Michelle Turner, Graduate Student Representative

I completed my undergraduate education at Bethel University with a major in Business and minors in Art Studio and Art History. Through my liberal arts education, art history grew into a field of interest beyond improving a possible career in marketing. Following graduation, I worked as an intern at an after-school arts program and as a volunteer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Unsure of how best to breach the world of art history, I traveled to Chicago to attend a College Art Association conference and applied at the University of St. Thomas in order to complete additional coursework. Initially enrolled in the non-degree seeking program, I was surprised by the community at St. Thomas, the strength of the alumni pool, and the commitment of the faculty to the students and their studies. Less than a month into the program, by recommendation of a faculty member, I became connected to an internship opportunity at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. It was at this same time that I also accepted an administrative position at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul with their Art Department. After two classes at St. Thomas, I applied and was accepted into the degree program, later joining the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies Program in 2016. A part-time student, I am in my third year at St. Thomas with approximately a year further to go.

Jayne Cole, Graduate Program Assistant

I came to St. Thomas after graduating from Luther College in 2014 with a BA in International Studies and Anthropology with a Studio Art Minor. I decided to take a class at St. Thomas in the spring of 2015 as a non-degree student to explore my newfound interest in art history. And I was hooked! I loved the small class sizes, the supportive and attentive professors, and the wide variety of classes offered. I was especially excited about the opportunity to explore both Western and non-Western courses instead of choosing just one area of study. This has allowed me to explore a variety of art historical interests and develop an interest in Contemporary art and Chinese art. Now entering my second year, I am excited about all the opportunities St. Thomas has to offer!