Artist Talk: Elizabeth Daggar

April 8 -- 7:30pm at UMBC SPARK Gallery @ Light City

The following is a broad definition of “entrepreneurship” from the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship:

[University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)] believes that entrepreneurship is the ability of an individual to identify a goal, provide the leadership and mobilize the assets necessary to reach that goal. As such, individuals taking the risk to push the envelope in science and technology, break ground in the creative arts or craft new solutions to society’s problems are all entrepreneurs.

I did not realize how much I enjoyed attending Artist Talks until I had attended Ms. Elizabeth Daggar’s event. I sat through a beautiful, 45-minute presentation of her portfolio, which was accompanied by her commentary on the processes she took to develop, create, and advertise her work. She provided examples of her own art from various artistic mediums: drawing, graphic design, animation, and much more. She discussed her artistic development from various stages in her life; touching base on experiences from her college education to her professional career.

I believe Ms. Daggar is an entrepreneur. She completed her degree in Visual Communications, but used the knowledge she accumulated within a broad variety of art classes towards her professional career. She experimented with art in college, utilizing “as broad of a spectrum as a way of making media and a way of communicating.” But now, Daggar is adamant that what one “learns in one discipline is almost always applicable in another discipline.”

In her current professional career, Daggar continues to utilize exercises from her foundation courses in college, such as blind contours and observational drawings. The studio and hands on knowledge she has learned has helped her to reach the professional niche she is in now — a happy median between physical and digital work.

In addition, she stressed the importance of networking and adapting to new software/programs within her professional career. As majority of the software became outdated, Daggar claimed to “spend weekends rebuilding and reworking [her] portfolio from old to new software.” In addition, she earned majority of her jobs through freelance work and networking — whether in person or online.

From Ms. Elizabeth Daggar’s presentation, I learned new information about the importance of networking, slowly climbing the professional ladder, and utilizing accumulated knowledge throughout one’s life and career. I aim to heavily incorporate the information and mindset I learned from Ms. Daggar into my own future, artistic pursuits, and professional goals.