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GABE
GORDON

HOMETOWN:
Shaker Heights, OH
HIGH SCHOOL:
Shaker Heights High School 
MAJOR:
Studio Art and American Studies double major
Creative Writing Certificate. 
THESIS:

I will be creating a painting thesis as a candidate for honors in the art studio department. I plan to interweave elements of painting, performance, and sculpture to reframe and reinterpret archetypal American folktales and narratives.

FAVORITE CLASS:

The First Gilded Age: Media and Modernity in the United States, 1865-1913. This critical study of visual and material culture during The Gilded Age was my introduction to the American studies major. It fused together art history, American history, economics, English, and government. It was fascinating to explore how politics and art influenced each other and helped landscape an era. Elizabeth Milroy was a brilliant professor and dynamic lecturer. For my final research paper, I had a blast examining period gender roles through Charles Dana Gibson’s cartoons in Life magazine.

CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:

I am the house manager of Art House, Wesleyan’s newest program house that I co-founded last year. I have been a Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitator (WesDEF) and currently work as a tour guide. I have also worked with Middletown youth at the Green Street Arts Center and Oddfellows Playhouse. On campus, I am involved with Swerve(d), a student art collective, and Second Stage, Wesleyan’s student theater company.

FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:

BLARTAL! Also known as Blind-Art-House-Formal. In celebration of our first semester in existence, my Art House-mates threw a formal date-party. The catch: we had to set each other up on blind dates, so none of us knew who we were going to Blartal with until the night itself. The event was so much fun and the dates, all successful—a testament to how well we all knew each other. Also, everyone had to wear velour.

OUTSIDE WESLEYAN:

I am spending the summer before my senior year interning for Creative Time, an arts nonprofit in New York known for their large scale, social justice-oriented public art exhibitions. I am also joining the Orchard Project, a play development space in upstate New York, as a member of their Core Company theater apprenticeship program.

AFTER WESLEYAN:

I am interested in pursuing a career in the arts, perhaps through nonprofit management or artistic direction. My dream, however, would be to continue collaborating and creating projects, plays, films, and art with my Wesleyan
friends professionally.

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