Students Triumph Over Challenges to Publish 2020 Effusions Journal

Cover of Effusions Journal

Cover of Effusions Journal 2020, artwork by Madeleine Heinlen, '23.


The College of Creative Arts and Department of Art announce the 25th volume of 
Effusions Journal, available online. The publication features creative and scholarly contributions from students at Miami University and is run, edited, and designed by a student editorial board led by Editor-in-Chief Diana Kate Karsanow and Graphic Designer Emily Drexelius. Effusions decided to release this publication entirely online so that readers can be reminded of Miami's beautiful community of creatives as we go through social distancing and remote learning. It is important to share the arts during historical moments says Liz Mullenix, Dean of the College of Creative Arts, "I believe that in this age of pestilence, the arts are more important than ever. I say this not simply because they bring beauty and comfort and escape. I say this because the arts have always helped us interpret the historical moment that we find ourselves within." 

This issue was particularly meaningful for the editorial board as the team faced unprecedented challenges in the last year. They experienced the loss of Adrienne Boggan, who attended Effusions team meetings with her sister Camille Boggan (Miami University '19), who was a Content Editor for two years. Adrienne was an extremely talented student-artist and kind person. The board wanted to recognize her and her art and decided to include a memorial section in this year's issue.

With the spread of COVID-19 and the closure of Miami University's campuses in mid-March, the editorial board needed to disband at the most crucial time in the journal's production. The team unanimously chose not to cancel the 2019-2020 journal and opted for an online version and received numerous submissions from amazing student-artists. Editor-in-Chief Diana Kate Karsanow shared she is "immensely grateful for the hard work of our graphic designer Emily Drexelius throughout this year and especially during the quarantine. Without her help and talent, the journal would not be possible. I also want to thank our faculty adviser Dr. Annie Dell'Aria for her continued support and guidance during this time." 

The full issue can be found on the Effusions website.


Frito Fish Drawing by Madeleine Heinlin

Frito Fish, Madeleine Heinlin, '23. Mixed Media 8"x8". 


Plant Friends Drawing by Adrienne Boggan

Plant Friends, Adrienne Boggan.