Student and alumni works
ANNA HUNSBERGER '15
CRAFT SHOP COORDINATOR
"After being out of school for two years I will occasionally reflect on my experiences at Bluffton. My main reflections consist of the connections I made with other people and how those connections encouraged and challenged me in more ways than just academics. I was challenged in the way that I view myself and the people around me. Today I still value these things and view Bluffton as an important growing point in my life. I am inspired to love change, continue learning and understand that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Which is a morbid way of saying take it one step at a time.”
Caroline Yoder Macomber '08
"TRAVEL IS FREE" CEO AND DESIGNER
"In my work as a UI designer, it’s extremely important to make design choices with intentionality. This is something I learned in my years as an art student at Bluffton University. While there, I had an engaging environment to not only share my work with other students, but to answer thought provoking questions about the meaning and intent behind my artistic decisions. And as this mindful approach to decision making was being encouraged by my professors in the studio, so too was it exemplified and nurtured for the decisions of day to day life."
lauren faris '08
GRAPHIC DESIGN/MARKETING, THE POWELL COMPANY LTD
mark ehrman '07
ART EDUCATION MAJOR
Brittany Sinnema-Jackson '11
CERAMICS INSTRUCTOR SUBCONTRACTOR
Megan Yoder '11
FORMER TECHER, NOW CAKE DECORATOR
Anthony M jenkins '11
GALLERY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery
Amanda Huston '13
Dorkas Carey Public Library
“I think often about how different my life would be if I hadn’t attended Bluffton University.
I met my best friends there. I have a job I love thanks to the experiences I gained
with my campus job. And, I’ve had the privilege of using my art degree to illustrate
a children’s book and paint a mural.”
Beth Ross Black '16
TNTP and Independent Contractor, Uptown Images.
Abagial Graber '16
"The Bluffton University art department offers so many incredible opportunities to stay connected to the art world outside of college. I think those experiences were easy and important to take advantage of, whether it was an art trip to Chicago or stopping by Phil Sugden's studio at the Jone's building in Findlay. I think it's really important to get that kind of cultural art experience, but I also found it incredibly inspiring to see all of my professors not only teaching, but creating beautiful works of art in their free time - living proof that they can do what they teach.
It's been a year since I graduated Bluffton and I am not exactly where I thought I would be. Meaning, I didn't find a job until about a month ago, which is nearly 11 months after graduating. My best suggestion to you would be to network! Get as many internships as you can while still in school and over the summer. One of the main reasons I got the job I have today is because the marketing director who hired me knew two of my internship supervisors!
One of the best things about the Bluffton art department is the small classroom size. A small class size allows for open and personal attention, critique and conversation from both the professor and the students. I think that is what pushed me to create good and even great art.Sometimes you have to be your own motivation. I think it's important to know that especially with graphic design, you can't learn everything in the classroom. The Adobe programs are always updating and there are always new things to learn. I would watch lots of educational YouTube videos and I had several summer internships where I learned so much. Even at my current job I am learning things that I can't believe I never knew before. Just like pretty much everything, you have to have the motivation to continue to learn to be a graphic designer.”
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