Guest Artist/DMA Alum: Gracie Klumpp
Gracie’s version of Br. Thomas shows the flustered monk, as usual, late for work and running past one of the Church Fathers with the blue Dragonfly in hot pursuit. In the film the statues never show signs of life, only perceived judgement and long shadows. I love that in Gracie’s version, it seems that the statue and the dragonfly have an understanding about Br. Thomas.
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If I try I can still remember Gracie chiming in during one my freshman level Intro classes. She was a serious student with a mischievous smile and a great love for storytelling. What I couldn’t have known was how that love for story would surface in delightful illustrations that capture our best moments and remind us to hold onto them in our often chaotic lives.
Trained as an animator at Huntington University in Indiana, Gracie now lives in Grapevine, Texas, where she works as a freelance illustrator and sells prints and cards of her artwork on her Etsy shop, The Chartreuse Umbrella. She is currently working on a children’s book with her husband, Ethan.