It’s difficult for Ivana Bogdan to recall a time when she didn’t have a paint brush or pencil in hand.

The Winston-Salem native has been an artist for as long as she can remember. When it came time to apply to college, Bogdan decided UNCG’s School of Art was the perfect place to cultivate her skill and creativity.

“I loved UNCG and I knew it had a strong art program,” she said. “Everything came together for me. It was a great fit.”

A painting and art history double major, Bogdan has spent her college career using her work to connect people with one another.

“I’m interested in exploring the human experience in my art,” she said. “There’s so much that we all go through that is similar, but often we keep those experiences to ourselves.”

Most of Bogdan’s time has been spent alongside other art students in their shared studio space at the edge of campus. But as an international honors student and UNCG Guarantee scholarship recipient, she’s been able to grow beyond Greensboro as well.

The summer after her freshman year, Bogdan spent three weeks in Monterrey, Mexico, where she volunteered in the community and learned about social justice issues and Mexican culture with fellow UNCG Guarantee scholars.

During the spring semester of her junior year, she studied abroad in Plymouth, England, and had the opportunity to travel across Europe.

“I saw so many works of art that I grew up learning about,” she said. “It was kind of like seeing celebrities. I never thought I’d be able to see those pieces.”

After graduation, Bogdan plans to return to Europe to study architecture – a blend of her interests in art and art history.

What will she miss the most when she crosses the Atlantic? The sense of community at UNCG.

“I’ve gained so much from other people that have shaped me. The community here is so close-knit,” she said. “I’m excited to take what I’ve learned and further my career as an alumna of UNCG.”

 

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications
Videography by Grant Gilliard, University Communications