A new creative director will take over production of the Folio visual arts journal due to the resignation of current creative director senior Ashley Wolfgang.
Wolfgang, who holds editorial positions on two other campus publications, resigned in November, following the release of the first edition of Folio of the year.
“I decided to resign because I foresee that the journal would be in better hands if somebody can dedicate their full time to it, and put their full efforts into it, and that’s what would make it, I think, the best that it could be,” Wolfgang said.
Broadcast, Internet and Publications Committee Chair Andy Civettini is confident that the position will be filled, and noted that several students have requested applications.
Civettini said that a handful of students had already requested an application.
“I’m certain that we’ll be able to fill the position.”
Under normal circumstances, head applicants are required to include a full staff and propose a budget in their applications. In this case, however, the incoming creative director will have to work within the budget that has already been approved.
“Because the budget is set for this fiscal year, they do not have to propose a budget,” Civettini said. “But they do need to come up with a staff, which is why they have the full two-week application window.”
Several current Folio staffers are applying for the position, according to Wolfgang.
“I know there are people from our current staff who are applying for the creative director position, and those are the ones who I think would be best qualified, because they know the journal more, but it would also be great to have somebody who has a lot of experience with studio art and visual art.”
Wolfgang hopes that the position goes to “someone who has a lot more free time and a lot more background and love for the visual arts.”
At the same time, the new creative director will also have to keep to the regular production schedule.
“We won’t appoint someone who isn’t capable of ushering a staff through a full issue of Folio in the spring, which is their normal production schedule,” Civettini said.
There will be a turnover period following the appointment of the new creative director during which time Wolfgang will train and orient the chosen applicant.
“There is going to be a turnover period where I’m going to be training them, so I’m still going to have involvement … so I can teach them the ropes,” Wolfgang said.