Connecting creativity to unsuspecting careers


Artists of all sorts are always looking for the next best thing; new inspiration, new ideas; things that people have never seen before.

No matter the form, whether it be sculptor, photographer, or painter, artists are automatically deemed creative; it simply comes with the title.  However, creativity stems well beyond artists alone. This Wednesday, Sept. 29, in The Fountains (Resident Hall) Multi-Purpose room at 7 p.m., a discussion will be held proving how creativity engrains itself into all aspects of business and science as well as staking it’s claim in the arts.

The informal discussion will consist of a mash up between five artists from all facets of the innovative spectrum.

Barry Albright, a UNF Earth Science professor and paleontologist doesn’t necessarily consider himself to be creative, but his teaching methods have proven to catch and keep student’s interest.

“I like to teach in a manner that re-ignites their [student’s] sense of wonder,” Albright said. “One way I try to re-instill that sense of wonder is to incorporate personal Earth science experiences into my lectures.  As a paleontologist, I have had the good fortune to work in very remote and fascinating places all over the world.”

Albright has traveled to places such as Antarctica and Mongolia, allowing students to really trust his knowledge on the subject of Earth science.

“You can really keep a student’s attention if you’ve lived aspects of the discipline you’re teaching,” Albright said.

Joining Albright is William Slaughter, poet, and Louise-Freshman Brown, painter who will share their perspective on creativity’s role in their art careers.  Wrapping up the list of speakers are two unlikely candidates, Don Wiggins and Melissa Brockhart, who are both in the field of business.

These guest speakers will discuss and answer questions about how inspiration individually inspires their careers and how they improvise new concepts and ideas into their professions.

Albright is looking forward to the discussion and sharing his passion for the career he has chosen.

“I like to think that maybe I can inspire others, particularly students, to pursue careers that will allow them the opportunities I’ve had because of the career choices I made,” Albright said. “For many, it doesn’t even matter what kind of job as long as they get a job.  Then they plug away at that for the rest of their lives waiting for the day when they can retire.  In my case, with my job, I never want to retire. My job is much more fun than retirement could ever be.”