Brushstrokes: Devin Goebel
By: Emily Lehner
Devin Goebel was born and raised in the Midwest. He came to IWU as an Art Education major with high hopes of following the career path of teaching art after college. However, God had different plans for this artist’s career. After feeling discontent with his major, he switched to Printmaking. After one semester in his new major, Goebel knew he was on the right path. He graduated in the Fall of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Printmaking.
Goebel relates his success to his time at IWU. “I think it all really goes back to the professors. I was very ambitious. They always encouraged my risk-taking,” Goebel says. He believes the freedom allowed in his art classes allowed him to prosper and discover his true style. Currently, he spends time producing art based on his memories of growing up in the Midwest. He says, “Much of my work resembles the Midwest, because that is where I am from.”
Goebel now resides in Nashville, where he works at a Hatch Show Print. He had previously interned at this letterpress shop when he was in college. He now works for them as a designer and printer. The Hatch Show Print shop began in the late 1800’s in Nashville and now produces over 500 posters a year, so Goebel stays pretty busy. Printmaking involves making unique prints with an element of design.
Goebel’s own work focuses on combining wood, wire, and common household items to form three dimensional work. In one gallery showing at Indiana Wesleyan, titled Pool Party, Goebel incorporated artwork with lawn chairs, a lawn mower, an inflatable pool, and a garden hose. You can find more of his work at his website, www.devingoebel.com.
Along with working, he continues to produce his own work. He has rented studio space and plans to have his first gallery showing downtown Nashville this summer.
Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.