An Interview With Rowen Perkins, Visual Arts Editor

What do you enjoy most about serving as the visual arts editor for Tributaries?
Viewing art from other students is refreshing and inspiring. It is also so much fun to collaborate with other staff members and learn business and publication skills.


What do you look for in visual arts submissions? Is there a certain medium of work that you are most interested in receiving?

A piece doesn’t always rely on the artist’s technical skill, but it is still something I will always assess. I would also like to see something that complements the tone of our literary submissions, but it is impossible to know the overall tone of the journal until it is complete.
I would love to see more digital art submissions; it is an ever-growing medium and we receive few submissions in that genre.


What tips do you have for those considering submitting their work to a journal such as Tributaries?
Submit your work anywhere you can, and don’t give up on writing or creating art if you aren’t accepted. Try something new with your work, and remember that there is always another print issue.


Who are some of your favorite artists and why?

I have always loved Mark Ryden, especially his works from the Tree Show.  His work is beautiful and delicate but also terrifying. Another favorite is Jamie Hewlett. If you are familiar with the band Gorillaz, he did all of the art for them, but he also has some awesome personal work.


What three things would you take with you on a deserted island?

Provided that I have all the necessities, I would take something to sketch with, a lifetime supply of chocolate, and my dog.


Rowen Perkins is a Junior at IU East majoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design. She is a member of the Honors Program, a Peer Mentor, and a Writing Center Consultant. Her artwork has won first place in painting and second best in show at the Wayne County High School Art Exhibition and was included in the Whitewater Valley Art Competition. Rowen loves working with graphite, colored pencil, ink, acrylic, and oils, focusing on portraiture.

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