Art History Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Artist Joan Jonas ’58 in her studio. Photo by Joe Lawton.
Joan Jonas ’58 is representing the U.S. at Venice Biennale.
Lucy Gong
Yingxi (Lucy) Gong '13: The museum staff was not only my daily colleagues but also mentors — they trusted and supported my work and interests.
Courtney Long
Courtney Long '07: a realistic, optimistic, mindset while navigating the journey is essential to building relationships in any art history career.
Lyndsey Ingram standing in front of a painting
Lyndsey Ingram ’2001: my internship was the most meaningful and significant thing that happened at the start of my career.
Victoria Schmidt-Scheuber
Victoria Schmidt-Scheuber ’12: Academic rigor, guest speakers and supportive atmosphere inspired me to continue onward to graduate school.
Sara Rashid ’15 and Aladrianne Young ’16 reflect on their work at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
Taylor Anderson with museum objects
Taylor Anderson '15: Writing an art history thesis prepared me to undertake long-term and complex research projects and graduate school.
Gina Ciralli with painting
Gina Ciralli '14: my classes and professors at Mount Holyoke certainly inspired my interest in art and helped me gain the necessary internship experience.
Sarah Gillespie as seen through a Fred Eversley sculpture.
Sarah Kate Gillespie '94: I love my work and can't imagine doing anything else.
Kirsten Reoch '90: as a docent in a historical art museum I was interested in the actual built structure of the house and its restoration over the years.
Alessandra Hickson
Alessandra Hickson '09: When I went to graduate school to pursue a career in journalism, my knowledge of art and film helped me in my reporting.
Gerard van Honthorst's 1623 painting The Concert.
Allison Palmer '85: I encourage all my students, regardless of their major, to take at least one art history course and study abroad.
Photo of Sabrina Smith
Sabrina Smith ’17 seeks alumna advice, opportunities, and experience during her internship at the Mount Holyoke College Joseph Allen Skinner Museum.
McKenzie Conner working as a docent in a gallery
McKenzie Conner ’13: Learning another language and culture led to insighta into the background of its artists I would never otherwise understand.
Black and white photo of Grace Ehlers '11 wearing a sweater.
Grace Ehlers '11: At work I synthesize/contextualize material, historical, financial and cultural sets of information into one reference point every day.
Lauren in front of a painting in a museum
Lauren Parda Kusek '2014 FP: my student research of Roman and Northern Renaissance collections informed my work in the non-profit world.
Yuchen (Angel) Xiang ’20
Yuchen “Angel” Xiang: is interviewed about how she helped the MHC Art Society organize the first Five College Art Conference.