Art student spotlight: Gabrielle Knappenberger

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 6:26 PM
Art student spotlight: Gabrielle Knappenberger by Madi Gross
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Sophomore Gabrielle Knappenberger is a drawing major who feels in her element in the Edinboro art department.

“I like [art’s] versatility; you can go with any sort of media to display any type of feeling,” she said. “When I was diagnosed with anxiety, art allowed me to express my feelings though something I like.”

Knappenberger explained she had been a fan of art her entire life, but believed she would end up going into a science field because of her love for animals and veterinary science.

“The more I did art the more I felt like I wanted to make a career out of it.”

“I had an art teacher in high school who went to Edinboro who really liked it here and thought that I would do well here,” she continued, as she picked up an oil pastel and began to draw on a piece of paper.

Knappenberger said she feels 70 percent of her week is spent working on projects.

“You can do so much with drawing; you focus more on how to see things,” she said.

“For other concentrations, you learn a different way of seeing things, where you are made to give something a life. Drawing lets you draw for yourself.”

Knappenberger further explained that besides drawing she enjoys working with all art mediums, including multimedia studies and most of her favorite works come from that.

“I like drawing because it is such a broad range of things. I’ve thought about painting, ceramics and drawing as minors,” she stated.

“Practice all the time. If you’re not drawing at least once a day then you’re doing it all wrong. You really need to have the focus if you’re going to put your life into it,” is the advice Knappenberger gives to future art students.

She is currently working on putting together a gallery with three of her peers that are also students here at Edinboro.

The exhibit is to be displayed in Loveland Hall’s Bates Gallery the first week of the 2017 fall semester.

“The whole gallery is to show our friendship and to showcase how we’ve grown and impacted each other,” said Knappenberger.

As she finished her drawing the small animal had transformed from a small bodied figure into a penguin.

“My art is ever progressing. I can’t always say that I like it, but that just means that I’ll try better,” said Knappenberger. “It’s nice
to hear what others have to say about it in critique because it lets you better see how you’re progressing.”

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