Students to get a look at job prospects in the arts at SM East Visual Arts Career Fair Thursday

Erica Sword, a costume designer for Quixotic Fusion, will be among the the professionals on hand at Wednesday's fair. Photo via Quixotic Fusion Facebook.
Erica Sword, a costume designer for Quixotic Fusion, will be among the the professionals on hand at Wednesday’s fair. Photo via Quixotic Fusion Facebook.

School is about reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, of course — but it also offers students the opportunity to explore the arts. And on Thursday, SM East students will have a chance to see how the arts can become a career.

The third annual Visual Arts Career Fair returns to SM East Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in the school cafeteria, and will feature the opportunity for students and parents to meet creative professionals who can help provide background and advice for creating a livelihood in artistic fields.

“Most high school students have just a vague notion of what artists do,” said SM East art teacher and co-organizer Adam Finkelston. “So this gives them an opportunity to talk with people who do jobs that require visual skills, but may not necessarily involve actually making original art.”

Among the professionals who will be on hand Thursday are Jacob Banholzer, an exhibition preparatory at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Paul Benson, an objects conservator at the Nelson-Atkins; Israel Garcia, a gallery director; Trevor Howell, an industrial designer; Erica Sword, the costumes designer for Quixotic Fusion; Ye Wang, who teaches Communications Studies at UMKC; and Steve Wilson, a Hallmark photographer.