New College values both excellent academic work and the arts. Students on campus can receive detailed preparation through art courses to pursue professional art careers. Both introductory and upper-level studios classes are offered as an opportunity for serious or ameatur artists.
Third-year Abbie Wagner works as a teaching assistant (TA) in the sculpture lab. Wagner noted that students have to buy their own materials for specific projects, but “the studio has a lot of excess wood and metal that can be used for projects.”
Wagner’s area of concentration is economics with a slash in art, which she did not expect focusing on before going into college.
“When I first enrolled at NCF I wasn’t intending to pursue art at all, but I took a sculpture class my first year and just haven’t been able to stop taking art classes,” Wagner said.
Wagner has been an artist since she was younger. Although she does not want to pursue a career in art, she would like to keep making art for the rest of her life.
“My plans for the future are to continue in the path of economics,” Wagner said. “However, if there’s any way I could also pursue art on the side, or at least continue welding—this is my main sculpture medium—that would be great.”