Johnny Picardo '11
"I am double-majoring in studio art and education, focusing on studio art. When I got here I was unsure of what I wanted to focus on, but Bucknell has so many opportunities. I could excel at anything I chose to focus on because there are so many resources."
Studio art and education: Rochester, N.Y.
"I found out about Bucknell by being recruited for track. Once I visited here I knew this was the school. I really wanted to go to a smaller school where I wasn't just a number. At Bucknell I'd have individual attention and one-on-one time with professors. I am close with my family and Bucknell seemed like a second family; everyone is really close. There are a lot of caring people at Bucknell.
"I loved that Bucknell is small but it feels big — not big in the sense that I was going to be lost, but big in the sense that the opportunities are really big. I really can't put a limit on my potential here. Touring the campus, it was so beautiful. It's so well-maintained and cared-for.
"I have the Oristaglio Family Scholarship, which was established for a student athlete interested in the arts. Being a recipient of the Oristaglio Family Scholarship is a wonderful honor. It would be very difficult for me to attend school and still be involved in extra-curricular activities without such support."
"I am double-majoring in studio art and education, focusing on studio art. When I got here I was unsure of what I wanted to focus on, but Bucknell has so many opportunities. I could excel at anything I chose to focus on because there are so many resources.
"I took an art class and found I was really passionate about art-making. There are so many opportunities in the arts here, and I just immersed myself in them when I got to Bucknell. There are resources you wouldn't ordinarily expect from a liberal arts school. The faculty have supported my artistic endeavors and really helped me develop who I am as an artist. I've realized that it is something that I want to pursue. I am in the process of applying to graduate schools for photography and multimedia art.
"I've never necessarily wanted to teach, but I took Education 101 and loved it. I loved everything that we studied and learned about, so I took another education class and kept taking more. I decided I might as well major in this. Even if I don't teach, an education major gives me the tools to be a better leader and communicator in our society."
"I run track. I'm a middle distance runner and a captain this year. It's a really great team. They put academics first. The coaches work around your class schedules rather than you having to work around their practice schedules. The team is really successful; in 2009 we won our first outdoor championship since 1991. The team is like a family and it's a great atmosphere to compete in. There's a lot of support on the team.
"I work at the Samek Art Gallery. I think it's the hidden gem of Bucknell. It's been a pleasure working there, being in the presence of really great artworks. We have a good collection here, which is nice. The Samek Art Gallery has really amazing shows every semester. It's a great resource for students.
"I was selected to be a recipient of the Association for the Arts Bucknell Public Interest Program (BPIP) Internship Fund. I was the summer intern at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center in New York. The fund allows students who secure an internship in the nonprofit organization to have the financial means so they don't have to worry about working another job. It was great to see how a nonprofit organization works and how it can survive in this economy, because there's always that struggle — how do arts survive? I was able to see firsthand how artists work. I set up, installed, promoted, created advertisements, everything. It was really great to have a crucial role. I was doing things that I knew were essential to the success of the gallery, and it was really fulfilling in that sense. Without BPIP it would have been impossible to work there and try to find a part-time job.
"I'm starting to promote my work. My photography is in a show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art this summer, and it's in a show at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. It's really exciting. The faculty have really helped by telling me that I need to submit my work to shows. I never would have done that without their support, but it's gotten my name out there."
Posted Jan. 6, 2011