One of Elon’s newest student organizations, Art Guild, is looking to make a big splash this year.
Founded last year, Art Guild is a symposium for all student artists, regardless of intended major. Junior Erin Day, the Guild’s president and an art history major, stresses that Art Guild is not just for the “creative” types.
According to Day, even though she isn’t a traditional artist, she has gained invaluable curatorial skills through her position in the Guild. Students from any discipline who simply want to display their work are welcome and encouraged to attend.
“Our hope is that Art Guild will function as a creative community, not just for the visual arts,” Day said.
At the first Art Guild meeting of the school year, a number of the organization’s long- and short-term goals were laid out.
In the future, the Guild hopes to provide artistic workshops for students and faculty. Ideally, topics such as drawing and painting may be covered, but other creative ventures, such as jewelry making, may also be a part of the workshops.
Another long-term project the Guild is looking into is the possibility of bringing the nationally-recognized arts honor fraternity, Kappa Pi, to the university.
Art Guild will host many events throughout the school year.
Coming up soon is “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” a student art exhibition featuring the themes of darkness, Halloween and fear.
The deadline for submissions is 8 p.m. Oct. 26, with installations occurring around Oct. 29.
Later in the school year, Art Guild will sponsor “Art in the Park,” the goal of which is to unite the surrounding community with Elon University.
Through a charitable donation, students and residents may participate in a group art project.
With so many activities in the works, Art Guild hopes to involve student artists all across the campus. The organization strives to find a way to engage artists and provide them with a sense of creative community.
“It is sometimes difficult for me to connect with other students who are interested in the same things I am, but Art Guild really helps,” said vice president Joanna Patterson.
Interested students may attend weekly Art Guild meetings. They are held at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Arts West room 126.