Student and Alumni Spotlights for the Visual Arts Program

Samara Thomas, Art Major

Name: Samara Thomas
Major: Art
Hometown: Sussex, England
Fact: My parents are Missionaries in Atlanta, Georgia.

I chose to come to Belhaven because... The Art Department is really why I’m here. I visited because my sister had graduated here a year ago. Visiting her and seeing all the training she was going through and everything about the Art Department, it just seemed like a really rich place to be educationally.

One relationship that has meant a lot to me while attending Belhaven... I would say with Bob Pennebaker, the head of the Art Department here. He invests so much in your personal life, not just you and your education in what you’re doing to become a visual artist, but also with your spiritual walk with God.

Because of my degree from Belhaven University... I want to use my Art degree with missions in some way, either here in Jackson or in a different country. I would like to use it in some kind of ministry aspect, whether it’s photography in the field or working in an art gallery.

One word to describe my experience at Belhaven: Rich

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