Clarion Student leaves her mark on the art department

Amanda Betts -Staff Writer

As a junior graphic design major with a minor in art history, Carson Steiner is looking forward to a life full of art.

When she was a child, Steiner was very involved in writing and drawing. Even at a young age, she saw importance in getting her art out there, entering her art into the Clearfield County Fair “Tons of people entered their photos, paintings, drawings, crafts, sculptures, etc., and they gave prizes in all the age divisions,” she explained.

She continues to enter her art to this day. She feels she owes much of her interest in art to her mother, as she was always a very talented artist. While she helped her to realize her passion, it really became her own once she reached high school and began creating for herself.

For Steiner, Clarion was the perfect college to attend. She enjoyed the atmosphere and size of the town, saying it reminded her of the small town she had grown up in; Clearfield, PA. Another major factor in the decision was the location: it was far enough away that she was not obligated to live at home and commute. It was important to Steiner to have the full college experience.

In high school, Steiner had never been able to learn enough about art. She felt that her classes did not provide her with the knowledge she craved, so she was very excited to add the art history minor. Choosing a major proved to be more difficult because Steiner loved all aspects of art, and had trouble deciding which she would most like to pursue. “I knew I wanted to be an artist,” she says. After choosing hergraphic arts major, she was pleased to realize that she had found her perfect fit. “I just really like expressing my creativity freely in everything I do! I like overcoming the challenges of design and creating successful work,” she says.

Her passion for art does not stop there, however. She is the current secretary for VizArtz, the graphic arts student organization on campus. Steiner thoroughly enjoys the work the club does on Clarion’s campus, and is grateful for the organization and the success that has come from being involved.

After graduation, Steiner plans to get a job with a design company, but also to continue doing freelance artwork. She is looking forward to “creating art for [herself].” To future art students, Steiner said, “Try all types of art forms because you never know what you’ll like.” At the beginning of her college career, Steiner was fairly set in being a digital artist, but upon taking a jewelry and sculpting class, she found she really enjoyed doing three-dimensional work as well. “Have an open mind and if you like something, continue working on that and a lot of good work will come out of it,” she concluded.

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