You may have seen some new faces around The Art League lately. Come say hi! To break the ice, we’re going to be introducing you to everyone around our offices at the Torpedo Factory. Our next contestant: Vida Torres at the School!
Vida started at The Art League in September, and as the School Registration Assistant, she wields the stamp you see above. If you’ve called the School with questions or come by the office to sign up for a class, Vida’s probably helped you out.
How’s life these days? Any recent big events in your life you’d like to share?
Life is peachy-keen! I just recently got married and am currently enjoying life as a newlywed.
What’s your arts background?
I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in Art History, and a bunch of Studio Art classes under my belt. I’ve never considered myself a full-fledged artist, but ever since I was a kid, I would dabble in drawing and collage. In school, I really got into digital art after I took a class, and it has been something that I have found myself very drawn to ever since.
Why digital art?
I really appreciate the variety and complexities that go along with digital art. It is such a flexible medium and I feel that it is a very accessible medium. For me digital art is not as intimidating as painting.
Where did you grow up? When do you remember becoming interested in art?
I grew up an Army Brat. My dad served for over 30 years so we moved around quite a bit. I mostly consider Michigan, where I graduated high school and where my Dad is from, and Washington, DC, where my Mom is from, home. I have always been surrounded by art; my mom kept various pieces around the house from all our travels, and I was exposed to a lot of art during our tours of duty in Italy and Germany. My brother is also very artistically inclined (way more so than me!) and I have a few of his pieces hanging around my house.
What class would you most like to take?
I am considering taking a Metal Jewelry class this term because it would be something different for me, and seems like it would be very enjoyable. I also plan to take a Photography class with my Mom, who has really developed a passion for it.
What’s your role in the school? How are you liking it so far?
I am the School Registration Assistant, and so far I am really enjoying it! Everyone in the Art League has been incredibly warm and welcoming, and I always look forward to coming in everyday. I also really like that being in this position gives me the chance to interact with students, instructors and staff everyday. I’m a very social person, so being right in the middle of the excitement is one of the best parts about this position for me.