Class of 2021
01. What did you study at SU and when did you graduate?
I graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies in 2021.
02. What is your professional role- how would you describe your work?
I am an artist investigating the stories of Kentucky. With oil paint, I illustrate familial relationships, queerness and tales of belonging. My work uses humor and illustration to sift through the discourse critiquing the region. I also serve as a teacher at Francis Parker Middle School.
03. What are the ways SU helped prepare you for what you are currently experiencing both at work and in your personal life?
In short, my classmates, professors, and Spalding community helped me become a better adult. The creative arts faculty encouraged my aspirations and fostered my creativity. My Liberal Studies faculty pushed me to think critically about how I serve my community. At large, the Spalding faculty shaped my perspective and prepared me with the tools to create solutions to the problems I see within the world.
04. What is your favorite memory from your time at SU?
My favorite memories at Spalding university were the many late night studio sessions spent with friends and fellow classmates. Also the many deep discussions in Dr.Parmenter and Dr.Dillon’s classes.
05. What was your favorite spot on campus as a student?
My favorite spot on campus was T-hall. I spent many hours painting and discussing the past, present and future of the art world in those classrooms.
“What is done in love is done well.” ― Vincent van Gogh
“may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know”
A piece from one of my favorite poems. Anytime I read these first couple of lines, it makes me joyful to be curious.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nobody, not even your Spalding faculty can define your success. It is up to you to create your path.
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