USC Aiken's Student Magazine Encourages Artistic Collaboration

Staff Report From Aiken CEO

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The student editorial team for Broken Ink, the University of South Carolina Aiken's literary and visual arts magazine, believes artistic collaboration is important on creative endeavors.

The group hosted a roundtable discussion, asking musical, poetic and theatrical artists to share their insights.

"The concept of collaboration is an exciting and important one. It brings artists together on one project and fuses it together into an extraordinary, meaningful artistic endeavor," said Dr. Richard Maltz, USC Aiken music professor emeritus.

"I've always sought out collaboration. It offers a lot of surprises and successes. It sometimes results in trials, but I'm able to learn from those.

"As a composer, everything is a collaboration. After all, I don't perform my own music. That becomes a collaboration with the musician."

The Etherredge Center's Executive Director Paul Crook and Dr. Amanda Warren, USC Aiken English professor, also joined the artists' panel. They, too, said they have discovered that art is often made better through collaboration, adding that joining forces can result in inspirational ideas and pieces of art that could not have been created by just one person.

The inaugural "Mixed Medium Meet N' Greet" event allowed guests to mingle with student editors of the publication and the organization's faculty advisor, Professor Roy Seeger.

"I'm always excited when artistic minds start thinking on the same project. That's how innovative things happen. That's how the magazine is ultimately made," Seeger said.

Broken Ink's Editor-in-Chief Haley Dixon said the concept of the event reflects the magazine's approach to the editorial process.

"Every one of our editors has an interest in multiple areas. We all work together to make greater creations and better ourselves as artists. I think collaboration is really important in our field."

Dixon and her team invite all USC Aiken students and artists to contribute to the magazine. Creative works, including poetry, prose, short stories, photography, comics, paintings, music, spoken word, or any other sorts of creative projects, are accepted for publication consideration.

The final submission deadline for the magazine is March 1, 2019.