Alum returns to teach in COTA
By Natalia H. Schust
Photo by Patrick Bowling
Edward Smucygz (art, 2004) had such a rewarding experience during his undergraduate studies at Kennesaw State that he recently decided to return to COTA as an assistant professor of drawing and painting.
“My time at KSU as an undergraduate was one of the most enriching times in my life,” said Smucygz. During and after his undergraduate degree, he continued having close bonds with most of the instructors and professors in his program. “They really took the time to work with me one on one and instilled in me a strong sense of professionalism. Because I was so fortunate and received such a strong education, I felt it was my obligation to pass along the knowledge I have gleaned.”
Another reason for his returning to KSU is the students. “There are so many talented and motivated individuals at our university. It’s very inspiring to work with people who care about their education and have a desire to learn,” said Smucygz.
Smucygz finds great pleasure in teaching and deems it a very gratifying and exciting experience. He said that he enjoys being able to work closely with each student. “The thing I enjoy the most though is the ‘Ah ha!’ factor; watching the students’ faces light up when they have a breakthrough moment and knowing that the information is getting through to them makes it all worth while.”
Besides teaching, Smucygz also has an exhibition currently on display at a new venue: the AB Gallery in Marietta. He is thrilled to be exhibiting his work in a relatively new gallery because he gets to be part of something that has the potential for growth. Smucygz shows in numerous charity benefits and group exhibitions throughout the Atlanta area as well. “Now that I am back in Atlanta, I intend to jump back into the art scene and rekindle relationships.”
Smucygz’s talent, dedication and enthusiasm towards arts and teaching were developed during his course of study KSU, and he is paying it forward by passing those qualities on to his students.