Welcome Letter

Dear Talented Future Art Student,

Welcome! We are thrilled that you will be coming to Graceland this fall. We are eager to meet you and to see your skills and talents develop. With your arrival on campus approaching quickly, we wanted to let you know of some important information and dates.

First, I want to introduce faculty so that you can be aware of who we are and what we do:

Julia Franklin, MFA  - Professor or Art, Division of Visual and Performing Arts

Karen Gergely, MFA - Assistant Professor of Art, Division of Visual and Performing Arts

Elijah Loving, MA - Instructor of Graphic Design, Division of Visual and Performing Arts 

Second, we want to encourage you to attend the orientation meetings on campus. Here you can meet other incoming students and faculty and learn about the exciting things that are happening this year. We will be there to answer any of your questions and get you prepared for your first days of classes. Art students will also meet in early September to assign mentors (upperclassmen art majors) so that you have a friend and someone to ask for help and advice. We want you to be successful and enjoy your first year, and we are hoping the mentor system and caring faculty will certainly help.

Don't worry about having art supplies the first day. If you have things and want to bring them from home, please do so. Otherwise, we will let you know during class what you will need. Please know that most classes have a supply fee to cover all the needed supplies instructors have on hand for your use. The University Bookstore does have limited supplies in stock, so take a look at what they have to offer as well.

There will be art related events happening every month - from gallery exhibitions, art openings, workshops, to visiting artist lectures. With a fabulous facility, amazing faculty, and talented students, we are pleased that you can be a part of the growth and energy in the Art Department!


Julia Franklin
Professor of Art