Alumni Tale: Caitlin Truesdale ’17

What did you study at UNH?

Art History and Italian Studies

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was lucky enough to intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. I was a truly amazing experience where I got to thrive linguistically and artistically. I met many close friends from around the world, gave tours and talks to numerous visitors, and presented a piece of work to the museum’s staff. As someone who wants to work in museums, this was the ideal position for me. I also spent a lot of time applying to graduate schools. Here is a blog I kept.

What are you doing now?

I am currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago studying Art History and Japanese language. I am focusing on Modern Japanese Art and currently working on a thesis regarding artist Takashi Murakami and and his impact on globalizing the international art world (specifically through close analysis of his work ‘500 Arhats’). I am planning on doing intensive studying in Japan this summer as well, so that I can continue research on this project and any further projects in the language itself.

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

As mentioned above, I interned abroad at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Italy.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

It certainly has. The internship I held abroad was directly related to the professors I worked with at UNH inspiring me. Additionally, while I was at UNH I received the Museum of Art Fellowship from the Department of Art History, which was enormously helpful both in professional experience and in my study of Japan. As there are no non-Western specialists in the Art History department (and the Japanese department is small, though plucky) the collection of Japanese prints in the museums collection was a major reason why I discovered what I wished to study at an advanced level.

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH is full of opportunities. When I was applying to undergraduate institutions I was not sure what I wanted to do, bouncing between Art History, Acting, and Business. UNH was a place where I felt free to find what I was most passionate about. I also felt enormously supported by my professors, resident hall directors, bosses, and peers. UNH’s ability to allow students room to grow and change paths (or add paths, as I did with Italian Studies) was highly important to getting me to where I am now.