The class of 2020 has completed their Cornell studies like no other class before them. An unprecedented semester unlike what any of us imagined, yet Professor McGowan comments she has been struck "struck by the tenacity, resilience and strength of our students." Quoted in the College's "Extrodinary Journey's," Art History major Kathie Jiang says “I have faith in our collective capacity to love, persist, and grow even in the face of crisis.” It is this strength the following graduates have left Cornell with, and our hearts are with them.
The History of Art and Visual Studies Department would like to celebrate their path and the people they have become. We are so very proud of each one of you and wish you the very best. Though there will be challenges along the way, you are all prepared to set forth and achieve your goals.
During her time at Cornell, Margaret sung A Capella, interned at the Johnson Museum of Art and worked at the Library Conservation Lab. She is applying to graduate school for art conservation.
Besides her Art History Major, Lauren is interested in art (drawing, painting, photography), marketing, legal issues in the arts, psychology, and sociology. For foreign language she studied Mandarin and she studied abroad at the Sotheby's program in London.
Eliza double majored in History of Art and French, a combination which served beautifully together during her study abroad in Bordeaux. She has accepted a position as a Corporate Legal Assistant at a firm in NYC.
Kathie's honors paper has earned her the title of graduating Summa Cum Laude. The History of Art Department has awarded Kathie the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and commitment to the field. She has been a pivotal member of the History of Art Majors Society (now HART club) and the Johnson Museum club. She has interned at the Johnson Museum on campus as well as at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Getty. Her study abroad in Cuba contributed significantly to her honors studies. Kathie will be pursuing a career and studies in art history/ museum studies & education.
Isabel's honor's thesis "Blood and Violence: Attraction and Repulsion in Ana Mendieta's Blood Works" has earned her the title Magna Cum Laude. The department has awarded her the Sampson Fine Arts Prize for the members of the senior class who have consistently demonstrated academic excellence, commitment, and achievement, particularly in the field of the history of art. She has been active in the History of Art (HART) club as well as the Hillel Major Speakers Committee and has interned at galleries in NYC and LA. She traveled abroad in London, studying at Sotheby's Institute of Art. Her favorite things about the major are HART club and curating a show at the Johnson Museum. Isabel will pursue a career in a gallery or auction house and plans to study later to earn a Masters degree.
Ellie has been awarded the Sampson Fine Arts Prize for the members of the senior class who have consistently demonstrated academic excellence, commitment, and achievement, particularly in the field of the history of art. She sang A Cappella while at Cornell, including roles as director and president of the group. She interned at the Johnson Museum on campus as well as a Museum in Massachusetts where she completed a research project on women in early photography. She will be pursuing a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management at King's College.
2020 History of Art Minors
Maria Teresa Moreno