2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Neon, Not Just Another Sign
Dylan J. Steinmetz
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Many Saturday Mornings of my childhood were spent in my garage watching my father create neon signs. As a child, I honored this art simply because I knew that it was unique. Upon revisiting these memories I have realized that my respect for my father's art has become deeply-founded in me. My reflections have taken me from simply admiring my father's handiwork to an understanding of his efforts and an honor for his thankless labors. In this essay, I pass through my memories of watching my father, recalling images and feelings. I look deeper into these experiences in order to discover the source of my respect for this art. By reflecting on a single aspect of my life, I have begun to learn a lesson on appreciation. Not only an appreciation for my fathers efforts or for the quality of his work, but an appreciation for the commonplace.

Keywords: neon, childhood, art, reflection, family, father

Topic(s):Art

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 6-4
Location: VH 1320
Time: 9:00

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