Bob Ross who?

There are thousands of students throughout Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber campuses. Each with unique individual skills and talents. I wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight some artistic students who are a bit more under the radar. From writers to musicians to painters, our campus is home to some pretty exceptional talent.

Here are 5 artists you never knew went to UofGH and Humber:


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Asuka Lapierre

Asuka is a fourth-year Visual Communications student at the University of Guelph-Humber. She has been writing songs her entire life. More specifically, she began writing poetry in her first English poetry class in grade eight. At the time, she was at a French school. The class was instructed to write a poem about their surroundings and she was captivated by that experience; she calls it, “love at first write.” Her writing is inspired by her everyday life, which she describes as the seed. She says that there is little truth behind it, but it grows into something much grander.

“I love telling stories. I want to tell the ones no one wants to hear. I want to write to make people feel less alone. I want to create worlds that we can escape to just for a moment. I hope that one day I can change the world with my words for the better,” she said.


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Dexter Gabriel

Dexter is a first-year Justice Studies student at the University of Guelph-Humber. He’s well rounded playing the conga, xylophone, guitar, bass, drums, ukelele, violin, saxophone, and also sings and writes poetry. On top of this, he is also a member of the alternative band, After Five.


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Zea Rodriguez

Zea is a first-year student enrolled in a Bachelors of Social Science at Humber College. She began writing poetry in ninth grade to cope with her mental health struggles; this quickly became her go-to coping mechanism. The pain that grew within her throughout her childhood and teen years became so strong that she broke down, and words were the only thing she knew to piece it all back together. As her poetry and life have progressed, she now writes mainly about love. Themes of this include love letters to herself, toxic love she has experienced in the past, and the great love she has now found. She also shares her poetry on her Instagram.


Girl standing in tall grass.

Jen Crozier 

Jen is a fourth-year Visual Communications student at the University of Guelph-Humber. Jen is a painter and has found inspiration from her uncle and artists such as Bob Ross and Johny Gloom. She creates art as an outlet to express and repress her thoughts and emotions, without words. Art is something that has helped her mental health, helped her find herself, and allowed her to say in confidence that she is an artist when getting to know new people. Check out some of her pieces!


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Alexander (Sander) Simardone 

Alexander is a second-year Media Studies student at the University of Guelph-Humber. He went to an arts high school and was always in the school musical. From a young age, he has enjoyed attending shows. As a result of past experiences, he has been inspired to start his own project. He has always had a passion for music and has been working on his solo project, ‘Sander’, for about a year. Music is something that helps him through challenges in life and relaxes him on the difficult days. It has always been fun for him, and he continues it not for a career, but because he is truly passionate about it. He has helped with production and music videos from his friends and is continually supported through this journey from his parents and girlfriend.

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