Graduate Representative and Assistant

Clare Monardo, Graduate Student Representative

Originally from the South, I decided to make the move to Minnesota because I was so drawn to this particular graduate program. As someone who has many different art historical interests, I liked that I would be able to explore various areas and time periods through the grad seminars instead of having to choose one specific track to follow. My love of art and architectural history developed as I grew up, and my parents constantly exposed me to as much art, architecture, and culture as they could. I have a not so mild obsession with Italy, and one of my favorite parts of traveling is getting to see works of art that I have studied or discovering new ones.

I am so excited to be the Grad Rep for the 2014-2015 school year! We are planning some extremely fun events such as a group outing to a UST football game, coffee hours, study sessions, and professional development panels. I encourage any prospective or current students to contact me with ideas, concerns or questions – I am here to help!

Kathryn Joy, Graduate Program Assistant

During my senior year at Minnesota State University, Mankato, I visited the Winton Guest House, which had just been moved to the University of St. Thomas’ Owatonna campus and met with Dr. Victoria Young. I felt such excitement learning from Dr. Young about not only the Winton Guest House, but also of the opportunities at St. Thomas for student involvement, first-hand experiences with actual art (beyond textbooks & slideshows), and the program’s level of personal attention that is typical of PhD programs. St. Thomas was where I knew I needed to be.  

My time here has included serving as a Graduate Collections & Exhibitions assistant for the American Museum of Asmat Art, co-curating Museum and Mission: American Crosiers and the Spirit of Vatican II, and curating an on-site installation of Asmat art for the Spirit of Summer art gala. This year, I am serving as the Graduate Program Assistant to Dr. Heather Shirey as well as working in the Office of Academic Affairs. I look forward to an exciting year with you!