Student Spotlight: Emily Henry


Emily Henry is a Freshman Art Therapy student here at Marywood University! I am her upperclassman mentor and wanted to learn more about her and her artistic style! Let’s get to know Emily!

Name: Emily Henry

Year of Graduation: Class of 2025

Major: Art Therapy

Minor(s): N/A

I am majoring in Art because… I have found it to be an outlet for creativity and freedom. Art has been such a comfort to me and has truly opened my eyes to many new and different things, as well as giving me a chance to express myself. There are so many different layers to art so there really is no way you could possibly get bored. 

The kinds of things that inspire me are… my family, friends, animals, and pop culture. I really look towards my family and friends for inspiration when creating something such as a painting because it helps me feel closer to them. Animals and pop culture are really important to me so whenever I see or think of an animal that I love or a recent tv show that caught my attention – I make art about it. 

My favorite art class so far was… probably 2D Design. It was not at all what I was expecting it to be and I learned a lot about how to make a painting or drawing stand out. I was able to develop some of my painting skills, along with gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for textures and colors. The professor for my class gave us a lot of freedom to explore the tasks we were given and we received positive feedback that truly stuck with me.

When I am not in class… I am most likely hanging out with my friends or binging the latest tv shows or movies. I love to go on little adventures with my roommates or friends that are brand new to me or teach me something new about the world. I live for listening to music and just getting into a positive, calm vibe (Shawn Mendes really helps with that!). When I get the chance to go back home to New York, you will most likely find me hanging out with my cat and dog and spending time with my family.

The coolest thing I have done at Marywood so far was… definitely Scarywood. I have never experienced anything like Scarywood before so being there was extremely fun and interesting! Looking at all the attractions and the cool treats that the workers were making was a really fun experience. It was a really cold Friday night, but it was worth it because we got rolled ice cream for the first time! 

When I graduate… I hope to work with either the elderly or in hospitals. Ever since I decided on art therapy, I knew that I wanted to work with the elderly because I am so close with my grandparents and I really want them to have an outlet for expression, safety, and comfort. Working in hospitals would be such a rewarding experience knowing that I am helping those who are having a bit of a hard time with overcoming some obstacles or pain.

I would recommend the Art program at Marywood because… it truly is the greatest! The professors here are so helpful and always up to talk to you about whatever you are possibly struggling with, have a question about, or are interested in. There is always an opportunity to explore new things and have freedom to create whatever you really want. The amount of artwork that is created is quite insane and you really do improve your skills!

What excites me most about Art is… the freedom and opportunity to grow. Art is continuously changing and always developing into something new so you never know what to expect or get tired of what you’re doing. The freedom to express yourself is so incredible because many other majors do not have that freedom to express themselves through the way that we do. 

What is your favorite art museum and why? My favorite art museum has to be the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). I went there for a field trip during my sophomore year of high school and the entire museum was much different than anything I had seen before. The walls were painted with different colors, designs, and patterns and there were certain rooms dedicated to different themes. There was a Candyland themed room which was pretty exciting to see mainly because it was like my childhood was coming to life. Every single room or space filled with art had me thinking and wanting to come back again.

Thank you guys for reading! I loved interviewing Emily and I hope you liked getting to know her too! Stay tuned for our next student spotlight blog coming out in two weeks! Till next time!


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