Student Spotlight: John Hankiewicz
John Hankiewicz was never a degree-seeking student at College of DuPage.
"I was one of a handful of 'repeat' students in printmaking: folks who took the course again and again to further themselves as artists rather than to get a degree," he said. "The class was, and probably still is, an exemplary model of community learning: experienced and first-time students interacting and benefiting from one another. Everyone had something to teach and learn, not just about printmaking but about being an artist."
Hankiewicz began drawing pictures as a child, influenced by comic books and newspaper comics. Although he pursued a degree in English and became a writing teacher, he continued to draw and self-published his comics in small editions.
"At a certain point, I got burned out with teaching and decided to pursue art more single-mindedly. Because print was a medium I had worked in as a cartoonist, it made sense to investigate the potential of hand-printing, and so I took the printmaking course at COD."
Now Hankiewicz is pursuing a Master's in Fine Arts degree in printmaking at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His goal is to keep making art and to make a living doing so. He credits his professors at College of DuPage for providing their expertise during the 10 years he took classes.
"The printmaking professors I met at COD over the years -— Laurie Steele, Teresa Parker and, of course, Chuck Boone —- did an excellent job of keeping the class informative and loose at the same time. My advice to students is to be yourself and learn from everybody. People make a great school -- think bottom up and not top down."
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