Carter Bryant found his home at Wichita State University’s School of Art, Design and Creative Industries as an art history major. He’s played roles in curating several exhibits throughout the university and the general Wichita artistic community.
Carter is one of more than 2,400 students eligible for spring 2020 graduation. Learn more about his time at Wichita State and what is next for the grad.
What is your degree in?
Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in art history and an honors interdisciplinary track in curating narratives in the arts.
What led you to WSU?
When applying to WSU, I was initially planning on pursuing a degree in studio art. I was drawn to the university by the large studios in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.
How are you feeling leading up to graduation?
I am excited for what is to follow! I feel very confident with the knowledge and skills I have acquired through the university and am excited to apply them in the workforce.
What are your career plans?
I will continue my education to get a master’s degree in museum studies and art history. After grad school, I am planning on working at arts institutions. I really enjoy creative programming in museums and galleries and hope I can continue my work in my next position.
How has the COVID-19 crisis altered those plans, if at all?
Many internship and fellowship programs I have applied to have been canceled due to COVID-19. My next step is currently in flux, as I am sure many others are experiencing, but I am certain I will find something soon!
What advice do you have for other students on how to cope with the uncertainty of these times?
I have found it helpful to focus on what is around me and to be grateful for what I have. It is easy to be consumed and overwhelmed by the uncertainty that is surrounding us all, so try to surround yourself with as many silver linings as possible. And reach out if you need help!
What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at WSU?
I have been lucky to participate in two internships and hold a student position in my line of work throughout my time at WSU. I am incredibly grateful to have worked with Harvester Arts and the Ulrich Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Both internships taught me the ins and outs of different types of institutions and gave me valuable professional experience. I have also been heavily involved with Wichita State's ShiftSpace Gallery. My work there has given me experience in leadership, program development and so much more. I made great connections and friends through all these positions as well!
What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?
I was really hard on myself when I started at WSU because I could NOT figure out what I wanted to do. I went through each program at the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. But I finally made up my mind, and I am so happy with my degree. So don't be afraid to change your degree a few times!