Catherine Spann ?22

Catherine Spann

Class Year



Arlington Heights, Illinois


Art Education, Studio Art


Art History

“Faculty from both the art and education departments are excited to teach art to future educators. Not only do they give us the tools needed to succeed in the classroom, but they also give us the tools to succeed in life.”

Catherine Spann, ’22

Career goal

“I wish to teach art to students from any grade in K-12. I hope to find a community that is supportive of the arts and their students. Further down the road, my goal is to get my master’s degree in education, as well as continue my own art profession.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I have no idea where I’d be today without the supportive Carthage faculty. Even outside the art and education departments, faculty have always been helpful to me in my studies and worked with me to accomplish my goals and find the resources to help satisfy my dreams.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been Senior Seminar in Studio Art (along with Senior Thesis Completion). It’s the final course towards the completion of an art thesis. Throughout the class, I was able to create art pieces for an art exhibition and promote them in the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art’s Visual and Performing Arts Lab. It was a solo exhibition, and through the support of my parents, friends, and Carthage faculty, I was able to exhibit a large collection of paintings and ceramics. It was a crowning moment, and I’m still proud of it!”

Campus involvement

“I’m co-president of Habitat for Humanity, membership outreach chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Pi, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the Carthage Curling Club. I love all these clubs for the members and the opportunities they provided me. From working on service projects for the Kenosha community, to carving pumpkins with my Kappa Pi artists, and even curling on the campus ice sheet, all these organizations and clubs have provided me friendship with my Carthage peers.”

Toughest class

“Ceramics Wheel-Throwing was one of the hardest yet most rewarding classes I have taken. I had no experience with wheel-throwing, and my professor wanted the class to get a good, full experience. Through extra hours and practice outside of class time, I worked on throwing cylinders, bowls, and an array of other items. Although hard, the progress I made in my wheel-throwing capability and in my final pieces was evident! If given the opportunity, I recommend students take this course as it will be challenging but rewarding! You also get to keep everything you make, which is an added bonus!”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I worked at the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art. It was a fun, relaxing job that had me monitoring the gallery during open hours, taking attendance, and answering questions. I also had the opportunity to help with some art exhibition installations!”

Opportunities at Carthage

“During my sophomore year, I went on the Costa Rica J-Term trip: Photographing Nature. It was the best class! We went to Costa Rica and photographed different areas of the country that demonstrated ecotourism. We got to explore jungles, the coast, and other areas of conservation. I loved having the opportunity to explore a country and take amazing photos as part of my homework!”


“I received an art scholarship, which was helpful when deciding on my choice for college.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories was framing a house with the Carthage Habitat for Humanity organization. During spring break, Habitat for Humanity participates on the Collegiate Challenge Trip and travels across the U.S. to help a community. One of these trips was to Oklahoma City, and the whole group of Carthage volunteers had the chance to frame a house. This meant we were literally holding up the wooden frame that would serve as the foundation for walls. It was cool to see everyone working on a project and to see a house be put together right in front of our eyes.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Starbucks and the painting rooms in the H. F. Johnson Center for Fine Arts are my favorite spots on campus. Starbucks is a given as I love coffee and the atmosphere of the café. The painting rooms are my go-to work place when working on large-scale paintings or even essays without any worry.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is simply how fast college is going! I feel as if I was just a terrified freshman moving in yesterday, and now I’m a senior looking forward to graduation! The time truly does fly by.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“8-year-old me would be shocked that I want to become a teacher and work in a school. She would be thrilled with the art part but horrified with the idea of being in school all day long. I’d have to tell my younger self that being in school is actually fun when making art is your job.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“If you love art but are concerned about having a financially-stable future, art education is the way to go. Not only can you teach art and work with others who want to learn and grow in the arts, but you can also continue your own art on the side. Becoming an art educator doesn’t mean you stop creating art!”

Why Carthage?

“Besides the amazing view, I chose Carthage for the art education program. Faculty from both the art and education departments are excited to teach art to future educators. Not only do they give us the tools needed to succeed in the classroom, but they also give us the tools to succeed in life.”