Daily Archives: August 11, 2015

A Note from Lou Krueger and WHAT to BRING for the FIRST WEEK!

Hi, my name is Lou Krueger, I’m a photographer, an instructor, and I’ll be leading your First Week Experience. The FWE gives you a chance to get to know each other and Alfred as well as this year…learn lots about experimental cameras!blog-diorama-w-camera2

Our technical goal for the week is not a simple one. You will build 45 wooden cameras (there are 90 of you in the group, you’ll work in pairs); expose 4×5 black and white paper negatives in your cameras; process them in the darkroom; scan and print these images digitally; exhibit your work on Friday, August 29.

That’s the easy goal, and the other one, the difficult one? I want you to manage all of the aforementioned camera-building and image-making within the context of self-reflection. As you begin to carve out the early stages of your artistic/personal identity, I’d like to know who you are? Why you’ve chosen art? What do you believe (about anything!)? What really matters? Your definition for success? The list endless… but we have to begin somewhere so we’ll begin here

Image, Object and Identity

As part of my artist’s statement I include the words: “I believe in the power of stories. I am a storyteller.” With that in mind I want you to begin to tell your story. If I asked you to write your story in 100 words what would you say? Who are you, what’s your story? What do you want people to know about you and ten years from now what would you like your story to be. Therefore, in order to give you a place to start with your cameras I ask that you bring the following items with you to campus:

  1. At least one printed photograph of you (somewhere between hand and head size works nicely). You may use more if you’d like.
  2. An object(s) of personal significance that can be photographed (basketball size or smaller)

Please be prepared to explain why you brought those particular images and objects. In both cases the more meaningful the image or object is to you, the better the story.

Learn to tell a good story.

We begin, August 24 at 8:00 AM….

I’ll see you then.



115103-magic-marker-icon-business-registered-markAssistant Dean Robin Howard send an email last week about registration. Did you get that information? If you did not, make sure that you are checking your email!

It is past time! If you have not registered… please do so today. If you have, please check to make sure that it is correct. Read the registration post we have prepped for you and make sure that you have Foundations (8c), one or two Art Histories (2c each), a Writing or Humanities class. You may want to take a music or dance class, or other courses, but first register for these. Your classes should add up to at least 12 (for full time) up to 18. Check that you have all the details correct. Here are a few things to look for:

Art History:  Their numbers should be 120 / 130/ 140 (the 0 can be any number). They run half a semester (A Block or B). Check that you signed up for the correct discussion session. It should be during the same block.

Humanities:  Take a course with a B or D and if possible with a Global Perspectives designation. This will help you get the required courses finished so that you have more freedom to select courses later. Check out the post that shows you how to find these designations.

If the Registrar ‘registered’ for you, delete those credits as you fill up your actual courses.

If you have credits you want to transfer in, contact the Registrar’s Office to find out how.