Student Spotlight: Grace Spiezia!

Meet Grace!

Name: Grace Spiezia

Year you’ll be graduating: Class of 2021

Major: Interior Architecture

Minor(s): Graphic Design

I am majoring in Art because when I was in high school, I used to take courses at local art and design colleges to further my passion for art. Eventually, I took an interior design course, and immediately fell in love. While at Marywood, I decided to add a graphic design minor, so that I could continue to take art classes that would now not only be fun for me, but also supplement and improve upon the work I was producing for my interior architecture studio courses.

The kinds of things that inspire me are I find most of my inspiration from documentaries and museum exhibits. I love going to museums because I can learn about another artists’ process and where they drew inspiration from themselves. I had gone to this one museum exhibit all about the television show “Downtown Abbey”, and there I got to see these elaborate art deco costumes and props, that later inspired me to design an art deco font called “Flapper” in my Intro to Typography class.

My favorite class so far was Intro to Typography most definitely! Before that class, I knew next to nothing about typography, and all the different elements of type. I really enjoyed learning how to create custom fonts, and how to edit text in various Adobe programs. At the end of the semester, I was also taught the basics of calligraphy. I found that I really love it, and since then, I have continued to work on calligraphy projects on my own for fun!

When I’m not in class I cannot seem to get enough of art and design, because I am usually doing something that relates to that! I am the Vice President of the Sketch Club at Marywood, and we are always trying to find new exhibits and places to visit in Scranton. I also like working on my painting, drawing, piano, and photography skills in my free time.

The coolest thing I’ve done so far was in my second year Interior Arch studio, I got to design and build my own chair. It was an amazing experience to be able to design something on paper and then see it come to life. At the end of the semester, I got to display my final product during Scranton’s First Friday event at Samter’s Loft.

When I graduate I plan to earn a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design, and my dream is to work and travel for a large design firm that is environmentally conscious. I would love to continue to experiment with different art fields, while also becoming a licensed Interior Designer, and LEED certified.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because there are so many different studio courses to take, even if they are not related to your major. I have taken a few classes just for the experience, and I have always found that not only are they a fun once in a lifetime experience, but they also supplement whatever career you are striving for. I took an Intro to Black & White Photography course, and it was amazing because I learned how to use a vintage film camera. I got to use a dark room and develop my own negatives and prints! When else in my life would I get the opportunity to do something like that?

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