Up until her freshman year of high school, Olivia Dean wanted to be an accountant, but things changed after she was persuaded by a friend to take an art class, “I ended up loving it and from that point on I knew that art was what I wanted to do,” she says.
Now a current, junior Fine Arts major at Mount St. Joseph University, Dean was recently awarded the First Place Award in the Summerfair Emerging Artists competitive exhibition for her acrylic/encaustic painting "Let's Not Talk About Size More Often." This is the first time a Mount art student has won this prestigious award and consortium-wide recognition.
“It was really an honor to be recognized outside of the department here on campus; it justifies that what I am doing at the Mount is really helping me grow and challenge myself as an artist,” says Dean.
Although she is no longer pursuing a career in accounting, Dean still uses her inherent strategic skills in her creative process. “I am a very logical and analytical thinker. I enjoy taking the time to plan out projects and lay them out mathematically, requiring constant time and attention to detail. Though this may not be seen as a common approach for creating most illustrative artwork, making the process complicated, ironically, makes it easier for me,” she says.
Also exhibited in this distinguished juried exhibition are the photographs of Mount senior Christopher Walters, Art Education major, and portrait oil paintings by Mount senior Art Education major, Chrisanne Neumann.
The Mt. Adams Art Walk, sponsored by Summerfair, will be offering a mentor/selling opportunity for the exhibitors during the 2nd Saturdays of April, May, September, and October. This has proven to be a great learning experience for all.