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Gabe Moreno


Galesburg, Illinois

Studio Art Major, Economics Minor

What activities do you participate in on campus?

Cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, Knox alumni ambassadors, Discovery Depot mentor, McNair Fellow, Knox Admissions lunch host.

What would surprise your high school friends about you now?
My high school friends would be surprised to see me taking my art more seriously than my running. In the past, art was often made out to be more of a hobby of mine. At Knox though, it has become a lens in which to think and better understand the world.

Deborah Granat Moreno '89, Gabe Moreno '14, and Alex Moreno '93Why did you choose Knox?
Knox was always a part of my childhood. Having two alumni for parents (Deborah Granat Moreno '89 and Alex Moreno '93), running around the track during summer nights, studying in the library throughout high school, and growing up around "Knox people," the place and Knox community that extends off campus, have arguably always been a part of who I am. By the time I was looking for colleges, I knew I wanted a school like Knox, just away from home. Eventually, I realized Knox is one of a kind and that what we offer here is like nothing else I found elsewhere. Now, I feel that I'm just as much a part of Knox as Knox has been a part of me.

How would you describe campus life at Knox?
Academically focused with intense bursts of quirky fun.

Tell us about a memorable class, experience, professor, or assignment.
Knox in New York has been one of the most valuable experiences of Knox thus far. A class of 10 art students, three professors, and I went to New York City for two weeks to see an overwhelming amount of art, talk with artists, take classes alongside grad students, and have as much fun as possible. Experiencing so much at once was a shock to the system, and this shock forced me to question art's role in my life, among other things. This intensive period was like a condensed version of Knox. It both pulled the rug out from underneath my feet and challenged what I had previously assumed to be unshakably true.

Gabe Moreno '14 in the CFA art studioWhat is your favorite place on campus?
I love being in the sculpture studio in the Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) when it's 2:00 in the morning and I'm working alone -- I feel I'm digging deep into both my work and myself as an artist.

Describe any independent study or research you have undertaken.
Throughout this year I've conducted McNair research on the nature of graffiti in urban settings and how graffiti works as a territorial mark. This research will continue into, and then cumulate into a 30+ page essay, this summer. The best parts of research at Knox is the freedom to research whatever I want, get to pursue that answer, and get to contribute to the larger body of knowledge others will eventually draw from.

What is the most important thing you've learned at Knox OUTSIDE the classroom?
Pursue what you're interested in. This applies to finding balance in my daily life, running, research, and academics. Before college, the classroom was a place to meet the standards and demands of others. Because of the nature of a classroom, those standards and demands still exist, but they have increasingly become the standards and demands I set for myself. Knox has taught me that I can do great things, and chasing after what I'm interested in is the beginning of accomplishing those great things. "Freedom to Flourish" -- yeah, it's a real thing.