Alumni Tale: Sarah Zankowski ’12

What did you study at UNH?

Art History

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was narrowing in on my Grad School choices, which eventually lead me to the program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I continued my education in Art History specializing in Contemporary Art.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Five years out of college I had completed my MA and was employed as an instructor of Art History at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where I continue to teach topics such as: Art Theory and Criticism, Multiculturalism in American Art, Art and Visual Literacy, and World Arts.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I haven’t made it there yet! But I hope to keep expanding upon my role in the Arts Education community here in Denver. There is a rapidly expanding presence of art and visual culture here that I aim to learn from and carry with me wherever I end up.

What are you doing now?

Aside from teaching Art History at MSU Denver, I am currently working as a Tech Assistant at Robischon Gallery, one of Denver’s longest standing and influential contemporary art spaces. I have also taken on a small course load at two local community colleges, which has markedly allowed me to grow as an educator.

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

I participated in the National Student Exchange during my time at UNH. I spent a semester at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where I was able to research Indigenous Art of the Americas. Though, I wasn’t able to study abroad until I was in Graduate School, the experience of the National Student Exchange paralleled the experience that I would later have. NSE allowed me to dive headfirst into a cultural space that was entirely outside of my own experience and history — an incredible opportunity that UNH participates in!

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

In more ways than one, UNH was the catalyst for where I have ended up today. The experience that I had in the Art History department, and the support of the faculty, namely my academic advisor Patricia Emison, allowed me to see how far I could really push my interest in the world of visual culture. It was during my time at UNH that I started to consider the absolute value of understanding the things that we see and the ways in which we do so. We live in an incredibly visual world, surrounded by images of different kinds, and it is one of my primary goals as an education to give students the critical skill set that they need to navigate the visual world on more than a topical level. Without any doubt, I began understanding the value in this while studying Art History at UNH.