As I cross the halfway mark in my senior year at Ithaca College, I have to think back to how I came to this point as an Art History and Journalism major. I started my first year with journalism as my major, and took art history classes to supplement the journalism courses. I had been painting since I was young, and I wanted to take a different approach to analyzing art than creating it. From my first couple of Art History classes, I knew right away that I needed to concentrate in more than just journalism.
The Art History department has been incredibly helpful in assisting me with balancing my two programs, and providing me with essential courses to gain knowledge and experience in the field. I took the course "Exhibition, Education, and Outreach" with Professor Kramer in the Spring 2012 semester, and I was able to gain hands-on experience by preparing and installing an exhibition at the Handwerker Gallery. Our class also had the opportunity to lead a tour of the exhibition, Voices: Truth, Identity, and Art in Africa, for other Art History classes.
Another important part of my time here at Ithaca College has been working in the Visual Resources Collection, which is a part of the Art History department. Since my junior year, I have been cataloging, editing, and optimizing images for classroom presentations.
This summer, I was fortunate to intern at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, assisting in the Rights and Reproductions department. I had the chance to help out on photo shoots of the current exhibitions, edit and organize the museum’s collection of image reproductions, and gain more knowledge about contemporary American art. It was an amazing experience that I felt prepared for through my courses and work experience in the Art History department.