My Summer Creative Experience

When I began this experience I thought I would be creating a film clip I could share. Due to COVID-19 and the shear volume of work, I was unable to come even close. I thought I would feel disappointed, but I’m inspired. In completing my storyboard and script draft, I understood new ways to process…

My Creative Arts Fellowship

The focus of my project has been constantly changing since I started it due to the reason that I am working on a subject that is changing in the present time. In the beginning, I thought this was a serious distraction for my project because I couldn’t stick on one path. There were always things…

Creative Arts Fellowship – Reflection

I began this fellowship in December of 2019 by speaking with its coordinator, Dr. Brett Say, about troubleshooting problems that I had been dealing with for months. The project to be completed for the fellowship, the Campus Energy Constellation, required grant money, data from Pitt Facilities Management, and Gallery Space; three things I had recently…

My Aspirations & Personal Goals

Students who have the privilege of receiving an undergraduate education are given the choice of choosing their field of study at roughly 18 years of age. Depending on one’s influences, they may choose to go into a field that pays the highest, or has good job security, or matches up with their previous academic strengths….

My Aspirations

In an era of uncertainty, this project has been symbolic in how I embrace change. I started out writing a script and planning to film on campus. Due to the unique conditions of COVID-19, my project morphed into a story board and script. Through this process new ideas emerge and embed in my project. The…

My Aspirations

One of the most important things I’ve learned through my working experience for the Creative Fellowship is to accept the uncertainties that appeared during the process and let them guide me to tease out the “truth” of my work. Unlike working in a class with a group of people who are doing similar things, working…

Artistic & Academic Collaboration: The Campus Energy Constellation

The Campus Energy Constellation is the result of a year-long research and development project conducted collaboratively between the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI), the Pitt Office of Sustainability, and the Pitt Facilities Management Department. It began as an Undergraduate Research Project (URP) in the Summer of 2019 at MCSI, under the guidance of Dr….

Mentorship and Collaboration

There is a huge learning curve with all the equipment and even Dr. Horton did not have all the answers. We would often ask each other and collaborate with different people for different aspects of our projects. Dr. Horton facilitated an environment where we felt comfortable taking risks and collaborating with the unknown. Walking through…

Creating Connection Through Art

I always believe that for the artists, a quality group critique is crucial during their working process. It allows the artists not only to understand the project itself more comprehensive through different perspectives, but also to seek for answers and experiences from others to solve their concerns and confirm their thoughts. Meeting with my mentor…

Midsummer Reflection

The creative process can be broken down in many stages, but in its essence creativity is about connecting ideas (Clear, 2018). Preparation, incubation, illumination, evaluation, and implementation. Gathering material, intensely working over the material in your mind, stepping away from the problem, allowing the idea to come back to you naturally, and testing your idea…