-yeah!). SO SO SO EXCITED!! Did you know that the speakers from Adobe Photoshop are referred to as "evangelist"? Well they are and one of them came to speak to my Art + Commerce class. He went over how to properly use HDR, Sharpening in camera RAW, how to use puppet warp, and the thing that blew me away...Content Aware Fill...sick!

The graduate and photo-alliance lecture series (held every Friday night at SFAI) was GREAT!

First speaker: Tucker Nichols who's approach to art is very unique, is commissioned by corporate and entertainment companies (like Bravo TV) to draw on their walls.

Another project he has that is worth checking out is this. It's a project where he receives claims from people (good and bad) to give to certain product companies. It is hilarious! I can't explain it, you just have to see it for yourself.

Second speaker and the man of the hour: Jack Fulton. He's such a special character and I feel lucky to have him as a professor at SFAI. His lecture had the whole room laughing. What I love about him is that he uses his background in literature and applies it to his work in a very thoughtful and funny way. What surprised me is that he has a degree in architecture, like me :)

Here's a Fulton image that I thought was beautiful and breathtaking (ignore my reflection in the image):

Also, here's the on-going process of the mural that was being worked on yesterday at school (see previous post for the work in progress image):