When Kaitlyn Grissom ’12 began her research, she didn’t realize how many titles she’d rack up by the end of the summer. Call her an architect, historian, artist, or carpenter; she used all of these skills while designing an exhibit for The Castle on the Canal, an African-American museum and community center in nearby Newark.
Owned and managed by Rita Jackson, wife of Denison Associate Professor of Black Studies John Jackson, The Castle on the Canal serves as a place for local students to do their homework after school, and as a center to learn about African-American history.
When Jackson came up with the idea to expand the museum, she approached Peter Pauzé, associate professor of theatre at Denison, asking if he had a design student who might want to help with a new exhibit. Grissom sprang to mind, and the idea morphed into a fully funded Summer Scholars research project.
Watch the video above to see how Grissom’s concept went from sketches to computer drafts to a complete scale model of the to-be-built exhibit.
Kaitlyn Grissom is a senior studio art and theatre double major from Newark, Ohio. Her research was funded by the Robert F. and Marion E. Ball Family Fund.