Scholarship Recipient Profile: Extending Passion
“I’ve proven to myself that I am passionate and I do work hard, and these two qualities will take me places no matter what it is I decide to do.”
Rett Nearburg '07 Scholarship Recipient
Although he had visited other art colleges, the moment Val Karuskevich '14 stepped on campus at MICA, he knew he was home. He thinks the most valuable asset of the College is its “magnetic” ability to attract “incredible people” to study and teach on its campus. He doesn’t know if he would have been able to attend college, however, if it wasn’t for the Nearburg Scholarship he was awarded, for which he is immensely grateful. The Rett Nearburg ‘07 Scholarship was established by Charles and Dana Nearburg in memory of their son, Rett.
Karuskevich extends his artistic passion into his involvement in making the MICA community a better place to learn and live.
He is president of MICA Bike Share, a student-run organization that promotes cycling as both a source of exercise and sustainable transportation by allowing students to use bikes free of charge. Eventually, he wants to bike across the United States.
Biking is not Karuskevich’s only interest, however. He is also a member of Students of Sustainability, a group of environmentally conscious students that is working to promote the integration of responsible resource usage into MICA’s identity and mission. In addition, he represents the Photography Department at Academic Affairs meetings.
Karuskevich loves being around creative people as much as he loves art. He has also grown to love Baltimore for being accommodating and affordable for artists who wish to maintain a studio practice, embracing its reputation as “the land of pleasant living.” Coming to MICA, according to Karuskevich, has been one of the most important and life-changing experiences of his life. He especially appreciates the array of instructors who have been able to influence his artmaking and outlook on life. He can’t imagine doing anything else, he says, and is happy charting the course to his future.