A studio art major, Kristen Klann will graduate with a bachelor of fine arts, and she acknowledged that several features were instrumental to her in choosing Wittenberg.
“I wanted to be someplace beautiful that was small and intimate,” Klann said, “and I have appreciated how personable my teachers have been. They have been approachable and passionate about teaching.”
She added that Wittenberg’s liberal arts program also addressed her many interests. Passionate about English, Klann said that her general education courses have influenced the direction her painting takes, especially, but not limited to, literature, philosophy and sociology.
Although her best friends are not art majors, Klann said that their opinions and points of view also bring additional thoughts for her to examine for her paintings. Contrasting thoughts add to the tension she builds into her work – automatic versus intuitive, from the subtle to the overt.
Her oil paintings will be on exhibit when the Senior Art Show opens in Koch Hall. All are large scale (about 4 x 5 feet), abstractive reality, built upon a variety of themes. Using gestural figures fighting with the patterns in the backgrounds, Klann’s work is very conceptual, often dealing with social issues.
Following graduation, Klann said she is determined to have a career in art, whether that means graduate school or living in an artists’ community.