Teriyana Wright

Teriyana standing next to a sign that says "Beaty in the struggle"
Hometown: High Point, NC
B.F.A. in Art with a Concentration in 3D

How did you first get interested in art?

Art became an interest for me at a young age. It started with grief counseling, making things to help me express myself as a child because my mom passed away. My dad is also a creative person, so when it came to school projects we would go all out with the creativity. I felt like, if I could create and make things for the rest of my life, I would be happy.

What kind of career do you hope to have?

I am still trying to figure out an exact answer, but I would like to create a business called Teriy Tyme Design. It’s basically what I like to call a safe space for creatives to come and create art, talk, relax, and be themselves without judgment. Everyone is creative in some capacity. You just have to figure out what it is, so everyone is welcome. I figure that what I’m working to create is along the lines of art therapy. This idea was recently mentioned in an article on the CBS17 website!

What is your favorite thing about the Department of Art & Art History?

My favorite thing about UNC Charlotte Art Department so far are the studios in the ceramic wing and the professors. I transferred here as a sophomore in August 2022, and the impact that my professors have made on me is amazing. Tom Schmidt was my professor last semester. The way he allowed me creative freedom, saw my vision, and was patient with me in the process is something that I will never forget. Although I didn’t have a class with the other professors, ceramic professors Lydia Thompson and Chengou Yu gave me their feedback on days when I was in the studio struggling, which was a great help. I love the support!

When you are not in class, studying, or working, what do you like to do for fun?

For fun, I really enjoy relaxing and making things, specifically trying new things with clay. In the warmer months, I like to be out in nature, because I think nature is beautiful! I also really enjoy rollerskating in my free time and spending time working on myself as a person.