Annika Neidinger, Art

How did you choose your major?

Trial and error mostly! My path to an Art BFA wasn’t straightforward; it took one previous institution and a gap year working abroad to figure out what I wanted to study.

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?

My most meaningful experience at UW–Madison was participating in the Mad Gaffer’s holiday Blow Your Own Ornament event. Every year before Christmas our student organization gets to invite the general public into the hot shop to blow glass ornaments. It’s such a unique event to be a part of, and it’s a great way to introduce people to the material.

What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?

Professor Lynn Keller has had the greatest impact on me. As a sophomore I took her course on environmental literature in the 20th and 21st century that introduced me to many of the materials that inform my studio practice.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Spend time with your professors and graduate students; go to open office hours or open studio times. It’s an amazing privilege to have access to these people and these facilities outside of class time. Take advantage of it to build skills and relationships!

What are your plans for the future?

One day I’d like to return to school for my MFA or a degree in education. In the meantime, I will be showing work in exhibitions, applying for residencies and grants, and looking for opportunities to learn new skills.

You’re a UW–Madison expert now, so we must ask: Which is the best Babcock ice cream flavor?

Easy! Union Utopia.

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