|Erin & I at the Printmaker's Ball|
We quickly joined the crowd and started browsing through the Open Portfolio Session. It was crowded as crazy as always. I saw so so much good work from other students (BFA, MFA), printmaking faculties, and professional artists. It was really inspiring to see the work being presented here. I got some ideas for my future projects as well. Here are some shots from the three sessions of Open Portfolio:
|Luke and Jon from UNT|
|My former instructor Andy DeCaen and his work|
|Melody and her table|
Erin and I also participated in the Open Portfolio Session. We got a table to show our work during session 3. I got a lot of good feedback from the people visited my table (I actually ran out of business cards at the end of my session!) It was such a great experience!
At the last session of the Open Portfolio, I found another Vietnamese printmaker from Boston at SGCI (AND he was an international student as well) I was almost screaming while staring at his name tag! I thought I was the only Vietnamese at SGCI (I hadn't seen any Vietnamese up until that moment), but now I found another one as well! We actually were friends on Behance.net but we just never met each other before. I was extremely happy knowing that I wasn't alone as a Vietnamese at SGCI. We started talking in Vietnamese and the people passing by were really confused! I felt really proud and really really hope to meet more Vietnamese printmakers at SGCI in the year to come.
|Kenny Nguyen and his table|
|Proud Vietnamese printmakers!|
SGCI 2015 concluded with the Printmaker's Ball at the Knoxville Convention Center. We had a good time customizing our own hats using balloons, and eating some good food while sharing some stories with my friend Ava.
|With Erika Adams|
|With John Hancock|
Erin and I went home early that night to pack up and had some rest for our flight back to Reno the following morning. We had had so much fun and I was super excited to go back home and tell everyone about our trip. We never thought we would take a detour and had another mini trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. But, that's for another story. My experience at SGCI 2015 concluded here. I had a blast, and I hope to see everyone next year at Portland for SGCI 2016 - Flux.