Open Studio Platform

Under normal circumstances the Binghamton University Art & Design Department hosts an Open Studio event at the end of each spring semester to celebrate and share student work. In 2020 however, while in the throes of the COVID pandemic, we were not able to meet in person; so instead, in an attempt to preserve the spirit of this event, I built a web platform (while teaching a full course load) for our "Closed Studio Night." The result was a win-win situation: I got to explore JAMstack technologies and students were able take a moment to step back and enjoy each other's work. It's also a handy archive. Of course a little is lost in translating work to the digital space – we lose a bit of a sense of scale and texture – but unexpected circumstances also help us learn a little about ourselves, what we can do, how we can create.

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