Courtney Clancy

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A day in the life of a music student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on May 4, 2017 12:32:00 PM


2 majors, 18 credit hours, 10 classes, 2 part-time jobs and countless clubs and extracurricular activities. We don't envy Caitlin Borke's schedule this semester, but the passion she maintains throughout it all is music to our ears.

With aspirations of someday merging her passions of language and music as the director a refugee choir, Caitlin is truly using her voice to make a difference. Accompany Caitlin through a day in her life in the video below to hear and feel her passion:

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, The Student Experience

A day in the life of a Music Theatre Performance student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Apr 12, 2017 5:08:12 PM


Student. Teaching assistant. Personal trainer. Performer.

He plays the Lion in University Theatre's production of The Wiz, but senior Music Theatre Performance student Troy D. Wallace takes on many different roles in his day to day life. See some of the many scene changes in a day in Troy's life in the video below: 

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Topics: Student Experience, The Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre

Q&A with industrial design innovators

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 31, 2017 11:28:10 AM


Industrial design is about building products and systems. But even more so, industrial design is about people. After all, this discipline is rooted in understanding the way people live and interact with their surroundings in order to create solutions that improve and enhance the human experience.

Given design's emphasis on people, we decided to explore the field by focusing on people too.

Enter Robb Smalldon and Paul Martus. Robb is the Vice President of Studio 431, Landscape Forms' custom product division. Meanwhile, Paul is a Principal Industrial Designer at Newell Brands

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Careers in the Arts, Kalamazoo

A day in the life of an art student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 13, 2017 2:03:27 PM


For sophomore BFA student Sidney Anderson, no two days are alike. While some days he's up on a scissor lift carefully lighting a new exhibition at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, other days he's tucked away in his studio space in Kohrman Hall finishing up a project. But no matter the time or day, you can always find Sidney creating. 
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Topics: Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience

How to convince your parents to let you pursue a degree in the arts

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Mar 6, 2017 3:44:40 PM


Time and time again, we hear about doubtful parents. They’re skeptical of the job prospects available to those who graduate with arts degrees, and they question the return on investment of an art school education, especially if they plan to pay for it. Sound familiar?

You came to the right place.

We get it. Your parents want the best for you, and they don’t like the idea of you being a “starving artist.” But the truth is, the world will always need creatives and there are endless opportunities for you after graduation. We’ve compiled a few tips for you as you make a case for your art school aspirations:


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Meet the man who started WMU's photography program

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 23, 2017 1:28:07 PM


Artist, professor emeritus, Western Michigan University photography pioneer and long-time supporter, Jack Carney is truly a living legend. We sat down with him to hear his story and learn more about his role in the creation of WMU’s photography program. 

Fifty years ago right now, Carney was in his second semester of teaching at Western Michigan University. Just a twenty-five-year-old “hot shot kid full of energy,” he was brought in as a member of WMU’s largest hire class, a group tasked with widening the curricular offerings at an institution known only at the time as a college for teachers.

“We newbies were given the charge by the president and provost to create a university,” Carney remembered. “The students needed more major alternatives than education.”

Carney and his peers in the Department of Art eagerly took the reins in fulfilling this lofty assignment. But no one at the time could ever have imagined just how much Carney would actually contribute. In fact, his work would ultimately earn him the moniker “founding father” of Western’s photography program.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Faculty feature, Richmond Center for Visual Arts

A tale of two artists: Living in the Fine Arts House

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 8, 2017 9:13:00 AM


From the Valley to Western Heights, the Student Ghetto to Fraternity Village, there are endless options when it comes to housing at Western Michigan University. Each residence hall boasts its own perks, and each neighborhood offers its own quirks.

College of Fine Arts students have yet another housing option available to them: the Fine Arts House. If for you, home is where the art is, then this Living Learning Community might be a perfect fit. Located in Draper/Siedschlag Hall, the Fine Arts House offers a great opportunity for those with a love of visual and performing arts to live together.

Meet Jules and Tracey, two current College of Fine Arts students. Though their artistic interests and pursuits couldn't be more different, they both found home in the Fine Arts House at Draper/Siedschlag. Get a sense for the Fine Arts House experience through their memories and accounts.

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Topics: Insider, School of Music, Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, Kalamazoo, A Tale of Two Artists

Sweet home Kalamazoo

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 3, 2017 2:03:53 PM


Sweet home Kalamazoo. Located almost exactly halfway between Detroit and Chicago, this quirky little gem of a city holds a special place in the hearts of so many Western Michigan University students and alumni. But for senior graphic design student and Print Center manager Stephany Bagnall, Kalamazoo has even more significance.

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Topics: Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience, Kalamazoo

A day in the life of a dance student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jan 27, 2017 12:35:42 PM


Mastering and performing a ballet is no easy feat. It's a process that involves complex dance sequences and intricate technique. It requires flexibility and balance - both physical and internal - as dancers must take on different roles through the movement of their bodies alone. It demands discipline, stamina, attention to detail and commitment.

In many ways, the complexities and demands of staging a ballet mirror those that exist in the every day life of a dance student. With coursework to complete, choreography to learn and rehearsals to attend, the life of a dance student is a fast-paced and tiring balancing act. But, just as perfecting a ballet brings great satisfaction and applause, the life of a dance student is immensely rewarding. 

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Student Experience, The Student Experience

Mapping Mrs. Dalloway

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jan 12, 2017 4:03:11 PM


In the well-known novel, "Mrs. Dalloway," British Modernist author Virgina Woolf detailed a day in the life of a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England. While this stream-of-consciousness book was written nearly a century ago, its themes, messages and unique format continue to intrigue readers and stimulate artists. In fact, this story served as the muse for Adriane Little’s main sabbatical project, which opens today at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Faculty feature, Richmond Center for Visual Arts

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