Miami University sophomore Adrienne Boggan died on campus early in the morning on Wednesday, Oct. 2 due to a sudden illness.
Adrienne was a studio art major, but her love for art extended far beyond academics. Her mom, Jennifer, said she became fascinated with art at just five or six years old. Whenever it was raining outside, Adrienne and her siblings would have sticker parties, covering the dining room table with stickers, construction paper and crayons.
As she grew older, Adrienne never lost that love for creating.
She would draw on anything she could find, and it was rare to find a school assignment of hers without pictures in the margins.
“I don’t think I ever saw her not doodling or drawing,” said Anna Marie Demos, a high school friend who also attends Miami.
Adrienne worked hard in her studio art classes, both inside and outside the classroom. The art building was like a second home to her.
“She had a spark for figure drawing, and it was a delight to see her develop as an artist,” said Michael Stillion, one of Adrienne’s professors. “She will be missed greatly by her Miami University Studio Arts family.”
Her classmates also noticed her talent and creativity. Anna Marie said in high school Adrienne stood out as having a natural talent for drawing.
“Adrienne was always very quiet, but she spoke through her art,” said sophomore Anna Skalicki. “I think art brought something out of her that a lot of people didn’t see.”
Adrienne’s favorite creative outlets were ink drawing and sketching. She wanted to be an artist when she graduated.
She adored other aspects of the arts as well, and enjoyed watching musicals and operas.
Adrienne was fascinated by Asian culture and was teaching herself Japanese. She hoped to study abroad in Japan during her junior year.
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Adrienne’s friends describe her as being generous, caring, sweet and genuine.
“She just had a quiet kindness about her,” Anna Marie said.
Although Adrienne was quiet in class, she came alive when she was with her family. She had a vibrant personality and was always cracking jokes, said her twin sister, Ashton.
Adrienne and Ashton were best friends. They had never been apart until college, when Adrienne headed off to Miami and Ashton to the University of Cincinnati.
Jennifer said Adrienne was a true RedHawk. Her sister, Camille, graduated from Miami in 2019, and her aunt was an alumna as well.
Adrienne is survived by her parents and siblings: James, Camille, Ashton and Ellison.
There will be a viewing from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 followed by a mass at 10 a.m. at Church of The Resurrection, 1619 California Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45327. An interment will follow the service at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
The Boggan family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Miami University Art Museum, 801 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, Ohio 45056.
Students who need support during this time can contact the Student Counseling Service at (513) 529-4634.