How did you first become interested in Art History?

  • I have always loved art, however Art History as a discipline came to my attention through a course at my university. I focus on Environmental Studies academically, and after doing research into the field of green infrastructure, I discovered how important architecture was to my work. I took Modern and Contemporary Architecture the next semester and was particularly struck by a field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. The chance to see one of the beautiful works we had studied in real life inspired me to visit more art galleries and exhibitions. During that class, I had the opportunity to see several of the exhibitions in my university’s galleries and through this, developed an interest in exploring Art History further.

What do you hope to gain from this experience at CIMA? What have you enjoyed most at CIMA?

  • During my time at CIMA, I hope to foster my skills in Italian language in connection with my minor at my university and expand my knowledge of Art History more broadly. I will be studying abroad in Bologna in the upcoming fall semester and wish to spend time studying Art History there as well. So far, I have enjoyed the people most at CIMA. I work as a library archival assistant at my university, and so I do not often get to work with other people. I was happy to learn that the atmosphere here is very welcoming and enjoyable. It has really made a difference throughout the start of my internship experience.

What do you like to do in your free time?

  • I spend much of my time reading, writing, and listening to music. I write poetry often, and I am currently reading Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider which I highly recommend. I also sing in an acapella group at my university and have always loved creating music with my friends and performing. My favorite album at the moment is Sawayama by Rina Sawayama and I’m looking forward to a summer of concerts ahead!

If you could purchase any work of art, what would it be and why? Where would you put it?

  • I would purchase Louis Fratino’s “Among women only”. I have always been fascinated by authors who tell stories depicting monotonous aspects of everyday life, and I like to examine these subjects in my own writing as well. Ever since the pandemic, I’ve valued slowing down even more and enjoying the simple small experiences that are often overlooked. I think Fratino captures this spirit in his works, a kind of fondness for the mundane aspects of life. It stands out to me particularly in this work depicting conversation around a dinner table after a meal. I would hang this piece above my bed frame as a reminder to take time and appreciate the little things.