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Kyle Brown ‘17
BA Studio Art
Summa Cum Laude

KBrown Why Stony Brook University?
I originally transferred to Stony Brook for its reputation as a medical school. I was a double major in Computer Science and Theatre at my previous institution. My original plan was to follow the pre-med track and eventually go to medical school and become a doctor. My first major was Earth and Space Sciences. I always saw the doctor route as a “safe” choice for a career, but my passion was never there. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I truly cared about the arts. I changed my major to Studio Art in my first semester after only one week. Art was my true passion, and Stony Brook had a great Art program for me to join. I have always had a technical mind, so I gravitated towards digital mediums, mainly photography and video. I work a lot through these mediums, using my past knowledge from Computer Science to create digital and interactive works.

I see art as a vital part of any type of society. Art is a means of reaction, expression, exploration, and discovery all within itself. It is also versatile, as art can be combined and seen through many different lenses, such as a scientific lens, a political lens, a creative lens, and many more. The Department of Art has provided me a safe, open and friendly space to create and learn along with all the other students in this program. I’ve found that there is an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration within all areas of the arts, whether this is music, theatre, or studio art. This sense of a cohesive group has been one of the most crucial parts to my happiness and success in this program.

On his favorite classes:
There are two classes that have stood out to me most throughout my education here. The first is ARS 205: Idea and Form. This class is one of the first required classes all Art students take, and rightly so. The course teaches students a basic understanding of the process of creating. It puts an emphasis on the conceptual idea behind the physical making process and how to make the physical form relate as strongly and closely to the idea that is driving the piece. I came into this program with a lot of misconceptions about art, such as you have to be a good drawer to be a successful artist. This class taught me that art can come in all shapes and forms and can literally be about anything. One statement that stuck with me from this course was, “There is no right or wrong in art, there is only good or bad.”

The second class that stood out to me was CDT 317: Interactive Installation and Media. This class combined Art with the Technical. We were taught how to program and hardwire microcomputers to create interactive installations. Having a scientific background and interest, this class was a field day for me. I ended up using my final project for this class in the Senior Art Show as one of my final showings here at Stony Brook.

Photography - Film - Theatre - Music - Programming - Interactive Art - Conceptual Art - Comedy - Comics

Awards & Accolades:  
Summa Cum Laude, Cumulative 4.0 GPA - Academic Achievement all five semesters - Leon Bolotin Scholarship Award - Sunwood Exhibition Selection - Staller Center Award of Excellence- Senior Art Show - Dean’s Choice Award- Senior Art Show - URECA Art Show, Honorable Mention (Two Times) - Finalist, Photographer’s Forum, Best Photography, 2016 - Finalist, Photographer’s Forum, Best College Photography, 2015

Plans for Post Graduation & Career Aspirations:
My top priority is to never stop creating. Wherever I end up, I want to always be a maker of art. With that in mind, I have been looking over many different MFA programs at various graduate schools. I believe an MFA would be a critical step on my pathway towards becoming a professional artist. In the future, I would like to become a teacher of the arts. Teaching is not something I would want to do right away, but rather once I am established in my career. Education can make or break a student. Having the right instructor and program can lead to excellence in anyone, and that is something I would be honored to be a part of.

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