Meet Zoe Quinn

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Zoe Quinn (she/they) is a museum & curatorial studies minor with an emphasis in art education.

Art history initially caught her attention as a longtime art maker interested in anthropology. She is interested in the practices and social role of object-making across a variety of cultural traditions, as well as the modern revitalization of traditional craft and its intersection with activism. In addition to being an accessible way to connect art and activism, crafts can connect people to aspects of life that they often are not able to easily access in a capitalist society, such as meditation, joy, and rootedness in community and tradition.

In her time as an intern for the East Side Freedom Library, she has been able to explore the power of craft in community spaces through crochet and knitting. Over this past summer, she created a community quilting project that has recently evolved into a group called the String Activists that collaboratively works to put together community and public art projects on the East Side of St. Paul through string mediums. She has also enjoyed her time as an art camp counselor, learning how youths connect to art.

Art encourages empowerment, exploration of identity, and critical questioning, which is why it is so important to study and facilitate. It also takes us outside of ourselves and shows us the beauty and diversity of the human experience.

In terms of study, she loves revolutionary artwork. Some of her favorite art history subjects are the feminist art movement of the 1970s, Faith Ringgold, contemporary socially engaged art, and queer artwork. She is also fascinated by surrealism.

In the future, she would love to work in a museum setting or in art education. Outside of the art world, she is an officer of the Anthropology Club, a travel enthusiast, a reader, and enjoys hiking.

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