Thursday, July 16, 2009
A childhood passion and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of West Georgia landed a dream job at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre for Emily Fisher ‘06. The UWG alumna helps keep treasures at the Fox restored, repaired and beautiful.
Fisher began her studies at West Georgia to study art with a concentration in sculpture but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with an art degree. Her love for art and older architecture was evident but little did she know this passion would eventually lead her to a career at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
“I remember coming to the Fox when I was a child and just being enthralled,” said Fisher. “It was like a fairy tale made for little girls. My professor, Eilis Crean, suggested that I apply for a position at the Fox and so I did.”
Fisher now serves on the Fox restoration team as a project assistant and has helped conserve several items at the Fox including furniture, carpet and artwork.
Since much of the furniture and art at the Fox Theatre are original pieces, Fisher saves the treasures from further deterioration and corrects faulty repairs done in the past.
If Fisher spots something that has broken or seems to have worn down, she coordinates with experts and conservators to have it accurately restored and put back in place as soon as possible. She also spends a lot of time cleaning areas that require more delicate attention.
“We have to coordinate with a lot of people,” Fisher said. “Sometimes it can take about two to three years to restore a piece.”
Fisher credits her experience at West Georgia for the skills necessary to succeed at the Fox.
“With an art degree from West Georgia you are prepared to problem solve because you are asked to be creative on a daily basis,” Fisher said. “Being able to be creative about your approach to projects is important here because you have to think aesthetically while being aware of the wear and tear and practical considerations.”
For more information on the art program at UWG, visit http://www.westga.edu/~artdept/index.php.