Volume 6 (2022) - Celebrating 50 Years of Brushing
It is with great excitement that we present the Golden 50th Anniversary edition of Brushing Art & Literary Journal. Not only does this mark an incredible milestone for our publication, but for our Rollins community as well. From the very start of production, the amount of involvement and demonstrated interest in this year’s edition has shattered previous years, from those wanting to serve on the staff to those who submitted. We thank you, truly, for your investment in preserving such an important artifact of our liberal arts institution. Your support allows us to thrive as a distinctive and inspired space for student creativity.
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary, we have included a special “throwback” insert halfway through the journal. It features reprinted literary works from notable Rollins alumnae as well as a selection of cover designs from the past five decades. Words cannot express how honored we are to contribute to such an important legacy.
As you make your way through the journal, we encourage you to take the time to read the personal statements that accompany each story, poem, and work of art. Some are traditional biographies, while others read like memoirs. Regardless, this is a special opportunity to engage in a conversation with some of the creative minds of our Rollins community. Without them, Brushing would not exist.
Our hope is that you can find something in this journal that you connect with. Perhaps it will inspire you to produce something of your own. Brushing is committed to diverse creators and content, and we’d love to hear your story.
Before we send you off, we have to thank our dedicated staff of Readers and Copy editors, as well as our Art Editor, who all put in a tremendous amount of work to finely curate and polish the pieces included in this year’s publication. Thank you to our Head Designers, Jaianne and Dassika Gilkey, for bringing the 50th to life and elevating Brushing to a new aesthetic level. Lastly, thank you to Greg Golden and Victoria Brown for your expertise, guidance, and commitment to the success of Brushing.
Cheers to 50 years, and here's to many more!
All the best,
Siobhan Cooney & Sara Mehdinia
The Essentials of Others Are Killing My Artistic Heart
Caitlin Cherniak '18
50th Anniversary Special: Brushing Through the Years
Siobhan Cooney, Sara Mehdinia, Chelsea Cutchens '13, and Kristen Arnett '12
- Siobhan Cooney
- Sara Mehdinia
- Jaianne Gilkey
- Dassika Gilkey
- COPY EDITORS
- Hannah Butcher
- Aqsa Hasan
- Taylor Ingrassia
- Peyton Poitras
- Fatima Sani
- Sarah Bennefield
- Seaneka Collie
- Angel Colon
- Alexandra De Felice
- Lorenzo Naimoli
- Isabel Polanco
- ART EDITOR
- Zach Taylor
- Greg Golden, Director of Student Media
- Victoria Brown, Faculty Advisor
About this Issue:
Brushing Art and Literary Journal is a publication of Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. This issue celebrates 50 years of the Journal, which was established by Rollins students in 1972.