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Check Out Madison Vogelsmeier’s Story


Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Vogelsmeier.

Hi Madison, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My business and small project, Visual Culture & The Artistic Chair, started as a small project in an undergraduate program. It became something more when I received a lot of feedback from my fellow students and faculty members. I did a lot of research and incorporated the art club at Missouri Valley College into my company.

Now, it is something that allows limitless expression to define us as individuals and our own cultures. Missouri Valley College inspired me to pursue this as our private liberal arts college has over 80 different cultural backgrounds living, all within a square mile of one another. In contrast, the college is placed in a tiny conservative town.

Yet, today’s society needs to learn to grow together socially and culturally to define culture and not let culture define us. Freshly graduating with a dual major in marketing and graphic design degree, this is a small online business featuring a blog platform and many projects run by students at Missouri Valley College wanting to make a change one small piece at a time.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has been far and in between a smooth road. Started as a college student taking 21 hours with two jobs. I was up all night working on this in my free time. Many legal, monetary, and marketing issues fluctuate consistently.

If that makes sense, it’s very hard to keep a balance and keep me apart from other companies.

For the last few months, we haven’t even had an online business due to being so busy and constantly being stuck in different situations, but it has always led me to look at it from a different perspective after I resolved the problem.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I will be graduating from Missouri Valley College with a dual major in marketing and graphic design in May of 2022. I am currently enrolled in DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media, obtaining my MS in Human-Computer Interaction following my graduation in May online.

I am an artist of all trades and in many niches and areas. I work in photography, graphic design, painting, mixed media, printmaking, drawing/illustration, and sculpture. I have never honestly had one main area of focus (I think mainly because I never allowed myself not to knock something until I tried it).

I am well known for being super passionate about creating a better future and using design and the research from projects I have done to influence a better community within our college and town. I want to create a better relationship and environment for the student’s learning and living environments to impact them better.

When I graduated from Missouri Valley College, my goal was to change Valley for the better, and I have, through various projects in the art department, redesigned the app, worked on student development, and many different community development projects through the SGA.

I set myself apart from others because I don’t give myself limits. I have had far from a normal college experience, and through every downfall, I would look at problems and situations from different perspectives. I am an innovator and a person who doesn’t generally take no for an answer.

If there is a way, there is a will. Many of the projects I work on take countless hours out of my time and cause a lot of stress, but I don’t use it for the credit or the money. I want something to be left better than I found it, and when I see an opportunity, I take it and run.

I take every failure as an opportunity to win at something from a different perspective and to learn from it. If we do not learn at least something every day, then we are not living, and if we cannot adapt to change when change is given at any point in time, then we cannot grow.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I have learned in my journey is patience.

This sounds cliche coming from me; I am not a very patient person, but it takes patience to grow, and that’s what building a business and learning is: growing.

So take every opportunity you have, and even if it’s a mistake, that’s okay; it’s okay to make the mistakes, and it’s okay to mess up, it’s part of patience, and it’s part of growth.

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