I came as a painter, and I’m still a painter, but now I paint with animation, I paint with clay, I paint with bookbinding, I paint with metals.

-Mabel Albert, BFA/MAT

The most vital part of the school is its interdisciplinary nature. I came as a painter, and I’m still a painter, but now I paint with animation, I paint with clay, I paint with bookbinding, I paint with metals. 

You take your one medium and you can expand on it by exposing it to other mediums, or you can branch out and discover a whole new medium.

My education here has taught me that art is not just about one specific image, but about the context, the story behind it, the history of the process.

I wanted audiences to see my work, to feel something from it, and I learned to ask the question—what medium is going to work best for that? I paint, but I brought in elements of what I’d learned in ceramics, in metals—I brought in shards of mirror, and grout, and plywood, and nails, and screws, and used the woodshop.

The community here is all-hands-on-deck all the time! Everyone is there for everyone—you can run up to the woodshop and say ‘Hey, I need this thing,’ and they’ll help you with that thing—it’s like that in every studio.

- Mabel Albert, BFA/MAT