Meet Our Graduating Seniors

An Art History degree at St. Thomas culminates with a semester-long senior research paper and presentation. This opportunity not only gives our students the opportunity to reflect on their coursework and produce sustained independent research, it also ensures students leave St. Thomas with a substantial research project that will better prepare them for a career or graduate school. 

Learn more about our 2019 graduating senior art history majors below! We look forward to celebrating each students' accomplishments at the Senior Research Forum on May 10, 2019. 

Gabriella Gillette

Majors: Art History, Business Administration
Minor: Museum Studies

What were your favorite art history classes?

Women in Ancient Art & Culture taught by Dr. Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell and Museum Studies: Trends & Practices taught by Dr. Jayme Yahr.

What does an art history degree from St. Thomas mean to you?

An art history degree from St. Thomas means that I can consider myself an art historian. Before I came to St. Thomas I really didn't know what I wanted to be or what I wanted to study, and I was so inspired to continue on in art history because of how incredible this program is. Every professor is so knowledgable and helpful that I felt really connected to the course material as well as my professors. 

What are your plans following graduation? 

I will be the Museum Studies Intern at Exhibits Development Group over the summer. Also, I will be starting my first semester as a graduate student at St. Thomas in the joint Art History Masters and Museum Studies Certificate program in the fall.

Gabriella Gillette - Gabriella Gillette

Samuel Hill

Major: Art History
Minor: History
magna cum laude

What were your favorite art history classes?

Global Photography with Dr. Heather Shirey and Greek Art with Dr. Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell.

What does an art history degree from St. Thomas mean to you?

Having an Art History degree from St. Thomas feels like a culmination of years of hard work. It is an honor to reach this moment.

What are your plans following graduation? 

After graduation, I plan to stay in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area to look for some work before I consider Graduate School in a few years.

Samuel Hill - Samuel Hill

Madelyn Moe

Major: Art History
Minor: Business

What were your favorite art history classes?

My three favorite art history classes were the Chinese Architecture and Sculpture because this class is what made me become an art history major. The second class is History of American Architecture and my third favorite was Art in Rome which I took abroad in Rome. 

What does an art history degree from St. Thomas mean to you?

St. Thomas is a well-connected school and does a great job creating networking opportunities for students. I watched my cousin graduate from St. Thomas with an art history degree and have been able to see everything she has accomplished with this degree. I am very proud to be getting my art history degree from this school and can't wait to see what the future holds. 

What are your plans following graduation? 

After graduation, I will begin to work at an event planning company called Collected & Co. to pursue my passion for event planning. 

Madelyn Moe - Madelyn Moe

Sophia Rouman

Major: Art History

What were your favorite art history classes?

Introduction to Art History, Romanticism to Impressionism, Buddhist Art. 

What does an art history degree from St. Thomas mean to you?

The Art History program at UST has provided me with an invaluable education and has allowed me to create an extremely memorable experience. I have developed my knowledge, appreciation, and deep respect for art and the history of art. 

Majoring in art history at UST has provided me the opportunity to gain rich insights into various world cultures and traditions, and to develop skills in critical thinking, research techniques, and oral and written articulation. Through my studies, I have gained both an aesthetic as well as a technical understanding of art, and history told through art. The understanding of history told through the artistic expression of centuries of generations, is something I came to realize through my coursework, studies, and research. 

As I reflect upon my coursework and journey in the Art History program, I realize how my passion for art, design, artistic and aesthetic expression became the building blocks of a foundation of appreciation for the artistic expression of the human condition and our experiences as individuals throughout history. 

Additionally, I very much appreciate the knowledge and passion of the UST art history professors. They are not only experts in their fields, but regularly demonstrate a sincere connection to students and provide the support needed for success. They regularly encouraged and challenged me to extend and stretch myself to reach new levels of knowledge and expression. 

My art history major has provided a strong foundation for me to pursue a career in a design-related field. As I graduate and embark upon my career, I plan to combine my passion for art and design with my skills learned at UST. These skills include not only a solid understanding of art and the history of art, but how to create and communicate my thoughts and ideas. The solid and well-rounded education obtained at UST has set in motion a next step in my journey. 

What are your plans following graduation? 

I am pursuing a career in the fields of Product Design and Interior Design. 

Sophia Rouman - Sophia Rouman

Benjamin Schroeder

Major: Art History
magna cum laude

What were your favorite art history classes?

War Museums and Memorials, Introduction to Art History in London, Southern Renaissance Art, American Architecture, and Buddhist Art. 

What does an art history degree from St. Thomas mean to you?

Learning important skills such as engaging with a topic and being able to discuss it with colleagues, and presenting researched information clearly.

What are your plans following graduation? 

I will attend Notre Dame Law School.

Benjamin Schroeder - Benjamin Schroeder