Kristen Bartlett – The Wingate University Graduate Turned Award-Winning Comedy Writer

Staff Writer: Emily Werner

When someone says they went to Wingate, more often than not they’re pharmacists or nurses. Science majors are what Wingate is best known for, so the idea that an Emmy nominated head writer of a late-night talk show came from little ol’ Wingate sounds like a fairytale. But it’s not, it’s the reality for Kristen Bartlett. 

Kristen Bartlett is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina. After a semester at UNC-Chapel Hill, she transferred to Wingate University. Bartlett majored in communications with an emphasis in journalism and public relations and minored in English. She remembers her time at Wingate fondly, “Chapel Hill was just too big. I was much more comfortable at Wingate.” She especially liked that professors actually connected with their students.

Bartlett always knew she wanted to be a writer, she just didn’t know how to start. She took writing classes with Dr. Sylvia Little-Sweat who soon became a sort of mentor. In her junior year, she applied for an internship with the Television Academy Foundation – an extremely selective internship that gives students real-life experience in specific categories of the television industry. Bartlett was accepted for the development category. “It was the only one I thought I had a shot at being accepted into,” she said. 

The Academy placed her at CBS where she worked with their Senior Vice-President of Drama Development, Laverne McKinnon (who later co-created the production company responsible for Pitch Perfect). “I was chosen because they had never heard of Wingate. Going to a small school actually benefited me,” she recalls. McKinnon knew Bartlett’s true passion was writing, so she had her write a spec script for a medical drama called Nip/Tuck. Then, she got to practice pitching her script to real people in the industry, something aspiring tv writers could only dream of doing. 

After graduating in 2005, Bartlett moved to Atlanta, GA, to work at TBS. Then, she moved to New York City to work at CBS. She took sketch-comedy classes at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade – an improv group turned training company founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and other now-famous comedic actors. This is where she really got her start in comedy. At UCB, she performed her show, The Dead Dads Club, to sold-out audiences. The show was created by Bartlett and her husband, Jason Gore, both of whom lost their dads within a few months of each other. Through the success of this show, she and Gore got to travel to Los Angeles and Montreal to perform. 

She started submitting packets (a collection of writing samples) to late-night shows.  This is how she landed a job writing sketches at Saturday Night Live in 2016. Throughout the two seasons she spent at SNL, she wrote many successful sketches amassing over 115.5 million views on the SNL YouTube channel. The first sketch she wrote on the show was a parody of Stranger Things. She and former SNL cast member, Sasheer Zamata, worked together to write this sketch and it shows. According to YouTube views, this is Bartlett’s second most popular sketch with 12 million views. The sketch Bartlett is most proud of is a parody of clothing commercials called CHONK. “CHONK was very personal to me,” she said. 

Bartlett soon left Saturday Night Live. Although it was a good experience, the busy schedule and competitiveness were not for her. “You work nearly all day, every day,” she said, “…you’d be lucky to go home by 5:00 A.M. but most times you don’t leave until 9:00 A.M.” The week consists of pitching sketch ideas to the host on Monday and writing the entire show on Tuesday. Everyone reads through all of the scripts on Wednesday, and if your sketch is chosen, you meet with the director, props, hair and makeup, and costuming. “There are about 20 staff writers plus some guest writers, so there are weeks where you don’t have a single sketch make the cut. It’s very competitive.”

The whole show is rewritten on Thursdays and they block (arranging how the scene will physically be acted out) the sketches on Friday. Saturday is the busiest day of all. Rewrites happen all day, up until the final second before the show. There is a dress rehearsal at 8:00 P.M. and the live show is at 11:30 P.M. The week doesn’t end there, “There’s an afterparty after every single show. Sometimes there’s an afterparty to the afterparty, sometimes even an after-after-afterparty,” said Bartlett. 

After leaving SNL, Bartlett headed over to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, a late night talk show hosted by one of only two female hosts in all of late night television right now. She is a co-head writer with Mike Drucker, with a staff of 10. Everyone contributes to every single episode. The schedule is still busy, but host Samantha Bee advocates for a healthy work-life balance. “I also just really like working for women. It’s very different,” Bartlett said.

Since the show airs at 9:00 P.M. on Thursday nights, Bartlett’s week starts on Friday. The writers discuss their “act II’s” which are essentially updates on ongoing topics. On Monday, they do fact checks and have producer meetings. The bulk of the writing is done on Tuesdays, along with putting together what the acts will look like. Producers gather clips and transcribers, writers make an outline, and then they rewrite it all in Sam’s voice.

As head writer, Bartlett goes through everything that was written, assembles, and punches it up. On Wednesday, there is a read-through of the script with Bee. There is another round of fact-checking and making sure the jokes are right. Thursday is the day Bee films, the editors do all of the editing, Bartlett looks over the acts and makes final notes, and the final product airs at 9:00 P.M.

Unlike at Saturday Night Live, writers at Full Frontal get hiatuses throughout the year along with summers off. SNL only takes off for summer break and certain holidays. For her work, Bartlett earned herself five Primetime Emmy nominations and two WGA (Writers Guild of America) awards. She has proven that although Wingate is a science-focused school, it’s not the only thing graduates can succeed at. Bartlett has also proven that you can still make it big coming from a tiny school in North Carolina. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs Thursdays at 9:00 P.M. on TBS.

Three Horses I’d Consider Trading My Car For If Gas Prices Keep Rising

Staff Writer: Emily Werner

Gas prices keep rising in the United States and are currently above $4.00 in the Charlotte area. The minimum wage in North Carolina is a measly $7.25, making it incredibly hard for minimum wage workers to afford gas. Most college students who work fall into this boat. I sure do. If gas prices keep going up, I will need to find a new mode of transportation. Time to revert back to a time before cars – I need a horse.

Horses have never been my thing. I don’t necessarily like them, although I have nothing against them. But you know what I hate? Paying $4.00 for gas. So, let’s look at some horses I’d consider trading in my car for.

Arabian

Not unlike the one I own on Red Dead Redemption II, Arabian horses are cooperative, willing to please, and can form close bonds with their humans. They are smart, friendly, happy, yet alert animals, according to Deep Hollow Ranch. They are one of the fastest breeds in long-distance races, with a top speed of 40 mph. Most of the speed limits around here are 45 mph, so I think an Arabian would be a great choice. On average, they cost between $5,000-$30,000, around the same price as a 2022 Honda Civic. Sounds like a steal to me. 

Thoroughbred

Ah, thoroughbreds. They’re the fastest horses in the world, which explains why they dominate horse races. Thoroughbreds can reach speeds over 40 mph, and one named Winning Brew holds the world record at 44 mph. The famous Secretariat was a thoroughbred. So was Seabiscuit. Need I say more?

Frou-Frou

Frou-Frou is the horse from The Aristocats, a Disney movie from the 1970’s. She’s fictional, but a legend. Frou-Frou is Madame Bonfamille’s horse and she’s a friend to Duchess and her kittens. When she hears that Edgar is responsible for their disappearance, she puts up a fight, and kicks him into the trunk he was going to use to send the kittens to Timbuktu. Speed doesn’t matter for this one. Frou-Frou’s loyalty and dedication to the cats are what makes her perfect. 

I know I am not the only one fed up with the high prices of gas. DC Structures claims that the monthly cost of taking care of a single horse is $300-400. This doesn’t include vet visits, a barn, or any additional services. Just the bare minimum. That’s ok, I will just let it roam the house like a dog. 

I guess my main point is this: Do not be alarmed if you see a cartoon horse speaking French in one of the commuter lots on campus. That’s just Frou-Frou.

(Courtesy of Disney’s Aristocats

Megan Biase Reflects on Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Success

Staff Writer: Ben Robertson

WINGATE, N.C. – Imagine you are a senior in high school and have known where you are heading to college for the past two years, but suddenly, that is ripped away. That is the situation junior Wingate lacrosse goalie Megan Biase found herself in during 2018. 

She committed to play at Long Island University-Brooklyn (LIU) when she was a sophomore, but when the school combined with LIU-Post to form one athletic program, her scholarship along with many other incoming athletes was put in jeopardy. So, instead of being forced to pay a hefty price to go to school, Biase had to find somewhere else to take her talents.

 “I thought I was never going to play college lacrosse,” Biase said. “I was anxious, stressed, upset, and angry at the entire situation. I had to email every coach I ever talked to, and Coach (Abby) Wiley was one of the few that still had room in her recruiting class.” 

 Fast forward to the present day, and Biase has not only overcome that giant obstacle but found a home and thrived in an unexpected place. She won the starting job as a freshman in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and took home the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Defensive Player of the Year award as a sophomore in 2021.

 It was not always easy for the Long Island native.

 “I lived in the same place my entire life, and I love it there,” she commented. “Moving 12 hours away to North Carolina was scary. It is not like home at all and definitely was a culture shock. I missed my family and friends, and I missed Long Island.”

 Despite her trepidations about the move, Biase immediately looked comfortable on Graham Gill Field. Like many other athletes, she found solace in her sport. She won the starting job in net during the fall of her freshman year and was having a strong campaign in the spring before COVID-19 shut down the season, ranking sixth in the nation in saves and second in the SAC.

 Biase picked up right where she left off when her sophomore season came along, leading the SAC in save percentage and ranking in the top 20 of the country. She was crowned the SAC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-SAC, and Second-Team All-Region. She was also named a captain, a rare honor for a sophomore. 

 “Our whole family was a little scared when Megan left for Wingate. None of my children had ever lived that far from home, but she has absolutely made it work, and we are so proud of her,” her mom Kathleen said.

 The Biase’s are a tight-knit bunch. Kathleen and her husband Angelo are mainstays at Wingate women’s lacrosse games. Despite the distance, at least one of them, often both, can almost always be seen in attendance at Graham Gill.

 “When my son played in college we never missed a game, he was only three hours away, but we try to give Megan the same support. It is important to us, and I think it is to her too,” Angelo commented. Biase’s older brother Brian played Division III lacrosse at Moravian University in Pennsylvania, where he is now an assistant coach. Her younger sister Katie, a junior at Sachem North High School, is also garnering interest from college coaches to play at the next level.

 Something that makes Biase’s on-field success at Wingate even more impressive is that she is doing it while being enrolled in one of the most challenging and time-consuming majors at the University, nursing. She is one of the few athletes in the entire nursing program. The schedule of a nursing student includes long days of hands-on learning in the hospital and a huge amount of work outside of it. Even the pre-nursing program is rigorous and involves numerous tests even to be accepted. 

 Many athletes are unable to handle both their sport and their major, but Biase manages to maintain excellence on the field and in class, with a 3.4 GPA through three and a half years.

 “I never really considered myself doing anything other than becoming a nurse. My mom is a nurse, and my dad also works in the medical profession. It just seemed like the natural choice,” she said about her career path

. “As I said, I never really thought about anything else, I knew what I was going to do for pretty much my whole life.” 

 Biase has certainly found her place with her third season at Wingate now underway. She is back as a captain and star goalie on a team that is on the hunt for its first-ever SAC Championship.

 “We’re excited to have Megan Biase back in the cage,” Head Coach Abby Wiley said in a preseason interview.

“I Wish We Would Get Paid More Often”.

Staff Writer: Alexandria Sessions

Eight dollars an hour and only 15 hours on a check is a budget students are not happy with due to their expenses. While other on-campus jobs pay their student workers up to 10 dollars an hour, many are capped at only $8. The payment process is done through ADP or Automatic Data Processing. The students under work-study, clock in under this system and it tracks when they clock in for easy management of hours.

“Student workers earn at least the current minimum wage and are paid on a monthly basis for hours worked,” Emily Burke, Undergraduate Counselor in Student Financial Planning, said.   

“Students are allowed up to three on-campus jobs through the work-study program and can work a maximum of 15 hours per week across all positions combined.”

All of their earnings, according to Burke go straight to the student and not their accounts, but the option is there, but what happens to the check once it is placed in the hand of the student is up to them. What students do with their checks is mostly for food, groceries, and entertainment purpose, if any is left over.

“ I honestly use my check from my on-campus jobs to pay my bills for Greek Life on campus and one or two tanks of gas for the month, and then I am typically out of money from my on-campus jobs.” Wayfind Mentor, Carlee Davidson said.

Other students utilize their checks for minuscule bills or recreational activities.

“I mainly use the check on my club in some sort of way, if it is covering for gas when going to games, help pay for housing, or help some players cover their dues,” Rugby Captain, Nicklas Johansen, said. 

The monthly payments are set in place to mimic the workplace of a 9-5 job, which students are headed for once they graduate college.

“Each company that you work for will have a different payroll policy.  Depending on the company, you may be paid weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly for your hours worked,” Burke said.  

“There are advantages and disadvantages to each payment time period and you will need to be disciplined with your personal finances to align with your company’s payment schedule.  It is always a good idea to be aware of and plan for the impact that a company’s payment schedule will have on your personal finances and budget.”

Students are beginning to understand the monthly payments and see the advantages the Undergraduate counselor is talking about. Senior Alexis Mcburney ‘thinks it helps manage money’ and Isaiah McPhee, sophomore, thinks the work-study students ‘will be fine’.

“For me at least, I don’t really need money for anything other than eating out off-campus, so it kinda teaches me the self-control to not spend all my money within that month,” McPhee said. 

As mentioned early each payment policy comes with its disadvantages as well and for on-campus jobs, many of these disadvantages include the amount of pay and the monthly payments. Students coming to college are used to part-time positions that pay bi-weekly or even weekly. This adjustment could be a painful one for those who are used to those quick turnarounds.

“I do not think monthly payments are beneficial, because I have to spend more money on groceries in order to make it to the next month [the 10th of each month] as I only have 3 swipes a week at the Klondike,” Housing Assistant in Residence Life Office, Kamiay Glen said. 

 “I also have to pay bills that are due BEFORE the 10th. This leaves me no money to buy books or pay tuition even if I wanted to.”

The monthly payments pose a risk to the amount a student can receive due to the 15-hour maximum that a student is allowed to earn amount three jobs.

“I think the monthly payments can be overwhelming at times because it forces you to portion out expenses over a large period of time,” Eric Reeves, a Student Instructor (SI) said.

“I am much more used to getting paid bi-monthly, where my money is divided over a month’s time, therefore I am not as overwhelmed to ration my funds where I need and want them.”

John Ellison, a student employee with the Bulldog Activities Resource Committee  (BARC), picked up a second job off-campus to support paying his expenses. It’s not only John making these decisions, other students have been picking up off-campus jobs to cover the expenses their on-campus job is not covering.

“I have another off-campus job working minor league baseball and I did start working at this on-campus job in order to make enough money to pay all of my expenses,” Ellison said.

“I currently do not have an off-campus job, but I am currently looking for one. I’m forced to pick up an office campus job because I do not make enough,” Glen said.

The Director of Career Services, Sharon Robinson doesn’t have a preference for which payment plan works best for students, but does give insight on how transportation can make a difference in the jobs students are choosing.

“Sometimes if you have a commuter who drives every day to a school who is interested in a job sometimes off-campus works pretty well for them…Some students don’t have a car so they might really need or want an on-campus job because getting there[the job] might be a little tricky for them,” The director said.

Johansen is in a similar situation, while he has a car he is not legally allowed to work off-campus. 

“If I were able to work off-campus I would with no doubt, I can drive off campus by 20 minutes and make between 5 to 7 dollars more an hour, ” the Wingate Starbucks barista said.

Students are suggesting bi-weekly payments, higher wages, or both to help cover the cost of college life. 

“I would like for them to change the pay periods to at least bi-weekly or weekly to make it more manageable for students,” The SI leader said. “ I would also prefer there to be either an increase in wage or allow students to work 20 hours per week instead of the 15 maximum.”

The Triangle Is Looking for Writers!

Bulldogs! Do you love to write or know someone that enjoys covering local news?

We are looking for permanent writers for the Triangle! You can write anything from sports news to the big headlines around Wingate University. Sharpen your writing skills and join the team!

If you are interested, please contact David McCallister and Melinda Johnston at @da.mccallister868@wingate.edu and m.johnston@wingate.edu for more info. We hope to hear from you soon!

Wingate University Welcomes New ResLife Area Coordinator

Staff Writer: Madison Mataxas

When up-and-coming graduates think about their future career options, higher education and working with university residence life organizations are often overlooked. That was the case for Ali McGrath, the newest ResLife Area Coordinator at Wingate University. After graduating in 2015 with a degree in Psychology from Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusett, McGrath began a path that was less linear than that of most grads in student affairs programs. During her time at her undergrad institution, she was very involved with the university’s alternative spring break programs which got her involved in the area’s Habitat for Humanity focusing on development and working with Americorps, which is the National Peace Corps.

“I probably was not well suited for that job, to be totally honest,” McGrath admits. The work that she was doing with Habitat for Humanity was mostly grant writing which, looking back, she feels is now a useful skill to have. “It took a lot of self-motivation and as a post-grad that wasn’t necessarily there for me,” McGrath said.

While this was not exactly the type of job she wanted, her involvement with Americorps brought her to Charlotte during the week-long Buildathon. “I really enjoyed being in Charlotte and when Americorps announced that they were hiring I thought it would be fun to stay in the area because I was really enjoying what I was doing there and didn’t really know what my plans were,” McGrath said. She ended up being at Habitat Charlotte for around 4 years in their home repair program, became an apprentice, and then her work shifted to becoming a volunteer coordinator creating tangible solutions and progress.

While McGrath enjoyed being out in the field for Habitat for Humanity, she knew that it was not something she wanted to do long-term. “For me being out in the field for 30 years didn’t seem like something I wanted to do…it’s fun when you’re in it at 24 but I didn’t want to be 50 and doing this,” McGrath recalls. This made her realize that wanted to look for something to settle down with which made her think about her college experience and who she was coming to in her freshman year versus who she became by the time she graduated through her personality and values developing. “I was somebody who lied about my community service hours in high school and didn’t really think about anyone else and by graduation one of my core values became helping people,” she recalls. 

Before going to graduate school, McGrath had about 4 or 5 years to continue to develop her core values and come to terms with who she was and what she wanted to do to help the world become a better place by helping others develop themselves. “These values weren’t developed in a vacuum, they were developed because people invested in me and believed in me,” McGrath said.

These investments led her to the student affairs program at Clemson University as a Graduate Community Director which is a position similar to that of Wingate University’s Residence Directors. McGrath recalls  “I felt like the old lady of my program…I felt worldly almost because I had life experiences that a lot of others didn’t have,” because of her more nonlinear path, but she feels thankful for the experience because many people from her grad program that came into it from straight from undergrad have since left student affairs.

Once McGrath left, she knew that she would be searching for more location-bound jobs and ended up back in Charlotte because her partner is an electrician there.

“I’m grateful to be in it because after I graduated, a lot of jobs weren’t actively searching but ResLife was something that was always needing people, you can’t leave it unfilled and hope it goes well,” McGrath said. When choosing where she wanted to be, she weighed small institutions against larger institutions because she had experience with both.

When thinking about her time at a larger institute, “it was so structured and almost political…you couldn’t make waves and it was more impersonal, but here (Wingate University), me and the Dean of Students are on a first-name basis and that was something that I really valued from my undergrad experience,” McGrath said. The sense of community that comes with being at a smaller institution has been impactful for her. “Even in my first couple of months, I had stronger connections than I did at a larger institution because there I had 1,000 plus students so being able to say that I know my students by name and recognize their names on a piece of paper is really important to me,” McGrath said.

She continues that being at Wingate has allowed her to take on other responsibilities outside of being just an Area Coordinator and that there are so many opportunities that she has the chance to be a part of without being turned away because of her position as an AC.

As an Area Coordinator at Wingate University, McGrath is in charge of the JM Smith and Alumni residence halls. This means that she has a team of Residents Assistants, or RAs, that help her with the small day-to-day operations in the area. The RAs are students at the university so having them on the ground in each community makes McGrath’s job a bit easier and having her there for them as a support system gives the students the confidence needed to fulfill the RA role. When the RAs are asked about their new supervisor, they feel strongly about how her first year at Wingate has been. 

“She did a really good job stepping in after Michaela. Ali brought really good ideas along to the residence life department.” JMSA RA Taniya Elliott said. “Ali really assists when planning events for our residents. Community builders and involvement are important for not just freshmen but all students on campus,” JMSA RA John Ellison said. “I appreciate her stepping in and helping us out whenever we run into a situation,” JMSA RA Allie Sessions said. McGrath has been a good addition to the ResLife team at Wingate and has already started spreading her core value of helping others throughout her team of RAs as well as to everyone she interacts with on campus.  

Spring Break Brings Excitement to Wingate University

Staff Writer: Bella Pellet

One of the best times of the year for college students is Spring break – a week-long break that comes right after midterms. This creates a chance for students to go and break free of the college routine, the school work, and to let loose all of the work from the first half of the semester. For senior students, spring break means something different – their last chance to be with their college friends, their last “hurrah” before they step out into the real world with adult responsibilities. 

As spring break rapidly approaches, seniors at Wingate University are eager to share their big plans. Senior Parker Ledford says that this spring break trip is “going to be a good one”. You will find Parker at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina reconnecting with his high school best friends for the week-long break. “One of my buddies, Dave, plays basketball for East Carolina University so we are also going to stop there and watch him play as well,” Ledford said.

 “I am just really excited to be able to relax and have a break, it feels overdue in a way.” 

Tate Shepard, a senior who majors in management, is planning a trip with her girlfriends to Boone, North Carolina. She’s trading the sidewalk of Wingate for the Carolina mountains. She is going to visit family but also looks forward to enjoying fishing and hiking.  Whether you are going on an adventure to a new place or staying at home, enjoy your spring break. As a senior myself, it is so important to enjoy whatever you’re doing in whatever space you’re in. If you’re on campus, hang with people you might not see after school. If you’re on a sports team, hang out with your teammates, and if you are taking a vacation, have the best time because soon real life will be hitting us and our spring breaks will be limited.

Wingate Women’s Lacrosse Season Update

Staff Writer: Camryn Gallagher

The Wingate Women’s lacrosse team has started their season. So far in the 2022 season they have played a total of three games, two at home and one away. 

The dogs had their home opener on February 12th at Graham Gill field. 

They opened their season with a ruling 20-5 victory over North Greenville. Throughout the game, there were a total of 10 players who contributed to the scoreboard. Within the 10 players that contributed there were 7 Bulldogs who had scored multiple goals. 

Hiles – 3 goals & 4 assists 

Knowles – 3 goals, 2 assists & 3 draw controls 

Ruiz – 3 goals, 1 assist & 2 draw controls 

This was a great way to start the 2022 season. There were a lot of fresh legs that were sent out to play along with a ton of familiar faces. They even had a freshman goalie start. Rango ended up having 8 saves throughout the game against North Greenville. The following weekend the Bulldogs traveled to Belmont Abbey where they locked in another win. The Bulldogs had a 9 point lead in the first quarter and ended the game with a 16-7 victory. It was another amazing game for the Bulldogs where several players contributed to the game.

Knowles – 4 goals, 2 assists, & 4 draw controls

Ruiz – 3 goals, 2 assists, & 5 draw controls

Biase – 9 saves in goal

On Friday, February 25, the Dogs faced their second team at home. The Bulldogs took on Young Harris resulting in another huge victory going 19-6 with 11 different players putting points up on that scoreboard. After this game, the Dogs are leading with a 3-0 this season and have won a total of 13 straight home games. Several Bulldogs got a chance to shine on the field including a freshman goalie named Riley Boone who had a total of 4 saves.  

 This is looking like a great year for the Wingate Women’s lacrosse team. Saturday, March 5th the dogs take on Limestone at home following a week in Florida for their spring break trip playing Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Southern. 

‘The King of Crayola’ brings “The Ripple Effect” to Hinson Museum 

Staff Writer: Alexandria Sessions

Edward Binney and Harold Smith intended only to create safe crayons that were affordable and of high quality. With this idea, the Crayola company was born in 1903 with just eight colors in a box and expanded into wonderful creative drawings from all ages. If you were to look up Herb Williams, Google classifies him as the “The King of Crayola”, however you will not find him on the website of Crayola even though he uses their product.

‘The King of Crayola’,  as mentioned in Nashville Arts Magazine, arrived at Wingate on Wednesday, February 23 to display his newest sculpture, “Ripple Effect”, made just for the university’s Hinson Museum.  The sculpture took 400 hours worth of work and 36,000 crayons,  creating an art piece that astonished people of all ages. Williams answered the burning questions of the audience who could not tear their eyes away from the tips of crayons that seemed to grow out of the foam and fiberglass that was formed in the shape of a deer.

“They [Wingate University] reached out to me… and wanted the best example of my art,” Herb said.

After viewing his art in the Sozo art gallery located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wingate University was in contact with Williams who provided another variation of a previous sculpture, similar to The Ripple Effect. The only difference between the sculpture in the Hinson Museum and the sculpture seen in Sozo, is that one has melted and waxed crayons and the other does not. The reason behind this was due to durability, the Nashville artist wanted to give Wingate a brand new sculpture that would last.

If you are an aspiring artist and want to follow in his footsteps, Williams advises you to dream big.

“Take the biggest risk you can afford to take,” the Crayola artist said. “Keep the sketch book by the bed when you sleep because you never know when inspiration will hit.” 

One artist who was appreciative of his visit and art wisdom was senior Sarah Hartman, who dabbles in graphic design. 

“I think it takes a very keen eye to pick up a certain medium and then just go with it,” the art minor said. “He took a big risk just going with this medium and figuring out what his idea was. I think he’s really cool…and I got to shake his hand.”

Hartman took a risk and started creating logos upon request, just like the Call of the Wild artist did when he once was a little kid carving into the red clay outside his home with a butterknife.  The Crayola sculptor points out that anything you do is art, you do not have to use crayons or a computer in graphic design. How you sculpt your deer is your choice.

“Certain things hold over in anything you’re creating… make sure it’s your voice,” Williams said. “You have to do your research, you have to know what else is out there. Stay true to your voice, what it is you’re doing that makes it completely unique.”

Wingate students can look forward to a potential visit from The King of Crayola in the future, who said he enjoyed his visit and will come back. Until then, to follow along with his crayon journey and his other works, follow Herb Williams on Instagram @herbwilliamsart.