2020 Art History Student Awards

Salem State University
Alexander Caggiano

Alexander Caggiano

Certificate of Excellence: Art History

Remind me I’m Alive

Hailee Steinfeld

I like art history because it dives deeper than just the aesthetics that are implied. It is more than just a smile, or a painting on a ceiling. It is a window into a different culture, a look at the bigger picture. It connects you to others; you are not alone. There is a reason that something was crafted the way it was, or looks the way it looks; it wasn’t accidental. There is a meaning to everything, or a statement to be made. I see myself in art, I found me.

Samantha Murphy

Samantha Murphy

Certificate of Excellence: Art History

Art serves as a lens through time, and through that lens we are able to see our own histories unfold.

What I love so much about art history is that there is so much that can be taken away from a single brush stroke. From one painting alone, we can learn about who the artist is, their experiences, what they are influenced by, the people who may have inspired them, as well as what was going on in the world around them. It goes beyond periods, dates, and color palettes. Studying art history has provided me with ways to identify these things, and because of that, I am able to see works of art in a new light. It reminds me every day that there is so much more than what meets the eye. Some of my favorite periods are the High Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th Century European art. After I graduate from SSU this May, I plan on continuing my education on the history of art and architecture, as well as museum studies and have been accepted into Boston University’s graduate program. 

Morgan Walsh

Morgan Walsh

Certificate of Excellence: Art History

I believe gender studies to be a critical lens through which to view works of art, and by studying female artists we understand the adversity they face in their careers…

Art History  allows us not only to appreciate works of art, but to identify with the period they were created and the artists that created them. By studying Art History, I have found myself better able to understand why an artist creates a work and the influences behind their stylistic choices and subject matter. As an Art Historian, I am particularly interested in the Baroque and Rococo periods, as I appreciate the ways in which two periods of art so close together can be so drastically different. I am also especially interested in studying female artists, particularly Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, and Alice Neel. I believe gender studies to be a critical lens through which to view works of art, and by studying female artists we understand the adversity they face in their careers, as well as being able to explore themes surrounding motherhood and bodily autonomy that are not depicted by male artists.