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Editor’s Note: This story was written by Kayla Dwire.

For this senior art student, her favorite class at Saint Mary’s has reflected and inspired her work in the upcoming senior art show.  

As her senior year is quickly coming to a close, and the senior art show is approaching, Maria Merrigan has reflected on her time here at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as a graphic design major. Merrigan said that her favorite class at Saint Mary’s was Illustration class with one of her favorite professors, Preston Lawing. Merrigan found this class enjoyable because it was “a nice mixture of digital work and hands-on work.” They would do a variety of things varying from watercolor paintings to digital work. 

In Merrigan’s portion of the senior art show, like Illustration class, you will see a variety of different art mediums. She has used a mix of photography, print media, and a textile piece. She chose the overall theme of fashion and sustainability which also give insight to her future plans after graduation. 

“My inspiration comes from my love of fashion and wanting to someday work in the fashion industry but also the fact that the fashion industry can have a negative impact on our environment,” said Merrigan. 

After graduation, Merrigan plans to head back home to Minneapolis, Minnesota to work for the summer. She also plans to find time for herself by traveling. Eventually, she wants to pursue a higher education as a fashion stylist. 

Find Merrigan’s work, along with the work of two other senior art students at the Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery for their opening on April 9th from 2:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.