Kathryn Schroeder

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 different direction.

“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 student.”

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 Personality.”

 “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 Andy Warhol.”

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.

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.