Holly Ruth Hency
Painter, MFA Candidate
Graduated Spring 2009
Majors: Psychology & General Studies in Art+Design
After graduating from AU in 2009, my husband and I moved to Seattle where I utilized my psychology degree as an addictions counselor for two years. I continued painting on the side, and I showed my work in our church's art gallery as part of the Seattle Art Walk. During this time I realized I wanted to expand my painting practice.
In 2011 we moved to New York City, where I am on my way to earning a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the New York Studio School. I was fortunate to receive a nearly full-ride scholarship. Both students and faculty at the Studio School frequently ask what undergraduate program I came from; they see my strong foundation. I am proud to tell them my experiences in the Department of Art+Design helped me develop the work ethic I needed to continue as a practicing studio artist. I invested time and hard work towards my complimentary art+design degree because I recognized that what my professors were teaching was extremely valuable.
Many opportunities have opened for me this past year — several which are rooted in the connections and friendships I made while at AU. This summer I am looking forward to showing a painting at the Bowery Gallery in NYC.
Library Studio Window, 2011
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