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Q&A With Maggie Schuster

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.”
Self-portrait photo of Marit Anderson

Q&A With Marit Anderson

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.”
Self-portrait photo of Nastasya Kosygina

Q&A With Nastasya Kosygina

Nastasya Kosygina currently attends a PhD program in visual studies at the University of California, Irvine. She focuses on the art and archaeology of the late antique Near East and eastern Mediterranean. She says, "[the department] shaped the way I think about material culture… and contributed to my writing and argumentation style.”
Photo of Caitlyn Carr in a tearoom

Q&A With Caitlyn Carr

Caitlyn Carr, a graduate from the U, is currently finishing her Masters in Art History at American University. Her thesis involves ideas of visual culture and postmodern theory. She says, “I appreciate that the department required a senior thesis paper because it gave me some experience when it came to writing mine for my masters program.”
Photo of Laura Wertheim Joseph and Kristin Makholm

Reconstructing a Museum

After being closed for ten years, Executive Director Kristin Makholm and Curator Laura Wertheim Joseph are leading the Minnesota Museum of American Art into the next decade. “It's really about bringing new voices, telling new stories, bringing out hidden narratives that maybe have been neglected or passed over in the past,” Makholm says.
Portrait of Jennifer Awes Freeman

Teaching Medieval Art

“When you're teaching the Middle Ages you have to account for religion in order to understand what’s happening; the majority of the artwork that's produced in the Middle Ages is religious in nature.” Jennifer Awes-Freeman, visiting assistant professor of medieval studies, shares about her approach to teaching and experience at the U.
Portrait of Emily Rohan

1000 Years in 1000 Miles

Alumna Emily Rohan began her year-long advanced-level internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum this past September. She reflects on her undergraduate experience at the University and her internship at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which set her on the path to becoming a museum curator.
Portrait of Ashley Cope.

Museum Momentum: Fusing Intersectional Feminism and Art History

Attracted by the Department of Art History and the amount of opportunities to work in museums, Ashley Cope transferred to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Double majoring in gender women sexuality studies and art history, Cope is combining her passions to explore intersectionality within art history and how they influence one another and engage the community.
Nikki Otten posing for a picture

Searching for The Unseen: How Research and Curatorial Work Come Together

PhD candidate Nikki Otten studies nineteenth-century French printmaking, a medium that offers a window into a society marked by emerging technologies and by the ideas that flow from new inventions. She examines how artists “used images from the microscope to think about other things that scared them, like changes in society,” including shifts in the role of religion, the spread of feminism, and ideas about mental illness.
Catherine Asher sitting in front of bookcases

Trailblazing a New Discipline

Professor Catherine Asher is one of the first scholars to study the Islamic influence in South Asian art and architecture. Asher has spent nearly four decades performing extensive travels around northern India and across the world conducting research. She retired this May and, just as with her research trips, she is kept herself busy until the end.