Student Profiles - Cristina Maymi
Class: Winter 2016
Major: Double major in art education and art with a painting focus; will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts
Hometown: Lititz, Pa.
Why did you choose to attend Millersville?
I chose to attend Millersville to stay close to home and because of its good reputation as a teacher educator.
When did you start taking an interest in art/creating art?
I was always very interested in art. Ever since I could remember I have been able to find my own world in creating and making art.
What form(s) of art do you work in?
I mostly draw and paint, but over the past two years here at Millersville, I have been exposed to 3D design, ceramics and printmaking, as well as painting and drawing. I am so interested in all of these mediums, it is really hard to just pick one to focus on!
When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist?
I first began to really consider a career in art my freshman year of high school. At a time when I felt a little alone and had no control of anything, I found peace in art.
Who or what inspired you to want to become a teacher?
My freshman year of high school I had an art teacher that made me feel like I was worth something, like I could achieve something on my own with my own two hands. I wanted to one day make someone else feel like that and give them the confidence that who they are, is more than good enough.
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist would have to be Frida Kahlo. She was fearless in the images she produced and held nothing in, no matter how vulnerable or ugly.
Do you have any artistic influences?
My family has a major role in my art. Their influence in my life has made me brave enough to even take this career path. By observing their lives, accomplishments and struggles, I am able to experience life many different ways and use that knowledge to depict my artwork.
How has your heritage influenced your work?
My Puerto Rican heritage has influenced my work by giving me bigger eyes to the world around me. I also have the incredible opportunity of having an Indian side of my family. This tri-culture world I live in has made me realize how many similarities there are in very different people. This helps me to become very adaptable with different experiences in life and in my artwork. This impact helps me to take risks in my art that push me to more creatively challenging opportunities.
What was it like having your art featured in a First Friday exhibit?
Having my art featured in a First Friday exhibit was incredible! I never felt more nervous and excited than I did when people whom I never met were looking at my artwork. I was able to get very encouraging feedback and met a lot of different people.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself as not just being an art teacher, but an artist who teaches. I want to be able to show my students that who they are is remarkable and help them show that to the world.
What organizations are you involved with on campus?
I am currently the president of the Slip & Score Society, the ceramics club of Millersville University.
What interests outside of art do you have?
Another interest of my mine is travel. My dream is to study abroad with the Semester at Sea program which will allow me to travel to 16 different countries in just one semester.
What is an interesting fact about you?
An interesting fact about me is that my long-term dream is to own a cupcake truck during the summer months. I absolutely love baking, and seeing peoples’ faces when they are eating something yummy just warms my heart! So what better way to do that than driving around in a cupcake truck delivering happiness in a cupcake?!