Putting it together
Art has been a part of Kathryn Schroeder’s life for as long as she can remember.
“My mom was an art history major,” says the senior from Grayson, Ga. “Since I
was young, my parents would take me to museums and fostered my love of art. When
I was in the fourth grade we visited the Art Institute of Chicago, and I told my
parents that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
But when it came time for Kathryn to choose a field of study, she went in an entirely
“I didn’t come to college to study art,” she says. “I wanted to be a nurse, but
when I got into nursing school, I discovered it wasn’t quite right for me.”
So Kathryn followed her heart back to her first love and decided to pursue a degree
in art and design. That’s when things began to happen to prove that she was on
the right path.
“I found out that I had to do an internship, so Diana Goldwire at the Career Counseling
Center sent me down to the LaGrange Art Museum.”
Within a month, Kathryn found herself immersed in the life of the bustling facility.
“I started off doing little things, like making copies,” she says. “But then they
started letting me do real things, like helping with tours and working with Super
Saturdays, a free family fun day.”
She’s also done educational work with school groups. Then she was offered a chance
to do something special.
“Megan Johnston, the museum’s executive director, asked if I’d be interested in
curating a show,” she says. “That is a phenomenal opportunity for an undergraduate
Kathryn explains that a curator puts together an exhibit.
“First, you decide on the theme,” she says. “Then you pull together a collection
of different pieces from different collections that illustrate that.”
Kathryn has been working with John Lawrence, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Art
and Design, as well as local collector Wes Cochran for her show called “Cult of
“The exhibit is made up of mainly 20th century pieces that include the idea
of artists as genius, and how these artists have cult followings,” she says. “I
then go into the idea of individuals as icons, people like Lady Gaga, Elvis and
Her exhibit is one of four that will be spotlighted during the museum’s spring
fundraiser May 14. Also included are photographer John Dowell, who will be showcasing
night scenes of Atlanta; “Show and Tell,” the work of college photography students
and the Active Life senior center; and the museum studies class, who has been reimagining
and retooling the sculpture garden.
“This is a great opportunity because the college is hosting the event,” Kathryn
says. “We will be joined by President Dan McAlexander and Provost David Garrison,
and we will celebrate spring and art. It will be a wonderful party.”
Tickets are $45 for museum members and $55 for non-members, and may be ordered
by calling the art museum at (706) 882-3267.