Thinking back on my whole life leading up to now, I can’t believe how long I pursued art school! I was always “the artist” of my class. Wanted something drawn? Ask Madi. It wasn’t until I took AP 2D Studio Art my senior year of high school that I realized that I really did not want to go to art school. It is a noble and difficult profession. It’s not that I didn’t want to pursue it anymore, and it was definitely not that I didn’t want to create anymore...I just did not want to go to school for art.

However, art is still important to me for so many reasons, as I’m sure it is for many of you reading this! It’s catharsis, it’s expressive, it’s instinctual, it’s habitual–both partaking in it and appreciating it. Thankfully, Biola has so many ways to do both of these!

First and foremost is the art gallery. This is such an underappreciated little corner of campus! The exhibits rotate, and are always such an elegantly curated collection of your very own peers’ work. Stop by when they’re open!

The library also always has art on display. Take a little study break while you’re in there and peruse the many photographs, paintings, and even sculptures that may be out!

If you are a creator, check out the Biola Art League, a club for art creators and appreciators. Inkslinger, Biola’s literary and creative arts journal, is also a really great way to get your art out there and published. You can submit to their semesterly publication that includes poetry, short stories, and B&W photography and other visual art.

There are so many ways that you can contribute to Biola’s thriving art community. Even if you don’t join an art-specific organization, you can always contribute wherever you are! Some little ways that I have been able to interweave this passion into all of the demands of being a student is by creating things for my major (Anthropology Guild), participating in Inktober (an annual challenge for artists in which you draw one ink drawing every day for the whole month of October), and just looking for other little outlets in my life where I can create–be it writing, drawing, painting, or otherwise.

Check out this online collection of students' work!