Douglas Laubacher '13
Hometown: Minerva, OH
Assistant in the Crandall Art Gallery, part-time cartoonist for the The Dynamo and co-secretary of For the Love of Christ the King (FLOCK)
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Mount offers a traditional art program within a liberal arts setting, which was exactly the program I was looking for. You'd be surprised at the number of liberal arts colleges and universities that don't even offer a major in the fine arts.
Living at home and still finding my niche
I love that campus is only 30 minutes from my house. I'm one of the few commuters, and being able to still find my niche even though I live off campus really says something about the opportunities Mount has to offer. For example, within my first year I had a campus job within my major. Because of the connections the University has and because I'm an assistant in the art gallery, I've been able to participate in an auction of Russian art work as well as help curate many other shows.
Long lost cousins … or something like that
You'd be hard pressed to find the dedication of Mount’s alumni anywhere else. We actually had a few graduates donate enough money to build the Gartner Welcome Center. Graduates also fund many of the merit awards and scholarships that Mount Union offers. It's this same spirit that gives you not only a sense of community, but camaraderie as well. I can walk up to a Mount graduate and tell them where I am attending school and its like we're long lost cousins or something. There is also a certain prestige that comes with having graduated from Mount Union. It's a very respected name.
I took art lessons from a local artist in my area for about nine years, and then when it came time to look at colleges I realized art is where I had the most strength and what I enjoyed most. I discovered Mount Union offered an art scholarship. I applied … and received it! That sealed the deal for me.
Drawing … in 30 seconds
Life drawing was easily the most rewarding class I've taken so far. Basically the entire class is drawing the human figure. By the end of the semester, the goal is to be able to draw the entire body accurately in or around 30 seconds. I can go back and look at the way I was doing things at the beginning of that semester and then compare it to how I ended up – the difference is night and day. I've never felt such great satisfaction coming out of a class. Artistically, I felt I improved, and I was able to see the various difficulties I had overcome.
Art, coffee and kayaking
I won't pick favorites when it comes to professors, but if I had to give props to anyone it would be professor Joel Collins. He not only bought his advance drawing class coffee a number of times, but took us kayaking too. Who does that?
If I could have any career, quite seriously, I'd love to be a professional cartoonist. I can't express just how cool I think that would be.
Because of the connections the University has and because I'm an assistant in the art gallery, I've been able to participate in an auction of Russian art work as well as help curate many other exhibits.