On Friday, October 11, 2013 forty local artists, including Ursuline College alumna Robin Smith ’05 and art students Stephanie Pratt and Alyx Cyr participated in “RAW: Natural Born Artists,” a one-night show at the Cleveland Agora. We caught up with the artists after RAW to get their impression of the exhibit and to see what they have in store for the future.
Alyx Cyr, Student
What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? It was the perfect blend of urban artists, fashion and culture. Everyone had a great time with all the performers and runway shows.
What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I thought it was pretty cool to network with other local artists. I’m hopefully going to be doing collaborative work with a few of them next year.
What have you learned from this experience? I learned that it’s important to put yourself out there. It’s important to be vulnerable because showcasing a full collection is very personal.
What or who inspires you? Nature. And, people.
What are your plans for the future? I’m working on large-scale electroluminescent wire light and plexiglass animals. These will be showcased in the Florence O’ Donnell Wasmer Gallery’s student show this spring. I’m going to be doing some collaborative work with other artists and fulfilling custom orders from new clients I’ve met at RAW.
Robin Smith ’05, Alumna
What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? The exhibit was great and better than I expected it to be. It was well attended and the theater had great energy – it was buzzing with all kinds of creative types.
What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I would have to say my favorite moments of the RAW exhibit were when people would go to my area and the expression on their faces changed immediately. It created a dialogue, some were smiling and would immediately ask if I was the artist. One guy actually gave me a huge hug. It was pretty funny.
What have you learned from this experience? The learning experience was definitely valuable. Being overtly prepared was helpful but also a bit stressful. It was the first time showcasing my work on such a large scale so some doubts came into play. By the final week, I decided to just put the stress in God’s hands and when I did that the flow of setting up and promoting my works was a breeze.
What or who inspires you? Being an illustrator people tend to inspire me. Sometimes textures, prints, designs, fashion, color and music. Whatever comes to mind.
What are your plans for the future? I would like to see my illustrations featured in magazine publications, promoting products for different companies, working with card companies or even in the publishing world of book covers. One of my goals for 2014 is to release a children’s e-book written and illustrated by me.
Stephanie Pratt, Student
What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? As I had attended the August RAW showcase, I had known what to expect in terms of the finished set-up but it was amazing to see the transformation from a bare-boned stage to the finished product.
What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? My favorite moment from the RAW exhibit was seeing everyone’s set-up before the doors opened. The whole process was absolutely beautiful.
What have you learned from this experience? This experience has taught me a lot from learning how to appropriately promote myself and my work as well as how to manage time with set-up and tear down.
What or who inspires you? I am inspired by nature and the world around me. I feel that it keeps me grounded and is the most organic look into who I am as an artist and as a person.
What are your plans for the future? As of current, I have some options. I would love to go into marketing or advertising as a graphic designer but I plan to continue to pursue fine arts and participate in various exhibits. Eventually, I would also like to pursue an MFA with a mixed media concentration and teach at a college level.
The photos were provided by Raw Artists Media. Click here to see more photos from the exhibit.