Olivia Marcum ’22, an intended Studio Art major and current Brown Fellow at Centre College, recently was recognized as one of just 18 students—out of 21,000 worldwide who submitted their work—to receive a perfect AP score on her art portfolio. Marcum’s feat also garnered recognition as one of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s Outstanding Seniors in 2018.
When asked about her initial reaction, Marcum indicated her surprise. “Art is something that is often so subjective, so I wasn’t expecting a perfect score.”
The theme of Marcum’s portfolio focused on female empowerment, a subject she has always been passionate about. She said that her choice to feature female archetypes in her work was tied to her desire to “make sense of my experience as a young woman trying to find herself amidst the pressures of a patriarchal society by using the introspective medium of self-portraiture.
“I stepped into these archetypes with the purpose of exploring my emotions and artistic reactions to seeing myself in these roles,” she continued, “simultaneously realizing how I, as a woman, am distinct from and not accurately defined by these invisible cages.”
Marcum’s focus on womens’ rights extends to her activities on campus. She currently is the PR chair of Centre Feminists and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
She also explained that the Brown Fellows Program has allowed her to have the opportunity to aim for greater possibilities and to further explore her interests in art and activism.
“Becoming a Brown Fellow has opened up a lot of possibilities for me as someone who is passionate about art, art history and activism, as it will allow me to hopefully go abroad for the summer enrichment projects that are part of the program and get to experience the artistic communities wherever I decide to go.”
Read more about Marcum’s AP art portfolio accomplishment here.
by Makenzie Dries
June 28, 2019