Painting at Mount Holyoke and beyond

Mount Holyoke graduate Anna Berlin sitting at a desk surrounded by art.

Anna Berlin '15 sitting at a desk surrounded by art. 

I came to Mount Holyoke excited to learn and to challenge myself. The place I found this happening the most was in my studio art classes, particularly drawing and painting. Painting allowed me to look more critically at things around me.

The art department faculty provided a lot of encouragement and space to organize shows, try new ideas and to find the language around the work I was interested in making. During my time at Mount Holyoke, I also studied abroad at the Siena Art Institute and Danish Institute for Study Abroad, where I was able to travel and learn while looking at so much amazing art in person.

My undergraduate education helped shape post–Mount Holyoke experiences. It led me to the Drawing Marathon at the New York Studio School, the Vermont Studio Center and the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.

This year I’ve returned to Massachusetts to pursue an M.F.A. in painting at Boston University.