Class of 2006, Louisville, KY

I became an art major after my drawing class with Boris Zakic during my first semester at Georgetown. It was my first ‘real’ art class since junior high and I signed up for it because it sounded like fun. I was always a creative child but had never had the opportunity to take many art classes growing up. I fit right in at the art department and had many close relationships with my professors including Stacey Chinn and Dr. Juilee Decker. I majored in Sculpture but had the option been there I would have chosen Art History. Sculpture turned out to be a good choice for me because I work a lot with textiles, found objects and discarded materials.   The highlight of my college career was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I took classes like Marble Sculpture, History of Italian Gardens and Book-Making. Living in Florence, taking those art classes and being surrounded by all of the history and museums changed my life.  My only regret was not staying a whole year.

Mary Margaret Sparks

Mary Margaret Sparks, Class of 2006, Louisville, KY

I am currently self employed teaching, writing, curating and selling my own work. I’m blessed to be able to work in my field in a variety of ways.  I’m passionate about advocating for artists and bringing art to underserved populations. I currently do PR and Marketing for an artist co-op/handmade boutique and have volunteer art projects at Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Scarlet Hope, an organization working with women in Louisville’s sex industry. I have also worked with visually impaired children, adults with developmental disabilities and at-risk youth. In 2012 I curated an exhibition in Louisville/Southern Indiana about mountaintop removal that is now traveling to other cities. This upcoming winter I will be curating an exhibition about consumerism. I also sell my handmade items in stores and will soon be selling them on Etsy. I never thought I would be working for myself.   I had a different plan for my life which included graduate school but for family reasons I had to stay in Louisville and not wanting to attend U of L I chose self-employment. I have worked full time jobs in the arts but I love the freedom in working for myself. Through self-employment I have experienced so many things that have shaped and molded me into the artist I am today. I am married to a computer programmer/punk rock star named Jason and have two dogs Nora and Rosie. My husband and I are hoping to start the adoption process this year.