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Class of 2021: Quyen Kim Nguyen

Quyen Kim Nguyen discovered her passion for Art while exploring liberal arts courses at McDaniel. For her capstone she represented her grandmother’s saying “rice is gold,” by transforming the texture mussel shells by crushing and molding them. The Art major reluctantly took an Art History class and not only relished every moment but remembered every detail, realizing “what is Art without its history.” She’ll pursue her M.F.A. at American University in the fall.

Quyen Kim Nguyen

Quyen Kim Nguyen is a Studio Art major with a minor in Art History from Baltimore. Maryland

When I took my first step on the Hill, I was: nervous and excited at the same time. I can feel my heart race when I saw the campus from afar. I came to McDaniel College thinking of pursuing nursing in order to make my family proud. Since it was a liberal arts school, I have had many opportunities to explore other classes (Art) which I was excited about.

The me who will ring the Old Main bell on Commencement Day is: still the same person that stepped on the Hill but more knowledgeable and less indecisive. I’ve become more passionate about making art, and I learned how to be more selfish for myself. I promised myself to not waver and to work harder to become a successful artist.

Aha moments: During the last semester of my sophomore year, I took 3D Design Concept. After taking this class I used the knowledge that I gained about transforming the surface of the object to create my project “Rice is gold,” where I crush mussel shells, put it into a mold, and transform the texture of the shell.

Footprints I’m leaving on the Hill: My footprints are in the Art studio, where I spend most of my time working on my project and other class assignments.

My mentor. For life.: Professor Steven Pearson. He gave me information on artists and their artwork to enhance my knowledge. He helped motivate me and push me to become a successful artist.

Best class ever: Printmaking was the most difficult class and the most time-consuming class. From learning how to carve from linoleum, etching on metal and cutting out rubylith for silkscreen. After taking this class I will never forget how to do each step.

Took me totally by surprise: Minoring in Art History, I’ve never thought I’m good at history. After taking Dr. Susan Scott’s classes I couldn’t restrain myself from taking her classes. When her session ended, I can recall almost all the information she had given us. What is Art without its history?

My favorite spot on campus: The Library’s lowest floor. I enjoy sitting on the desk that’s near the window. I love the view especially when the season changes.

My capstone: “Rice is Gold”

What it’s about: I took my grandmother’s statement “rice is gold” and created a project with mussel shells that I collected over the summer. The shells represent my grandmother’s saying, “rice is gold, which means food provided sustenance. It made me think of how I should use my resources more wisely.

What’s next: Going to American University for three years to get my M.F.A. Save up to get an art studio and continue to make new projects.

About Quyen Kim

Name: Quyen Kim Nguyen

Major: Studio Art

Minor: Art History

Class of 2021