Commentary: “As an English major …”

Joel Morrison, Untitled (Pink), 2002, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Barrick volunteer Winita Frederick writes about her “First Impressions of Volunteering at the Marjorie Barrick Museum” (that’s her title for this post. She told me that Joel Morrison’s sculpture is a good example of the “colors and shapes” she mentions below).

As an English major working as a student assistant at the Lied Library, my eyes are usually limited to the shapes of letters in black print against the backdrop of white pages. I started volunteering at the Barrick Museum as a way to reconnect with colors and shapes I thought were becoming foreign to my field of perception. It’s so easy to lose sight of beauty in the world, even when you walk past an art museum every day on your way to class or work or the gym or anywhere else on a college campus. In just two weeks volunteering at the Barrick has helped me, for lack of a better cliché, to stop and smell the roses (quite literally, really! There’s a garden right outside) and appreciate the beauty of color and shape and the creative minds which bring them all together.

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