Shawn Winebrenner: Arts for Life

From ART/ARTH Series: "What I did in summer 2017"

Shawn Winebrenner, a senior BFA candidate in photography with K-12 teacher licensure, has received recognition and several awards for his photograhs in exhibitions and publications. He is an Art Front officer and participated in the Fall 2016 Art Front Members Exhibition. (Art Front is the art student organization.) He received an Honorable Mention for Alternate Realities Triptych in the 50th Annual Juried Exhibition (2017). He was awarded The S. Tucker Cooke Scholarship for 2016-17 and The Cogburn Scholarship and The S. Tucker Cooke Scholarship I for Materials and Supplies for 2017-2018. He had three photographs (Courtney, Illusionary Purpose, and Shadows of Doubt) published in the student Creative Arts Magazine, Headwaters 2017.

Shawn has an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta and works as a freelance graphic designer as well as a freelance make-up artist.

Arts for Life

One of the best things I could have done for the benefit of my future as an artist and impending role as a public-school art teacher happened this past summer. I’ll first admit that I, like so many other students, felt absolutely wiped out by the end of spring semester and all I could think about was how awesome my much-deserved break was going to be. My mind had been in overdrive the entire semester and my creativity, I felt, was all but shot. I just wanted to sleep late, catch up on some of my Netflix shows and read a book or two. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. Instead I spent two and a half months as a summer intern with Arts For Life; a non-profit organization that uses the power of art to enrich the lives of various children and families that come into any one of several Mission Hospital pediatric locations.

I got the opportunity to be a part of an amazing team of people whose sole mission was to give as much joy as we creatively could to everyone we came in contact with. From buggy finger puppets and fancy face masks to crazy cup-jumping frogs we had a blast! It was a summer filled with creativity, an abundance of fun and laughter, and it was over far too quickly.

I left the internship with an appreciation for the beauty and enrichment of art and the lives that are touched by it. Honestly, I have never been more artistically challenged in all my life; when you’re a grown-up, kids believe you can draw anything, lol. More than anything I left with a gratefulness for the life I live and the freedom to continue on my artistic journey. I am a fortunate man. 

It means the world to me that I was able to use the tools of my art education to help brighten the days and weeks of so many people; and as that’s what my future plans are, I’m smiling from ear to ear because of the experience.

Not a lot of chill time for me this summer, but the rewards of being right where I was meant to be, giving and learning, far exceeds anything I might have even thought would be better. 

If you would like more information about Arts For Life organization visit them at:
www.artsforlifenc.org or www.facebook.com/artsforlifenc/

They are looking for talented, motivated people to be a part of their awesomeness!

Shawn Winebrenner, August 2017