Jordahl's photography on display at NCAA Convention
Courtesy of Edgewood College, Sports Information Department
MADISON, Wis. -- Former Edgewood College volleyball player Karyn Jordahl is one of 20 artists nationwide who will be featured in a special show of student-athlete artwork. The show, entitled "Statements", will be presented at the NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C. from January 13-17, and will display a wide range of work of some of the country's most gifted student-athletes.
Photo Gallery of Karyn Jordahl's photography
Jordahl, a native of Portage, Wis., will be displaying her photography. Her portion of the show includes pictures from her mission work with underprivileged children in Haiti as well as still life. Jordahl graduated from Edgewood College in December of 2007. In addition, Jordahl was one of 13 selected artists to appear in Champion magazine, a quarterly publication of the NCAA.
The 20 artists selected for the show at the Gaylord National Hotel are:
- Robin Hextrum, Southern California (rowing, painting)
- Julia Hopson, Fredonia State (track, illustration and photography)
- Anya Rosen, Carnegie Mellon (soccer, painting)
- Karyn Jordahl, Edgewood College (volleyball, photography)
- Adrienne Spivak, Occidental (soccer, painting)
- Tim Rusterholz, Virginia Commonwealth (track, sculpture)
- Nubia Garcia, Montana State (basketball, photography)
- Dexter Larimore, Ohio State (football, sculpture)
- Sarah Lee, Chapman (water polo, photography)
- Derek Cheng, Johns Hopkins (track, sculpture and illustration)
- Allison LaChance, RIT (rowing, painting and illustration)
- Kristina Baskett, Utah (gymnastics, photography)
- Kurt Gardiner, Greensboro (soccer, painting)
- Julie Rader, Oklahoma State (track, fashion design and jewelry)
- Jessie Gallagher, Lycoming (swimming, photography)
- Nick Schneiders, South Carolina Upstate (basketball, graphic design)
- Whitney Taylor, Bowling Green (basketball, photography and illustration)
- Allison Papko, Bethel (Minnesota) (ice hockey, illustration and graphic design)
- Brittany King, Wheaton (Massachusetts) (lacrosse, painting)
- Dina Hegazy, Southern California (swimming, photography)
The first 13 student-athletes will be featured in the January print issue of the NCAA's Champion magazine (the others will be represented in the online version of the publication), including personal statements about their work, how it relates to their athletics accomplishments, and self-portraits that are in many cases as creative as the work itself. Some of the student-athlete work is sports-related, but most reflects other aspects of life.
"We're all familiar with the tagline on the NCAA's promotional ads that say 'There are more than 400,000 student-athletes and most of them will go pro in something other than sports' – well, this is a visual manifestation of that," said the NCAA's Damon Schoening, who as director of brand strategies and events is co-directing the show. "This is a chance to display the talents of a cross-section of student-athletes diverse in sport, division and background. They truly represent what the NCAA is all about."
Arnel Reynon from the design and print firm Sport Graphics in Indianapolis is assisting Schoening. "The work represented in the show will appeal to a wide-ranging audience," Reynon said. "It is a very national collection that includes an entire spectrum of media – from oil and acrylic on canvas to digital photography and clay. While the NCAA membership at the Convention already knows that student-athletes have many skills beyond athletics completion, the show will be a visual reaffirmation of that notion."
The concept of a show emerged after Champion magazine solicited the student-athlete population through listservs and conference and institutional sports information directors for accomplished student-athlete artists. Almost two dozen were selected from more than 100 worthy nominees.
Many of the student-athletes have displayed their works in other forums. Two student-athletes from the University of Southern California in fact – Robin Hextrum and Dina Hegazy – have appeared in an on-campus show called "Artletics" that focuses entirely on student-athlete work.
"The student-athletes feel really good about this type of recognition," said Southern California ceramics department head and Artletics director Karen Koblitz. "They think, 'Here I am being recognized for something besides athletics, which I've been recognized for my whole life.' It's an enlightening change of pace for them."
Many of the student-athletes will attend the Statements show at the Convention and participate in an opening reception Wednesday, January 14, at 5 p.m. The show will be staged in the Café area located between the hotel's sleeping rooms and convention center.
Schoening said the show may be replicated in Indianapolis later this winter, though plans are preliminary at this point. The January issue of Champion will be distributed the week of Convention and be available online (www.NCAAChampionMagazine.org) by January 19.