Ellie Kloss (Class of 2026)

Blogger Role: Off Campus Art News

Major: Graphic Design

Minor(s): None yet 😉

Clubs: Delight, Pacer Players, RPG club, Zeta Omicron Kappa Pi Art Honor Society

I chose Marywood because I wanted a well rounded, liberal arts experience. At first I thought about applying to several arts colleges, but the more campuses I visited, the more I realized that what I was really looking for was a University that could give me more in-depth experiences. I wanted to be in a place where I could just as easily run into an engineering or history major as well as an art therapy or music major. 

I am majoring in Art because it has always been there for me. I considered many different paths throughout my life, (ranging from astronaut to concert violinist), but after major life events, soul searching, and lots of counseling, I am right where I’m meant to be.

When I’m not in class, I’m normally doodling in my sketchbook, eating at Naz, listening to music, or a combo of all three 🙂  I love being involved with a number of clubs, including (not limited to) the Pacer Players and Zeta Omicron (art honors). I can also be found walking around Campus and contemplating the mysteries of the universe. 

So far, my favorite art class at Marywood was Basic Drawing with Kevin O’Neill. This was my first “real” art class, where I was put under scrutiny by a professional, whose instruction noticeably improved my skills. The difference in my art in just the first month was astronomical. Me from a year ago wouldn’t believe the stuff I’m making now. 

“…once you get here it’s the people that do the magic. Everyone here knows the mission and has your success as their top priority.”

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far is work in the studio late at night. When you are an art student at Marywood, you can have access to the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts 24-7 once you have your ID keyed for it. After hours, the Insalaco building takes on a whole new vibe, and sometimes it’s Fun to know that you’re the only one there so late, and you make friends with the security guards. 

When I graduate I would really like a job at a fun-loving company or small business that needs a graphic designer. I really value places that just let me be myself, and encourage my creativity. Plus probably some freelancing on the side 🙂

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because it’s one of the best on the east coast! Trust me, I’ve checked. Don’t overlook Marywood because it’s in your backyard, like I almost did. Marywood isn’t the best because of its beautiful campus or big fancy rotunda, once you get here it’s the people that do the magic. Everyone here knows the mission and has your success as their top priority.

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