Summer Residency for Senior Art Graduates

The Senior Art Residency, made possible by the support of an anonymous donor, granted students the opportunity to dedicate ten weeks to creating work on campus during the summer after graduation. It also provided a travel stipend to a major U.S. city to view galleries, museums, or art-related events. The residency fostered opportunities for the recent Studio Art graduates from Puget Sound to seamlessly continue their studio practice and carefully develop portfolios of artwork that will position them to apply successfully to graduate schools or take the next step toward careers in art. The following students were awarded this residency for Summer 2016: Carly Brock, Grace Best-Devereux, Rachel Kalman, Gaby Yoque.

Internships/Pre-professional Experiences


Katharine Threat '20 was awarded a Summer Internship at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art in Washington, D.C. as Gallery Guide for Summer 2018. This is how she describes her experience: “Over the summer, I had the pleasure of being a Gallery Guide at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.! I was responsible for leading and co-leading tours throughout the museum, and volunteering for events hosted by the Smithsonian. I did research on artists showing in the museum and their other works, and helped educate visitors on contemporary artwork and how to better understand it.”

Sarah Johnson ’19 served as Museum Assistant at the Tacoma Historical Society and as Museum Intern at the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum in 2019.

Maia Raeder '16 - was a 2016 summer intern at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, OR. Sitka tries to expand relationships between art, nature, and humanity through workshops, presentations, and research.

Louisa Raitt ’15 - volunteered at TAM’s Art Resource Center and Intern at Tacoma College Ministry.

Maggie O’Rourke ’14 - Teen, Family, & Community Engagement Intern, Seattle Art Museum in 2014.

Carolyn Corl ’14 - Sitka Center internship.

Joelle Luongo ’13 - served as Curatorial Intern at the African and Oceanic Art in the Seattle Art Museum in 2013. She also served as Gallery Intern, METHOD Gallery, Seattle, in 2013-14.

Ursula Beck ’13 - Curatorial Intern, The Henry Art Gallery.

Rachael Pullin ‘09 - served as Arts Intern of the art critic, Jenn Graves of the Stranger. She published four art reviews and six other articles in the print version of this independent weekly newspaper and The Stranger’s blog, Slog.

Exhibition Curation

Sarah Johnson ’19 (Art History and French double major), Sandra Brandon ‘19 (Art History minor, Classics Major), and Lee Nelson ’19 (Sociology and Anthropology major) curated an exhibition with the guidance of Professor Zaixin Hong in Spring 2019 entitled Traversing the Urban Landscape Through the Floating World of Japanese Landscapes. The show explored the world of Ukyio-e prints based around ten woodblock prints from the University of Puget Sound Art Collection by Utagawa Hiroshige in the mid-Nineteenth Century.

Two of our majors (Kabrina Wright ‘18 and Mary Thompson ‘19) participated in curating an exhibition entitled “Rewriting Tradition: Modern Chinese Landscape and Calligraphy” under the leadership of Professor Zaixin Hong in Spring 2018 in Kittredge Gallery.

Four of our majors (Lianna Hamby ‘17, Hannah Lehman ‘17, Mary Thompson ‘19, and Sarah Johnson ’19) participated in curating an exhibition of the work of Abby Williams Hill under the leadership of Professor Linda Williams in Spring 2017.

Lianna Hamby (Studio Art major) and Kyla Dierking (Art History minor, Business major) has been working with Professor Linda Williams to organize and facilitate various events associated with the 75th anniversary of Kittredge Hall in 2016-2017. This included a wide range of organizational work, correspondence, interaction with members of the campus community, the public, leading tours through Kittredge Hall, and hosting events.

Conference Presentations and Talks

Rachael Stegmaier ’21 presented a talk at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington in May, 2021, titled: "Siqueiros and Modernism in the Americas."

Chloe Brew ’21 presented a paper titled “Power or Passivity: Reconciling the Aphrodite of Knidos” at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) in November, 2019.

Ayse Hunt ’19 presented a paper entitled “Digital Strategies and Access in the Art Museum” at an international conference “The Art Museum in the Digital Age” at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, January 2019.

Two of our 2017 graduates, Kyla Dierking ‘17 (Art History minor, Business Major) and Hannah Lehman ’17 (Art History and Politics and Government double major), presented talks about their work with the Abby Williams Hill Collection at Tacoma Art Museum. This work was based on the research Hannah, and Kyla carried out in Professor Linda Williams’ course on museums (Arth 380) in Fall 2016 and on their participation in the curation of the Painting the National Parks: Preserving A.W. Hill’s Experience, Kittredge Gallery, February 27-April 15, 2017.

Louisa Raitt ‘15 - presented a paper entitled "The Western Façade of Santiago de Compostela: Christian Dominion and Ecclesiastical Rivalry from the Medieval to the Baroque Period" at the Visual Culture Colloquium, NW5C, Willamette University in October, 20014.

Tosia Klincewicz ‘14 - presented the paper entitled “On Display: Curating the Works of Julia Margaret Cameron” at the Gender Studies Symposium, March 5-7, 2014, Lewis & Clark College.

Westrey Page ‘12 - presented the paper entitled "The Mother Archetype in Anselm Kiefer’s Erotic in the Far East: Understanding German Cultural Rebirth in the Wake of World War II” at the Undergraduate and graduate research symposium entitled “The Body in Visual Culture” on May 4th, 2012 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Visiting Artists and Guest Lecturers

The Department of Art and Art History regularly hosts local, national, and international artists. For a list of visiting artists and guest lecturers, see Visiting Artists and Guest Lecturers in Art History pages.