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Marisa Sayago
Professor / Art

"...to pursue a career in the arts means working in a field you love and are passionate about..."

Marisa Sayago sculpture

Photo: Hija Mia by Marisa Sayago

Why should students pursue a career in the arts?

The arts both visual and performing teach people skills that include visual-spatial abilities, reflection, self-criticism, and the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes. All are important to numerous careers, but to pursue a career in the arts means working in a field you love and are passionate about, and I can’t think of a better way to go through life.

What advice would you give to a new college student?

Get to know your professor. Think outside of the box. Don’t procrastinate, and yes, do your homework.

What’s the favorite part of your job?

Definitely, working with students that are interested in the subject. I enjoy seeing the growth of each student and the way his or her viewpoint has been expanded.

I also have a great working environment, amazing colleagues, and very supportive staff.

What was your proudest moment working with students?

I’ve had several moments, especially during final portfolio reviews, when the student actually sees the progress made during the entire semester. Also, when a student wins an award or scholarship. But the one that tops the list was when my students and I worked on a large-scale public artwork together. Everyone was ecstatic; I was proud of them.

List of most recent awards/merits:

- MOLAA Awards, International invitational and juried exhibition, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011

- 2006 Recipient of the Los Rios Foundation for the Arts Grant

- Sayago’s works are found in private and public collections throughout the United States, South America, and Europe, including the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.

Marisa Sayago has her B.F.A. from W. Texas A&M University and her M.F.A. from University of No. Texas.

Marisa Sayago
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