Emily R. Allen
Hometown: Westport, MA
"Having an open mind to new people and experiences has made my four years at UMass so much more enjoyable."
I've learned not to underestimate people. A lot of the people I've met during my years at UMass have really surprised me. Don't be afraid to talk to new people. Everyone has something to offer. Having an open mind to new people and experiences has made my four years at UMass so much more enjoyable.
I'll be traveling to Beijing, China, in July to study fine arts with UMass Dartmouth painting professor Bryan McFarlane and to work in-residency at the renowned Red Gate Gallery.
I'm excited to have this opportunity to experience what life is like in Beijing. I want to know what the air feels like on my skin, what the sounds and sights of the city are. I know I will grow as a person, as well as an artist. I look forward to being part of Beijing’s fast-paced environment, and I know this change of place and pace will influence the energy I bring to my work, to each painting and piece of art I create.
My greatest challenge at UMass so far has been conquering my fear of power tools! Now I can successfully saw, sand, grind, drill, and even weld. I never would have guessed that I would have learned all of those things in college.
Remember that everyone has different ideas and opinions, so don't resist trying something new!
Especially for students in the CVPA—I'd like to strongly recommend talking to your teachers outside of class. These professors are there to help you, and they really want the best for you. Make an effort to talk to them, ask for advice, help, etc., and you'll gain so much more in the long run.