TU student designs her degree

Megan Hosmer breaks the mold. As an artist, she thrives on uniqueness to inspire her photography; and as a junior at The University of Tulsa, she’s used her creative insight to fashion her own degree program.“If you want to do something that is not in the traditional route, that’s okay. You don’t have to be the traditional student,” she said.

Hosmer combined art history and sociology with a photography minor to build a foundation for public programming in the arts. From a young age, Hosmer traveled around the world touring museums, so pursuing an art history degree was a natural fit. “I really value having a diverse understanding of the arts to better achieve my goals of cultural literacy, she said.”

But what Hosmer did not expect was to find inspiration in her sociology classes. “I love sociology because it gives me the practical understanding of how I can get involved in my community and better understand people,” Hosmer explained. Both art history and sociology provide distinctive views into humanity. By studying them both, not only has Hosmer’s art flourished, but she has also developed a more comprehensive vision of how art interacts with society.

Hosmer’s unusual degree path encouraged her current art subject. “My project is on womanhood and motherhood. I’m reaching out to different women from various backgrounds, going into their homes and photographing them,” she said. “It creates clear comparisons among women who might not have necessarily been connected otherwise.”

Tea Time

Hosmer’s photography is featured at Skelly Mansion and the Gussman Art Exhibition. Her favorite photograph is titled “Tea Time,” which is a portrait of a young mother with a cup of tea looking directly into the camera. “There is this connection between her and the audiences, which draws the viewers in,” Hosmer said.

Along with her photography, Hosmer is a D’Arcy Fellow, which is a highly competitive program that provides paid professional experience to TU students. Through the D’Arcy Fellowship, Hosmer is interning at 108 Contemporary, which is a nonprofit art gallery in downtown Tulsa. “The art culture in Tulsa is incredibly vibrant. I feel fortunate to be in a community so committed to the arts,” she said.

Hosmer warns against students defining themselves with one label. “It’s easy to get caught up in what you feel like you should be doing as a freshman. The reality is you don’t have to be just one thing.”

By diversifying their time in college, students can discover their passion in unlikely places. “There are so many different options; and since TU is such a small university, you are able to do what you want to do,” Hosmer said.