Kala Marshall


Graduate student, Christiansburg, Virginia
Major: Master of Fine Arts in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Campus Involvement: Member of the Radford University Jewelry Guild

Radford University was an easy choice for Kala Marshall. Not only was it close to home, but more importantly, it had an art program where she could pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist.

“My mom says as soon as I could hold a crayon that was it; my future in art took off,” said Marshall.

Marshall completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Radford University in 2011 and is now working toward her Master of Fine Arts.

After exploring the variety of art classes Radford University offers, Marshall narrowed her focus to ceramics and metal work. She says she thrives on the challenges of jewelry making. She enjoys spending much of her time in the jewelry lab in Porterfield Hall, designing and developing her latest creations.

Many of Marshall’s designs are inspired by the fairy tale stories and imaginative worlds featured in the books she grew up reading. For her Bachelor of Fine Arts show, Marshall designed a line of fantasy-inspired jewelry, which proved to be an important milestone in her academic career.  Having the faculty, along with her friends and family there for support, made her hard work worthwhile and she knew then she would pursue a master’s degree to hone her skills in the metal making craft.

“I have some of the most terrific professors here at Radford,” she said. “I would not be where I am now without their continued help and guidance.”