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 2015-2016 school year! I encourage any prospective or current students to contact me with ideas, concerns or questions – I am here to help!

Dakota Passariello, Graduate Program Assistant

I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2013 and entered the graduate program at St. Thomas in the fall. My decision to enroll in this particular program was based primarily on location. Coming from a much smaller city, I was excited by the number of impressive museums and lively art scene and I knew that the Twin Cities would provide amazing resources and opportunities for me to develop as an art historian. I am now in my second year of the program and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to be at St. Thomas. The faculty is helpful and supportive, and the range of both Western and non-Western courses offered has allowed me to explore various art historical interests. So far my time here has included co-curating an exhibition at the American Museum of Asmat Art and working as a volunteer docent at architect Frank Gehry’s renowned Winton Guest House. I am excited to be serving as the Graduate Program Assistant and looking forward to any other new experiences my time here will bring!

Sam Wisneski, Graduate Program Assistant

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2014 with majors in Communication & Journalism and Art History. During my time as an undergraduate, I developed an interest in Indian art and culture, which I explored through a research grant from the Luann Dummer Center for Women, independent study, an internship, study abroad and other travel opportunities. I decided to continue my art history career in the University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Art History program because I appreciated the collegiality and small size of the program, faculty and staff, wide range of seminar topics and professional development opportunities.

Some of the highlights of my time in program so far include: studying abroad in Nepal, in the Kathmandu Valley in January 2015, participating in the Hyperallergic/Superscript Blog Mentorship program at the Walker Art Center, and presenting my research at the sixth annual graduate student research symposium in September 2015.

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