Creating a Lasting Impression

by Sarah Bartlett Borich '02

Perhaps the ancient Romans said it best: “Ars longa, vita brevis.” Art is long; life is short. For Aaron Huffman ’07, who recently began graduate studies at the prestigious University of Notre Dame in Indiana, art allows him many opportunities to apply his God-given talents in long-lasting and meaningful ways. This desire has led him to Notre Dame, where he will spend the next three years pursuing a master of fine arts in graphic design.

The Mishawaka, Indiana, native has enjoyed art ever since he can remember, taking art classes whenever he could while growing up. However, he wasn’t always sure how he wanted to use his artistic talent.

“A high school art teacher first introduced me to graphic design and encouraged me to study it in college, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make it a career,” Huffman says. He chose to attend Cedarville because he wanted a Christ-centered, liberal arts university with strong academics. “While pursuing a different major,” he adds, “I took a few design classes and, through them, discovered where my passions lay.”

Huffman feels well-prepared for grad school after receiving his undergraduate graphic design education at Cedarville. “The program not only taught me the skill set necessary to succeed professionally as a graphic designer, but it also taught me how to think critically to solve difficult problems in creative ways with a lasting impact.”

Huffman believes his Cedarville experience laid a firm foundation for his career with not-for-profit and service-rendering organizations, which he pursued after graduation while working at marketing communications firm Richard Harrison Bailey/The Agency. His desire to use his gifts to enhance people’s lives dovetails perfectly with his studies at Notre Dame as well. The Notre Dame design program emphasizes the need for responsible professionals — those who use their design skills to influence people in positive ways.

For now, Huffman is concentrating on finishing school and becoming an expert in his field. After that, the future is wide open. He concludes, “I just hope to continue learning, growing, and serving.”