Shay Reynolds to further career as an artist

by Billy Chandler

Our Emory & Henry seniors are preparing to graduate and change the world.

Shay Reynolds, from Lenoir City, Tenn., will graduate in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art.

“Emory & Henry has helped me build connections with those within my intended field,” says Reynolds. “I’ve become acquainted with both peers and professors, but the art department here has helped me branch out to others such as the William King Museum of Art where I currently intern now.”

While at Emory & Henry, Reynolds served as vice president of Pi Sigma Kappa Local Social Sorority. They were also on the Greek Council’s Judicial Board and worked as a gallery attendant and social media coordinator for the McGlothlin Center for the Arts gallery.

“Professor Goolsby pushed me in the right direction and helped me feel confident with my art,” says Reynolds. “Both Professor Dan Van Tassell and Joe Champagne have helped guide me through and taught me many things about the world of museum studies and curation. I wouldn’t be where I am today, or even graduating, if it weren’t for these three faculty members, and I am forever thankful for that.”

After graduation, Reynolds plans to take a semester off to focus on mental health and gain more experience in museum studies before proceeding to graduate school.

“During this time, I will be taking a couple of classes at my local community college for personal enrichment, and I will be hopefully further developing my career as an artist,” says Reynolds.

Emory & Henry has helped me build connections with those within my intended field. I’ve become acquainted with both peers and professors, but the art department here has helped me branch out to others such as the William King Museum of Art where I currently intern now.
- Shay Reynolds

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