Zen Olive, born Inez Oliveras, is a college junior pursuing a long-term career in graphic design. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, where her love of photography was facilitated by her father, who obtained a photography degree in the 90s.
In 2014, Zen's creative journey began at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, where she participated in an after school photography program for high school students called Teen Photo. In this program, she learned foundational photography and printmaking skills and took part in three photo exhibitions over the span of three years. There, her commitment to photographic art skyrocketed.
Zen's journey through high school influenced her decision to pursue higher studies in photography. She enrolled at Delaware County Community College in 2017, double-majoring in Photography and Studio Arts.
A year into the program, Zen discovered DCCC’s third A.F.A. program: Graphic Design. It was love at first class. She was incredibly fascinated with being able to integrate her photographic skills with graphic art. Shortly after declaring her new graphic design major, Zen began working as the Senior Graphic Designer and Webmaster for DCCC’s school newspaper, The Communitarian.
Zen received an Associates in Fine Arts for Graphic Design in May of 2020. She is now pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic & Interactive Design at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She aspires to work in publications, printmaking, or design agencies, but remains open to every and any opportunity that comes her way.