Kristin Hess ('10), Visual
Communications Manager for Indiana Humanities
Kristin Hess studied art and graduated as one of the top 10
female students in her class. While at Butler, she taught middle
school children through the Butler Community Arts School. Kristin
continues to live in Indianapolis and now manages programs and
visual communications for Indiana Humanities, one of the state's
great institutions. Her first book, "Food for Thought: An Indiana
Harvest" was published in 2012.
"The Butler Art + Design program allowed me to pair my varied
interests and passions with strategic, creative implementation.
From one-on-one professor attention to the self-led thesis to
encouragement to combine academic majors and fields, I learned how
to think like a designer and take ownership of the power of design
to strengthen and enhance the world around me."
Lauren Binning ('10), Senior Art Director, Harrison and
The Butler Art + Design program has helped me get to where I am
today because it provided an outlet where I could study and develop
my traditional art skills in order to apply those skills to
multi-media digital design projects. I was also encouraged to be an
independent thinker and take initiative to pursue my creative
ideas. I now work in advertising, where I am often tasked to
develop campaigns and branding elements that need to work in a
variety of outlets. My education provided a foundation of skills to
be able to successfully work in the advertising industry.
Maria Porter ('11), Graphic Service Admin at Taft Stettinius
Maria Porter earned her B.A. in Art + Design, cum laude with
high honors in 2011. During her undergraduate study she was a
member of the graphic design and new media teams for the Public
Relations Board of Student Government and served as photographer
and photo editor for The Butler Collegian. During her time as photo
editor of the Collegian, she received an Indiana Collegiate Press
Association first place award in Best Photo for her photo taken
during the final game of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
She worked as graphic designer and photographer for several of the
College of Business' Real Business Experience events. Currently,
Maria is a Graphic Service Administrator with Taft Stettinius &
Hollister LLP in Indianapolis.
Maria says: My experience at Butler taught me a lot of things
necessary for a successful career such as time management,
industry-specific skills, and creative thinking. But I've found
that the most valuable part of my Butler experience is the
well-rounded, liberal arts education that exposed me to many
different types of classes and people. The opportunity to work with
professors, students and staff from varying backgrounds, work
styles and points of view has prepared me for success in my career,
where I work with a wide range of people every day.
Daniel McCullough ('12), Freelance Videographer, Butler
What you don't expect while taking the art classes at Butler, is
how it will change the way you see the world around you. Be
it the computers we type on, the clothes we wear, or even the food
we eat, everything around us was crafted to look and function a
specific way for a specific reason. This is why it becomes so
vital to take care and pride in your work; you never know when it
might go viral.
Laura Kramer ('12), Graphic Production Artist at Ansira, St.
Butler's Art+Design program has allowed me to see things around
me differently. My definition of "art" encompasses more than I ever
imagined. This definition expanded through my Art+Design
classes, professors, internships and real-world experiences that
the program provided me. I am able to see art through an educated
and open mind, and learn to appreciate art for what it is,
regardless of its aesthetics. I now can apply my skills to my
career, and am able to better critique my own work.
Abby Hart ('13), Studio Assistant, Professional
Musician and Freelance Artist
Working for Mab Graves really opened my eyes to what it means to
own and market an art business. She works nearly every second she
is not sleeping and has incredible passion. I'm selling my
paintings and continue to tour with my band-I've seen most of the
U.S. and especially enjoy New Orleans, California, New York, Ohio
and Florida. My Art + Design and Theatre experience at Butler
helped develop both my presence on stage (being on stage performing
is the best rush!) and our marketing, which is DIY style (we design
all of our merchandise, and hand make all of our
"paint on hands" by alumna Maria Porter