by Jenny Hill ’05 According to an article in the July 10, 2010, issue of Newsweek Magazine, there is a creativity crisis in America. Today’s youth are not fully developing their creativity, which is crucial to independent thinking and problem-solving skills. To counter this crisis, the article suggests universities must continue to offer and support academic programs in creative fields. With a nationally recognized theatre program and excellent programs in art and music, Otterbein offers creative students many opportunities to grow and develop as professionals and individuals.
Nurturing our Artists Last spring, art major Hannah Farley ’15 submitted a body of work to the 16th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. To her surprise, the juror gave her an award for her entire body of work — something that had never been done before. Of 158 entries by 46 students, only 68 pieces by 38 students were chosen by guest juror Kim Vito, professor of art at Wright State University. Four of those pieces were created by Farley during her freshman year Drawing I class, taught by Professor Nicholas Hill. “Each piece in the body of work is made from a different medium — vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, conté crayon and graphite,” Farley said. “The pieces were either an in-class activity or were projects to be completed outside of class.” Hill said the quality of Farley’s work reflects her personal commitment to growing as an artist. “Hannah entered the Drawing I class with high expectations for herself. She was willing to try new processes and explore different ways of seeing and expressing visual concepts. Her confidence grew throughout the semester and her work reflects that growth.” Guest juror Vito reviewed the submitted works of art, which were presented anonymously, and chose works both for the exhibition and for individual awards. Because she chose all four of Farley’s pieces to receive awards without knowing they were by the same artist, a new award was created. Farley received the Margueritte Wetherill Eschbach Art Merit Award for her body of work at a reception on March 28. “I was so surprised to receive it. I am truly very honored,” Farley said. Visitors to Otterbein this academic year will see Farley’s art all over campus. During the summer, she designed the posters
Fleet and Fade, artwork by Hannah Farley ’15. At right are posters she created for the Departement of Theatre and Art. and artwork for the Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2013-2014 season. The posters are online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. Ultimately, Farley would like to work for a design firm or as a designer for a company. She thinks that Otterbein is giving her the tools for a successful career. “The faculty members in the Art Department are fantastic. Every professor I’ve had since my first semester has taught me so much and pushed me to try new things. It’s hard to put into words that kind of development — perhaps the best way to describe it would be to say that Otterbein has increased my confidence in myself as an artist and a professional,” she said. Farley also credits the art curriculum with introducing her to new mediums. To fulfill a requirement, she took Beginning Photography (Film), a class outside of her concentration that she might not have considered otherwise. “I now have my own website for my photography that has led to the start of a small business,” she said. Her photography is online at hannahfarleyphotography. squarespace.com. O tte r b e in To w e r s | Fall 2013 |