I think the museum experience is important for all Auburn students. For art majors, to be able to interact with the space and see the paintings, drawings, and sculpture up close and in person is a totally different experience than when you just view them online. The internet has become such a convenience, especially for our generation. I think it is important for nonmajors, too, to be aware of the kind of conversations going on in the art world, both in the past and present. There are ideas expressed creatively that are not just “art people” thoughts. These views are very human and relatable for everyone.
I attended an exhibition at the museum where the artist was working in the gallery on an unresolved painting. It was an intimate setting, so I got to talk one-on-one with him about his process, how he develops ideas, and actually see him putting the paint on the canvas. He was very approachable, taking the persona of a great artist, and making it seem possible that those achievements might be my own someday.