Clarion Student leaves her mark on the art department

Amanda Betts -Staff Writer

As a senior fine arts major at Clarion University, Carolyn Confer is ready to show the world what she, and her art, are made of.

From a very young age, she has been passionate about making art. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have a crayon or a marker in my hand,” she said. She always enjoyed doing projects and creating was always extremely important to her. Throughout school, she made sure she always had at least one art class. It didn’t even matter what kind of art she was doing, as long as she was making something.

While she was passionate about her art before college, she was not fully aware of her talents. “None of my teachers in high school really encouraged me to go to school for art,” she explained. When she arrived at Clarion University, Confer had not yet chosen a major. She stayed undecided for two years until she was given the opportunity to take a printmaking class with Mark Franchino. Franchino finally gave her the confidence to pursue art as a career. “He was the one who told me I should become an art major,” she says. From that point on, she threw herself into her art.

As a fine arts major, she is involved in everything from sculpting, painting, printmaking and even more. “I definitely favor printmaking more, but sculpture is a close favorite,” she said. She often will try and combine the two in her projects, and loves the freedom that comes with that. “As an art student, I am challenged by how I can communicate my piece with viewers,” she explains. She feels that for her, printmaking and sculpting are most successful.

Classes are not the only way she incorporates art into her life. She is the president of “Vizartz,” the visual arts organization on campus. The club participates in art shows and exhibitions, as well as nights that open the art studios to the public, allowing students to showcase their work. Vizartz is planning many other exciting activities on campus and are in the process of creating domes that will end up appearing all over campus. After graduation, Confer plans to work in a museum or gallery setting. She hopes to be able to help artists from around the world get the attention their work deserves. For her, it’s important to for people to understand that art is everywhere; people just need to be willing to see it.

To incoming art students, Confer stated, “Create art that you are afraid of.” Making mistakes is natural and they often help you to find what you were really looking for. She admitted that she does not think she would be where she is now if it weren’t for the support of her parents and sisters. They encouraged her to follow her dreams and pursue her art. For Confer, becoming an art major was the best decision she could have made. “I have found exactly what I want to do with my life,” she said.

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