“My goal after graduation is to find a place where I can incorporate both my studio art practice and graphic design skills into whatever I’m creating. I would love to be able to build a reputation for myself as a freelance artist, designer, and illustrator. My biggest priority after graduation is continuing my own personal art practice and hopefully having a studio of my own.”
“Professor Ryan Miller has not only impacted my college career, but my entire life. He taught me how to think about art in ways I never even considered before college.
“Professor Jojin Van Winkle always goes the extra mile, and I’ve always admired how she would drop whatever she was doing just to help a student in need. When I was freaking out about my senior thesis exhibition, she helped me organize my thoughts and comforted me when I needed it the most.”
“My favorite art class at Carthage was Illustration. Our class did a lot of different projects, and I liked the change of pace. We made a comic strip, book cover illustrations, and caricatures. This class opened my eyes to several styles and approaches to illustration and how relevant it is in the world around me.”
“The toughest class I’ve taken within my studio art major at Carthage was Sophomore Seminar in Studio Art. This class intellectually challenged everything I had previously been taught about making and experiencing art. I can easily say this class changed my life. My studio practice hasn’t been the same since I’ve taken this class, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. This class was so frustrating and confusing at times, but was absolutely necessary to expand and reshape my artistic practice.”
“I am currently a graphic design intern in the Office of Marketing and Communications, and I absolutely love it! I get to create T-shirts and brochures for the college I go to. I never realized just how much goes into producing visual elements for an entire college, and I’ve learned so much. I’ve become more proficient in both the design programs and my design skills.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“For two years, I was a H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art gallery assistant on campus. I learned about installing exhibitions, met artists, and even curated my own exhibition in the Hedberg Library! While this job came with some long, laborious days, it was an opportunity I wouldn’t change for anything. It was always so satisfying looking around the gallery after installing a show.”
“I joined Delta Theta Epsilon my freshman year, and it has been so amazing watching the sorority grow into what it is today! When I joined, there were 12 girls, and now there are well over 20.
“I’m also a member of Kappa Pi. I have a lot of fun getting together with fellow art majors, enjoying each others company, planning events around campus, and even tie-dyeing shirts. This group was really somewhere I felt I could be myself while also representing the Art Department on campus.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“Some of my favorite memories include going on field trips for art classes. I’ve went to the Museum of Contemporary Art and saw the coolest exhibition. It was titled “I was Raised on the Internet” and featured video, installation, and even virtual reality. After the mandatory part of the field trip, the entire class went home with the exception of me and another art student. Prof. Winkle took both of us out for coffee in the city to another really amazing exhibition, and then we waited till dark so that we could watch some video projections on the Merchandise Mart. Spending the day in Chicago with my professor and another art student was so much fun, and it’s a day I will never forget!”
Biggest surprise so far?
“I think the biggest surprise so far is all the opportunities I’ve gotten at Carthage. From art gallery assistant to graphic design intern, I never thought I was capable of being the person to receive these opportunities, but Carthage faculty and staff have pushed me to be the best version of myself. Carthage has shown me so many things that I didn’t know about myself and my potential.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think 8-year-old me would be really confused, but really intrigued, which isn’t far off from how I feel now. The good thing is that the confusing part of this career path is how many creative possibilities are present all the time–it can be overwhelming. However, the possibilities make this career path liberating. I’m always wanting to learn more about relevant artists/designers and skills that I could add to make my work even better.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“You get what you put into the studio art major at Carthage. If you don’t use time out of class to work on things, it will show in the work that you’re making. If you treat these classes like something you just need to show up for and do the bare minimum, your experience and studio practice will suffer. This major comes with a lot of intellectually challenging hurdles, but don’t be afraid to think differently and ask hard questions.”