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Photograph of student Anya Udovik
Anya Udovik is a third year Art History and History major with a particular interest in alternative gallery spaces and museology. Although her primary focus is contemporary Eastern European art history, Anya also enjoys reading up on postwar print culture, transi tombs, and Conceptualism. Aside from volunteering at the Museum of Russian Art, Anya is also part of the WAM Collective, the Vice President of the Russian Literature and Art Group on Campus. Anya also helped organized Environmental Impact, Landscape Architecture at 50 in the HGA Galley and helps out with shows in Rapson Hall. Anya has participated in the UROP program, examining Rebecca Krinke’s What Needs to Said in her own project titled Radical Listening. Anya also received the Puffer Scholarship through the Department of Art History in 2016 and was awarded the Talle Family Scholarship in 2017.


Photo of Ashely Cope
Ashley Cope first attended University of Minnesota, Duluth as a history major, but quickly discovered that she had an interest in art history during a medieval history course she took in her freshman year. Ashley declared art history as her major and realized she wanted to attend a larger university where she could become involved in the art history department, museums, and the art scene of a larger city. She transferred to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities at the beginning of her sophomore year and has been an art history and gender, women, and sexuality studies double major ever since. Ashley aspires to become a museum curator at a large institution. Currently, her interests are undecided but she has done considerable work with 19th century French painting, Expressionism, and some local contemporary art. She has interned at several institutions in Minneapolis, including the Weisman Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art as the Weisberg Curatorial Fellow. Ashley is currently completing a study abroad thanks to the Art History department's Puffer Scholarship; she is studying French and using this opportunity to view art objects in person at French museums, such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay.