Teen artists who completed this year’s Talent Agency Summer Intensive under the guidance of faculty and students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) will present their portfolios at an open house on Friday, Aug. 12, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Point of Contact Gallery, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse.
Talent Agency exists to serve Syracuse area high school students from economically disadvantaged communities by providing a consistent means for art and design portfolio development and mentorship. Its goal is to develop the students’ natural talents and set participants in the program on a course to college art and design programs or quality technical education and training. The VPA students, who are from the college’s School of Art and Department of Transmedia, mentor the artists and offer instruction in drawing, painting, 3D/sculpture, photography, video, illustration and digital art.
Talent Agency is co-directed by faculty members Yvonne Buchanan and Dorene Quinn. Assistant director is Joe Turek G’18, who is also an instructor. Other instructors are Cait Finley G’18, Rachel Fein-Smolinski G’17, Andrew Pappas G’18 and Sherri Liu ’16. Drawing assistants are Aysha Hamouda G’18 and Taro Takizawa G’17; program assistant is Jessica Whitley ’18; and program intern is Kaia Morales ’20.