Conversation with Sherri Littlefield ’12MFA

What inspired your gift/s to UCF?

Giving back to the community is so important. UCF has provided me so much, both as an alum and when I was a student — I want to do everything I can to see this university succeed. I am a proud alum and I love seeing others in NYC in UCF attire.

Why does UCF matter to you? Why do these areas of support matter to you?

I’m a large advocate of state schools. I had incredible professors during my time at UCF and even though I graduated with my MFA 8 years ago, I still lean on many of these faculty members for support and advice on major decisions. UCF matters to me because I was more than just “some student” to the university. I was a valued, unique person and faculty worked with my goals and dreams — which have all come true.

How do you hope to play a role in the future of UCF?

Two years ago, I was a mentor in the College of Art and Humanities. I also exhibited in an alumni and faculty show, which was a huge honor. My dream role with UCF is to be an adjunct instructor, even online. I would also love to work with students coming to NYC on tour or visits.

What is your favorite UCF memory or experience?

There are so many memories to share! I loved seeing Marcus Jordan play for our basketball team and I always enjoyed going to the football games. I got my undergrad degree from Florida State, which had an established football team and many, MANY fans — UCF had mostly students at their football games. I honestly liked that more, and walking through memory mall to the games was always so wonderful. Lastly, I was honored to receive the 30 under 30 award in 2016, which was an incredible honor when I see what other Knights have done.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? What advice would you give to a current UCF student?

College teaches you how to think critically. You can learn how to be a great artist, but it is up to you to pursue and chase those dreams. If you find art doesn’t make you happy, you can take those skills and apply your experiences and knowledge into another opportunity.

Just for fun: What did you want to be when you grew up? How is that the same or different from the career you have today?

When I was a child, I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a photographer. I am now a photographer and curator, photography professor, and have been the director of two major photography galleries — I also own a pet rabbit. I’d say I didn’t stray too far from my goals.

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