Meet Our Students

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Wren Friedrich (they/them/theirs) is a fourth 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.

 

 

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Isabella Gold is a senior 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.

 

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Cassandra Ferguson is a senior art history major. Art, its history, and the various effects it has on society have always been a source of extreme fascination for her. This life-long love of art began in her infancy, wherein she would be brought to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and talked to about the masterpieces adorning its halls. Now this admiration of art history has led her to major in this field at the University of Minnesota, with hopes to eventually continue her education in graduate school. Besides a general love for art history, Cassandra is drawn specifically to the art of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, South Asian metal sculptures, and apocalyptic art- though also has a soft spot for the work of Art Nouveau artist Gustav Klimt. When not studying, Cassandra enjoys staying connected with friends and family, listening to music, reading, and "getting lost" in art museums for hours at a time.

 

 

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Zoe Quinn (she/they) is a third year art and art history major 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 different 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, craft can connect people to aspects of life that they often are not able to easily access in capitalist society, such as meditation, joy, and a rootedness in community and tradition. In her time at her internship with 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 from how youth 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 1970’s, 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 Anthropology Club, a travel enthusiast, a reader, and enjoys hiking.