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Hunter Kissel ‘14

hunter1Putting the art in liberal arts

Hunter Kissel’s work shows how Transylvania's liberal arts education will broaden the spectrum of any artist's palette.

Kissel, who won Transylvania's prestigious Holleian Society award for his creative work outside the classroom, has seen first-hand the difference the school’s small class sizes make. Transferring from a large state university, he benefited from greater interaction with professors and other students.

The liberal arts also fosters cross-pollination of disciplines. Kissel’s paintings reflect the diverse subjects he has studied—from history to Hinduism to evolutionary psychology, which influenced his “Animal Series” work.

He also broadened his perspectives by studying for a semester in Florence, Italy, home to works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” There he used new media and techniques—and even made his own paint. “I was able to learn in the birthplace of the Renaissance, building an understanding of where art has been so that I could develop a better grasp of where my own work can go,” he said.

After graduation, Kissel plans to go into arts administration. “I want to help keep galleries, theaters, and cultural centers going in a thriving community,” he said.

Speaking of thriving communities, studying in Lexington expanded his opportunities to learn and exhibit his work. He has shown paintings in downtown art galleries and interned at two local art organizations.

"The studio program at Transy works with students to make sure we get opportunities to show our work off campus," Kissel said. "The art faculty helps us build impressive resumes."

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