Katy Beth Boyers / Arts and Life Editor
Kappa Pi is the international fine arts honor society that connects with its viewers through their members’ art. This year members of Samford’s Alpha Alpha chapter within Kappa Pi have had their artwork displayed in the Davis Library on campus, and they are making a homecoming board on Ben Brown Plaza.
“Our goal is to visually connect viewers to our different perspective of campus, the world, and the art universe. In this organization, we explore how people connect, relate to art and how art can intrigue the masses,” junior Nicole Weldy said.
Weldy is the president of Samford’s Alpha Alpha chapter of Kappa Pi, and helps the chapter grow and provide opportunities for members in the chapter to showcase their art.
“As a collective group we also volunteer in the community, have lots of Samford spirit, and genuinely encourage one another,” Weldy said.
One thing that Weldy is most excited about is the displaying of some members’ artwork in the Davis Library. Both Weldy and the vice president of the chapter Rebekah Cassagrade reached out to the Dean of the Davis Library about displaying students’ art in the library, and they have started hanging up artwork in the past week.
“This small opportunity will lead to bigger and greater things for us student artists. Whether the work does or doesn’t sell, having your work on display puts your name out in the public eye and starts a conversation about your work,” said Weldy.
According to Kappa Pi’s website, Kappa Pi is an international honor society that was founded in 1911 in the University of Kentucky as a “study group,” but continued to grow in the United States. Today, it is an international honor society that has chapters in universities all around the country, including Samford University.
Samford’s chapter has 15 members ranging from sophomores to seniors and continues to grow.
“Kappa Pi is open to any student who is minoring or majoring in the visual arts that has talent for visual arts in the fine art, graphic design, or interior design areas,” Weldy said.