Jaimianne Amicucci (‘10) has been promoted to Director for the James Renwick Alliance.
Like most people who visit the copper country, Amicucci fell in love with the sea of trees and long winters during her time at Finlandia University.
“I was looking for three things when I was applying to colleges: great student to teacher ratio, a strong art department and traveling,” says Amicucci, who earned her BFA in ceramics. “Finlandia had the perfect balance of all three.”
In her time here at Finlandia, Amicucci met people who helped shape who she is today and the path she is on.
“Rene (Johnson) is someone I consider a lifelong role model,” said Amicucci.
Amicucci went to Tanzania on the Servant Leadership trip during her time here with Johnson, fulfilling her desire to travel during her college experience. This later led to her interest in working for nonprofits.
“When I was at Finlandia I felt like I was learning to be a better human being,” Amicucci said. “That is the biggest take away I had from getting a liberal arts degree over an art school degree. I felt so well rounded and ready for what was coming in graduate school because I also learned the business side of the art world. My fellow graduate students hadn’t gotten that same opportunity during their undergraduate degrees.”
Amicucci speaks proudly of her strong connection to Finlandia University as an alumna.
“As an alumna, I feel my connections are still with Finlandia,” said Amicucci. “While at Finlandia, I had the opportunity to meet art professionals from around the country through the Women’s Caucus for Art and travel to conferences in Chicago and Los Angeles. There, I met lifelong friend and curator emeritus for the Architect of the Capitol, Barbara Wolanin, who would later introduce me to the James Renwick Alliance, the organization I now work for.”
Amicucci was a founding member of Finlandia’s chapter for the Young Women’s Caucus for Art, currently sits on the alumni board and is the advisor for the Servant Leadership House.Tags: Alumni, Ceramics, International School of Art & Design, Jaimianne Amicucci, Servant Leadership House, Servant Leadership in Tanzania, The Young Women's Caucus for Art