Summer in the city is in full swing, and we’ve been welcoming so many new Seedlings to the League to join us for classes while school is out! This month, we’re featuring stories from several budding artists looking to carve out careers in the arts and take advantage of all the resources the Art Students League can offer. Carlos Jose Lovera aspires to become a concept artist, and to inspire younger generations with stories told through movies, tv shows, and video games. Iuliia Batorova shares about her reservations about pursuing the arts as a career but knows she will continue to make art-making part of her life no matter what happens. Similarly, Kayin Bann tells us about his fear of failure, and how studying at the League will challenge him to face this fear as he builds his skills and connects with other artists in this community.
In light of both the beautiful blooming gardens across the city, as well as the tragic clouds of wildfire smoke that enveloped NYC last month, our inspirational stories focus on artists who connect their work to the environment. Ebony Patterson’s show “…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…” is now on view at the New York Botanical Garden, inviting viewers to both connect with the natural world, and grapple with themes around race, colonialism, and social invisibility. Andres Jaque eerily predicted June’s orange smog in his recent work XHOLOBENI YARDS: Titanium and the Planetary Making of SHININESS / DUSTINESS, a piece that reflects on the racialized relocation of environmental issues. And finally, we feature a review of Richard Mayhew’s show “Natural Order.” According to Mayhew, his paintings “are not landscapes but ‘mindscapes’ — places only imagined or remembered.”
Come back next month to check out our August newsletter!
Long Xi Weng
Blending Many Creative Outlets
My favorite types of media have always been video games and movies. I appreciate how they bring together so many different facets of creative expression, from storytelling to voice acting, from visual art to music, from 3-D modeling to painting.
Carlos Jose Lovera
Inspiring Younger Generations
Dominican / Polish
From an early age, art has been my passion. I aspire to learn from others and spread creativity across the world. I progressed through art classes in middle school and won scholarships from Disney in high school. I hope to become a successful concept artist so that I can share my ideas broadly.
Lindsey Marie Ruiz
Discovering My Style
Dominican / Puerto Rican
I enjoy studying at the Art Students League because I appreciate having time outside of the regular school day to paint and learn from other artists. Throughout my time in high school, all my teachers have expressed that their time at the League has impacted their skills tremendously, and they’ve encouraged us to study there as well.
Capturing Moments in Time
Filipino / Irish
There’s something very special about capturing the likeness of a subject on a canvas. It makes the subject feel alive more than any photo, and that’s what I love about art. I love being able to see an artist’s vision of a subject through their work.
Expression Without Restrictions
While I’m still not sure exactly what I want to do in the future, it will mostly likely be related to art. In a future job, I would like to be able to do what I like for a living and have the freedom to express myself without restrictions.
Overcoming a fear of failure
Haitian / Trinidadian
I want to join the Art Students League because many of my classmates and friends have seen improvement in their artwork since studying here. Similarly, I want to build my skills as an artist and work on becoming more confident when I’m creating an art piece.
Victoria L. Valentine
In Recognition: Ebony G. Patterson’s Multifaceted Practice Taps Beauty of Botanical World to Start Conversations About Visibility, Violence, and Survival
Shanti Escalante-De Mattei
How an Installation by Architect Andrés Jaque Predicted New York’s Apocalyptic Orange Smog