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Grad puts creative faculties into practice at first job

As a newly minted professional photographer, Hilary Stein ’14 spends her time "behind the scenes."
As a newly minted professional photographer, Hilary Stein ’14 spends her time "behind the scenes."
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Where do our newly minted alumnae land after graduation? On Fridays throughout the summer, the editorial team will feature recent St. Catherine University grads and their first jobs.

Our second Friday Feature highlights Hilary Stein ’14, who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in French and Studio Art. This past spring, Stein was inducted in the Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Gamma Pi honor societies, and received a Thomas More Leadership Award.

Stein is currently working as a photographer/studio assistant for Kahler Photo in Minneapolis.

What do you do at Kahler Photo?

I work with local designers in creating artwork for the hospitality industry. Depending on what is needed, I am tasked to photograph local iconic places and create original and creative artwork for hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

What led to you landing this position?

I heard about the position at Kahler Photo through a recent grad from St. Kate's who currently works there. She informed me that the company was in need of another photographer and so I applied, interviewed and was offered the job early this Spring.

I'm incredibly grateful to have landed a position so quickly after graduation in which I am able to do what I love, and that is to create art, to generate ideas and to produce.

What’s your favorite aspect of the work?

By far, my favorite part of this job is the opportunity to actively use my creative faculties every day and to put into practice all of the elements and principles of design so soon after graduation. It has been a very smooth and generative transition into the "real world" of creative work.

One of the experiences I have treasured most was being given the liberty and the responsibility to shoot and edit a series of original photos which were printed and installed in local hotels and residencies. I never expected to do something in this realm after graduation, but I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

What are your career goals? And how does this position fit them?

My career goals are not entirely defined at the moment, but I aspire to work in a creative field, ideally in the world of art, so this position places me in a great position to do so.

This fall you are off to France. What will you be doing and how did this exciting opportunity come together?

I’ll be conducting post-graduate research focused on fine arts for Marchutz in the Aix-en-Provence of South France. I learned about the fellowship in France when I studied abroad there my sophomore year in college and I have considered the opportunity very seriously ever since. Last fall I made the final decision that it was what I needed to do post graduation, and so I applied, and was accepted.

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July 25, 2014 by Sharon Rolenc

See also: Alumnae/i, Arts, Liberal Arts, Students