Graphic & Web Design
The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago
Believe in yourself and don't stop dreaming, no matter how long it takes and what sacrifices it requires. Vassi Vasevski , Associate Instructor , The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
For me, that moment was when I was accepted into the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria after passing a series of very challenging exams (on my fourth attempt).
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I always rely on my professional experience as a practicing artist for more than 30 years. I tell stories from the real world, such as getting rejections from galleries, meeting tough deadlines, and facing tasks that put my talents and experience to the test.
How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?
Students learn to respect my experience over the course of the term. I think the fact that I came from another part of the world and have accomplished a thing or two over the years is an inspiring story in itself.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Collaboration between students from different programs is always beneficial. It’s an opportunity to see something from a different perspective, as well to be able to add your unique professional input to the learning process.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Love wholeheartedly what you’re doing. Believe in yourself and don't stop dreaming, no matter how long it takes and what sacrifices it requires.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m really happy to have been a part of the The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago family for over a decade now.