There are countless paths for English majors to follow. One of the most unique could be Will Frank’s (English ’06) as an artist in residence at Emil Frei & Associates, a leader in the field of stained glass and mosaics in the United States. Although his vocation may be atypical for an English major, Frank sees his time at UD as preparing him for his career as an artist. “English uses the same approach to ideas as the visual arts,” he said, noting that his work in Junior Poet taught him how to visualize a work of art in terms of its wholeness and unity. Frank also said that he thinks his UD education set him apart from the students of other universities he encountered in graduate school. “The students more fluent in the contemporary arts suffered from a lack of depth. Everyone is scraping together something to say, and my UD education gave me an entry into a deeper conversation,” he said.
Frank and Aaron Frei (B.A., Theology ’03; Masters, Theology ‘06–the great-great-grandson of the studio’s founder) were in Irving in September, 2014, to install a new chapel window at Cistercian Preparatory School. As they hammered the final supports in place, the morning sun passed through the stained glass casting blue, green, and yellow shadows on the concrete floor. “UD educates you to be open to ideas. Although it is a conservative, religious institution, it requires you to consider opposing ideas. You can’t be myopic.” Frank’s art certainly reflects a vision that is—like his career path—unique.