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Moriah Tyler in art class

Lives of Significance

Moriah Tyler, C'19

Creative Growth on Canvas

“A fine arts degree makes you diverse in life. It is the combination of everything you have learned and experienced applied into one major,” says Moriah Tyler, C’19, a fine arts major. Her senior thesis focuses on intricate details—things you must use effort to see. She’s interested in the human experience and the process of seeing, noticing and imagining.

Tyler grew up with four brothers and sisters in the Catoctin Mountains where she spent time in nature—playing with frogs, salamanders, snakes and other animals on her family’s property. “I think the beginning of me becoming an artist was when I started observing nature very closely; it absolutely amazes me.” She carried that childhood fascination to the Mount, where she was drawn to the close-knit community concerned less with competition and more with growth and collaboration. “The professors and classmates are devoted to helping you unpack your visual language, hone your craftsmanship and push you to try new things.”

The Windy City

Last summer, Tyler worked as an art and marketing intern for iCook in Chicago – an organization that teaches kids culinary and nutritional literacy and celebrates diversity through cultural food awareness through fun, after-school cooking programs. She loved the city so much that after graduation Tyler plans to move to there to pursue her art.

Growth and Reflection

art-brushes500x500-.jpg“I think being an artist is something every kid is born with. But eventually we grow out of our art phase and we stop playing with materials. It takes coming back to that childlike wonder, but also bringing the experiences that you’ve had as an adult to begin to create and play with art again,” Tyler says. While she loves the tactile sensation of mixing plaster, painting is her preferred medium and in her flow state she can paint for hours in the space of the familiar.

“As an artist, my professors have taught me how to translate my day-to-day life and the issues in modern society into art,” she explains. Her advice to new students studying art is to fall in love with the process and not the product. “Sometimes the growth comes from the failure—and that’s just as great as the success.” Through her art, she’s become familiar with the miraculous in the mundane.