Art Tank splatters creativity on campus
No matter what subject a student is majoring in everyone could use a bit more art. A group of students at GCSU calling themselves the Art Tank wants to make sure that every student has an opportunity to experience and to create art. The Art Tank allows members to immerse themselves in art even if those students are pursuing a degree in something else.
The Art Tank is now in its ninth year. The group has had many advisers in the past, but that job now falls on Art Department Chair, Bill Fisher.
The group has seen a large turnover between this year and last. Fisher asked sophomore Sara Rincon to fill in as Art Tank president.The group has around 15 regular members who attend meetings in Mayfair 101 at 8:15 p.m. every other Wednesday.
“The atmosphere of the meetings is one of excitement and one of friends sitting down together to have a good time,” Art Tank Secretary Mara DiGiovanni said. Membership in the Art Tank is open to any student interested in any form of art. Yearly dues are $10 and go toward trips, events, supplies and T-shirts for the group. The group also participates in various events in Milledgeville.
The Art Tank made appearances in the community at The Deep Roots Festival and Fallfest. At Deep Roots members gave face paintings and worked with ceramics and textiles. The Art Tank also found time to relax at the end of October with a group Halloween party.
Upcoming events being planned include an art lock-in, trips to studio spaces in Macon, a visit to College Night at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and painting a minivan – donated by a member’s mother – being dubbed the Art Van.
“One of our member’s mother is donating it to us to paint,” Rincon said. “She is going to drive it around town.”
Painting the van will be no easy task. Professor Valerie Aranda will ?oversee the painting of the van to insure that the paint used will weather well and that members collaborate and plan before they start painting.
Art Tank is looking to set long-term goals for their future. One group goal is to incorporate the entire Art Department as well as other student groups. Rincon also works as the art editor of the Peacock’s Feet and wants to see more students and Art Tank members contribute submissions.
The group is also looking to offer varied workshops open to all students and to create a group of peer advisors to act as liaisons between students in the Art Department and art professors.
The Art Tank is looking for new members and has been working to promote itself through Facebook, chalking, flyers and word of mouth.
“Even if you aren’t an art student or an artist yourself, it’s encouraging to be around other people who enjoy the same things. We have so many interesting things lined up to do this year, we’re just looking for people to share our experiences with,” said sophomore and curator of the Wooten Garner Art Fix, Gabby Caraballo.