Katy Owens

Katy Owens

A junior at the University of Denver, Katy Owens lived in Russia until she was 5 when she moved to St. Louis, Mo., where she lived until moving to Colorado for college. Pursuing a double major in studio art and journalism, she is especially passionate about photography and can often be found taking pictures of anything and everything she sees. Her goal is to capture and share the wonder and beauty of the world through her art. She has been a vegetarian for almost 3 years and loves running, swimming, biking and enjoying the beauty of nature. Her deepest passion lies in helping those who cannot help themselves. Since a young age she has wanted to adopt children from around the world, a desire strengthened by the adoption of her youngest brother from the Ukraine. She is also passionate about ending human trafficking. After graduation she plans to intern with Cru and International Justice Mission and then hopes to work for human rights organizations that fight human trafficking, using her creativity and journalism skills to spread the truth about modern day slavery. Her goal in life is to love people, change lives and make a difference in the world.

Sodexo employees and students enjoy friendly interactions and conversation

The Sodexo employees at DU often just become part of the landscape, people seen everyday and not well-known. With my audio slideshow, I sought to highlight the employees and what they do at the school. I wanted to give them a chance to say what they enjoy about working at DU, and also bring in a student’s opinion regarding their own appreciation of the employees here at DU. Through this I wanted to let viewers know more about people they interact with on a daily basis, give appreciation to the employees, and highlight the joy both parties take from friendliness, laughter and good conversations.

I chose to photograph a number of locations around campus to give the slides diversity and represent all the locations where students and Sodexo employees interact. I used a wide range of shots of people, places, using wide, medium and close-up shots. I matched images with the words in the interviews as best as possible, trying not to be too repetitive with the images. I chose to use Joseph’s interview first, and Ryan’s second, because I felt that was a natural progression. Joseph talked about enjoying interaction with students, then a student talked about enjoying the friendliness and good conversations and interactions with the staff. I chose not to use much text or special effects because I felt they would distract from the overall message of the piece. I used text to identify the people talking, and a few effects at the beginning, when switching between people and at the end. I didn’t want to take away from the piece and felt using lots of fades, rotations or shrinking canvases would be highly distracting from the audio aspect of the slideshow.

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Art at DU: real major for real students

My Issues Story focused on the life of art students at DU, from the stereotypes placed on art majors to the academic requirements of DU art students and why many students chose to major in art. Because the entirety of the article would have been difficult to represent in only 12 – 18 photographs, I chose to focus more on the art students themselves, briefly mentioning the stereotypes, the work load, DU’s art student community, and the decision to major in art. The photos, I think, allow the viewer to look at the story from a more up-close-and-personal perspective. Images of students at work and examples of their studios and finished products make them real, more than words and statistics. You can say people work hard, but it doesn’t become real until you see it. As an art major I already knew the hard work that goes into projects, so photographing my fellow students didn’t change my perspective really, but it did inspire me to document what goes on in the art school, and elsewhere on campus, more, because things do become so much more real when they can be seen.

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Art and academics, life of an art major

A piece by Rafael Fajardo, a professor in DU’s Emerging Digital Practices program.

A major that gets to play all day and party all night seems like a dream, the perfect major.

Sound too good to be true? Well, it is.

While common misconception seems to paint a picture of art majors as students who don’t work hard or aren’t good enough to study anything else with an easy major that doesn’t matter in the real-job world, reality strikes a different note.

As with any major, there are always students who slack off and students who dedicate themselves.

However, the University of Denver’s art students are generally hardworking and passionate, whether their peers perceive them as such or not.

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