Rosa Salas and Sarah Roper, Art & Art History Student Ambassadors
Rosa’s passion is ceramics. She has gained recognition for her work in several regional competitions. When not at her potter’s wheel, she works at the UM Museum, sharing her knowledge of art and art history with visitors there.
Why did you decide to major in art?
I always loved art but I never had a chance to have a proper art education until I came to college.I decided to major in art because I went to a science high school, and I was never able to use that visually creative side of me in an academic setting. I’m studying for a BFA and specializing in ceramics.
What attracted you to the University of Mississippi?
The art department is a small and close community where you get to build relationships with professional artists who are also teachers. You get to know other art students who are developing in the same or different art mediums, and there are a lot of visiting artists who come to UM, and you get to know them, too. There are also a lot of opportunities to show your work. You can submit work to the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, and there are a lot of art shows in the Oxford Area throughout the year.
Have you done any internships or other activities related to art?
I’ve been an education intern at the UM Museum for the past two years.
What are your career plans?
I’d like to work as a curator or educator at a museum while I continue working on my own artistic career.
Activities outside the classroom?
I go with my classmates to cities and go to different art receptions where we meet awesome artists. My favorite trip was when we went to Pittsburgh for the NCECA Conference and we met professional artists, ate amazing food, and went to different art galleries and demonstrations.
What’s your go-to restaurant in Oxford?
My fave Oxford meal is the fabulous and delicious chorizo taco from the Taco Shop.
What are you binge watching?
I’m obsessed with anime and Broad City.
Sarah is a future graphic designer with dreams of working for Toyota and becoming a color coordinator creating and choosng the colors for the interior and exterior of cars. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key International Honors Society, she uses her graphic design skills on campus as a student worker in the University’s Department of Marketing and Communications. She transferred to UM from a community college, where she won awards for her artwork.
When and where did you decide to study art?
I’ve been making art since I was a little kid, and I knew I had a knack for it. After I finished an AP art course in high school, I knew I wanted to continue doing art throughout college. I’d taken Photoshop and web design classes, so I decided to mix fine and graphic art.
Do you feel a sense of community in your department—especially coming in as a transfer student?
Absolutely. Studio classes require a lot of out-of-classroom work. Most of the art majors work in Meek Hall throughout the day and into the night. It’s a joke that we all live there, but, honestly, we do. You get close with the people that are there with you and for you.
Have your professors mentored you?
Most definitely. We have a professor we call the “art mom,” and she is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in my entire life. She’s very supportive of students. The majority of the teachers in the department are here to teach you things they want to know for the rest of your life. The aid students inside and outside the classroom.
Have you been given opportunities outside your department to develop your skills?
I’m a graphic design intern and student worker for University Marketing and Communications.
What other campus activities do you do?
I’m a club treasurer (and president nominee) of the GRID [Getting Rebels into Design] club. We promote interest in the field of graphic design outside of the classroom by encouraging active involvement within the University of Mississippi through on-campus programming and events as well as being active participants in the local design community here in Oxford. GRID helps graphic design students bridge the gap between college and a career.
What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
I love the Caesar salad and sweet tea from Oby’s.
What are you binge watching?