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From J-Po to Stained Glass: English Major Transitions To Professional Artist


ArtisanThere are countless paths for English majors to follow. Perhaps one of the most unique English majors, Will Frank, BA '06, who is now an artist in residence at Emil Frei & Associates, a leader in the field of stained glass and mosaics across the United States. Although his vocation may be atypical for an English major, Frank sees his time at UD as preparing him for his career as an artist.

"English uses the same approach to ideas as the visual arts," said Frank, noting his work in Junior Poet that taught him how to visualize art in terms of its wholeness and unity.

Frank believes his UD education set him apart from the students of other universities he has so far encountered in graduate school.

"The students more fluent in the contemporary arts suffered from a lack of depth. Everyone is scraping together something to say, and my UD education gave me an entry into a deeper conversation," he said.

Frank and Aaron Frei, BA '03 MT '06, (the great-great-grandson of the studios founder) recently installed a new chapel window at Cistercian Preparatory School. As they hammered the final supports in place, the morning sun passed through the stained glass casting blue, green and yellow shadows on the concrete floor.

"UD educates you to be open to ideas. Although it is a conservative, religious institution, it requires you to consider opposing ideas. You can't be myopic," said Frank. 

Frank's art certainly reflects a vision similar to his career path: unique. 

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