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Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students have the option to have their creative expression immersive experiences and projects recognized on their transcripts. Students who are engaged in the artistic process have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.

Approximately a third of graduating seniors report engaging in recitals, art creation and exhibition, theater, and other performance. Keep reading to see how current and former Vanderbilt students have combined their passions with academics to engage in truly immersive creative expression experiences.


Rebecca Arp, Arts & Science
Major: Studio Art

As the recipient of the 2020 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, Rebecca Arp received funds for a year of art research and travel, culminating in a solo show at Vanderbilt in January 2022. With plans to complete an artist residency in Berlin, Germany, Arp points to the senior thesis exhibition in the Department of Art as a key part of her artistic growth. Read more.


Eric Whitmer, Blair
Major: Percussion Performance

Senior Eric Whitmer has used their time in the Blair School of Music to leave the world and the American orchestra a better place than when they found it. During summer 2021, Eric began an intensive research project with Professor Robert Fry to better understand the role of the American orchestra as a tool for social good. Read more.

Creative Recharge: Coffee Mixer
The Office of Immersion Resources is hosting an evening mixer dedicated to faculty and students. The event is meant to serve as a space wherein faculty and various campus partners/resources can share ideas on what an immersion project would look like in the Creative Expressions Pathway.
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Barton Christmas, Peabody
Major: Secondary Education & History

Christmas has used his time as a Curb Scholar to explore his interests in stand-up comedy, street performance, arts advocacy, and writing. As he looks towards graduation, Christmas discusses his debut science fiction novel and his senior Curb Legacy project. Read more.


Josh Karas, Blair
Major: Jazz Studies

For many people, music is a powerful tool to move through times of difficulty and hardship. Vanderbilt senior Jazz Studies major and Business minor Josh Karas took this one step further during the 2020 – 2021 academic year, creating his debut album The Root of the Thing amidst a pandemic. Read more.