Springfield, Ohio – Most artists have an inspiration, a passion, a muse, or a hobby when it comes to creating their work for a portfolio. Senior Grace Worley, an art and education major studying to become a PK-12 art teacher in Ohio public schools, chose her students as her inspiration for a 10-piece submission she entered in the Excellence in Visual Arts (EVAs) competition through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO).
Founded in 1969, AICUO represents privately supported, nonprofit colleges and universities in Ohio, conducting public relations, research and government relations for its members.
Worley was awarded the People’s Choice Award for receiving the most public votes on her artwork out of all the participants and her work, a series of pencil drawings, is featured on the competition’s website. View Photo Gallery of Artwork
“This body of work revolves around the inspiration I gather from the students I work with,” said Worley, from Hudson, Ohio, outside of Cleveland. Throughout her time at Wittenberg, she has been a member of the Wittenberg Art League, Operation K - Random Acts of Kindness Club, and a member of Alpha Delta Pi, serving as director of philanthropy the past few years.
“I find that students who are first being introduced to art find inspiration in some of the most simple things, but they also look to create artwork about things and moments that have brought light to their life,” she added. “I was inspired by the fact that the ideas from the students at school are sometimes very broad and mundane because they have not yet developed the inquisitive mindset of a college-level artist. As a college art student, I am tasked with thinking about my artwork and the subjects within it at a deeper level, but I wanted to take a step back and reflect on details that are often overlooked in more simple subjects.”
Within her series of drawings, Worley created abstract representations of things that literally create light by overlaying two points of view in objects such as an LED lightbulb, an illuminated clock, and a traffic light.