Major: Art Education and Crafts
Class of 2014
by Bethany Bonner '15
Sometimes, one just is not enough.
For some that might be in reference to potato chips or pairs of shoes, but to Emily Shaffer - it is education
After graduating high school, Shaffer knew she had to be involved in art one way or another. She arrived at Kutztown University and started her studies as an Art Education Major. After a few studio classes, she grew fond of tinkering with fine metals. It was not long before her thirst for learning led to her adding on a second major, that being Crafts with a concentration in metals. To Shaffer, art is being able to explore oneself and serves as an emotional outlet and feels as though art is, in general, good for a person's emotional well-being. The good Shaffer draws from art is what she hopes to be able to share with her future students. "That's why I love art education, because I can help kids realize art is a positive way to express oneself - it's an awesome thing to me."
In November 2013, Shaffer took part in what she describes as the pinnacle of her artistic career so far. She was selected along with 158 other artists in the country and was one of ten Kutztown art students chosen to showcase some of their work at the prestigious 37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Shaffer's metal work was shown alongside many successful professional artists' work.
"It was amazing to be able to represent this school. It didn't feel real to me. I really felt so accomplished and proud of both myself and my school. The Craft Show was a great way to meet people in the field and for networking. It was an experience I am extremely thankful for."
As for post-graduation, Shaffer is not limiting herself to any one particular path. She plans to work at a metal smith workshop at a summer camp and has entertained the thought of pursuing an internship or attending graduate school. Whatever comes her way, Shaffer is sure of this: graduating Kutztown is just the beginning for her.
"I'm not finished learning. I'm a lifetime learner. I love to explore new things."
Find out more: