Emma Lister '17 with one of her sculptures. #


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Emma Lister '17

Oak Park, IL

Major in Studio Art, Minor in Theatre Design & Technology

Emma has won awards as a sculptor, worked with the theatre department as a designer, and interned alongside world-renowned artists.

Emma Lister '17 with one of her sculptures.

What kind of art experiences have you participated in during your time at Knox?

Knox has provided me with quite a few art experiences outside of the classroom. Every spring, I've been able to enter my pieces in the Al Young Annual Student Art Show. I've won the Beverly Bender First Place Prize in Sculpture which, along with the prizes in other mediums, was awarded by a visiting juror (usually an artist/art professor from another institution) so it has been a great opportunity and honor to have my work showcased and recognized in this way.

I've also used my artistic abilities to become a capable and inspired set designer, technical director, and set and props painter for the Knox theatre department, which has offered me the opportunity to collaborate with other artists in the performance field.

With the artistic and technical knowledge I've acquired at Knox in both the theatre and art departments, I was able to secure a job this summer near my hometown as the head scenic painter for a children's summer camp, Actors Garden.

How have your professors at Knox helped you embrace opportunities?

Last summer, thanks to the genuine attention to my art education I've received from two professors (Mark Holmes and Lynette Lombard), I was encouraged to apply for the Young Artists Residency at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. This non-for-profit educational center hosts some of the world's most influential performers, researchers, politicians, artists, and activists for workshops, concerts, theatre, and a lecture series for the residency. I would never have found out about this excellent opportunity, nor would I have had the confidence and material to apply for it, without the help of my professors in the art department.

How has Knox helped you grow as an artist?

Knox has given me the tools (historical, literary, grammatical, critical) to understand what purposes my art can serve in the world and how I want to talk about and approach my art and to have the ability to discuss those possibilities as part of a larger dialogue with other people, not all of whom share my opinions or come from a similar background. 

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