“I had always wanted to work for a small gallery with artists, and the Feick opened that path for me.”
Rosemary Connelli ’18 has found her passion in life through art. She is one of the work-study students at the Feick Art Center here on campus–she began this job her freshman year. She sees her work-study opportunity as a great way to gain experience in her major.
“I started there with a couple of girls who taught me the logistics of the art shows and prepping beforehand. Working on a team of art students allowed me to feel comfortable and understand how the shows worked. I had always wanted to work for a small gallery with artists, and the Feick opened that path for me.”
As a work study, Rosemary’s job is to make sure exhibits are installed and that the gallery is clean and presentable for visitors. She handles logistical chores like responding to emails, answering phone calls and greeting visitors at the Feick. She is also involved in the process of reaching out to potential visiting artists.
Rosemary is originally from Block Island, R.I. After moving to Vermont she spent most of her high school years in Strafford, Vt. She is an art major with a minor in communication studies.
She began 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 has participated in art internships, art competitions and continues to sell her artwork online. After becoming an art major her freshman year, Rosemary decided to take up a communications minor after talking with her advisor, prof. 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.
In the second semester of her freshman year, she exhibited a photography project with students Luz Guel and Martha Howe titled “Diversity: Overcoming Stereotypes.” By reaching out to Kevin and her 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.
After immersing herself in the Vermont experience, the transition to Green Mountain College was an easy one: “I love the small campus and how it provides students 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.
Now, she’s working hard to build her portfolio for a future in graphic design and advertising. She’s also creating art in her spare time, which provides an escape and allows her to feel free at producing personal expressions.