Archival pigment print of Jan Levengood, measuring 16x20 inches.
This project was made possible with the support of a Civic Engagement Grant from the Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility and Engagement (UCARE).
I chose to work with Jan Levengood because I met her during orientation my first day here, as many students do, and many times students never see her again as Jan works in Academic Support. I chose to work with her because students and faculty often forget about Academic Support if they and their students are doing well. You can find her on an average day in the basement of Myrin, or at her home in Gilbertsville with her dogs and husband. Besides work and home, some of her favorite past times are traveling, reading, and art. One of her favorite places to go is Washington D.C. and she tries to visit every couple of years. Art is a passion she developed here, at Ursinus, taking an art class as a student with a former Ursinus art professor, Ted Xaras.
Education is very important to Jan. She graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School (my alma mater), and Ursinus College (my soon to be alma mater). My time spent getting to know Jan made me realize a lot of our commonalities. She plans to spend her retirement continuing her passion for art, and plans to take classes. To me, her art speaks for a large part of her person, and I tried to demonstrate that here.
This is an oil painting that she did herself. She uses oils and pastels. She normally copies pictures she has seen in other places and alters them for her own art. This painting is her favorite piece that she has ever created. Her favorite part of the painting is the three women in the corner. If you look hard enough you can see the third woman, but she is not seen right away.
I really enjoyed getting to know her, and I hope to continue the friendship we started here with this project.
Copyright of the underlying work is held by the artist. The digital image presented here is for educational purposes only and is not for commercial use.
student art, 2015, documentary photography, Ursinus College, staff, portrait, photograph, archival pigment print