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January 15, 2020

Have Your Art and Science, Too


Art major Grace VanFleet ’17 is taking her love of art and mixing it with science – library science that is. This fall, she entered the Master of Science in Library Science program at UNC Chapel Hill.

“Being able to have a dialogue with my professors, especially when I was finishing my undergraduate thesis, was extremely helpful. Talking to them was a way to focus my thoughts and receive critique, and the ability to receive and use critique is to me invaluable.”

Grace VanFleet '17
Art major, Religious Studies minor

The Carrboro, N.C., native explains, “I’m personally interested in archives and potentially art librarianship, something that Chapel Hill’s program focuses on. It’s a really great program.”

Staying in North Carolina after her Art studies at Guilford made a lot of sense for Grace as she found home (again) in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, where she’s a member of WomanCraft Gifts, an artist co-op that has been operating continuously in the area for more than 45 years. She’s also been working with an Australian board game maker on his project, Blood on the Clocktower, for which Grace is making woodcut prints to be used as illustrations for the game.

During her Guilford days, she worked in layouts for the college newspaper, the Guilfordian, and was an RA in Binford and Mary Hobbs halls. The Art Department and specifically printmaking was a natural fit for Grace, who also minored in Religious Studies

“Being able to have a dialogue with my professors, especially when I was finishing my undergraduate thesis, was extremely helpful,” she says. “Talking to them was a way to focus my thoughts and receive critique, and the ability to receive and use critique is to me invaluable.”

Grace advises current students to not rush into decisions. “Don’t be afraid of taking time to think about something, and don’t feel like you need to respond immediately to everything and every situation,” she says. “I know it may seem sometimes like you need to answer everything now, but having patience with yourself can let you make the best choice.”

After completing her master’s degree, Grace naturally hopes to be gainfully employed. “I want to work somewhere where I can have some of the same camaraderie I found in the Pub Suite at Guilford, just with better hours,” she quips.

Are you interested in an art career that can take you in many directions? Schedule your personalized visit to Guilford to meet faculty, staff, and students who share your passion!