Art Student Spotlight: Amanda Anstett

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 5:03 PM
Art Student Spotlight: Amanda Anstett by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

In Studio 7 of Loveland Hall, a sophomore illustration major — Amanda Anstett — stretches canvas. As she lays the fabric on to the wooden frame, she talks about how a hobby of hers turned out to be her intended major at Edinboro.

“I like art because it is a way people can express their ideas,” said Anstett. “Concept art is my favorite form of art because it allows the artist to create a world that doesn’t really exist.”

In high school, Anstett was into art, but it wasn’t until making the college decision when she knew that getting into art as a major was what she wanted to do.

“I came into Edinboro as an animation major wanting to go into something with computer science,” she said.

“After taking an illustration class last semester, I found out that I really enjoy art, specifically background and design work.”

Anstett’s favorite work of hers is a scenic background piece called “A Mine at Twilight,” created in that same illustration class. “I liked it so much because that is what I want to do — create backgrounds for things like movies and games,” said Anstett.

“I also liked the professors that I met and the list of alumni impressed me,” she said.

Anstett cited affordability and variety of classes in her decision to attend Edinboro.

“Sometimes people don’t realize all the amazing artists we have here. Edinboro offers so many great art courses that are very helpful in the process of your education and growing artistic style.”

Explaining her personal artistic process, Anstett said her first step is to find a muse.

“I would be nowhere without other artists inspiring me,” she said.

“I sit down and start to build from ideas I have come up with [and], then I create to the point where the art is my own and reflects my personal art style and nobody else’s.”

Anstett said her artistic style has grown since starting at Edinboro.

“I like my art because I’ve seen it slowly evolve since I’ve gotten to college and I’m excited to see where else my art can go now.”

Madi Gross is a contributing writer for The Spectator and can be reached at

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