Art and art history alumni have pursued careers in studio art, teaching, and research, and many have enjoyed successful careers in cultural and historical organizations. Critical and creative thinking skills established through the art programs are keys to their successes.
Trinity is proud of the achievements of its alumni and likes to keep up with their work, life, and ongoing educational experiences. If you graduated with an art or art history major, contact the department to let us know what you've been up to.
I chose Trinity specifically for the small class sizes and the close relationships I could develop with the professors (as well as its proximity to home!). And I chose art history for my major because I've always loved art and think it is important to understand one's cultural history. Art history is interdisciplinary and inclusive because it gives students the opportunity to study almost every facet of human activity (politics, science, literature, psychology, etc.) within the context of visual art, which leads to very meaningful rewards.
Trinity gave me the opportunity to be involved in all of my academic and extracurricular interests, from art to music to sports and science. During "decision time" I had a list of several universities that I liked, but in the end, Trinity was the only school that had it all. My interest in art history began in Trinity's studio art classes. After museum visits and lectures on artists' styles and techniques, I wanted to know more about the history of art as a way to inform my own work. After Trinity, I plan to earn my M.F.A, but in the meantime I plan to intern at ArtPace in San Antonio, gain some more museum experience (specifically in Native American art), and hopefully use my degree to study independently abroad.
I chose Trinity because of the diversity of its common curriculum, the small faculty-to-student ratio, and because I knew that my art practice would be challenged but ultimately understood in this environment. I held a Baker Duncan Scholarship at Trinity and am working towards a Ph.D. in art history. I realized that art history and theory were so ingrained in my studio classes that they had become as important a part of my work as any other. The two halves of the department, studio art and art history, complement each other and prepared me for work in museums and for advanced graduate study. I graduated in 2008 and moved to Marfa, Texas, to work as a development associate for the Chinati Foundation.
I chose art history at Trinity because I knew that a solid understanding of art history would make me a better and more well rounded artist. It's also a great major because it's naturally interdisciplinary. Through my art history courses, I learned about history, sociology, philosophy, religion, and art. I was attracted to Trinity's beautiful campus and the great art department. Trinity offers students a good blend of academics, extracurricular activities, and social life. I am currently a graduate student at Rice University, pursuing a master's in teaching, and am excited about the opportunity to share the joy of art with young people as a teacher. I would also love to teach art history or at least include it in my art curriculum.