By Cristian Nunez
Georgetown College’s Fine Arts Gallery is kicking off a brand new “Journey” speaker series with former student and professor Juan Brown, Oct. 10 in the John Hill Chapel. The Journey series is part of the Fine Arts Gallery’s effort to “give GC students a perspective into their time at school and beyond.”
Gallery Director Jeanette Tesmer says, “Each lecturer will focus on a particular journey, whether it be their own, another’s or even a fictional character. Each speaker will explore the failures and successes of what it means to take a journey.”
Juan Brown will be speaking at 11 a.m. His lecture is entitled, “Failing Forward: Defining yourself through failures, not successes—that is the Journey.” Brown is prepared to explore the ways in which, out of all the successes in his life, it is the failures that have defined him.
Juan Brown’s career at Georgetown began and ended in art. Brown began as a painter in 1991 but would later graduate in 1996 as Georgetown’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Not only did he achieve that distinction, but Brown was also a distinguished athlete who contributed to Georgetown’s football championship in 1991.
After receiving his Master’s degree, Brown returned to Georgetown College as professor of graphic design for six years. During his time at Georgetown, he served as an assistant football coach and was also the Art Director for Public Relations.
Brown is now the Creative Director for Victorinox Swiss Army, North America. He remains an active tri-athlete, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends in Connecticut.
The staff of the Georgetown College Fine Arts Gallery greatly anticipates the launch of the “Journey” series. They affirm that Juan Brown is just the speaker to start the discussion. He is praised by the department for offering his passion to motivate young students in real, tangible ways.
For more information on GC’s new lecture series and Juan Brown, please read Jim Allison’s piece in the GC news section of our Georgetown College website.