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Mercer Artist: Visual artist Avery Lario is finding balance between science and art 

Mercer Artist: Visual artist Avery Lario is finding balance between science and art 

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

September 10, 2019

While some people think that there is really no way for a person to be involved in both art and science, Lario has found that her science classes have helped her art. 

Mercer Artist: Vanae Hatcher

Mercer Artist: Vanae Hatcher

Nadia Pressley, Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 13, 2019

When she came to Mercer her freshman year, junior Vanae Hatcher had a goal -- she wanted to get a degree that would allow her to get a job helping people. She discovered art psychotherapy, the use of creativity to help people express themselves and their emotions through art.

Mercer Artist: Amelia Rivers, a musician navigating the Tempest

Mercer Artist: Amelia Rivers, a musician navigating the Tempest

Jules Tollett, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

Pianist Amelia Rivers, a freshman, is a Music Arts major as well as an English major. Rivers’ musical inclinations don’t end with the piano, however. She is also a vocalist, and a member of Mercer’s top choral ensemble, the Mercer Singers. An active member of both the Townsend School of Music and the Co...

Mercer Artist: Sammi Godwin creates her own representation

Mercer Artist: Sammi Godwin creates her own representation

Marianna Bacallao

March 27, 2019

"Performance Art" Pain is performance art For women who crack open Their ribs, letting their hearts breathe And strumming their entrails.   When Mercer junior Sammi Godwin wrote that poem last January, she did so after dwelling on how much art is born from pain and the voyeuris...

Mercer Artist: Julia Swain plans to teach music in India

Mercer Artist: Julia Swain plans to teach music in India

Jules Tollett

March 11, 2019

Senior Julia Swain is an artist in more ways than one. Although she is mostly involved in the music school and plays viola for the McDuffie Center for Strings, she has also become more involved in Mercer’s visual arts program. Swain has been involved in the arts from a very young age. She began playing...

Mercer “Dungeons and Dragons” game master is an improvisational storyteller

Mercer “Dungeons and Dragons” game master is an improvisational storyteller

Chas Pridgen

March 1, 2019

With the current re-emergence of “Dungeons and Dragons” (D&D) into pop culture, creators are finding that some of their stories are best told around a table. One of these storytellers is Nick Pope, a Dungeon Master (DM) who started playing D&D about two years ago. Pope said that the basi...

Mercer Artist: Self-taught sophomore loves going hands-on through her artwork

Chas Pridgen

February 12, 2019

Karen Wessells is a sophomore information science and technology and Spanish major at Mercer University. However, outside of her official areas of study, she is also a talented artist who uses her craft to keep herself busy. Wessells said that she uses many different mediums to create her artwork, inclu...

Mercer Artist: Talented sophomore lands a lead

Mercer Artist: Talented sophomore lands a lead

Julianna Tollett

January 27, 2019

The world of acting can be pretty daunting for some people. But when Tiara Watkins, a sophomore transfer student, came to auditions for Mercer Theatre’s upcoming show, “The Christians,” she ended up landing a lead role. Watkins has been participating in theater since her freshman year of high scho...

Mercer Artist: Ali Austin, a visual artist with a love for digital art

Mercer Artist: Ali Austin, a visual artist with a love for digital art

Julianna Tollett

November 29, 2018

Ali Austin is a second year student at Mercer University. While she is majoring in psychology, her passion is art. Austin specializes in visual art through a variety of mediums. These mediums include traditional pencil and paper drawings, painting with both acrylic and watercolor paints, digital art,...

Mercer Artist: Actress new to stage quickly ascends to the limelight

Mercer Artist: Actress new to stage quickly ascends to the limelight

Chas Pridgen

November 15, 2018

The “acting bug” is a powerful thing, and you never know when it’s going to strike. Once it bites you, it’s very difficult to shake. Lauren Dreggors discovered her love for acting less than a year before she booked the role of “Juliet” in Mercer’s production of “Romeo & Juliet.” ...

Mercer Artist: Transfer student finds home at Mercer’s school of music

Mercer Artist: Transfer student finds home at Mercer’s school of music

Chas Pridgen

November 11, 2018

Artistry can be found wherever you go, which is exactly what Collin LaHood discovered when he transferred to Mercer University. LaHood, a junior Vocal Performance major at the Townsend School of Music, quickly found himself right in the fray after his arrival. In high school, LaHood performed in several ...

Mercer Artist: Morgan Brady

Mercer Artist: Morgan Brady

Mahima Sultan

October 19, 2018

For Morgan Brady, what began as a way to bond with her grandmother when she was younger became her go-to stress reliever and one of her favorite hobbies. Her love for art began when she was in middle school. “The earliest memory probably has to be with my grandma,” she said. “I send her everything that I...

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