Reuben Buchanan, Boston University

Featured Scholar

Spring 2009

Already an accomplished artist, Reuben Buchanan is thriving in his first year at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Reuben grew up with two older siblings in the Atlanta suburb of Riverdale, where his parents, both artists, influenced his artistic interests and expression from an early age.

Reuben attended Tri-Cities High School as a student in the competitive visual and performing arts magnet program. During his senior year, he won the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia High School Art Competition, sponsored by Representative John Lewis as part of a larger national contest across every state. The prize: Reuben’s self portrait on display in the U.S. Capitol building for one year.

“This experience truly made me feel special,” says Reuben. “It’s so humbling to have my artwork, my portrait on display alongside so many historic figures.”

“My December,” the winning piece in which Reuben incorporated nearly 50 Atlanta transit cards as well as elements of spray paint, not only represent his interest in mixed media but, more significantly, his culture, where he comes from and where he is headed.

Now at Boston University, Reuben is dedicated to becoming a well-rounded artist, taking courses in sculpture, painting, as well as graphic design, which he intends to major in and pursue professionally. Reuben also plans to study abroad at Italy’s renowned Scuola Internazazionale di Grafica in Venice.

“College really is a test of your ability to push and motivate yourself,” he says. “Beyond the enriching academic and social experience, it’s an opportunity to find out what kind of person you are.”