UWM MA Art History – Up Close and Personal!

Here is a fun little insight to what we get to do as MA Grad Students! ( I’m in the yellow sweater) I’ll be presenting on two objects later in the semester, on David Siqueiros Nude of 1931 and Andre Derain Seated Nude ca. 1925 which are both in the UWM Art History Collection!


Athenian River God


Athenian River God  ( Illissos or Eridanos), West Pediment of Parthenon ( The Eris “contest” of Athena and Poseidon). The Acropolis Museum, Greece, 2014

This was from my Summer Study Abroad in Greece back in 2014. This particular sketch was done at the newly constructed acropolis museum with the pediment plaster copies. It’s a real shame that they weren’t the originals. They would have looked magnificent in that space.

Marble Head of Dionysos



Marble Head of Dionysos, Peribolos of Temple E ( Octavia) 2nd Century AD. Greece 2014 © marycreatesart

This was from my Summer Study Abroad in Greece, one of my sketches of a sculpture in the Corinth museum.


Art History Is Life

Several years ago during my undergraduate I took an additional course to assist in my thought processes and concise writing for the art history courses I was taking at the time. I ran across one of my answers to a prompt we were given and even today I am proud of how clearly I stated how art history encompassed all life and history of the human realm. It’s fascinating to see how much passion and zest I had back then and how I still carry it now, just with more knowledge and years behind this conviction.

Take a peek at what I really feel about art history:

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Sample Writing Art History Assesment

[*Written for a Late Imperial Chinese Art Course during my undergraduate studies at UWSP]


When first comparing this horse work to the example given called Fat and Lean Horses, my initial reaction was that this piece was not done Ren Renfa, but in the style of Ren Renfa. Horse painting gained in popularity during the Yuan as another form of painting to escape the Mongol rule and making references to the Tang dynasty. The horse is regarded as a symbol of vitality, vigor, and nobility.  To the Tang rulers, the horse was a symbol of power and prestige. Horses reflected the military might of the Tang Dynasty and were treasured by the imperial elite. Continue reading

Artistic Inspiration in Art History

First and foremost, I am an art historian as well as an artist, and this completely guides my artistic choices that I make and what influences me. I do try to let my work speak for itself but that would not be quite right to completely ignore the influences and the history of pigment and painter that have existed before my work and me. We have already talked at length about artist that influence my current series of work that specifically deal with invisible illnesses, as it is something near and dear to my way of life and upbringing. These artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and even Frieda Kahlo, all struggled with a form of invisible illness throughout their creative periods, and they still made work despite this hindrance. Continue reading

Featured: How to Succeed in Business, Major in Art History

Original article can be found here X written by Stephanie Storey

This article below reflects my opinion on the matter written in the article above of art history in the business place.

It is always refreshing to see positive discussion on the worth of art history in learning and in business practice. I constantly get asked the same question by peers and friends alike and can be the butt of jokes for pursuing a degree in the visual arts and art history. (Because if I wanted an art job I should have stuck to something sensible like Graphic Design because it’s the “safe option” – anyone else hear this before? )

[side note: I pursued graphic design first, it is now a side hobby, and I still use what I’ve learned in my visual databank of information for visual media analysis]

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Why I Make Art

Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature)

Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) aka”The Scream” , Edvard Munch, 1893 The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway

Nearly one in two people will have a chronic condition within their lifetime. Chronic conditions include cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, mental illnesses, autism, and many more.(1) Many debilitating illnesses can start out as an invisible illness and progress significantly over time, then becoming a visible illness. Several artists throughout history have had to deal with invisible illnesses, yet are known for their amazing works they produced, despite their condition. One of the most famous artists Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist painter known for works such as “Starry Night”, suffered from mental illnesses.(2) An even more severe example of an artist battling an invisible illness is the Norwegian Symbolism painter, Edvard Munch, and his famous work “The Scream”[Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature)]. Continue reading

Masterpiece Within a Masterpiece

masterpiece mashup

Masterpiece Within a Masterpiece

This prompt was to pick two pieces of work throughout art history from different stylistic periods and combine them successfully in a way that is supposed to make them look effortless.
the works that I chose were:

Monet’s Haystacks – Impressionism
Frantisek Kupka’s Large Female Nude- Sub-sect of Cubism

The figure is actually entirely separate from the background, I cut her out of a masonite board with a jigsaw and attached her to a second piece of masonite so she actually comes off of the painting in a unique 3D way on a 2D surface

This is all done in Oil Paint

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