Our Art Ambassadors assist in welcoming and introducing prospective students and their parents to our department and the campus. They give tours of the department, answer questions and help in recruiting new students. They may participate in the annual Majors Fair and other on-campus activities. If you are a current major in art history or studio art and you would like to apply to be an Art Ambassador, stop by our main office in 103 Garland Hall and let us know. There are a limited number of slots available. Interviews are usually conducted in the fall semester.
Encouraging Students by Example
Our office assistant Martha Sears has been cultivating a new crop of department Art Ambassadors for this year. Art majors Kathryn Bornhoft, Kelby Cox, Charla Davis, Erin Hein, Rachel Jones, Katherine Langner, Amanda Miller and Julia Stewart will be meeting, greeting and giving tours to potential students, their parents and other visitors interested in the department. Our Art Ambassadors have already drummed up a lot of interest at last fall’s majors fair and at Get on Board Day. During Homecoming festivities on the quad, their face-painting won major awards! They all share a contagious enthusiasm for art and a desire to “give back” before they move on to their next life stage. Some, like Rachel Jones, think it is important to let prospective students know how valuable “the traditional university” experience can be. Jones, who is from Knoxville, is a BFA track major with a minor in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative program. Erin Hein, a double major in art history and biochemistry (and a minor in the Blount program) from Wheaton, Illinois, said that she “loved” her experience in the department and at UA overall and wants to share that with potential students. Amanda Miller, from Cullman, is on a BFA track with a concentration in painting. Charla Davis, from Birmingham, is concentrating in digital media with a double minor in Blount and art history. Julia Stewart, also from Birmingham, is majoring in art history with a minor in Spanish. Kelby Cox is a double major in art history and studio art with a concentration in ceramics. Cox writes that she recently added a minor in Italian and is graduating this spring, in three years. Katherine Langner, who is from San Francisco, will graduate in May with a double major in Art History and Public Relations. Kathryn Bornhoft, from Los Angeles, is a BFA track major with a concentration in sculpture and painting and a minor in French.
The variety of career plans among our ambassadors is dizzying. These ambassadors are proof of the wide-ranging choices for art majors. Hein plans to go into art conservation. Miller plans to teach high school art and then go into arts administration. Davis plans to be a graphic designer. After she earns an MFA in illustration, Jones says “my dream job is working as a concept artist, designing for video games or graphic novels.” Stewart said that she plans “to pursue a career in art galleries.” Cox is applying to graduate school in art history and plans to go into museum work. Langner want to work for an art auction company. Bornhoft plans to go to graduate school and then into teaching. Bornhoft’s words sum up quite well the goals of these women: “art as an experience enriches life at all levels and is something that should be accessible everywhere.”
For more photos of our art ambassadors, check out our Flickr page.