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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Posey county resident will graduate summa cum laude

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Amy Moore's career plan changed more than once during her college days. While at USI the Poseyville native has contemplated futures in studio art, photography, historic preservation, and teaching. Her passions are painting and photography, but an unexpected job opportunity has Moore considering a career as a newspaper editor.

Coming out of high school, USI was an easy choice for Moore. She wanted to be close to home and go to a school with a strong art program. USI provided both. "It seemed that everyone in high school always said they couldn't wait to get out of this area," she said. "I never felt that way. I love it here."

Moore has family ties to the University which helped solidify her decision. Her mother, Pamela, is an administrative assistant for the College of Liberal Arts. She is also a fellow student. "My mother has always been encouraging of my art," Moore said. "She's actually started taking courses and is majoring in art.”

USI's professors are just one factor helping Evansville become an up-and-coming area for the arts. "USI has an excellent art program," said Moore. "We have fantastic instructors that come from all over the country and bring their own interesting perspectives."

Being a studio art major allows Moore and her fellow students the opportunity to build unique relationships with the instructors. "Students and professors are more equals in studio courses," she said. "We share ideas and criticisms, and it’s a relaxed environment.

"Art courses are always subjective," said Moore. "It's up to the professor to judge your work and give it a grade. I’m pleased that I’ve been able to meet their standards."

Moore will graduate in May with summa cum laude honors and a Bachelors of Science degree in studio art and photography. "That’s pretty amazing," she said. "I didn’t come to college expecting to do that, but I just worked hard and focused so much of my time on my school work and artwork. It’s really paid off, and I’m proud of my accomplishment."

Following graduation, Moore will continue to work towards her academic goals. "I want to go on to graduate school for painting, but I plan to wait a year or two before applying," she said. "I need to build my portfolio." To do that, Moore will continue to create her unique style of paintings. "I do a lot of mixed media work," she said. "It involves painting over top of old photographs. I also glue random objects on top of my paintings."

She also hasn't ruled out going to Indiana University for photography. It was photography that helped land Moore a job at the Mt. Vernon Democrat newspaper. She began as a photographer before eventually become a full-time member of the staff. She takes photos and writes articles for the newspaper. "I plan to continue my job at the paper," she said. "I really enjoy it." The job has created an unexpected option on the future "to do" list of a lifelong artist. "I would like to be an editor of a newspaper at some point," Moore said.

Moore is the daughter of Victor and Pamela Moore of Poseyville, Indiana.



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