Fourth-year art studio student Lucas Sams was the first to exhibit artwork at Tapp’s new Arts Center. In addition to his installation in its front window, Lucas has a studio, paint-splattered and packed with his art, in Tapp’s basement. Boasting 22,000 square feet of exhibit space, performance areas and artists’ studios, Tapp’s Arts Center, located at 1644 Main St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In 2010, Amy Woodell, a fourth-year retail and fashion merchandising student, returned from a summer mission trip in a slum of Lusaka, Zambia, which changed the course of her life. The Cary, NC native had long dreamed of a fast-paced life in the New York City fashion industry, but the widows and children she met at an orphanage began to consume her thoughts.