I am a senior at Furman University, Greenville, SC, where I am double majoring in Studio Art and Sustainability Science, and have taken 15 General Education Requirements. At Furman, I am a member of Mere Christianity Forum, Reformed University Fellowship, and Tri Delta (Gamma Xi Chapter). I also spent a semester abroad in Italy through Furman’s affiliate program with the University of Georgia, studying studio art and art history. Throughout the past three years, I have served as a volunteer teaching assistant where I have helped teachers and elementary, middle, and high school students in eight different classrooms approximately two days a week in differing schools: Sterling Elementary (2017), Berea Middle (2019), League Academy (2020), Travelers Rest High School (2020). I have been working at a boutique called the Pink Azalea in Downtown Greenville for the past three years as well.
I was accepted to the Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC during my Freshman-Senior year of high school, which shaped and pushed my work ethic, curiosity, passion for all art forms, and conceptual work. My work focuses on form, detail, how elements work together, impact on others, and connection to a place. My art captures overcoming internal hardships and the fitting together of elements, symbolizing the power of people. I focus on the concept of hidden treasures that are found within nature, if we take the time to look, leading to self-renewal. I am also using these overlooked elements of the environment to show the importance of conservation and sustainability.
At Furman, in the Sustainability Science department, I am interested in the education and health sectors. I have taken classes including Environmental Science (studying Earth’s planetary boundaries), Dynamic System Modeling (used Stella software to model human-environment relationships using feedback loops), Social Systems (actors, institutions, and policies that shape societal and environmental health), and Sustainability and Social Justice (environmental justice and impacts of actions on different social groups).
By combining my three interests in art, sustainability, and education, I hope to become a high school art teacher and transition to a Ceramics professor, infusing sustainability concepts and competencies, such as strategic and systems thinking, into the art I teach.