Olivia Stanislas, Fine Arts
“This experience has helped to get a realistic sense of working in the art world and has assisted in my development as an emerging artist.”
"My experience through the co-op program has been more than I could ask for. For my co-op, I reached out to work with Maxine Farkas, the director of Western Avenue Studios in Lowell to help her prepare for her fall exhibition. Maxine’s choice of medium, mixed media assemblage in Joseph Cornell-like boxes, was something that fascinated me from the very beginning. Conceptually, the work took inspiration from just the vast amounts of “stuff” people collect over their lives and the physical landscape. These types of artworks draw their strength from the carefully crafted compositions and the memories and associations the viewer brings to the “stuff” in the art. Throughout my summer, I was completely immersed in all aspects of art-making, from compositional and conceptual concerns to marketing and business. Through my experience, not only did I assist Maxine in the organization of her studio and conceptualization and making of art, I also ended up collaborating with Maxine in her fall exhibition and now have a studio of my own and continued employment at Western Avenue. This experience has helped to get a realistic sense of working in the art world and has assisted in my development as an emerging artist. I feel so grateful to have this opportunity as a freshman to continue to grow in my craft and to work in a local community as creative and inspiring as Western Avenue."