Linda Relyea

Colorado Springs native blossoms as an artist at Adams State University

ALAMOSA, CO. (June 28, 2022) – Adams State University provided Colorado Springs native Abigail Tuggle the facilities and support to reach her full potential as a young artist. She graduated summa cum laude, with highest honors, with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture at the 2022 spring commencement ceremony.

“I am very glad I chose to earn my degree at Adams State. I love the small class sizes and being able to make personal connections with my professors,” Tuggle said. “Adams State has great sculpture facilities and a very supportive environment.”

Tuggle will take a gap year before pursuing a Master in Fine Arts. “The Art Department professors and advisors encourage students to explore any area of art they are interested in. Even if it is outside their personal area of expertise, they help students find the resources they need to pursue their passions. My professors supported me every step of the way, and as a result, I completed a senior exhibition I am passionate about and proud of.”

Tuggle earned several scholarships and was nominated for the 2021 Adams State Emerging Leader Award. She worked in the theatre scene shop her first year and then accepted a work-study position as a studio assistant in sculpture. “I really enjoyed both jobs, and I am glad I had the opportunity to do work in my field while attending Adams.”

Abigail transferred to Adams State from Pikes Peak Community College with an associate’s degree. She graduates debt-free in three years.

“Being here at Adams State helped me grow as an artist and as a person. My professors gave me the tools to continue pursuing what I love; I have gained knowledge, experience, and confidence in my work and in myself. I have also gained friends who have helped me to grow as a person.”


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Abigail Tuggle