Judi Majnun Miller - Lindsey '78

Judi Majnun Miller - Lindsey '78

Enrichment/challenge educator

1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
At GVSC I explored a variety of subjects - sculpture, metalwork, drawing, organic farming, women's poetry, etc. I had a variety of employment opportunities after graduating, but 16 years later went back for my Master's in Elementary Ed and then began a 23-year career in teaching.

2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
I lived in an old Allendale farmhouse with 3 other GVSC students and would walk across the cornfields to attend my classes. I discovered the love of photography even more deeply at college and had the opportunity to use the large format camera and learn black & white as well as color development of negatives and prints.

3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
I had a drawing class with Art Cadieux. We had a photo realism assignment where you make a drawing by taking a photo, dividing it into a grid, and then - by observing each square in the grid - transfer and draw each section separately. I had done a quick rendition shall we say. Art said something like, "That is not good enough. Do it again." I was a little miffed, but then went back and spent hours on it - creating a drawing I still treasure today! So it was that firmness, commitment to discipline, and expectation of excellence that has stayed with me over the years.

4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand Valley experience.
Creative, expansive, flexible.

5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I would like to help people discover the wonders of nature, to enjoy it, protect & support it, and share it with others. To realize their connection with all of this magnificent life around them. To help them wake up to who they really are spiritually. To love this natural world and free themselves from material consumerism and mindless attachment to things. To care about one another - no matter what their skin color, culture, etc.

April 2021

Interest Area(s)
Photography, Multimedia Journalism, Studio Art

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