Art Insights: 2019 Outstanding Scholars

SUU’s Department of Art and Design is excited to celebrate the hard work and achievements of this year’s outstanding student scholars.

Kaylee Corry, a Senior Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Art, shares, “Graphic design creates a balance between my analytic mind and artistic personality because it lets me solve complex problems through creative means. I love that my homework lets me use my hands and get messy. I love how graphic design can create engagement and wonder with viewers. But most of all, I love how a seemingly random assortment of shapes, fonts, and colors almost magically comes together to make something unique and beautiful.”

Lindsey Nelson, a Senior Secondary Art Education Bachelor of Fine Art, says, “I am doing my student teaching now at Canyon View High School and am learning so much! Art Education is so important for Kindergarten through 12 and I am happy I get to be part of something so great.”

These students have been mentored and guided by the exceptional faculty and staff in SUU’s Department of Art and Design. Tristin Lihme, a Senior Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics and Sculpture, says, “Samuel Davis is the number one, most inspiring professor I’ve ever had; and quite honestly one of the most inspiring people I have ever had the pleasure to converse with.”

Hannah Sims, a Senior Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography, also praised Professor Davis. “The professors at SUU have been amazing and I really appreciate Rheana Reeves and Samuel Davis in opening my eyes to all different types of photographic processes. Making a photograph isn’t just about picking up a camera and clicking the shutter, it’s much more than that. My time at SUU has flown by and I will always cherish this experience.”

The Art and Design Department welcomes students from all different backgrounds to express their creativity, and hone their artistic skills. Lanell Dike, a Senior Bachelor of Art in Art, shares, “This is a second Bachelor of Art for me, and I was nervous about returning to school as an older student. I became an artist later in life, after a career in non-profit fundraising and small business marketing. As a self-taught artist, I wanted to expand my skills and deepen my knowledge of art and art history. The past two years have flown by and I am sad to be graduating so soon. The experience has been challenging and fulfilling and I’ve learned more than I could have hoped for. I’ve been inspired by the professors, and how they bring into the classroom their expertise as practicing artists in their chosen fields. They show students what is possible, encourage experimentation, and support students to develop their own voice and vision as artists.”

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the SUU Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit


Story by: Alexis J. Taylor and Amanda Debry
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