About the Artists

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Bio: 

   Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents always encouraged me to be creative and crafty. I made my first piece of jewelry when I was 12, and sold a piece for the first time when I was 15. I was home-schooled through high-school, where my mom helped me learn entrepreneurial skills to continue selling my art. I graduated from Pueblo Community College in May 2018 with an Associates Degree in Studio Art emphasizing in Jewelry and Metal Work. From there, I transferred to CSU-Pueblo where I obtained my BFA (Video and Photography emphasis) with minors in Marketing and Honors in May 2021. 

Catie Blickhahn 

Artist Statement: 

     I create to make better the world I live in, to present a confidence and realism that inspires people to join in as leaders for maintaining and improving the community around us through my jewelry and video work. My work is the intersection of my passions for art history, popular and geek culture, and economic empowerment in my community. 

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Josiah Blickhahn

Bio:

     Ever since I was in Kindergarten, I have been drawing in incredible detail. I used to wow my parents and teachers when I drew NASCAR's down to the bolts on the hood. My skill improved through sketching through long meetings my mom dragged me to, and from lessons from my nice neighbor who is an artist, as well as others who have been nice enough to give me tips and tricks. I get my inspiration from the video games I play,  just as I was inspired by racing as a toddler. Sonic the Hedgehog and the Metroid games are some of my favorites. I hope to be able to create video games of my own design in the near future. I was also home-schooled, and I now study Mass Communications at Pueblo Community College, and I will be transferring to CSU-Pueblo in January 2022 to continue with Media Communications. 

Artist Statement: 

     Why just be a protagonist in a video game when you can draw them and create new worlds for them? Sitting through the many long meetings my mom attended, I had plenty of opportunity to sketch my favorite characters from games. Mostly I drew Sonic the Hedgehog. As the years progressed, I began to draw more characters. Eventually I expanded my mediums from markers to colored pencils. Later, with a lot of coaxing, I began to paint. Now I am able to enjoy creating digital art on my iPad.