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Cara Bunch after climbing Ballard Mountain near Telluride, CO

 

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Cara Bunch
BFA Graphic Design , 2010

One visit to Boone was all it took for Cara Bunch to fall in love with the community and environment here. She knew it would be a good fit for her adventurous soul. Her desire to see much of the world was too strong to keep her here after graduation. The day after she walked across the stage in her cap and gown to receive her diploma, she hit the road and drove to Telluride, Colorado.

"Moving out to Telluride on my own was definitely a big step for me," she says. "It gave me a lot of confidence in going out and doing things on my own." Her biggest accomplishment so far was "landing the graphic designer position at the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride so quickly after graduating and competing with several other candidates to get it."

My education at Appalachian help me put together a portfolio that I was comfortable taking about in interviews. Appalachian gave me the confidence to go out and try for anything with my work. The worst thing that could happen would be that I wouldn't get the job.

It was a lot of hard work and it still seems a little surreal that I found a graphic design job in such a small, beautiful place. My job at the library has already started to open more design doors. I have been offered a design position at the University Centers of the San Miguel, a local non-profit (which I am totally going to take, by the way!).

Just in the short few months I have been out of school, I feel that I have began to tackle the world with such confidence because I have a strong foundation to openness that I started at Appalachian.

The art department showed me the importance of devoting yourself to something you are passionate about. The workload was not for the faint of heart! I learned a lot about myself as a designer and was able to see a real transformation in my work from the day I started the program to the day I stood in front of the firing squad at jury.

Cara plans to stay in Telluride for at least another year and gain as much as experience as she can from her first design job. After that, it will be time to move on to new things.

She would love to start her own screen-printing studio. "I would say that is my ultimate dream for the future. I've even considered going back to school (gasp!) I am currently looking at graduate schools in Austria or other countries." For now, though, she plans to travel and learn as much as she possibly can from the world around her.

September 2011


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