Trinity Art Collective welcomes anyone with a love for art and seeks to help students all across campus appreciate art as well. Danielle Trevino rebooted the club this semester with high hopes of finding more students with these shared interests.
“I think that at Trinity University, there’s this stigma where it’s non-favorable toward people who are not STEM majors,” said Danielle Trevino, a sophomore communication and art major and president of Trinity Art Collective. “I think there is a lack of respect for people who are majoring in music, art or art history. As much as science and innovation are important to society, I think that culture is as well.”
Club members hosted their first event last Friday, during which students created a chalk mural. It brought together art lovers from all across campus.
“I’m an art major, so I love art and I really want to be a part of sharing my love for art with the rest of the Trinity community,” said Christiane Lau, a sophomore art and business major and treasurer of Trinity Art Collective.
Although several of the club officers are art majors, it is not necessary to be an art major in order to become a member.
“There’s only one qualification that you need to have to be part of our club and it’s just to appreciate art,” Trevino said.
Danielle hopes that club members and other interested students can go on field trips in San Antonio and different cities in Texas.
“We would like to have more interaction within the city and we would like to expand our Trinity bubble in relation to art,” Trevino said. “We’re not just going to San Antonio museums: let’s see if maybe we could go to Blanton in Austin or Houston museums or the Kimbell Museum, so just trying to expand our reach.”
Trinity Art Collective members want people to experience all that San Antonio has to offer in terms of art and beyond.
“We are about art and creation and experience,” said Abigail Wharton, a sophomore studio art and psychology major and secretary of Trinity Art Collective. “San Antonio has a lot of amazing opportunities, from museums to theater to projects that just pop up on the weekends and we really wanted to broaden the scope of how Trinity interacts with that.”
Some of the new officers were inspired to restart the fading club after they realized that many previous officers and members were no longer on campus to support it.
“The professors noticed that last semester TAC had kind of disappeared and all the officers had either graduated or gone abroad,” Wharton said. “We wanted to put together an organization that was about art and art in San Antonio, because we didn’t see that reflected elsewhere on campus.”
First-year students began to develop an interest in the Trinity Art Collective even before the fall semester officially kicked off.
“I actually had a lot of first years come up to me at our Student Involvement Fair table and say that they had seen our Facebook page and they liked it, so that’s really cool,” said Beverly Morabito, a sophomore studio art major, who is in charge of PR and marketing.
Morabito and other sophomores were surprised to see that there wasn’t an art club when they were first years, which provided inspiration for them to continue to reform their club.
“I had a couple of art classes last year with other art majors and we were just talking about how much we wanted an art club. We kind of expected to have one available to us in college when we came,” Morabito said. “We just talked to our advisor [Kate Ritson] about how much we wanted there to be an art club and she helped us get it started up.”
Trinity Art Collective will be hosting their next event, a mixer, this Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Drawing Studio on the third floor of the Dicke Smith Music and Art Building. All students with an interest in art are welcome to attend. For information on future events, check out their Facebook page for the latest information.