Lily Guziewicz (Class of 2019)

Blogger Role: On Campus Art News

Major: Illustration

Minor: Art History

I chose Marywood because I discovered that good art could be made in the most unlikeliest of places. Growing up a short distance away, I felt like I needed to escape my mundane pattern of existence. However,  after working within the studios and one-on-one with the professors, I have found a corner of the world where disorder meets systems. And somewhere between the two I have found myself making art.

I am majoring in Art because I think its essential to my being as a human. Art for me is a deeper engagement that I have yet to experience within any other area of study. It’s a cross between the organic and structured aspects of life which I find fascinating.

When I’m not in class, I’m trying to find new music, looking for vintage tees, googling book synopsis’, over-analyzing life and simple interactions, sharing memes, visiting Wegman’s candy section, and waiting all week for five dollar movie night to come back around on Tuesdays.

My favorite art class so far was a class that exposed me to a way of creating like no other called Painting for the Illustrator. It relied on intimacy between the artist and the subject matter, where the subject told the story and it was the artist’s job to just capture it. This was a vulnerable and raw time for me that really formed the foundation of my style and my passion.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was take advantage of the study abroad program where I studied a semester in Florence, Italy. I took a creative writing class there which I wouldn’t of had the opportunity of taking back home. This class has given me an endless amount of material to base my illustrations on as well as given me the goal of writing a short novel within my free time.

When I graduate I hope to move to a city that inspires and influences my art. I would be happy working any job that allows me to use my creativity to communicate through illustration.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because you get the chance to work closely with professors who are beyond knowledgeable within their fields of study. I also found that  the 24-hour studio access allows students to make art at their own pace at all hours of the day and night, which has been very valuable.

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