Capriella Fenicle can’t remember exactly when she fell in love with art.

Her father, an art teacher, shared his passion with her at a very young age, even bringing her to his classroom to watch him work. When the junior art education major from Westfield, Indiana, decided to follow a similar career path, she knew what she was looking for in a university—strong education and art programs, plenty of things to do, and great friends and mentors.

When I visited, I liked the people at Ball State. I love the size of the university, the variety of extracurricular activities, and the strong sense of community we have here. The size of the art education program has allowed me to really get to know my classmates while we all work very closely with our professors.

Capriella hopes to open a community art center and spent last summer getting a taste of how one works. At the Indianapolis Art Center, she assisted instructors and taught students ages 6 to 15. Now, she educates third- and fourth-graders in the School of Art’s Saturday Children’s Art Classes. Watching her students really connect with their mixed-media projects fulfills and excites her.

Besides academic endeavors, Capriella has found a home in Outdoor Pursuits, helping fellow students learn to climb on the rock wall in the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center. She’s also led two fall trips: paddling in the Prairie Creek Reservoir and backpacking 36 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland over fall break.

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About Capriella

Class of 2018
Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
Majors: Art Education
Activities: Art Education Club, Runners' Association, Rock Climbing and Slackline Club

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