Cindy Friese


"Art and teaching fulfill a deeper part of me."

Cindy Friese is an Art Education student who has gained a unique perspective during her time at Peck School of the Arts. A recipient of two scholarships and the 2012 Outstanding Art Education award, Friese has done work with the McNair program as well as a research project with the United Community Center (UCC) on Milwaukee’s south side. Friese obtained her first degree in Marketing from UW-Oshkosh, but after spending some successful years working in the business world, she decided that art was her true calling. “Art and teaching fulfill a deeper part of me,” Friese shares.

Currently a Senior pursuing a degree in Art Education with an emphasis in Ceramics, Friese has seized every opportunity that has come her way. One of the most fruitful of these was her decision to participate in an undergraduate research project. At the UCC’s adult daycare, Friese is now working with individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease to create a ceramics mural as a form of art therapy.

Knowing that second chances aren’t always easy to come by, Friese has been trying to “live a little fuller” this time around. She appreciates every new opportunity that has come her way during her time studying at UW-Milwaukee and says she is “blown away” by her experience at the Peck School of the Arts. From the plethora of resources to the dedication of the professors, she “cannot speak highly enough.”

As someone who has been through the undergraduate experience almost two full times, Cindy Friese is full of valuable advice. She encourages her fellow students to take advantage of all the resources offered by UW-Milwaukee and Peck School of the Arts. Friese also reminds students to make their relationships with professors and peers a priority, as these connections can be incredibly valuable tools. “Seek it out,” she says, “and don’t be afraid to ask questions and get involved.”

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