“NKU HAS OFFERED ME A VARIETY OF AMAZING PROFESSORS WITH A LOT OF EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE, WHICH MADE ME THE ARTIST I AM TODAY. THEY DID NOT JUST TEACH ME HOW TO MAKE ART BUT THEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO CREATE, IMAGINE, AND WORK HARD TO ACHIEVE ANY GOAL. I CANNOT THANK MY PROFESSORS ENOUGH.”
Devan Horton knew she was going to be an artist when she was in the third grade.
“I drew a weird abstract geometric picture of a turtle,” says the 22-year-old senior Painting major from Covington. “I won artist of the month and even got it into a Kenton County Calendar. It was extremely detailed and accurate, especially for a third grader. I am still extremely proud of it.”
When it came time to decide where to further her education, she chose Northern Kentucky University.
“NKU IS A WONDERFUL ART SCHOOL THAT CAN HELP YOU FIND YOUR VOICE WITH THE HELP OF OPEN-MINDED PEOPLE AND THEY ARE WILLING TO AID WITH EXPERIMENTATION,
“As far as the art programs go, there are amazing people who are experts in their field, willing to help any step of the way. I would not be where I am today without the help my professors and I feel lucky to have received the education they gave me.”
One professor who changed her life was sculpture professor Steven Finke.
“Although sculpture is not my strong suit and I was struggling with my work ethic and motivation, he saw potential in me,” she says. “During a one-on-one final grade discussion he told me he thought I could be an artist, but I was not motivated. After that talk I completely changed my work ethic and I have been an A student and a real artist ever since.”
An experience studying abroad also stands out to Horton.
“JUST LAST SPRING I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO ROME AND FLORENCE, ITALY. IT WAS A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE,
“There is nothing like getting to observe masterpieces up close and in person. There are no words that can be used to teach these things I was seeing for myself. It was a great bonding experience for all of us involved. We became family. I could not have asked for a better time.”
Following graduation she plans on traveling for as long as she can.
“Studying abroad only made me want to go everywhere else,” she says. “But while I am traveling and learning on my own, I want to continue to develop my own body of work and promote myself. I plan to stay relevant in the contemporary art world for as long as I can.”
WHAT DOES CREATIVITY MEAN TO YOU?
“Creativity to me is an outlet that is able to explain the unexplainable. It’s thinking outside of the box to solve imaginative or literal problems. My creativity comes from passion and emotions I could never explain with words, but through my artwork I am able to share my experience. It is a glimpse of my soul that no machine could ever create on its own.”