This past week, I had the chance to interview Sara Scott, a senior at Huntington University, about her involvement in the art department. Our interview is as follows.

What made you decide to pursue a career in art?

Scott: Pursuing a career in Art was always something I was sure about. Ever since I was little, I was always doing something creative. Even in preschool, I was painting with my dad or doing crafts with my mom. In third grade, I knew I was going to do art for the rest of my life, and I knew it has been God’s calling for me.

I am an art education major, but I wasn’t always. Freshman year, I came to Huntington as a graphic design major, and after my first semester, I knew it wasn’t exactly what I was meant to do. Earlier that year, I had volunteered at a church camp, and I had been really been missing the kids that were in my cabin. God had shown me that I had a passion for working with kids and art, and I’m so grateful that Huntington has an amazing art education degree where I get to combine both of my passions. 

What inspired you to create your sculpture for the art gallery?

Scott: Well, for class, we had to make an animal with found objects. My favorite animal is a hedgehog, so that is what I did. It’s nothing too deep in thought. It just brings me joy, and I hope it brings joy to others. At the gallery last Saturday, I saw a lot of people taking pictures, and they seemed to enjoy, it which made me very happy. 

What are your plans after graduation?

Scott: I have a few teaching opportunities available that I am looking into, but I haven’t committed to a position at this time. I am very excited to become an art teacher. Even now in student teaching, I see so much joy and excitement the kids have when they walk into the art classroom. I am thrilled to provide the outlet for the kids to create and give them an opportunity to be themselves. Through art education, I’ve learned how art is so crucial in development of kids and how it helps them in their overall education, and I am ready to nourish that and see them grow in my classroom. 

What advice would you give to freshman art students pursuing an art major?

Scott: Do it! Art is such a flexible degree. You can do anything you are passionate about. As an art education major, there are many jobs available, and graphic designers are also in high demand. With art, you can work in any kind of environment, whether it’s a classroom, an office or even your own home. The world needs art, and do what you are passionate about. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it.

Another piece of advice I would have is surround yourself with people that support you and that help you with your goals. The people in the art department have just been such a blessing because I have been supported through my journey. There will be long nights in the studio, but spending time with people in you major will be some of the best memories from college. They’ve helped me with becoming the artist I am today. I’ve found what kind of artist I am through them.

Check out Sara’s amazing hedgehog sculpture, along with other stunning artwork, at the Robert E. Wilson Art Gallery located in the MCA. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..