Former Art Educator Finds New Inspiration
“When I was teaching full-time, there wasn’t a lot of time for my own art making. Going back and taking classes with MSU 62 has allowed me to focus and be more productive.” Rick Peterson, a former art educator finds new inspiration. Finding new inspiration to create art can be a challenge. Luckily, Rick Peterson found MSU 62, a non-degree tuition waiver program for Missourians age 62 or older. Because of MSU 62, Rick was able to return to an art education environment not as a teacher, but as a student.
“When I was able to come back to school, a friend and fellow retired art teacher Linda Philipian, had been taking Metals classes with instructor Jina Seo and she convinced me to take the course with her.”
Art, music, religion, and history are some of the most popular courses taken by MSU 62 participants. In Jina Seo’s metal class, Rick was one of four MSU 62 students.
“If you are 62, whether you are retired or not, make time for yourself and take advantage of the program. Further your knowledge on subjects you are familiar with or investigate new interests. Getting older doesn’t come with a lot of perks, but this program is definitely worthwhile.”
Missouri State University recognizes age as diversity in its inclusion efforts. MSU 62 is a chance to diversify the classroom while giving older adult students the opportunity to continue their education. Missouri State is a part of the Age Friendly University Global Network. This network is committed to becoming more age-friendly in its programs and policies. Rick said it best, “I guess I’m a believer in the idea of being a life-long learner.”
Finding Success in a Creative Environment
Rick found new success not only by surrounding himself with other creatives but also by using the studio space. “I appreciate the opportunity to use the studio space and equipment at Brick City and I really enjoy being a student. There is so much to learn and do, how can you not take advantage of it?”
Rick and his fellow MSU 62 classmate Linda Phillipian, had great success as members of the Missouri Art Education Association. They both entered their jewelry into the “members exhibition” and won first and second-place ribbons several times. This semester, Rick entered a show called Transforming the Prototype, at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Rick’s ring was accepted into the show and displayed in May of this year. Linda recently had a piece accepted into the National Belt Buckle Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“It has been very interesting to see how each of us continues to develop our own style and interests.”
Virtual Art Exhibition
In celebration of MSU 62 artists, Missouri State Outreach and University Galleries are hosting a virtual exhibition featuring past and present MSU 62 artists. If you have or are currently taking an art class through MSU 62 you can sign up to show work in this show.
Plan to Register for MSU 62
Why not sign up for MSU 62 yourself? Eligible Missouri residents age 62 and up may register for one class per fall and spring semester and have the required student fees waived. The student must pay for special course fees, required textbooks and supplies, and parking fees. Classes may be taken for credit or on an audit basis. You may find the MSU 62 registration information on the Missouri State Outreach website under the Adult Students tab.
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