“I had always wanted to work for a small gallery with artists, and the Feick opened that path for me.”
Rosemary Connelli ’18began making art at a very young age, and her mother, who worked in the art therapy field, wanted to incorporate some sort of art education in her life.
She participated in art internships, art competitions, and began selling her artwork online. After becoming a fine arts major her freshman year, Rosemary decided to take up a Communications Studies minor after talking with her advisor, professor Kevin Bubriski.
“I wanted to have that ability of putting my art out there more. So that’s how I’d use communication; use it through writing, advertisement or another social medium to get my artistic messages spread,” she said.
Making GMC her academic home:
After immersing herself in the Vermont experience, the transition to Green Mountain College was an easy one: “I loved the small campus and how it provided students the opportunity to grow close to their teachers. I grew up in small schools and communities, and I didn’t want to give up those kinds of lasting relationships,” she says.
Rosemary worked hard to build her portfolio for a future in graphic design and advertising. She continued to also create art in her spare time, which provided an escape and allowed her to feel free at producing personal expressions.
Using art to shed light on social issues:
In the second semester of her freshman year, Rosemary exhibited a photography project with students Luz Guel and Martha Howe entitled “Diversity: Overcoming Stereotypes.”
By reaching out to her professor and peers through art and communication mediums, she and her project partners documented students on campus who faced different racial, gender, religious, and body type stereotypes and how it affected them personally. These words, phrases, or stereotypes were written on the students’ hands or body to symbolize the labels people place on them.
In her senior year she extended her studies to include entrepreneurship and wrote a 35 page business plan for a new venture combining her interests in art, the ocean, and education. Rosemary grew up on the ocean and wanted to develop a way to make educational resources on marine life affordable to a wider range of school aged children; her final business plan was the culmination of her many interests as well as her art and communication talents.
The culmination of her senior year was Rosemary’s own senior art exhibit “Dew of the Sea” at the Feick. You can read more about her exhibit here: Dew of the Sea.