Art student feature: photographer Adriana Lebron

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Adriana Lebron is an art student studying at Western Carolina University in the School of Art and Design (SOAD). She is a major in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography.

Lebron is academically focused and strives to challenge herself as well as uncover new passions within her work. Her focus is currently on social issues in today’s society.

The SOAD offers four major programs in Art Education, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Studio Art as well as an Art Minor.

The Masters of Fine Arts program is also available, which is an inter-disciplinary program focused on studio art practice and creative research. This program is a three-year program consisting of sixty credits.

The MFA at Western Carolina offers five program areas to students; ceramics, painting/drawing, photography, printmaking and book-arts, as well as sculpture.

Lebron said “My major is great because my assignments are open ended and I get to challenge myself every day.”

The programs are focused on individual creativity and interpretation.
Western Carolina SOAD promotes the growth and individuality of each artist and is a beautiful assortment of skills from each student.

In her spare time, Lebron likes to read and draw.

“I love drawing because it relaxes me and reading lets me escape to a new world for a little while,” she said.

As part of her focus on social issues, Lebron is currently working on a project called “Ritualistic Taboo.”

“The goal is to normalize female and transmale bodies during menstrual cycles,” she said.

This project is composed of both her drawings and photography. Lebron has six personal projects that will be released in the next couple of months.

Lebron is glad she chose Western Carolina as the location of her college career.

“Being here has allowed me to learn about myself and grow into a better person. I’ve learned to love myself and have made many friends here,” she said.

Having originally come to Western Carolina for the Forensic Anthropology program, she changed her major to follow her passion for art and was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Lebron said the switch into this program was the “best decision I’ve ever made!”

The mountains of Cullowhee have inspired many students that call Western Carolina their home. For Lebron, the mountains and people of Western Carolina have influenced her artistic style and who she is as an individual.

“Western Carolina University helped me find my artistic style,” Lebron said.

Luckily, that style is constantly improving through the many opportunities available for students in the SOAD.

Lebron said, “It shows you how to think originally and how to evolve into the artist you want to be.”

The program does not come without challenges or negative feedback, though.

“This major is about you. People can try to tear you down, but at the end of the day your art is yours. You have to have pride in your work and stand your ground,” said Lebron.

Lebron’s advice to other students interested in possibly switching to a SOAD major is: “If you want it bad enough, you will get it. Remember to stay true to yourself and be humble. Be open to change and allow yourself to experience new things.”

For art enthusiasts, there are other opportunities outside of the major to be involved in your passion.

The Western Carolina University Artist Social Society is one opportunity that allows students to branch out. They recently hosted a trip to Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Mudcats Club is wonderful option for students interested in ceramic artwork. The club creates their own ceramic artwork and travel, as well.

More information can be found on their Facebook page under the name “Western Carolina University MudCats.” Their next meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Bardo Arts Center Room 144.

Lebron also recently started her own club, which is open to all students, entitled The Body Positivity Club. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page: “Body Positive Club (WCU Club).”

The Western Carolina University School of Art and Design is located in the Bardo Arts Center. More information about the school and its programs can be found online, via phone at 828-227-7210 or via email at etapley@wcu.edu.

Anyone who knows of a student in the SOAD who would be a good candidate for an upcoming issue, email Editor-in-Chief Emily Dorsey at emilymdorsey@yahoo.com.