I absolutely valued – and still value – the faculty at Ambrose. The instructors allowed me to develop in a way that was specific to me and supported me along the way. I was never discouraged from pursuing or experimenting with new ideas/techniques/materials. The staff at St Ambrose are some of the most giving and understanding teachers that I have ever met.
There is also a sense of community in the Ambrose Art Program. I met so many amazing people and artists and developed some great friendships in a completely non-competitive environment that facilitated really creative endeavors.
I learned to let go of my ego and stop worrying about what others thought of my work. I developed a personal style that I was excited about.
I don't have a favorite memory but just a general sense of belonging and camaraderie. I have many little memories of working in the studio and listening to music, pausing from time to time to see what others were doing.
The honest answer is geography; it was close to me. The reality, though, is that it was probably the best possible fit for me. It's small and community-oriented. As a student you have incredible access to the staff and facilities.
Go and visit the campus. Spend the day walking around. Sit in on a class if you can. Talk to the staff. This program is really supportive and exciting. If I had to do it all over again I would do it the same. If you decide on Ambrose, take full advantage of every opportunity. Spend the whole night working in the studio, go to every show and artist talk and get to know the faculty. Check your ego at the door and soak up everything.