Arcadia’s Annual “Artist in the Community” Combines Art and Community Service

By Christopher Sarachilli | January 27, 2016

Jacqueline Brownell ’17 with her father, Associate Director of Athletics Rick Brownell, at the Artist in the Community exhibit.

In December, students from the University seminar “Artist in the Community” showcased their social service-oriented artwork in Spruance Fine Arts Center’s Thrall Gallery. The exhibit drew approximately 150 attendees.

During the fall semester, 46 students volunteered with those experiencing homelessness at Depaul USA and Hope Gardens shelters; intellectually disabled students at Our Lady of Confidence Day School; and inner city children at Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice. The exhibition was “a way of bringing a diverse group of people together under one roof to celebrate our accomplishments together as local creatives,” said Linda Ruth Paskell, adjunct professor of Education.

The seminar combines creative expression with community outreach and service. It provides a platform for students from a wide range of studies to work together to make their community a better place and find common ground regardless of their background and beliefs.

For more information, contact Paskell at