Art and Change

Last week college student Jennalyn Krulish unveiled her senior exhibit: Artifacts of My Calling. What she revealed was so much more than just a mere series of paintings.

An immersive and visually stunning study of the lives of inner-city youth in Mobile, Alabama, the pieces each highlight beauty found in pain and brokenness. It’s more than the skill or obvious artistic gifts held by the artist that help make the work so affecting. It’s her powerful ability to inspire the viewer to take action that is most impressive.

“It bothers you, but there’s a beauty.” People left her exhibit changed and inspired to create change. That’s an impressive achievement on every level possible.


  1. Caley:

    Yeah, thanks for making me come thisclose to crying first thing in the morning! Powerful story.

    2:10 pm on May 6th, 2010
  2. Kristina:

    Jennalyn has a special gift from God. She uses it in such a powerful way! Words really can’t describe the impact of her faith and execution. Those who received a glimpse of inner city through her exhibit were moved; but more so were those of us who have been in the inner city and witnessed the change and the hope she was trying to capture. Kayla’s song was so powerful! She is a living example of the hope that God has to offer. She had a song to sing and she wanted to share it. God amazes me more and more every day. Thank you Jennalyn for creating that experience.

    4:52 pm on May 6th, 2010
  3. Brad:

    Beautifully put! I’m so glad you mentioned the song. I have video of that we’ll post as soon as we can! Until then, we hope this can help spread the story of her work!

    5:07 pm on May 6th, 2010
  4. Jennifer Gerhardt:

    I love what she says about the monkey bars painting–that we can’t help but want to fix it. In some ways that’s a call to action and in other ways a check, a reminder that difference doesn’t always necessitate fixing.

    6:59 pm on May 6th, 2010
  5. Chad:

    It’s a simple message that was remarkly well executed. I can’t believe something so stark made me cry. The statement behind the crooked picture and the wall of newspapers is very powerful.

    2:43 am on May 10th, 2010
  6. Matt:

    Jennalyn is amazing! I love the idea of how she separated something so beautiful by feelings of hurt and the cares of the world. Our lives our not so different, are they? How many times have we not shared the message of Christ because we have put something in between us and the lost of our world? Whether it is feelings or simply losing our sense of priorities, we allow something to come between us and spreading God’s message. I hope that we can all gain the boldness that Jennalyn has and can display in her art!

    6:13 pm on May 11th, 2010

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