Ronnie Clarke

ronnieProgram: Visual Arts

Year of Study: Four

Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario

Extra-Curricular Involvement: Autism Awareness Western, Member, Black Students’ Association, President, Visual Arts Supporters’ Association 

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

The studios in Western’s Visual Arts Building really stole my heart, but once I got to see and hear about my future student experience here at Western, everything came together and I knew I was making the right decision. I think that art is a conversation. The faculty of Arts and Humanities offers academic support and a community of students who work together. You’re in this network of people with whom you can collaborate with and learn from. Unlike any other faculty, Arts and Humanities represents a group of students whose interests and majors are diverse, and that creates the potential for great conversation. 

What is one highlight of your Arts and Humanities experience so far?

One highlight of my Arts and Humanities experience was doing a flash mob in the Arts and Humanities building! Our class brought so many people together from Arts and Humanities to rehearse and pull off this event for a credit. Best class ever. I also appreciate the opportunities to gain firsthand experience of London’s art scene. I’ve had many chances to meet and make work alongside a lot of amazing students and faculty, participate in and run student shows, and overall, become a better artist. 

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on continuing to work on my portfolio and apply to graduate school. I want to keep working creatively in galleries and arts institutions. I’m really passionate about being around art and learning about art. In the future I see myself as a working as an artist, as a teacher and as a gallery professional. 

What advice would you give to incoming Arts and Humanities students?

Be the greatest version of yourself. Take leaps, and do the things that you might be scared to do. University really flies by and it’s a great time to join a club, take a new class or support a cause that interests you. University is the time to discover yourself; if you are passionate about something, go for it. The most important person that you have to impress is yourself. At the end of the day, do something that makes you happy! Once you try and step out of your comfort zone you’ll find that you can do some amazing things. 

What is the best thing about your department?

Being in Visual Arts has not only taught me how to make better work, but it is also preparing me for life after graduation. What is great about this program is that we are learning the practical things about being an artist; networking, finding work, writing grants, and getting shows. With the department’s small class sizes, you really get to know your professor and the people in your classes. The Studio Art program at Western is a hands-on experience that you won’t find anywhere else.