For his Meet the Artist event, metalsmith Kirk Lang organized presentations for more than 180 students in seven different Sammamish High School art classes this May. Guide and go-between, collaborator and professor, Lang described his past and present experiences with art to aspiring young makers of jewelry, ceramics, drawings, paintings, blown glass and metalwork. He spoke about his background, the moment he realized he wanted to be an artist (revealing his own discovery of metals in high school), the steps he took along the way to make the idea of being an artist a reality, and how he is currently making a living by making and creating things. After each presentation, he facilitated a discussion about the specifics of pursuing a career in the arts, and the options out in the world for art professionals, answering questions about his personal struggles and successes. “With that information,” says Lang, “they will hopefully be better prepared for their futures.”
Rounding out his event, Lang also taught the Sammamish High School Jewelry and Metals class how to fabricate a ring by hand using techniques that included sawing, forming, soldering, and finishing. After a short demonstration, Lang worked with students on their own projects, giving them the opportunity to apply these techniques, and answering questions along the way—Lang himself an alloy of sorts, a link between the initial sparks to create and artistic actualization.
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Artist Trust’s Meet the Artist program is an integral component of the annual Artist Trust Fellowships. Every Fellowship recipient presents an event outside of their geographic area of residence or to a community that would not ordinarily have access to their work. Meet the Artist bridges our artistic community with the diverse communities in Washington State, increasing awareness about the vital roles the arts and artists play in our culture.