Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A minute with… Emma-Kate Metsker ’17

Emma-Kate Metsker, ’17Emma-Kate Metsker, a busy business and management and studio art double major, encourages creativity both on campus and off in varied ways. She works as a student graphic designer with the college arts events staff, is a barista at the Lyons Den, is involved with the Outdoors Club and Farm Club, and serves as chair of the Student Government Association’s Programming Council. As president of the House of the Living Arts, in October she planned and coordinated with her housemates a leaf-printmaking art day at Head Start in Norton, Mass., which engaged young children in creative expression. Drawing on community: “This particular theme house is an incredible space for creatives to live together and sustain our individual artistic practices. It is important as an artist to live with other makers in a supportive space that is designed to encourage collaboration and artistic growth. Members use the house as a platform for programs that seek to offer ways to be a part of Wheaton’s art culture.” Making an impression: “We wanted to do this leaf-printing project because we all are enthusiastic about the arts and felt that it would be a great opportunity to share our ideas and efforts with the young students. I think this program benefited the students of Head Start by showing them how they can use their creative abilities to have fun and thrive in the arts. As Wheaton students, it is so exciting to connect with the children and foster a space for creativity that allows them to explore different processes and manifest abstract ideas.” Creating a foundation: “All of my studio art classes have helped me to learn and expand my artistic capability—especially my graphic design, photography and sculpture courses, where I have had the opportunity to explore new and exciting materials. I have also gained inspiration from courses that I took abroad in Copenhagen.” Picturing the future: “I chose to double major in business and management and studio art because I enjoy graphic design and marketing, and want to learn how to successfully work and promote myself as an artist. I hope to have a creative position that uses all of my skills.”

About Sandy Coleman

Sandy Coleman is the editor of the Wheaton Quarterly and Senior Associate Director in the Communications Office.