Cassi Henning '17

Studio Art, minor in Psychology

The faculty is great, and everyone’s friendly.

Interview and Photo by Michelle Mullowney '17

Hometown

St. Paul, Minnesota

Why St. Kate's?

Cassi faced a tough choice when looking at colleges around the Twin Cities. There were so many to choose from. But, “the tipping point [with St. Kate’s] was its comprehensive liberal arts education. I wanted to be able to study psychology as well as art.” And both programs happen to be pretty exceptional at this University!

Other bonuses for this avid art student and gifted artist: “The Visual Arts Building has beautiful windows, and every faculty member I met was great. I also liked the integration of art history [into my program] and the emphasis on the great shows in The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery.”

Building Experience

Cassi, a student leader for both Ariston and the Board Game Club, has worked in the theater shop on campus constructing sets for St. Kate’s theater productions since her freshman year, and served as a stagehand and stage manager for various University productions.

“Being able to see all your hard work come to fruition in a show is amazing. Not to mention that I’ve met a lot of my friends through theater! We’re a group with diverse interests, so that’s led to me engaging in all sorts of campus events, and going to shows, concerts, movies and museums.”

Cassi was also a resident advisor her junior year.

Today

Cassi is one of four artists showcased in St. Kate’s annual senior juried art exhibition, Still | Tension. “Being a strong artist is an important skill, but this experience has also taught me how to package and present myself, which brings its own kind of confidence.”

Advice for Students

“It’s difficult to complete a trip through the Visual Arts Building without running into Corita Kent’s 'Some Rules for Students and Teachers.' There are copies of it posted everywhere, and I’ve taken to heart her ‘helpful hints’: ‘Always be around. Come or go to everything. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.’”