Art has long been an integral piece of Brianna King’s life. “I must have spent about 85 percent of high school in the art wing,” she said.
An art major and senior from Rome, N.Y., Brianna said she discovered Green Mountain College through typical college searching. “I was attracted to the small size and liberal arts focus,” she said, “I liked the idea of bouncing around in different subjects.”
GMC provided Brianna with the opportunity to work up-close and personal with her professors, while also looking to other disciplines. “I’ve been really amazed with the professors,” she said, “Every one of them is constantly doing a lot of cool and interesting work outside of school, like publishing books or making their way into museums. I love the small-scale and personal connections I have made.”
“Being here has allowed me to study education and agriculture as well as art,” she said, “it’s been great to get involved with the farm, even though it has nothing to do with my major. It’s real-world knowledge I can put to use one day.”
Last year, Brianna was a student coordinator for the town revitalization project, Poultney 2020. “I led a diverse group of students, faculty and townspeople in meetings geared toward art in the town. Through this group, Stone Valley Arts on Main Street was born,” she said.
“Being involved with Poultney 2020 really helped me engage with our town outside of the GMC campus,” she said.
In addition to her work with Stone Valley Arts Brianna is the ceramic work study, an undergraduate teaching assistant for ceramics courses, and completing her internship with Rising Meadow Pottery in Middletown Springs.
Vermont and Poultney 2020 have left their mark on Brianna. “I’d like to stay around Vermont. I’ve definitely fallen in love with the state,” she said. “In my future, I’d like to find a job with local community art centers as well as pursue my own work.”
By Tim Halteman ‘15