Norajean Ferris, a senior at Green Mountain College, has loved art for as long as she can remember. An art major at GMC, Norajean learned during her college career that art in the business world is extremely critical and competitive.
“Often, in the professional world, the arts often become seen only as business that can make profit,” she said. “Artists continually struggle to gain money, because in modernized thought art doesn’t ‘run or help society.’ In reality art, however, can change the world, art is therapeutic, and, in my view, art is what it means to be human.”
Norajean hails from the small town of Cumberland, Maine, near Portland. For her past three summers back home, Norajean has been self-employed, drawing portraits and selling drawings on the streets of Portland. “Each summer I have achieved more pay and more confidence,” she said.
Norajean was attracted to GMC because of its reputation as a liberal arts school focusing on environmental issues and sustainability awareness. “I like the atmosphere of GMC and the small size. It reminds me of home a bit. I like New England, but I wanted to get out of Maine and experience a new state.
The art department here, professors Jen Baker, Karen Swyler, and Kevin Bubriski, have made my experience worthwhile,” she said, “and the tutors are really nice.” she said. “GMC was the perfect fit.”