(Pictured above: Bethany Habegger, Things that were aren’t here today, oil on canvas, 16″x20″)
While we are reaching the end of January, I just wanted to reflect on some of my goals for this year. First, of course, would be to graduate from undergrad after finishing up one more class this summer. While it will be sad to leave IU, I have lots of hope for the future. This year I want to continue working on my paintings and artworks so I can be prepared for graduate school within the next couple years. This means learning how to continue the same studio practice I had in the BFA program as well as showing work in multiple formats.
One of my first art related resolutions is to have artwork in 5 exhibitions/publications this year. While I am still on campus, there are some opportunities open to me that I plan to submit work for. I plan on submitting work to the HHart showcase, an annual art exhibition put on by the Hutton Honors College and the Hudson & Holland Scholars program. I also hope to show work in my home town of Indianapolis as well. For publications, I will be submitting to the Collins Living-Learning Center’s annual arts magazine, The Dancing Star, as well as the Union Board’s Canvas magazine. I hope to find more publications or exhibitions that are national or in another state to expand my horizons too! Related to this, I hope to sell a piece at an exhibition this year as well. I want to start making money off of my artwork and work towards supporting myself more. I have started working on this by opening an Etsy shop last summer, but I hope to expand on this and find someone interested in my larger works.
The next resolution I have is kind of silly, but I want to learn how to construct large canvases without the access to on campus power tools. Seeing that I will be working without IU’s facilities from now on, I think it would be good to pick up on some handy tools and tricks to build the stretcher frames for my paintings. I think the best way to do that is build them by hand with simple tools like a hand saw, glue, and a hammer. That way I can sustain the same practices I have figured out in undergrad.