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Emma Osle

Emma Osle '17 from Sinking Spring, Pa., spent her time at Kutztown University immersed in the history of art.  Her love for the subject was so strong that she formed the Art History Club at KU and served as its president through her graduation in May.

Emma Osle in the Dixon Center Atrium where her artwork is displayedstudio art and art history double major, Osle was no stranger to having her artwork exhibited in galleries alongside some of the country's most renowned artists.  In fact, her work was selected in a contest to be installed in the atrium of the Dixon Center, the State System of Higher Education office in Harrisburg.

Over the past year, she has conducted research on contemporary artist Teresita Fernández, a visual artist best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Fernández's work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. Her experiential, large-scale works are often inspired by landscape and natural phenomena as well as diverse historical and cultural references.  Osle presented her research at conferences in both Memphis, Tenn., and Montreal, Quebec.

During her time at KU, Osle has been a volunteer for the Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery and worked as a research assistant under Dr. Daniel Haxall.

"Kutztown has given me a really amazing ability to think critically about all sorts of things, albeit a piece of art or a different way to interpret the world," said Osle.  "It's given me opportunities to succeed and opportunities to apply that knowledge in real-life situations."

Osle was awarded a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award in April, the highest award given by the university.  She received the award in the categories of original artwork of high quality, successfully completed research projects, artistic performances of high quality and outstanding service to the Kutztown University community.

When not in the studio or conducting research, Osle volunteers her time directing the color guard unit at Wilson High School, her alma mater. She is also a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

Osle has consistently achieved dean's list recognition, received KU's Marguerite Bierman Scholarship for Women Studying the Fine Arts, the Sharadin Day Award for Distinguished Achievement and the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors Scholarship.

In the future, she hopes to continue her research, earn a year-long internship at a major museum and one day earn her doctoral degree in art history.

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