Student Spotlight: Madi Grose

Hi everyone! I have some sweet and bittersweet news. First the bittersweet: I will not be the Student Spotlight blogger anymore. But for the sweet news, I will be the new Graphic Design blogger! I’m very excited about this new opportunity.

For my last Student Spotlight blog, I wanted to do someone who I find amazing in every aspect.

Meet Madi Grose! Madi is a sophomore art therapy major, with a minor in ceramics. She is one of the kindest, most beautiful people you will ever meet. She inspires me beyond words, and I am so grateful that I can call her one of my closest friends. I am so glad she gave me the opportunity to interview her. Keep reading to learn about Madi and her wonderful art journey!

Major: Art Therapy

Minor: Ceramics

Graduation Year: 2026

I am majoring in Art because…

When I suffered a traumatic brain injury at age 12, art became my coping strategy, my outlet, and my passion. I’ve done art since I was little, but it became the most important thing to me at this time.

“When I felt like I was lost and had nothing left, I had art.”

If I can help anyone struggling by relating to them with my own personal experience and teaching them how to express themselves through art, that is all I would ever want in life. 

The kinds of things that inspire me are…

Art that tells a story has always gotten to me. I love to analyze pieces and really get into the artists headspace. I’ve always found that art is a beautiful way to convey emotion and is very much up for interpretation. Even if I’m wrong about what I thought the story behind a piece is, I’ve created a whole new story for myself to think about. 

My art favorite class so far was…

I loved Intro to Art Therapy and Ceramics 1

When I am not in class…

I love to be outside in nature. Going for long strolls and taking pictures of the beautiful things I see is one of my favorite hobbies. Besides that, I obviously love to make art of any sort. I also enjoy singing and playing guitar.

The coolest thing I have done at Marywood so far was…

The class trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art!

When I graduate…

I hope to move to North Carolina and buy a house close to the ocean. I plan to attain a job as an art therapist in a private practice of sorts where I will be able to work with people of all ages and abilities. I would love to have a pottery wheel and a small kiln either in a home art studio or in my art therapy office so that I can offer that art form to patients. 

I would recommend the Art program at Marywood because…

The community is so welcoming and accepting of all people. As a legally blind wheelchair user, I’ve never felt judged or looked down upon by anyone in the art program. The professors have always found ways to work with me and encourage me be as creative as possible. 

What excites me most about Art is…

Knowing that there are no limits to what I am capable of.

Here is a gallery of Madi’s artwork

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed Madi’s story as much as I do. Look out for my Graphic Design blog posts very soon! Thank you for reading my Student Spotlights these past few months! –Grace

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