From the Eye of an Intern

My name is Chloe Coy, and I am a senior at Herron High School. I became connected with the Harrison Center for the Arts through my school and have been an intern since mid-August. Through my internship, I hope to develop my skills as a writer and photographer, participate in local events, and learn more about the lovely urban neighborhood surrounding HCA and Herron. Here are few of my favorite things thus far about the Harrison Center for the Arts:

A DASH OF COLOR The Harrison Center for the Arts seems to lack nothing, including a huge variety of vibrant hues, creating a vivacious vibe. Not only does this energy encompass the studios and the artists within them, but it also diffuses among the other residents. Paintings hang in the church office hallway walls and a massive three-dimensional mobile descends upon members of Redeemer Presbyterian as they gather for worship on Sunday mornings.

A dash of color is omnipresent throughout the whole of the building and makes its way into the surrounding community.

MEDIUMS TO BE RECKONED WITH Every medium comes with its own challenges, but this fact does not prevent artists at the Harrison Center from using virtually all of them.  As you stroll down the hallways, you will pass an ancient, upright piano, three-dimensional pieces popping out at you from their bases, dozens of paintings, pottery, glass, wood, steel, etc.

All mediums are reckoned with; and all are used to express the HCA’s artists’ individual feelings, perceptions, and talents.

SPACE, OR LACK THEREOF Lastly, the Harrison Center does not waste space; therefore, it seems impossible that there is any still remaining. A giant sink installed in a random hallway, paintings stacked outside studios, three-dimensional art looming in between staircases and in partially-underground windows. Despite this creative use of space, the HCA continues to discover new places to position mediums, materials, and masterpieces.

More and more space is used everyday, but everything is accounted for so perfectly that it does not seem that space is shrinking, but rather, art is increasing.