• Anna Kampfe
  • Sophomore, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Anna Kampfe has been painting for as long as she can remember.

“I have always been attracted to art and making marks on a page,” she said. “I like that art is a way of putting a part of myself out in the open. When I draw something, it’s not just a drawing, it’s me showing how I see things.”

One of her works was recently selected to be a part of a teen artist exhibit at the High Museum of Art. Teens were required to create a portrait inspired by Frida Kahlo, and were then judged based on technique, skill and their ability to react to the artist’s work. The exhibition celebrates the High Museum’s “Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting” exhibition, which continues through May 12.

Anna hopes that one day she can have her own exhibit at the High Museum. Not only has this process helped Anna become more professional and improve her time management skills, but she also realizes how important it is to share her work with others.

“I also think it is important to learn that everybody has a different viewpoint,” she said. “Every portrait was different, which was a wonderful thing to see.”

Katie Arnold is Anna’s art teacher at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School this year. She describes Anna as “an artist in the making.” “It’s fun to watch her stretch herself,” Arnold said. “She is always trying something new, and always thinking outside of the box.”

Theater is another form of art that Anna enjoys. She has been in many plays and is a part of a girls’ a cappella singing group.

“When people say that the theater is like a family, it is absolutely, 100 percent true,” she said. “It is probably the one place I can go where everyone is just themselves, and we all love each other for our differences.”

As a result of the numerous roles she has played, Anna has become much more confident in front of a crowd and has gained public speaking skills.

In her free time, Anna enjoys writing. Now she’s working on combining her interest in writing with her visual art work. She has been working on a graphic novel since last summer.

What’s Next:

Anna is looking into art schools such as the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is considering tying her two passions, art and theater, together and pursuing a career in animation.

This article was reported and written by Stacy Bubes. a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.