2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Whatcom Museum’s Art Career Day. This art conference is held on the Museum campus, with sessions at galleries throughout the downtown arts district. Open to high school students interested in learning about careers in the visual arts, the event includes presentations and hands-on demonstrations by professional artists and college representatives.
This year’s presenters include Chicano artist Alfredo Arreguín, Lummi Native glass artist Daniel Joseph Friday, Children’s book illustrator Phoebe Wahl, printmaker Margot Meyers, WWU Ceramic instructor, Ryan Kelly, and WWU Industrial Design professor Arunas Oslapas. Participating colleges and universities include the Art Institute of Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts, DigiPen Institute of Technology, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Evergreen State College, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Northwest College of Art & Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Western Washington University, and Whatcom Community College.
The program is organized by a schedule of events. Students arrive at 8:30 am, enjoy refreshments, and then come together in the rotunda of Old City Hall for a keynote welcoming assembly featuring a special guest. From mid-morning on, students attend on-campus and off-campus sessions led by art professionals and educators and visit college information/recruitment tables. For more information contact Mary Jo Maute at 360.778.8961 or by email.