Marketing Specialist for Campus Life

Me and my amazing coworkers!

Since January 2020, I have been a member of the Marketing team that promotes for Campus Life here at UNCW. I aid in the running of social media sites (primarily Instagram), and create other promotional content. This position is very focused on using mixed digital media and this rewards creativity and experimentation. I use Canva and Photoshop to make flyers for campus activities and events, such as art exhibitions, guest speakers, movies, and concerts. I create movie posters for upcoming films coming to Lumina Theater to promote our campus’ movie theater and boost attendance. I also attend events and collect photo and video material to be used on social media. I’ve been developing my video editing skills by creating virtual gallery tours for our exhibits that have opened under covid restrictions. I’ve also been working on creating a fully virtual gallery in a 3-D explorable space that features student artwork. While the position primarily deals with digital media, we also design bulletin boards and do tabling on campus to promote face-to-face with my peers. This has been a deeply rewarding position that allows me to be more connected to my fellow students and my campus, and is giving me applicable skills to take with me as I graduate and move on into the job market.

No Boundaries International Art Colony

No Boundaries International Art Colony provides artists from around the world and the local community a forum for free expression and cross-cultural dialogue.  It is a two-week long colony set up on Bald Head Island, NC, where a dozen or so local and international artists come together and create work. Pamela Toll, one of the founders of the colony over 25 years ago and professor at UNCW, selected me to be the intern for the 2019 colony. I worked with the board through that summer and into the fall, working out logistics and assigning tasks to board members. The board invited me to work on a poster and handcard for the colony’s events and exhibition. I received feedback and edit requests from the marketing director of the Wilson Center to get the project to its final form.

Belgan, Hande, Saiko, and me

In November, I went with the artists to the colony and had the absolute best experience ever. It was amazing the be surrounded by such spectacular and diverse works and to be able to learn from such dynamic artists. While I had plenty of fun and made plenty of art, I was still on the job! I created Instagram story content for the organization, took photos for Facebook, ran errands, and assisted the artists with anything they needed (I also got to model for Inigo!).

DREAMS kids working on their mural

DREAMS is an arts program for underprivileged youth, and we were so lucky to have them visit our colony to meet the artists and work on a mural to be exhibited in the final show! It was my job to show them around the island, introduce them to the artists, and overall give them a fun and educational time. I had never had the opportunity to work with art and kids at the same time, I had just as much of a blast as they did.

I also worked to catalog via photo spreadsheet each of the hundreds of pieces of art that were made over the course of the two weeks. Aside from needing to be documented photographically, each piece also needed all gallery information to be input like title, medium, price, etc. With all that information ready, I was able to assist the gallery director in the hanging of the show at the end of the two-week period. I was even assigned a whole section of the gallery to select pieces for and arrange how I saw fit, which was so exciting for me. I was really happy with how it turned out.

This internship was a life-changing experience and I am so thankful for the artists I got to meet through this opportunity. It was so hard saying goodbye to them, but I have a feeling I will see them again some day soon.