By Ellen Cooper
Even if students don’t really know Claire Abner, they know that she is an artist. From her four art classes, to her future at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art; Abner lives and breathes art.
Growing up, Abner’s family was very artistic; her mother, Deanna is an artist and her father, Terry is a hairstylist who owns his own salon. This artistic environment greatly influenced her. As Abner grew up, she continued to enjoy art. At Victory Christian Academy (VCA), Abner’s artistic abilities were enriched by her mother, who is also the art teacher.
Abner looks back on these times in art saying, “Art was my favor-ite part of high school.” Also, during Abner’s high school career she worked as a busser at Bistro 157 in downtown Valparaiso.
All the experiences in Abner’s life culminated to show her what she should do after high school. After considering her options, Abner decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and go to Herron.
From there Abner hopes to be in the art scene for a while before she opens her own gallery. “I’m thrilled to be pursuing the career I’ve always wanted, and by going to one of the best art schools in the country, I can learn the best skills to do just that,” said Abner.