Meet Our Students
Wren Friedrich (they/them/theirs) is a third year student in the University Honors Program, with a major in art history and a minor in art. Wren is interested in the long history of Christian imagery in art and the way it is able to tell us about Christians of the past, and how it has influenced current church traditions in art and liturgy. They're also interested in the ways Christian imagery has been adopted and transformed in non-Christian or Christian-minority cultures and time periods and what it might mean to adapt those images. One subject of particular interest to Wren is the queering of Christian art and the representation of LGBTQ+ people in art, especially before the development of modern LGBTQ+ labels and terminology. In their free time, Wren works at the Queer Student Cultural Center as a group facilitator.
Isabella Gold is a junior studying art history through the University Honors Program with a special interest in the early modern world. She is also pursuing minors in Italian and Museum and Curatorial Studies. Normally you can find her at the Weisman Art Museum, where she is an officer on the WAM Collective. Through her work on the WAM Collective creating programming, writing articles for the WAM blog, and working on budgeting proposals, she hopes to make museums more inclusive spaces. She is interested in the role museums have to play in education and hopes to work as a curator someday. Her interest in a curatorial career led her to work with Diane Mullin, the Senior Curator at the Weisman Art Museum, doing research for a number of projects, and with Masha Zavialova, the chief curator at the Museum of Russian Art. Isabella also received the Dean's First-Year Research and Creative Scholars Award through which she researched the history of witchcraft and the connections between art, mythology, and philosophy within that context. She is a member of the Art History Club as well as a violinist in the Campus Orchestra, and she is interested in the connections between music and visual art.
Grace Tank is a senior art history major. She is especially interested in contemporary and environmental art and is passionate about environmental advocacy. She was the recipient of the fall 2020 art history capstone prize for her essay, "The Entropic Artist: Robert Smithson and Entropy in Climate Crisis." Her interest in art began in high school when she served as a teaching assistant in the art department and interned at Living Room Studios. Grace pursued art history because she loved learning about the various elements that go into art production, and has since fallen in love with art history and artworks across the world. Currently a gallery intern at bG Gallery in Santa Monica, California, Grace works with a wide range of artists and artworks. She hopes to continue to learn more about curatorial practices and how art interacts with communities. She believes in the importance of various art practices, both in daily life as well as within the art history discipline. Grace is also passionate about nature and wellness and is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. She is interested in the relationship between art, the human experience, and the natural world.