Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by senior intermedia student, Miranda Conroy. Hailing from Ishpeming, Conroy will have her final undergraduate work featured with the rest of the graduating art students in this year’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Diploma Works exhibition. The exhibition will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Finnish American Heritage Center.
The Diploma Works exhibition is the final event before graduation for the senior art students. The show features work from the graduating class, who have been creating the work since the fall semester.
Conroy stated that, for her, Diploma Works is about creating portfolio pieces that she can use after she graduates.
“Artists are put into this stereotype that we are sad and depressed,” remarked Conroy. I find that I make the best art when I am happy.”
Through the exploration of mental health, Conroy mentioned that her piece is also a reflection on the importance of play as both an adult and an artist.
Conroy heard of FinnU in high school. Looking at larger schools, Conroy visited FinnU and loved it.
“When I visited I saw everyone knew their professors and the class sizes were super small. It was appealing to me to have that one-on-one with professors.” Conroy added to that, stating “our art school is like its own little family that is super close knit, but I have also been able to do other things get to know other majors too.”
The small school atmosphere is one Conroy’s highlights of FinnU.
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