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Insights from Outstanding Art Students

Published: February 16, 2018 | Author: Tracy Solimeno | Category: Arts

Student in forestSUU’s Department of Art & Design welcomes, Outstanding Student Speakers to Art Insights Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). This gives art students the chance to talk about their artistic journey and an opportunity for the community to learn about student work at SUU. Admission is free and open to the public.

Chosen for exemplary academics and their artistic performance, skill, and knowledge. These graduating seniors will offer a variety of viewpoints and insights on the many facets of art and design. Speakers for the evening are Jamie Louthan (art education), Sara Schlagel, Tessa Brunnenmeyer, and Erin Shupe (art history), Jessica Jones (BA/BS), Elizabeth Edwards (ceramics/sculpture, Shaena Dansie (graphic design), Sharilyn Shumway (illustration), and Michelle Gray (photography).

“I feel honored to be chosen by the Department of Art & Design as an outstanding student speaker,” said Jessica Jones, BA/BS speaker. “The most rewarding part about being in this department is how concerned the faculty are with student success.”

From these presentations, a finalist will be chosen to represent the Department of Art & Design at the CPVA graduation convocation in May.

Michelle Gray, Outstanding Student Speaker for Photography, said, “My advice to other art and design students is ‘Trust yourself. Your ideas and your vision are what make your art uniquely yours. You don’t want to make anyone’s art but your own.’”

Jamie Louthan, Art Education student, said, “I've received a broad education in the Department of Art & Design. I was able to experiment with many different mediums and learn from those experiences. My advice to current art students is ‘experiment with your skills during undergrad, and don't expect to find a narrow focus until much later. You might end up focusing on a medium or subject matter you never thought you would.’ I'll be touching on this more during my talk, where I'll discuss my progression as an artist and also how I got into teaching.”

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