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Meet Devon Gilbert


By the time Devon Gilbert graduates from Wake Forest, he will have lived in Winston-Salem, N.C., for two decades. “There’s an invigorating feeling to the unknown. Even though I’m going to be attending college in my hometown, the upcoming years are going to be full of new experiences. It’s the anticipation of the new experiences of the next four years that most excites me.”

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
If I could travel back in time, I would want to see America in the mid-1800s. This was a time when huge parts of the continent were not only un-developed, but also had never even been seen by settlers. I can only imagine how majestic and beautiful the un-touched wilderness of North America must have been at this time.

Tell us about your experience at the N.C. Governor’s School.
The summer before my senior year, I had the opportunity to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School. I spent five weeks with passionate and smart students from all over the state in a fun, intellectual and collaborative environment. I can say, without question, that is was the best experience of my high school career; helping me to grow as a student and artist as well as creating strong friendships that will last through college and beyond.

Gilbert with his work at an art show this past spring.

Gilbert with his work at an art show this past spring.

What clubs or organizations are you planning to join?
I’m a Presidential Scholar in the visual arts, but I also enjoy history and public policy. I’m looking forward to exploring the relationship between the arts and public policy, seeing how interconnected these two, seemingly different, disciplines are and understanding how the arts can help build communities and keep them strong. I also plan to be a part of the arts community at Wake Forest through groups like the Start Gallery.

What would the title of your autobiography be and why?
“Devon Gilbert – The Picture Book.” A book is supposed to inform the reader, just like art. My autobiography would be a collection of moving images to tell the story of my life. Doesn’t the old adage say, “a picture is worth a thousand words?” So is it reasonable to think that a picture book is better than a novel?

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?
As I get ready to walk across the stage, I’ll be thinking about two things: all of the people who have helped me to get where I now stand and the new chapter of my life opening before me.

What is something your peers may not know about you?
I was president of my school’s Ultimate Frisbee club, so I look forward to getting involved in Frisbee at Wake Forest.