University of Alaska Anchorage
Stepping Into Creativity at UAA
The UAA Fine Arts Building is home to a vibrant community of students and faculty in which we currently offer two academic programs and eleven areas of study. It is a place of discovery where students find their own unique way to communicate and express themselves visually. Students are mentored to be courageous, ask thoughtful questions, solve problems creatively and develop the skill sets necessary to be engaged professionals. Dedicated faculty, challenging curricula, well-equipped studios, a dynamic roster of visiting artists, and a gallery that focuses on national and international art exhibitions are the aspects of our department which empowers and prepares students for graduate study and fine art careers.
Student Success: Jessi Saiki
In 2017, Jessi Saiki was enrolled as pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts Major at UAA. She was enrolled in a variety of art classes as she prepared her application for the BFA program and was also working in UAA’s office of New Student Recruitment as a student ambassador.
Steven Godfrey, a Professor of Art in Ceramics at UAA who was also Jessi’s advisor, had received word that The Arc of Anchorage was looking for student interns at their art studio on D Street, called “Sparc”. The Arc of Anchorage is a nonprofit organization whose mission is: “To encourage and celebrate the potential of people who experience disabilities.”. Sparc is a gallery and studio space that celebrates self-expression and individuality while encouraging social enterprise. This program is involved with the art community by collaborating with other galleries, artists and retail spaces. With her expertise in ceramics and painting as well as her experience as a new student ambassador, Professor Godfrey knew that Jessi would be the right person for this position. Jessi became an intern at Sparc, assisting individuals as they learned to express themselves through hand built ceramics.