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

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Jun 21, 2016 4:09:55 PM


In this blog post, five art students, Josh Gingerich, Sara White, Patrick Foley, Brandon Boggs and Samantha Ferrizzi, talk about where they get their inspiration and what they are doing this summer. This is the final post 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.

Josh Gingerich

What inspires you to create?

Josh Gingerich, Graphic Design, Class of 2018

I am quite inspired by solace and quiet places; forests and wildernesses far removed from populated areas provide moments of calm and simplicity, and I think that plays a pretty big part in my artistic process. I appreciate dramatic and beautiful landscapes, and will often travel quite a long ways to work on my projects. I'm also inspired by human individuality and emotion; I think it's a beautiful thing.

Sara White, Photography, Class of 2018

My inspiration comes from many different sources. Music is a large influence of my work, sometimes a song can express something I've felt through words and I interpret that into my work. Another influence is my life experiences; as a young adult I'm constantly working through and processing different experiences that have happened throughout my life. Sometimes it is making peace with things I can't change or expressing my anger and frustration.

 Patrick Foley, Graphic Design, Class of 2018

The idea and ability of creation inspires me to create. 

Brandon Boggs, Illustration, Class of 2018

Inspiration for my work comes in many forms. Sometimes I come up with a concept or narrative, but more frequently I just start drawing and see where it takes me. A lot of what I'm interested in creating stems from my love of fantasy, and things that don't actually exist in the real world. To be able to create things from my imagination is one of the more exciting aspects of my process of creating art. Although I enjoy and appreciate realistic styles such as observational drawing and painting, I find myself drawn more to things that don't exist in reality. That might be why I am drawn to surrealism and fantasy art.

Sammy Ferrizzi, Fine Art, Class of 2018

The opportunity to change or invent a new way or process or experimentation is what I strive for in the art world. If it is said it can't be done, I take it as a personal challenge to make it happen. 

Brandon Boggs

Do you have an internship planned for this summer? What are you looking forward to about this summer? (PCA&D students are required to complete an internship, typically taken between their Junior and Senior years. These students are rising Juniors and will not be required to complete an internship until next year)

Josh Gingerich, Graphic Design, Class of 2018

Not for school, no; although I will be spending some time with Alexandre Deschaumes in France, studying his particular style of atmospheric and evocative photography. I will also be spending a couple months in Portland, surrounded by other artists, so I look forward to learning as much as I can!

Sara White, Photography, Class of 2018

I do not have an internship this summer but will be looking for one for next summer. I'm looking forward to having more time to focus on my personal work and being able to dedicate as much time as I can to work on it.

Patrick Foley, Graphic Design, Class of 2018

I do not have an internship, but I will be traveling to Alaska with a summer program through the School of Visual Arts. I will be photographing and designing all across the Last Frontier. 

Brandon Boggs, Illustration, Class of 2018

I do not currently have an internship set up for this summer. My plans are to relax, enjoy the lack of deadlines, and work on personal works. I plan to keep busy and improve my painting abilities before classes start back up in September.

“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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