Carpentry apprentice with Dan Peterson Builder, LLC
Bronze-Lost wax apprentice at ART Research Enterprises in Lancaster, PA and Sculpture Artist in Residence at Millersville University in Millersville, PA
At the moment I’m learning technical skills and material knowledge for sculpture and installation with my dad as an apprentice for his carpentry business. Before this, in the last two years since graduation, I participated in the emerging artist in residency program at Millersville University in Millersville PA. During that time I was also an apprentice at ART Research Enterprises in lost wax bronze casting. I got to make so many amazing sculptures.
Impact of Ursinus
Ursinus, especially my professors were, and continue to be, fundamental to my path since high school. I still contact my professors for direction, critical advice, and support which I think is unique to Ursinus and places like it - it was small enough and rigorous enough to make these important relationships. And especially across departments - I keep in touch with studio art, art history, history, and science professors. I was pointed in this current direction because of a professor that saw an opportunity for me post-graduation.
My fellow students were also invaluable to me: one helped me find the ART Research Enterprises job and supported me through my residency and transition out of college. While in college, my studio mates were the most important people. Connecting and supporting each other was critical to all of our progress.
Piece of Advice
My advice Congress in three parts: One, let teachers and classmates know who you are, get to know them, they will be great allies, too. You will go farther than you ever imagined with community, so foster that, don’t wait for it. Two, accept that you will still be growing, allow time for that. Always growing and you can’t force it. Three, be genuine. Don’t be afraid to open up and be raw with the people around you, it’s essential to making those lasting relationships.