Welcome our New Communications Intern


Landmarks is delighted to welcome Bella Cheng, a second-year Studio Art major in the College of Fine Arts at UT, as our Fall 2019 Communications Intern.

We recently sat down with Bella to learn more about her:

How did you first discover Landmarks?

I found out about Landmarks on their 10th birthday! They had a tent set up next to The West (a sculpture located in front of the UT tower) and were serving cake to students to celebrate the program’s first decade. I talked with a Landmarks staffer that day and knew that Landmarks was an organization I wanted to be a part of. 

Do you have a favorite piece in the collection? 

My favorite piece is definitely And That’s The Way It Is  by Ben Rubin. I used to live in a dorm across the street from it and it was a treat to get to see it on my way home from class every night.

How long have you been interested in art and what is your background with making art?

I have been interested in art from a very early age. Growing up I always loved drawing and arts and crafts but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I really started to experiment. By diversifying my practice, I developed a better sense of my artistic voice and began to think much more conceptually. I’m currently most interested in performance and drawing. I like to make things that combine something sweet and something not so sweet. I like subverting people’s expectations and making people laugh sometimes. I love color and pattern and kitsch.

What are you most hoping to get out of your internship?

I just love being a part of the team! After hearing that I was selected for the internship it actually felt like I won the lottery; I was so surprised and happy. I’m excited about the opportunities I have been given through the internship to implement my own project ideas!

What types of special projects are you working on?

My dream would be for a Landmarks x Pokemon Go tour. Many of Landmarks’ sculptures are Pokestops and I think it’d be so cool to learn about the pieces while playing the greatest mobile game of all time. In a similar vein, I am exploring the idea of implementing a Geocache tour of the select works in the collection. 

What do you hope to do post-college? 

I definitely want to work in the art field. I’m interested in having a more administrative job for an arts organization/museum, and hopefully find the time to keep creating my own work.