After graduating from Bethany, Charis went on to study at the New York Academy of Art. She currently works as a fine artist, graphic designer, and arts administrator.
WHAT YOU DO • • • I'm an artist, designer, and arts administrator. I always have multiple gears going (along with cups of caffeine). Currently, you can find me in my studio in addition to being the in-house designer for Sure Foundation Lutheran Church in Queens, the Director of Visual Art for Spark and Echo Arts, the President of the Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art, teaching art history at a local college in Jersey, and managing an art gallery in Manhattan.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • • "Don't Quit." (Prof. Bukowski) "Just Do It." (Prof. Ouren) "It Must Mean Something." (Prof. Overn) "Whatever you do, do it well." (My Folks) While I was a student, I worked for Lois Jaeger in the YFAC. I was having a hard day, thinking about what kind of impact I could make with my chosen field and Lois reminded me that I was given abilities God had chosen specifically for me, and that I had been called to use them. Whenever I wonder if what I've chosen to do matters, I remember how what Lois said to me that day mattered so much.
HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE • • • I'm thrilled about making connections between ideas, between people. I love sharing opportunities and knowledge to strengthen my peers and colleagues.
HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU
WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST • • • There is so much, so much I remember: auditioning for Theatre Physics, rapelling from the catwalks, theology and wit at the dinner table, tight-knit friends, Hippolytan sword-dancing, Gullixson Hall basement studios, wood-graining Pete-style, the World Sensorium, contra-color underpainting, trying to keep up with Bukowski on the New York Trip, learning how to fresco, bringing my bagels and juice into Monday morning "Art in the Dark." Working at Schell's Brewery, interning at the Brown County Historical Society for two years. Lutheran liturgy at its best with Marzolf, karaoke in the Viking Village, the Nordic Chandeliers of Death, chanting the Lord's Prayer, photographing a good friend as she processed through Trinity Chapel to "O God, Beyond All Praising" to wed her best friend.
ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • Get involved. Not only with the extra-curriculars, but with the whole human experience. Your main responsibility in college is to BE INTERESTED. Be passionate. Be curious - absorb more than you think you can. You'll carry it all with you your whole life.