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The Amazing Adventures of Colored Pencil & Clay

Luke Kang '16

Lucas Kang ’16

by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

Growing up, Lucas Kang ’16 envisioned life as a doctor, but his art classes at Dickinson revealed his true passion, and he never looked back. He has since made full use of the arts resources available to him, participating in a public-art project, working in the theatre & dance costume shop and meeting with visiting artists and alumni. He discusses why he chose Dickinson, getting to know his professors, his version of a perfect society and more.


Art & art history (studio-art concentration).

Clubs and organizations:

Arts Collective (president), Trout Gallery (intern), theatre & dance costume shop (employee), Dickinson College Choir and Alpha Lambda Delta.


Benjamin Rush Scholarship and Dean’s List (fall 2012-present).

Favorite book:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon.

Favorite movie:

Spirited Away.

On choosing Dickinson:

My parents are missionaries in Portugal, and my younger brother [Timoteo ’16] and I were going to college at the same time. [So finances were tight;] we both needed financial aid. Dickinson really helped us out, and we were both able to come to this great school.

On choosing a major:

When I first came to Dickinson, I thought that I would study pre-med and eventually go to medical school, but after taking a few science classes, I knew that it wasn’t for me. After a few art classes at Dickinson, I was hooked.

Favorite place on campus:

Morgan Field at night.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Steak fries.

Favorite professor:

Dickinson has really amazing art & art-history faculty. I’ve had classes with most of them, and they are all very impressive—really great professors and people. I’ve had the most classes with Ward Davenny. He’s my favorite because he’s funny, quirky and really nice, and he’s a truly great artist.

Post-Dickinson plans:

Ideally, I would like to support myself with solely my art. I would also like to teach art, so graduate school is a possibility.

In a perfect world …

… no one would have to suffer, and everyone would have lots of food to eat, an education and equal rights.

Biggest influence:

My mom, who taught me sacrifice, honesty and humility.

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Published December 5, 2014