Name: Elizabeth Hartman, Class of 2019
Major: MFA Visual Arts, Ceramics
I am majoring in Art because from a young age, I’ve enjoyed creating and seeing my imagination come alive. Art has given me a outlet in which to realize my ideas and have discussions with the community about the subject matter I focus on. I’ve tried to leave art in the past to focus on other ventures, but each time I am pulled back and unable to release myself from the hold it has had on me.
The kinds of things that inspire me are Microbiology, Genetics, Ancient History, Anthropology, Nature and Paleontology
My favorite class so far was… it’s difficult to choose. I feel that each course so far has given me a better understanding of how to communicate with my audience and create work that not only inspires me, but creates lasting imagery with those that view it.
When I’m not in class I’m traveling, researching diseases, reading medical journals and spending time with my family and my rescue dog.
The coolest thing I’ve done so far was either teaching high school in New York City for 2 years or backpacking through Europe. Both gave me insights into the world that I haven’t since forgot.
When I graduate I want to teach Ceramics full-time in a university setting. I’ve always been inspired by those I’ve taught and those that have taught me and enjoy the exchanging of ideas that academics brings.
I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because the professors take the time to figure out your strengths and weaknesses being your artistic potential to light.
The current series of ceramic sculptures I’m working on deal with genetic and environmental diseases and the implications that they have in the development of society and social understanding of disease. Currently the diseases I am creating have supplemental cures, but none of them have fully realized restoring cures.