On Friday, March 27, Abbey Ryan ’03, assistant professor of art, will conduct a live painting demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. The event, open to the public, will be streamed live.
A Philadelphia-based artist, Ryan began conducting live painting demonstrations in 2011 to honor the memory of Jami Rodriguez ’00. Rodriguez became friends with Ryan when they were both art students and members of Arcadia’s Student Alumni Association.
“I remember Jami as an amazing artist and a wonderful friend, and I want to raise awareness about the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship to honor Jami and her legacy of community service, artistic creativity, and love for Beaver College,” Ryan said. “I believe it’s important for alums and the larger Arcadia community to remember Jami’s legacy—as well as each and every unique Arcadia/Beaver alumni story.”
Best known for her “Abbey Ryan: Painting a Day” website, Ryan’s work has been featured in or on O, The Oprah Magazine; Seth Godin’s bestselling Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?; FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia; BoingBoing.net; Brainard Carey’s Making It in the Art World and New Market for Artists; and many other publications and outlets. She also has been ranked fifth on the list of “49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Arts” by BoostBlogTraffic.com. Ryan’s paintings are in more than 900 private and public collections around the world, and her blog has generated more than 750,000 viewers from more than 100 countries.