Inspiration and summer plans of PCA&D's art students

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Jun 17, 2016 12:32:22 PM


In this blog post, four art students, Casey Capese, Julya Nichols, Maurice Butler, and Ian Williams talk about where they get their inspirtation and what they are doing this summer. This is the eighth in a 9-part blog series, where we hear directly from the students about what it is like to attend art school, their art, inspirations and influences. 

Selected Artworks from the BFA Program at PCA&D, will be exhibited in the Main Gallery through August 12.  The exhibit features a selection of outstanding artwork created by two dozen of our rising junior and senior BFA students. A wide variety of media are represented including digital and hand-painted illustration, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography and graphic design.

What inspires you to create?

Casey Capese, Graphic Design, Class of 2018

Lots of things inspires me to create art whether its another person or the love of chicken McNuggets. I am inspired by the little things in life in order to create something bigger.

Julya Nichols

Julya Nichols, Photography, Class of 2018

The thing that I find to inspire me the most is just the mysteries of life. I usually get my ideas by just lying in bed or outside, lost deep in thought about our universe, my childhood, or things that I find odd about the life that we are living everyday. It is all fascinating on how it all came to be but also how we deal with the concept of life even though most aren't 100% sure of what exactly it is or how it formed.

Maurice Butler, Fine Art, Class of 2017

The meaning of my life and its purpose. We all have our own purpose and how we move on to day to day. I never had a purpose to live. I simply was trying to survive day to day. What's the point of living without a purpose? I never quite found the answer to that, and I had an idea of trying to find the meaning of my life through my art. The process becoming me questioning the world around me and how I fit into it and what it meant to be me. I want to find that answer through the time I spend each given moment finding the path of my life with my art. The unknown future inspires me.

Ian Williams, Digital Media, Class of 2018

For me Inspiration comes from just about everywhere. My most common inspirational experiences is seeing an interesting place such as an abandoned building and using the setting to create an interesting image within that setting. Movies also have a very heavy influence in my art style.

Do you have an internship planned for this summer? If yes, tell us what it is. What are you looking forward to about this summer?


Casey Capese, Graphic Design, Class of 2018

I am doing an internship two days a week at Shannon-Baum Signs in Eldersburg, MD. I assist in the layout and production department where we make street signs. I am looking forward to a couple vacations this summer and just a nice break from class.

Julya Nichols, Photography, Class of 2018

I currently don't have an internship for this summer planned but I am currently working with the photographer Toby Richards to help broaden my knowledge about photography while also getting a feel of what it is like to be working in the field that I soon will be working in after graduating.

Maurice Butler, Fine Art, Class of 2017

 I have an internship with my professor Evan Kitson in his studio. The goal I want to reach is meaning of what it's like to be a professional artist in today's world. I want to learn from the process of making art to the business side. The ins and outs of becoming a professional artist from a professional artist. I feel as though I'm in for a good ride. I'm looking forward to becoming a stronger artist by the end of this summer and I look forward to want my friends have learned too.

Ian Williams, Digital Media, Class of 2018

I don't have an internship planned yet but I do have plenty of side projects lined up. I am currently writing a story to film and develop a short film as well as being in the pre-production phase of a video game.

“Selected Artworks from the BFA program at PCA&D” will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, 204 N Prince Street, Lancaster, from June 3 to August 12, 2016.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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 This is the eighth of nine posts about the thoughts, plans and ideas of PCA&D's students. Sign up to folllow the blog.  Read the earlier posts:

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