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About Kellie Houx

The editor of Creative Outlook Magazine, Kellie is the Czar of all things 'artsy' around MyMajors!

SFAI Part of National Portfolio Days Jan. 19

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San Francisco National Portfolio Day
Saturday, January 19, 2013 – Noon to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, California


The San Francisco Art Institute will be hosting the San Francisco National Portfolio Day (NPD) on Saturday, January 19.

National Portfolio Days are designed for prospective students who are looking to further their education at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prospective BFA students will receive feedback on their portfolios from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In addition, these sessions provide the opportunity to learn more about the curricula, faculty, and application procedures at participating schools. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and RSVP in advance to this event. For more information about San Francisco’s NPD, contact the SFAI Admissions Office at 415.749.4500 or

Parking and Directions

The area around SFAI is strictly zoned for two-hour parking. Parking will be limited on the day of the NPD event, so we highly recommend the use of public transportation or one of nearby public parking lots.

Schools Attending San Francisco’s NPD

Alberta College of Art + Design
Art Center College of Design
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
California College of the Arts
The Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
The Cooper Union School of Art
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Kansas City Art Institute
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Laguna College of Art + Design
Center for Design At Lawrence Tech
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Moore College of Art & Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons The New School for Design
Ecole Parsons a’ Paris/Paris College of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
School of Visual Arts
University of Michigan, School of Art & Design
The University of The Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University – The School of the Arts
Woodbury University
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Kirbi Fagan’s ‘Air Boss’ tells a story

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'Air Boss' by Kirbi Fagan. VOTE NOW

With the Creative Outlook Magazine cover contest in full swing, we have been featuring some artists from time to time. Kirbi Fagan is another artist whose single entry is a story that is ready to be told.

“When creating Air Boss, I wanted to create an image of a hero that had storytelling qualities. When paging through books on historical aviation I became very interested in the imagery. I wasn’t as interested in the planes as I was the people who flew them. I am very enthusiastic about nostalgia and Americana images. I used vintage photos to helps me come up with the planes. I always use people I know in my paintings, Air Boss himself, is a good friend of mine who I distorted to add character. The title Air Boss was inspired by a conversation with my Grandpa, who has been building an airplane in his garage on Lake Michigan since I could remember,” she says.

Kirbi is entering her senior year at Kendall College of Art and Design. She is studying illustration. “I chose illustration for my major because I liked to tell stories in my work. I like the idea of working for a client and having my work used as a commercial product. When I graduate I will be pursuing a job in creating art for book covers, greeting cards, magazine spot illustrations and illustrations for learning products.”

However, Kirbi didn’t start painting until college. She was that “crafty” and creative child and tween, but she didn’t start drawing until her sophomore year in high school. “I was extremely lucky to be able to take many art classes. I was devoted to learning to draw and loved drawing! I learned to draw by drawing from observation and copying photos rather than drawing from my imagination,” she says.

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“Today, a strong drawing background removes any limitations on what I can create. Throughout high school, I exposed myself to other arts, like music and theater that still inspire me today. I looked at art in books, online and visited local galleries. I really struggled in math and science. Art class was the first place where I felt I fit in among other creative, like minded students. The greatest thing I gained from making art in high school was learning that I loved to make art. High school sparked my love for art and design and there, I was strongly encouraged to move forward in the arts.”
To see more of her work, visit her site at

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Singer Delivers New Take on
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Well, here we go again! This time, I am going to offer up a look and a listen to Gilbert High School senior Brittany Howk. Brittany submitted a song for the Creative Outlook contest. The post is on our website at

So Brittany took a few minutes to answer my questions about her young academic life and her unique rendition on a standard. “I go to Gilbert High School in the growing town of Gilbert, Arizona. My school is the oldest in the town of gilbert, with about 3,000 students. I have gained such a great high school experience there. All of the performing arts are top notch, winning awards around the state, giving me lots of opportunities to work on some great projects! My heart is with the theater program though. The theater department is amazing. We are one big happy family and we put on some amazing productions. This year my Performance Theatre’s class took the state title at the One Act Festival!”

While many of us know the iconic piece, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, sung by Judy Garland for Wizard of Oz, but Brittany spins her own flair and gives the selection a little soul that comes from her.

“I sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow because I wanted to do something that would show a different side of my voice, as well as a different take on the song. The song also applies a lot to what I am going through in life, with my dreams being hard to reach and transitioning into a new phase of my life!”

While the contest is fun, Brittany has all the typical high school senior requirements as the year comes to an end. “Next year I will be attending Arizona State University for theater in hopes of training to eventually transfer to a musical theater program elsewhere,” she says. And all we have to say is good luck.

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Cristina Moore’s Destinations Appeals to Editor

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By Kellie Houx

OK, I am going to start something positive, I hope. As editor at Townsend Communications, I have a chance to be part of several magazines; those that go out locally and those that take on a more national stage. One of those national pieces is titled Creative Outlook. For the past couple of years, we have engaged young artists. Hundreds have submitted art in the hopes their work might grace the cover.

For the next few months, some of the Townsend staff will pick some favorites, find the students and pose a few questions to them about their visual and performing arts pieces.

First up, I found Cristina Moore, a senior at Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts. Booker T. Washington is a visual arts magnet inside the Dallas Independent School District, and it’s located inside the Arts District in downtown Dallas.

“I transferred to Booker T. my junior year because I was dissatisfied with the art program at my old high school, and personally, I’m grateful I did. The facilities are wonderful and the faculty is very helpful. I’ve learned to grow in my artwork by looking at the artwork of other students my age. In conjunction with taking core academics such as science, math, history, and English, I have four other free periods focused on the visual arts. I’ve taken drawing, design, printmaking, painting, and figure study classes during my time at Booker T. Washington. The school also has ceramic classes and sculpture classes available for their students,” she says.

OK, so here is where the art and this viewer get subjective. Cristina has posted several pieces for the contest. Her piece titled Destinations really appealed to me. It is that sort of piece that resonates in its complexity and its simplicity. The image of a young girl is the simple part, but the intricacy of the maps organized in just the right way to offer shadow and contrast of clothing and facial structure is amazing to this viewer. Just a simple statement – I loved the piece. That is the effect that art can have. Viewers bring in their own feelings and experiences. For me, I was reminded of my childhood and road trips every other summer with my parents and little brother. Long before the world of electronic navigation tools, there was the beauty of maps. There was the well-worn atlas that we carried everywhere. When my brother and I were old enough and understood map work, we helped navigate or we would estimate how many miles it was to the next location. So yes, Destinations struck at a critical childhood memory for me.

Cristina says the piece was made for her AP-2D concentration portfolio, which is focused upon the personalities and humor of her two youngest sisters. “I was inspired to use maps as a way of illustrating the figure after seeing Matthew Cusick’s artwork online. Check it out, he has some really cool piece,” she says.

As for the future, Cristina plans to head to the University of Tulsa this fall, to major in graphic design with a minor in advertising and art history. “I’d like to covert my abilities in the fine arts into creating print advertisements, packaging, logos, branding and more,” she says.

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