Student Spotlight: Lukas Patel ’24 (B.F.A. in Art (Ceramics) with minors in Art History & Visual Culture and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies)

Posted May 31, 2022

What are you studying at Otterbein? 

I am a sophomore BFA Studio Art major with a concentration in Ceramics. I also have minors in Art History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Lukas Patel
Lukas Patel ’24

What is a typical day like for you as a student?

I have studio courses Monday-Thursday this semester, so I spend at least 3 to 4 hours a day at the art building. I am also Secretary for our Student Government this year, so I have office hours almost every day in the Campus Center and I have two non-studio courses this semester.

What are your goals after graduation?

I am hoping to pursue a Master’s degree in Art Therapy!

What is your favorite part of being an art and art history student?

The faculty is incredible. They are all seasoned and talented artists themselves, but also nurture the creative visions of each of their students. They all truly care about the success and betterment of everyone who crosses their rosters.

Why did you choose Otterbein?

Both of my parents went to Otterbein and I grew up in Westerville, so it was like a “homecoming” of sorts. As I learned more about their Art department, I fell more in love with coming here. The scholarship money doesn’t hurt either.

Lukas Patel Artwork
Lukas Patel Art Work

What is the best part about living in the Columbus area?

The access to new and well-known galleries and exhibitions. There are so many amazing galleries and art museums in Columbus (and Ohio in general). Columbus is a very progressive and forward-thinking area, so there are always new and exciting visual and performing art advancements.

What advice would you give to an incoming first-year student?

Caring about the work you produce will lead to academic success not just in the Art and Art History Department, but overall. Not every assignment prompt will excite you or inspire you, but each assignment is designed to teach you how to better your artistic skills and hone your style. There are always chances for you to make a prompt your own and discover techniques you may not have thought to try otherwise. In non-art classes, trying your hardest to show up to class and working diligently on assignments will lead to great things. You will get out of a class what you put into it.