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Harpeth Hall seniors pursue their passion for the arts in college

Harpeth Hall seniors pursue their passion for the arts in college
Harpeth Hall seniors pursue their passion for the arts in college

For as long as senior Sara Mac Wallace can remember, she has been passionate about creating art.

“The decision to pursue visual arts in college wasn’t a hard one at all,” Sara Mac said. Whether it is through a brush in her hand or her voice on the stage, art has defined her life. It was her multidisciplinary interests that inspired her AP Art and Design portfolio, where she used music to inspire the storytelling of each artwork. In the fall, she will continue her artistic journey at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

“Everything about the school is inspiring, and I can tell it will further my artistic ability,” Sara Mac said. “SCAD has so many incredible opportunities for their artists. They set you up with incredible jobs, scholarships, and working artists to prepare you for ‘the real world.’ All of the possibilities were exciting and drew me in.”

On May 15, the Harpeth Hall community gathered at Fine Arts College Day to recognize four seniors who are continuing to follow their arts passions after graduation. The ceremony honored senior performing and visual artists who are going on to pursue the arts at the collegiate level and have been admitted to their program of study by way of portfolio submission or audition process, including Sara Mac, Eden Powell, Abby James Witherspoon, and Chloe Graham.

Throughout her junior and senior years, Sara Mac used her Winterim experiences to first complete an independent study with textile artist Lexie Millikan and then to travel to Europe for an immersive academic travel experience. Her trip abroad took her through museums and studios across the continent, further cementing her artistic passion and setting her up to build a portfolio that she would use to gain admittance into SCAD’s illustration program.

“I can’t wait for art to be my main focus and truly something I can work on, craft, and hone to an even more impressive skill. I always love a challenge, and I love to grow. I am excited to think about where my art might lead with so much focus given to it,” Sara Mac said.

Like Sara Mac, fellow visual arts senior, Eden Powell, knew from an early age that the arts would inspire her future.

“My dad is an architect, and I grew up around that scene and lifestyle and just always loved it,” Eden said. Her Winterim experience made her path clear. During junior year, Eden interned with a Danish architecture firm in Brooklyn, New York, called Bjarke Ingels Group. Eden felt right at home with the environment of the firm and knew she wanted to pursue sustainable architecture and design. She furthered her studies through a Global Scholars capstone project focused on combining the modern ideals of Danish and Japanese architecture. Next fall, Eden will grow her architecture skills at the University of Tennessee's College of Architecture and Design.

All four of the students celebrated during Fine Arts College Day credit Winterim for helping them develop their craft and prepare them for college. In addition to Eden and Sara Mac’s experiences, Abby James Witherspoon, took a deep dive into film and television production for her independent internships with producer Orlee Rose Strauss and media company Hello Sunshine, and Chloe Graham spent her junior year interning at Blackbird Studios and returned senior year to complete an independent study where she recorded her debut single, “Records.”

“I learned, over the course of the three weeks, to gain the confidence that, even as an 18-year-old, I can be taken seriously in this industry,” said Chloe, who will be joining the songwriting program at Belmont University. “It was really neat to see how my determination and passion shone through to allow me to be treated as a professional client of the top engineers and contacts in the industry during my session at Blackbird Studio.”

Abby James, who will attend Loyola Marymount University’s prestigious School of Film and Television in the fall, agrees that Winterim allows students to experience the real world of their art and offers them the chance to make connections that will support them throughout their future careers.

“I am so thankful for the Harpeth Hall Winterim experience, it is one that is unmatched and has launched my career at an early age,” Abby James said. “I have been given the opportunity to realize my potential in the workforce and gain confidence. I hope that every Harpeth Hall girl uses the Winterim experience to its fullest potential because if you do, we can become a force to be reckoned with.”

 

From film to architecture, Harpeth Hall celebrates the talent, hard work, and dedication of the four members of the Class of 2024 who are pursuing the fine arts in college and beyond.

Chloe Graham
Belmont University | Songwriting


Eden Powell
University of Tennessee | Architecture


Sara Mac Wallace
Savannah College of Art and Design | Illustration


Abby James Witherspoon
Loyola Marymount University | Film and Television Production