By Theresa Kuhlmann
As the crow flies, Jenna Price '06 does not live far from where she grew up -- or where she attended college and now works. An Abingdon, Illinois native, Price is the first Knox/Box Artist-in-Residence -- a new program established in conjunction with The Box, a local gallery and performance space owned and operated by Mark Holmes, assistant professor of art. The Box Artist-in-Residence is provided with both studio and gallery space and is a visiting lecturer in art, teaching Drawing I.
"It was really exciting to be offered a position that involves both teaching and creating a show at the same time," says Price.
Price attended Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, before attending Knox. She says it was during her visit to campus, when she met Tony Gant, associate professor of art, that the picture of what she wanted to pursue in her career became clear.
"I knew I wanted to major in art at Knox College," she says. "After meeting with Tony, I realized that I would be able to focus on my major at Knox and also have time to take courses in other departments to inform my work," she says.
Following the completion of her studio art degree in 2006, Price spent another year at Knox in a post
baccalaureate program in the art department. The experience stretched her abilities. "During my post-bac year, I felt I really had the time, space, and continued dialog with faculty that I needed to develop a body of work for graduate school applications," she says. Price then attended the prestigious Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a concentration in sculpture, earning her MFA in 2009.
Price sees returning to Knox as an opportunity and says the experience is a bit surreal. "I am from the area, and I spent three years at Knox before I left for graduate school. I feel like I'm getting the time to build relationships and enjoy being back. It is a great change of pace from Philadelphia," she says.