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Wittenberg Art Major Finds Balance in Varied Interests

March 21, 2011  
 Filed in Community, Profiles

Springfield, Ohio – In his final semester at Wittenberg, Jeremy Block, from Tampa, Fla., recently presented his thesis during the Winter Exhibition at The Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University on Jan. 14.

His project had a ceramic focus, and the pieces had what he described as an “organic” appearance, incorporating tree knots, that “could serve as the centerpiece for a garden.” While his selected medium is unrelated to an interest in going green, Block noted that his family is the “outdoorsy” type and that his preference reflected a natural quality.

“I’ve always liked using clay because it’s from the ground,” Block explained. “And I really wanted to do something out-of-the-box.”

An all-conference lineman on the nationally ranked Tiger football team, Block chose Wittenberg partly because of the football team. He also chose Wittenberg while leaning toward a major in education, which has since become his minor.

“My parents believe that if you do something you like, you never work a day in your life,” Block said. “I’ve always liked working with kids.”

Block now has plans to attend graduate school and wants to earn an MFA so he can teach art to children in grades K-12. While at Wittenberg, Block has also learned about something he hadn’t expected.

“I took these half-semester Renaissance classes with Dr. Amy Livingstone [professor of history], and it was one of the best classes I’ve taken at Witt,” he said.

 The professor-student interaction at Wittenberg happens to be one of his favorite aspects of the university.

“I feel like Wittenberg is one big family,” he said. “You wouldn’t really get that with other schools.”

Perhaps that family atmosphere is what helped foster interest in community service at Wittenberg beyond the university’s requirement. This year, Block is not only a participant in, but also the coordinator for Empty Bowls, an annual project to help the Second Harvest Food Bank, which is scheduled for March 24. Last year, the program made a new record, raising nearly $36,000.

When asked how the last four years have changed him as a person, Block notes that he has changed decidedly for the better. It helped him “mature” and gain a better sense of who he is.

“Wittenberg helped me explore my passions,” Block said.

Written By: Sarah Brode ’11
Photo By: Erin Pence

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