May 2020: Art major wants to work in a museum

May 2020: Art major wants to work in a museum

Raasha Gutierrez

Raasha Gutierrez
Raasha Gutierrez
From: Johns Creek, Georgia

Major/minor: Art major, psychology minor

Why that major? I struggle a lot in the traditional classroom. Art was always something I was good at. I wanted a broad education that offered a wholistic approach. By getting a BA instead of a BFA, I’ve been able to work in multiple art mediums, instead of just one, while also being able to take psych courses. It was the perfect fit, because I discovered my love for ceramics along the way.

One thing that we’d do on campus was “Night of One Hundred Pots.” We’d open the studio and allow people to come in and learn how to ‘throw.’ We would then take these bowls, clean them up and glaze them. Later, we’d sell them on campus to help raise money for Middle Georgia Food Bank. It allowed the public to interact with art, while helping to end hunger in the community. It was truly an awesome experience.
– Senior art major Raasha Gutierrez

Study abroad: I studied abroad in Montepulciano, Italy in July of 2018. It was amazing. I gained so much cultural experience, and I was able to see work that I’ve been studying for years. I took a lot of photographs that are going to be a part of my portfolio.

Internship: I had an internship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2019. It was the best experience of my life. I learned so much about Asian art and how to photograph objects. I loved every moment of it. I worked on major projects to digitize film. I gained so many important skills, because of that. I was able to experience other cultures and learn the importance of museums for public education.

Raasha Gutierrez on the steps of Ennis Hall.
Raasha Gutierrez on the steps of Ennis Hall.
Favorite memory: I loved just hanging out with my friends at Black Bird, the Greenway or front campus. I did play spoon assassins in Bell Hall my freshman year and had a blast. I gained one of my best friends, because of that game.

Favorite professor: I absolutely loved working Sandra Trujillo in her ceramic classes. She pushes us so much, and I have become such a better artist because of it. I also loved Dr. Chiang’s Social and Emotional Development course. I gained so much insight on human emotions and how to better cope with emotions myself. It was one of the most enriching experiences ever.

I have changed in so many ways. I feel much more confident and stronger with my work and the plans I have for the future.
– Raasha Gutierrez
How college changed you: I have changed in so many ways. I feel much more confident and stronger with my work and the plans I have for the future. I’m a healthier person and so much happier with life. I have grown so much in my artwork, and I hope to continue my passion.

Advice to incoming students: Your life in college is going to be so much fun, but it won’t be perfect. You will have moments that you want to give up and some really hard losses. I know many incoming freshmen are worried, because of everything going on with COVID-19. It’s not easy, and there is a lot to be worried about. But it’ll be okay. You will have a normal college experience, and it’ll be fun. You will laugh, learn and grow. Take every opportunity, but also know that it’s okay if it doesn’t work out. This is the time to make mistakes. Just remember to have fun too.

Future: I’m currently applying for jobs with museums. However, I have been approached by a foodbank to do some photography work for them. I hope to continue to grow and learn, while also continuing to make art.