Give us a brief background of your life before SeattleU and how you became interested in the arts?
I'm originally from Corvallis, Oregon and the arts have long been an important part of my life. Whether it was music, photography, film, theatre, I was constantly seeking ways to creatively express myself. In 2015, I graduated with my B.F.A in Sound Design with minors in Film & Television and Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I moved back to the Pacific Northwest after graduation and settled in Seattle. Eventually, I became more interested in the administrative side of the arts, particularly in development and exploring equitable funding models.
You have recently accepted a new job. Congratulations! Tell us about your new position.
The position is Development Coordinator for the Seattle Symphony. The role is mostly tied to the Major Gifts team within the development department. Some of my duties within this position include managing VIP ticketing, event coordination, and major gift solicitation. I've been at the Symphony for about two weeks now and it's been a really fun challenge. As a music lover, I'm excited to be exposed to new composers and sounds I may not have been aware of.
Working and completing your MFA can be stressful. How do you manage your responsibilities? Have you received any advice worth sharing?
One of the biggest things I try to do in order to manage the busy schedule is to do class work over many days rather than the night before. Breaking up work into small tasks over a longer period helps me reapproach ideas, formulate stronger arguments, and retain information. The biggest piece of advice I have received is to never take on more than you can chew. It's unfair to you and your peers if you're not putting your best work in because of too many half-hearted commitments.
Your art practice is in music. Do you have any performances or shows coming up?
I do! I'll be co-headlining a performance with musician Benoit Pioulard at the Fremont Abbey's Open Space series on Sunday, April 8th. I'll also be displaying some of my video art during Center on Contemporary Art's Sound Bath exhibition on March 18th and in June I'll be displaying 4Culture's Storefront Media Gallery.
Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
Carol Wolfe Clay, MFA
Director of Graduate Practicums
Chair, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership
Student Financial Services