I am Mary Blum, a 28-year-old art historian, artist, and creative with a desire to discover. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Art History- Museum and Curatorial studies at UW-Milwaukee from 2017-2020.
Prior BA degree in Art History and 2D Studio art from UW-Stevens Point.
Available for hire as of June 1st of 2020, as well as for the 2020-2021 academic semesters.
My love for history, travel, and the visual arts arose due to my chronic autoimmune disease in my early childhood. Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis prohibited much frequent physical activity. This restriction led me to explore places that I couldn’t go through books, movies, and museums, as well as motivated me to become someone that would not let my disease stop me from learning and exploring. During my time at UW-Stevens Point, I was able to achieve one of my life goals, which was to travel and study abroad in one of the ancient art centers, Greece! Fulfilling a lifelong purpose so early fueled me on and helped me create an enforced and positive mindset that I can achieve whatever I set as a future goal!
Since then, I have had the itch to travel the world, studying archaeological finds and museum relics up close. Now I possess a BA in Art History and Fine art and come equipped with a mixed toolset of diverse work and leadership skills, which aids in my confidence towards real-world experience. Combining these life experiences, I have become a passionate, outgoing, and empathetic person with the ability to help instruct others to aim high regardless of any hurdles in your way.
My current interests in both contemporary and art historical curation, art conservation, as well as combining practicing fine art knowledge with art historical theory, merge into my writing practice. My research interests vary from 19th-century American sculpture and gender politics to bronze age china and women in the afterlife. The diverse and opportune topics available at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee will forever enrich my informed knowledge of the world and to think outside the box in terms of what is truly possible.