Joey Gerace (Class of 2021)

Blogger Role: Ceramics

Major: Illustration and Ceramics

Minors: Graphic Design

Clubs: Vice President of Outdoors club

I chose Marywood because the school because it was clearly the one that stood out to me out of all my visits during high school. Marywood’s campus is pristine and very enjoyable. Most importantly though, I saw that I could achieve the education I was seeking through the professors and facilities and chase down my goals.

I am majoring in Art because my chosen fields of Illustration and Ceramics are both processes of creation. They begin with nothing but an idea and end with a unique piece of art formed by my own hands. I think that hands-on process of creation is what draws me to art.

When I’m not in class, I enjoy spending my time pursuing several hobbies, chiefly outdoors activities such as hiking, fishing, and discovering the hidden gems of mother nature. I also enjoy musical pursuits, playing the piano and guitar.

So far, my favorite art class at Marywood was…well, it’s so tough to say as the liberal arts education here is so diverse and offers so many kinds of classes. If I had to choose though I might say one of my favorite classes was an upper level philosophy course which entailed enlightening discussions on healthcare and the impact it can have (or the impact of its absence).

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far is that I’ve taken my studies and enriched them with classes from various fields to heighten my personal knowledge. The freedom Marywood can offer its students is great. I think that this ability to really do almost anything you want is fantastic.

After graduating I plan to work for an company for a period of time, although my long-term goals are more independent. I would like to eventually employ myself and supplement each of my areas of study with the other, using Illustrations, Design, and ceramics to find a niche and fill it.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because the program is very substantial and prepares students in a way that hones their skills through the years of study. The freedom to branch out of your chosen major is unparalleled and offers any willing student the opportunity to get an incredibly deep understanding in the artistic world.

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