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This Saturday at FM: Arts Careers Symposium

November 1, 2012 - Mohawk Currents

Nationally Known Sculptor John Van Alstine to Give Presentation at FM

One Sculptor’s Tales of Survival and Beyond: An Informal Show and Tell — Sharing of Practical Insights of Survival and Success in an Unsteady Art World

Nationally known artist John Van Alstine will be the guest speaker at the Sixth Annual Arts Career Symposium to be held at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Saturday, November 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the College’s Theater.  Van Alstine’s presentation is titled, “Make It, Market It, Move It! – One Sculptor’s Tales of Survival and Beyond:  An Informal Show and Tell - Sharing of Practical Insights of Survival and Success in an Unsteady Art World.”

Van Alstine’s career has spanned over 25 years; he is recognized as a national figure in contemporary art.  Working out of his studio in the southern Adirondack town of Wells, Van Alstine’s works are found in many important collections and museums both nationally and internationally. Van Alstine’s recent projects include his large scale work chosen for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park, commissioned pieces for the Indianapolis Airport, Michigan State University, and recently the Saratoga Springs 911 Memorial Sculpture.

The topic of Van Alstine’s talk will be an overview of the personal growth of his artistic career, from early art student years to making it as a professional artist. Van Alstine will share his experience as a full time artist and give insight into what practices help contribute to the success and longevity in a career in the fine arts. A question and answer session will take place at the conclusion of the presentation followed by a reception with refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

This event was started five years ago by the artists’ advocacy group, M.E.C.C.A., which has been recently renamed Arts In Motion. This year’s event, which annually focuses on various career development topics for individuals interested in advancing professional skills in the visual, musical and performing arts, is being co-hosted by FM’s Foundation as part of a partnered-written grant provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

For further information, please contact Fine Arts Professor Joel Chapin at 518-736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8977 or email

If you would like to submit information or commentary about the local arts scene for publication here at Mohawk Currents, contact Features Editor Bill Ackerbauer at


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John Van Alstine is shown outside his studio in Wells in this photo by L-H photographer Bill Trojan.