Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Blue Connection, Millikin University's student-run retail art gallery, has named Kathryn Scarim, a senior art therapy major from Palos Park, Ill., the 2015 Summer Artist-in-Residence. Scarim will showcase her artwork throughout the months of June and July 2015.

Continuing her art therapy studies this fall at Millikin, Scarim will focus on painting and drawing during her residency at Blue Connection.

"The residency program will allow me to dive deeper into studying, pushing and experimenting with drawing and painting," said Scarim. "Blue Connection is not just a place for art to be displayed, it's a place to learn, grow, experiment and create."

Scarim was recently awarded the David S. Monroe Art Award at Millikin University's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Honors Convocation on April 23. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in art, and recognizes students for their major, excellence in their work and exhibiting a professional attitude.

Scarim noted, "Blue Connection brings Millikin students and faculty together with the Decatur community to appreciate and understand all that goes into artistic creation. The Artist-in-Residency program is a spectacular opportunity because I will be able to develop my skills in a professional environment."

In terms of her art inspirations, Scarim says, "Great artists including Giacometti, Klimt, Basquiat, Judy Chicago and Squeak Carnwath all deeply inspire me."

Julienne Shields, instructor of entrepreneurship at Millikin says, "Kat Scarim was hand-picked by the Art Department at Millikin to be the Blue Connection Artist-in-Residence for Summer 2015. We're excited for Kat to be using the gallery as both a studio and a display place. She's a talented and personable artist. We're sure the community will enjoy meeting her."

Blue Connection, located at 117 N. Water St. in Decatur, Ill., strives to highlight fine art students that are a rising success in their fields and provide a public venue for Millikin students to sell and showcase their artwork.

Focused on arts and specialty businesses, Blue Connection is used by students in Millikin's Arts and Entrepreneurship Program to grow their businesses. Millikin's Arts and Entrepreneurship Program provides performance-based business opportunities for students to exercise self-employment. The program utilizes student-run ventures to provide students live practice in developing, launching, and growing a business.

For further information on Millikin University's Blue Connection, visit millikin.edu/blueconnection or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.