Meet Kyle Howser: An artist building a future in art

Photograph by Jarmea Boone

By Michael Ruther

Senior Kyle Howser has always been attracted to the architectural aspects of sculpture because of his father’s influence as a construction contractor. He also has an interest in metalwork, which comes, in part, from his fascination with Japanese animation and robots. As he moves towards his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in sculpture from Kennesaw State University, Kyle continuously cultivates arts skills and has learned to use a variety of materials, ranging from foam to molten metal.

Kyle chose KSU because he wanted to remain in Georgia and close to Atlanta, which he feels has a growing art scene. In Kennesaw, he could still be involved in the arts of the city without getting overwhelmed. Another contributing factor in his collegiate decision was that he broke his ankle badly after his high school graduation and his doctors did not even want him walking on crutches; therefore, he wanted to choose a college and a campus that could meet his temporary physical needs. During his first semester at KSU, Kyle was allowed to ride a golf cart around campus. “It was amazing,” he said. “I explored every inch of campus within the first two days. It was a really cool way to meet people, too.”

At KSU, Kyle is involved in the sculpture club, the United Sculptors of Collegiate Academia, and is a student assistant in the art building. He participates in student art shows whenever he has a chance, and is looking to getting his work placed in galleries off-campus. He wants to earn his way into public art and to make sculpture more accessible to people.

The visual arts program has encouraged Kyle to concentrate on developing his relationship with the art world. He incorporates what he does in his two-dimensional artwork into sculpture because “there’s something I really enjoy about viewing sculpture in a museum or a sculpture garden. I can view more because I can walk around it and inspect it. There is so much planning involved. Planning for gravity alone is mind-boggling.”

One of the things Kyle enjoys about the visual arts program at KSU is the faculty. He admires his professors because they provide “living, breathing evidence that you can teach and create art at the same time.” In addition to artistic methods and techniques, Kyle’s professors also teach the practical business side of art. “They are trying to help us make the art speak,” he explained.

According to Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting Donald Robson, Kyle is “one of the more dedicated students who I have had the pleasure to teach. Kyle goes above and beyond what is required of him. He cares a lot about the arts and pursuing a career in art—he’s not just attending school.”

After graduation, Kyle hopes to find an apprenticeship or a residency where he can work with other like-minded artists and “really submerge myself in art.” Ultimately, he wants to not only contribute to the arts, but also have an impact and influence on the evolution of art.

 

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