FAIRMONT, W.Va. – For the first time ever Fairmont State University held a Art, Architecture, and Design Exploration Day for high school students in the surrounding area. The day aws was filled with demonstrations, workshops, and studio tours to show young kids interested in the art profession what the falcons have to offer.
They had professors at Fairmont State University, and artists that are falcon alumni with studios and galleries, speak to the students from a real life prospective of what the field can offer. Art student at Fairmont State University Maraoisa Marra, said if this day was offered when she was in school, she would not have been so lost in what she wanted to do when she came to college.
“You shouldn’t just come to skip class. You should come to art day and take it seriously, if you want to seriously be an artist,” said Marra. “Art is an escape for so many people. I feel guilty coming everyday because I come to class and have fun, everyday.”
Professor and coordinator of the event Joel Dugan, hoped students that were present on “art day” saw the wide range of opportunity, and classes that specifically Fairmont State’s art program can offer.
“The amount of diversity we have here to offer, as a unique department with all the visual fields coming together, students can really customize their own interest,” said Dugan. “We really have the ability to cross over in between individual majors and we have so much dynamic and creative exchange taking place.”
Both Dugan and Marra wanted students to walk away with a better understanding of what Fairmont State University has to offer in terms of art education. They also wanted to send the message that you don’t have to become an art teacher in order to make money in the artistic work field.