Mary Curvey, 20, of Alton, is graduating this week with an affiliate in used science degree and certification of proficiency in graphic design — but you will not see her at graduation.

You will, nevertheless, see her on campus following 12 months, as she carries on her instruction in pursuit of a fantastic arts degree. Her eventual objective is to become a cartoonist or locate a work that will allow for her to creatively carry on to expand her skills.

A 2019 graduate of Alton Substantial Faculty, Curvey was named Graphic Art College student of the 12 months in 2018 and 2019. She selected to research graphic style at Lewis and Clark due to the fact it’s community, and it felt like a fantastic in good shape.

“Graphic design and style has been a enthusiasm of mine since freshman calendar year of significant school,” she stated. “I really suggest the method at L&C, specially if you like artwork and digital media.”

This year, she was named Graphic Structure College student of the Calendar year and Pictures College student of the Yr at Lewis and Clark, and attained an award for Excellence in Illustration for The Bridge.

The own connection and particular person awareness she been given at Lewis and Clark has created her expertise a exclusive just one, Curvey claimed. She even located a mentor in Assistant Professor and Plan Coordinator Louise Jett, and has been energetic in the L&C Video clip Recreation Club, Phi Theta Kappa honor culture and at The Bridge scholar newspaper.

“Mary turns ideas and concepts into visible tales, illustrations and graphic types,” Jett said. “Her get the job done is insightful and participating. She is enthusiastic and fulfills issues with a smile. I usually look forward to looking at her upcoming undertaking and newest strategies. She is totally engaged in her instructional journey and she elevates the high quality of the classroom knowledge for all of us included. Mary is these an magnificent pupil who will go on to obtain wonderful successes.”

Curvey lately experienced several digital illustrations, print and publication models, and digital pictures provided in the juried annual Scholar Art Exhibition at L&C. Her work — 7 pieces total — can be viewed at

Outdoors of faculty, Curvey enjoys drawing, painting, sewing, reading through, and extra. She enjoys having ice product on the lawn with a group of buddies, and has an immense really like for jellyfish and her really personal Furby collection.

You can observe her artistic endeavors on Instagram @woopcurveygirlwoop.