Taking Access For Granted

Katie Bone is a third year Art History and Studio Art Major at the University of Texas at Austin. She's originally from Dallas, Texas. In her own words, she describes the importance of art spaces.

The Christian-Green Gallery’s current show, In Their Own Form, is filled with fantastic portraits from all over the African Diaspora. The faces present within the exhibition, with their liveliness, extraordinary character, and idiosyncrasies, invite our visitors to come into a space that feels ripe for interaction and dialogue. You get the sense that these portraits are asking you to find out more about who they are, and are asking viewers to hear what they have to say.

You get a sense that these portraits are asking you to find out more about who they are, and are asking viewers to hear what they have to say.

I am currently in my second semester working at the Gallery. Every week I looked forward to seeing new faces wander in and ask questions about the exhibition. I especially loved interacting with other students from the dining hall across from us. The show also has a fantastic accompanying playlist that brought even more life and energy to the gallery, which I miss listening to, even after hearing it too many times to count. Having the opportunity to spend time with these works multiple times a week was nothing short of a privilege.


I’m an Art History major, and I (foolishly) thought I had a full understanding of how important artistic spaces are to our community. It goes without stating that interacting with art in person cannot be fully replaced by print or digital media. However, I never imagined a scenario where interaction within the digital realm is, for the time being, absolutely the only safe option. I realize now that I took the easy access I had on UT’s campus for granted. Despite these new challenges, I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with my colleagues to continue to provide access to something as important as art and learning in this unparalleled period.