Fri, Mar 23, 2018 — 6:43 am
Student Spotlight: Art major beautifies parking meter with meaningful messages.
Q&A with sculpture major Nick Viele:
Q: "Nick, you answered the call to help Parking and Transportation “art-up” some parking meters. We are extremely honored and grateful. Can you give us the inspiration behind this?"
A: "I guess it all boils down to the simple fact that it doesn't hurt to be nice. I don't see why we can't help out one another. Also, I'm a dad... a father of four with a three-week old. As much as I would love to support my fellow students at The College at Brockport, sometimes I just can't get out there to do so. These meters are a way to give back and show my support for the arts and all my fellow students here at Brockport!"
Q: "Can you share a little of your background with us (such as your major, aspirations, and any work you have done in the past)?"
A: "I'm currently a sculpture major, with a minor in art history. I've been wanting to get back to school for a long time; I unfortunately had to put my college career on hold to take care of my mother who developed cancer. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2012. Still seems like yesterday. “Family first” was very important growing up and I continue to teach this to my kids every day. My mother was a single parent of three and made me the man I am today. So, it's very important to me to pass this on to my kids today. I want to show them with hard work, you can do anything. I want to do the best I can for them, my wife, and an angel above.
Past work I've done is as an alumnus for Monroe Community College’s comic book class, with Franzie Weldgen. I donate a little time and create a comic for the book they release each semester. Franzie was a big inspiration to me coming on over to Brockport, as well as Susan Ferrari Rowley. BIG shout out to them! I also painted a table for Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarter back Jim Kelly. It actually led me to doing security work for his Hunter’s Hope Foundation for a few years. It was an amazing experience. I also donated a painting to raffle for the animals at our very own Seneca Park Zoo."
Q: "Rumor has it you plan to paint more parking meters. Can you share your ideas with us at this time?"
A: "As long as there is a want for my art, I would be honored to continue to help out any way I can. Currently, I am putting the finishing touches on an "awareness" meter. I wish I could have added more, but there is only so much room! Even though we may have had loved ones fall to an illness doesn't mean they aren't our warriors. I wanted to give something beautiful back when we go through times where everything seems to be going into a thousand different directions. If this meter provides just five minutes of peace to the person enjoying it, I've done my job. Every color on the meter represents a different cause, so if there's a certain color you see... yup, you guessed it, I wanted awareness for that. I did also include autism awareness; this one is especially important to me. My son is on the autism spectrum, and just because he doesn't look sick on the outside, or you can’t see anything "wrong" with him, doesn't mean he doesn't battle every day. I love him with all my heart, and I know there are other parents out there with their little warriors!
We live in a world today where you can chat with someone on the other side of the globe with just a click of a button. I hope more people come out and talk about what they are going through instead of staying in the shadows. Everyone needs to know that YOU make this world a more interesting and better place to live in. I'm already starting on my next piece. I can't tell you a whole lot; just know I will try to top the one I've done before, so stay tuned! It will be out as soon as my studies are in order and a certain little three-week old boy allows me to. I want him and everyone to enjoy my art for years to come, along with bringing happiness. I also would like to prove and show to those who want to come back to school that you can do it! Take that first step and everything will fall into place. I have four children and a wife to take care of; if I can do it, you can!
Thank you to my wife and kids; you are my world. And to all of you who I am blessed to have in my life that support me: Thank you for EVERYTHING. I couldn't do it without you!"