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Morrisville State College Student Exhibits Paintings at Student Art Show

MORRISVILLE, NY—Megan Born created her first work of art when she was just eight years old—a naive rendering of a horse, drawn with a No. 2 pencil.

She would draw for hours, pencil in hand, perfecting her lines, eventually graduating to a charcoal medium then oil painting on stretched canvas.

The first-year, Morrisville State College equine science and management major, from Westernville, N.Y., is among students who will be displaying their work during a student art show Nov. 5 through 25 in the Donald G. Butcher Library.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed during library hours. An open reception will also be held Nov. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the library.

Born’s love of four-legged animals is evident in her work, most of which focuses on horses displayed on chromatic backgrounds. “Weatherman’s April” is the bust of an Arabian horse amid a field of green, depicting early spring after it has rained; while “Arizona Sunbeam” is a quarterhorse on a ranch in beaming red and yellow hues.

Born, who was home-schooled along with nine siblings, gained an appreciation for art from her mother. She recalls her mother reading to them for hours and encouraging them to draw and paint and be creative.

“After each picture I drew, I would show it to my parents,” she said. “They would respond that it was good and encourage me to keep drawing.”

“She was my child who always liked to draw,” her mother, Theresa, said. “You could see how much she loved animals because most of her pictures were of animals.”

Those pictures made their way to proud displays on the family refrigerator and also adorn her bedroom at home, while others have been given as gifts.

With no formal training, Born said what she lacks in skills is kindled by her perseverance.

“A lot of what keeps me going is the satisfaction of giving a drawing I have spent hours on to someone else who appreciates it,” she said.

The student art show at Morrisville State College is not the first time Born has exhibited her work publicly. Through 4-H, she also displayed her work at the Boonville and Oneida County fairs.

Along with her artistic fervor, Born has an ardent passion for horses which led her to study equine science at Morrisville State College. The emerging artist hopes to train horses and also be a vet tech some day.

Born is the daughter of Theresa and Frank Born, of Westernville, N.Y.

Morrisville State College library hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p m., Saturday 12 to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 10 p.m.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with eight new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; journalism and communication for online media, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.