Tristan Tregaskis (Class of 2018)

Blogger Role: Printmaking

Major: Illustration

Minor: Graphic Design & Art History

I chose Marywood because it was the best option for me when compared to other schools nearby. Marywood also practices the Liberal Arts curriculum, which is what I wanted to apply for. I love learning new things everyday from every field of the educational spectrum. It also surrounds me with other students who study in a variety of Colleges here, which helps me to become a well-rounded person in an ever increasing, narrow-minded world.

I am majoring in Art because it became a passion of mine after years of understanding its practice. Rather than Computer Engineering (which I almost majored), the arts lets me spread a humble and existential sense of mind. It allows me to spread emotional connections without harming anyone in the process. It sends a message to the viewer that keeps us all in contact with our sentient-selves. As humans, I believe this is one of the most important ideas to cherish.

When I’m not in class, I’m either working on commissions or school work. For entertainment I play video games (CS:GO, Dota 2, R6S, etc.) and read books by philosophical authors (Plato, Kant, Tolstoy, etc.).

My favorite art class so far was General Illustration I, because it allowed me to find my art style. Without the intense working to meet the required deadlines, I don’t know where I would be today. I also love printmaking, so those classes gave me a relaxing time to cut and etch with ease.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far is learning at Marywood. That seems too cheesy, so instead I’ll say that my vendor positions were great opportunities. It led me into an environment similar to when I eventually graduate from here. It showed me how to manage money, what people desire in merchandise, and how to advertise myself as an artist to the “common folks.”

When I graduate I want to start working as soon as possible. It’s been a dream of mine ever since my elementary years living in Germany. I learn more of who I am as time passes by, so my “goal” is never static. As long as I can spread happiness throughout communities (whether it be by my art or not), I want to make this world a better place for everyone.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because it gives a lot of opportunities for potential art students to learn and grow. The teachers do care about our well-being and talent, which we take for granted. Marywood is always growing along with the Art program, so applying anytime will always seem like a great start to become a learning artist here.

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