The Department of Art is pleased to congratulate Elise Armani (BFA ’17) on her recent completion of a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University in New York. We caught up with Elise to discuss her path from Minneapolis to New York, what's next on her to-do list, and the importance of mentors along the way to discovering your passion.
In this interview with Panippookkaal, a local magazine for Tamil culture, Professor Anna Seastrand discusses why she became interested in the discipline of Art History and how she came to study the art of South India.
Associate Professor Laura Kalba joined the art history department to teach courses in modern art and visual culture. She says, ”I want to empower my students, to give them tools that help them to see art in new ways, and embolden them to think critically about the relationship between the past and the present.”
Maggie Schuster is currently in her second year PhD program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on Mughal architecture commissioned by royal women. A highlight of her undergrad experience was receiving funding from UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) to create an exhibition and symposium with her metal casting class. She appreciates that “many of the art history faculty were extremely helpful in both the application writing process and throughout the course of the project.”
Marit Anderson is currently attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, pursuing an MA in art history. Reflecting on her time at the U, she says that the art history program’s capstone class “helped [her] learn to write more clearly for a more diverse audience.”