SOVA | Emma Crim
School of Visual Arts, SOVA, Virginia Tech, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art, Creative Technologies, Art History
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Emma Crim

Emma Crim
BFA in Studio Art
Class of 2019

Emma Crim runs her own small business focused on selling and promoting her paintings in addition helping manage her family’s 200-acre beef cattle farm in West Virginia. When Emma is not looking after hundreds of grass-fed beef cattle, she is busy painting, selling art and looking for exhibition opportunities. Recently she sold a painting locally at Art at the Mill, a semiannual gallery show and fundraiser hosted by the Clarke County Historical Society.

When asked what advice she has for students in the arts, Emma replied:

“If you have the desire to pursue your art, you should do it. That drive is always going to be there so it’s best if you find an outlet that works for you. Know that there is no single answer to being a “successful artist” either and that you can make your own opportunities and find a balance that works for you.

Take advantage of the studio space you have in undergrad and the peers you share it with. Looking back, especially after moving to an entirely new state just before the pandemic, I feel I really underestimated the impact having that network of other artists has on the growth of your own practice. As artists we often do most of our work in solitude but ultimately, we need to see people react to our work.”