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Blythe Davis ’12

For Blythe Davis ’12, art is all consuming.

“I can’t stop doing it.  Art is something I always come back to, and I can’t imagine my life without it,” Blythe says.

Thanks to her scholarship, Blythe knows she won’t have to.

A senior Sculpture major minoring in Art History, the New Brighton, Minn.-native says, “MIAD has helped her to view art as a way of life.”

Her experiences both in the studios at MIAD and outside the college campus have shaped her determination to become a college professor with a focus on environmental, interdisciplinary art.

“I want to be involved as an artist, create work that gets a reaction and become a professor.  The professors and community here inspire me, and I like the freedom of the studios. MIAD’s Career Services has also really helped me see that I can do multiple things and has shown me other opportunities.

Untitled, poplar, cloth, foundry wax, twineIn summer 2011, Blythe interned for the IN:SITE Public Art Project “On and Off Capitol”  with artist Faith Purvey. The “Re-foundation” project engaged neighborhood children and residents in bringing an underused space to life through artwork, story telling and performances.

Blythe also exhibited in The Helmet Project through MIAD’s partnership with the Harley-Davidson Museum, an experience she viewed as exceptional for a sophomore. As a junior, she helped design a bike rack made from recycled materials for the Urban Ecology Center.

Among her many accomplishments (and her four jobs), participating in MIAD’s study abroad program in Ireland not only fulfilled Blythe’s childhood dream, it created her dream for the future.

She’s applying to graduate school at the University of Galway, where she hopes to combine study of agricultural science and art theory. And though she plans to teach at the college level, she says she will also pursue creating environmental programs for children.

When Blythe says her scholarship means the world to her, she truly means it.

“I’d never be able to fulfill my dream without my scholarship, and I will never stop being thankful for it.”

“Exhaust,” detail, from The Helmet Project