This March, we have the pleasure of presenting six new stories by Seeds scholars as well as three new stories from inspiring women artists for our inspiration segment in honor of Women’s History Month! While our scholars seek to devote their time to becoming better artists by taking studio classes at the League, they also express their inspiration and motivation in pursuing an artistic path. We have students from various backgrounds, all with similar fates and a true passion for different forms of art. This month, we have an artist that aspires to become a mainstream artist, an artist who was influenced by a former teacher, and an artist who also seeks to enter a career as a powerful woman in business. Read about our seedlings and their journey to reaching new artistic heights and achievements.
Additionally, in honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate and praise artists Toyin Ojih Odutola, Cara Romero, and Annie E. A. Walker. Read “Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Visions of Power” and “Cara Romero Stands Defiant Against Institutional Categorization” on the Seeds website. In addition, “Seed of the Flower” by Seeds Editor at Large, Vanessa Hernandez, narrates the story of former League student Annie E. A. Walker who, despite institutional racism, succeeded as a black woman artist during the 19th and 20th century.
Tori Elizabeth Anderson
The Art I Produce
The art that I produce is deeply rooted in my feelings and experiences, showcasing love, hate, isolation, and happiness. I find my feelings and emotions make the art rawer. In the future, it is my dream to have my art shown in galleries and to become mainstream.
A Developed Passion
I say art is a part of me because that’s the way I express my ideas and emotions. The artist that has influenced me the most is Vincent Van Gogh because I admire his artwork; his landscape paintings are so meaningful to me because of the image it creates in my mind.
Kevin Israel Garcia
By Making Graffiti
During high school, I discovered my art abilities by making graffiti; it was one of my first mediums of expression until I began taking drawing classes at Hunter College where I began to draw from real life. These classes changed my life so much, pushing me away from trouble and allowing me to create pieces for class.
Zoe Jayne Velazquez
A Woman in Business
I grew up surrounded by the arts. My dad is a musician and my mom, while working at a school, draws as if art is going out of style. She owned a gallery before I was born so art was appreciated throughout my childhood. That appreciation has lasted.
Long Xi Weng
Facets of Creative Expression
I got into art in eighth grade and my dream then was to work in games studios since I liked the idea of working with other people on a project. However, right now, I like the idea of doing some independent projects. I also want to learn more about making music because I feel that it is something that can complement my artwork.
Annette Garcia Jimenez
Being surrounded by other artists and professionals in their field will help me develop. As for my career, I want to pursue a career in Exhibition Design. It can be said that I won’t be pursuing a career that is directly in the arts, however, this can be subject to change; even if I don’t change my mind, it doesn’t mean I will stop creating art.