My method is explaining art history like a picture book of the world. Everyone likes stories; some of us like stories with pictures even more. So, give me a time period, country, or movement, and I'll help you understand the story through the art! That way, the artists, techniques, and works made during that time will stay in your memory, because you'll have the context around them.
I am an artist who has lived in Germany and Italy with a passion for art history and a knack for explaining it in memorable ways. I've been giving tours in museums for 5 years, including my time in Florence, and was a tutor from 2016-2017.
Cancellation policy: up to an hour before the lesson
B.A. in Art from Bethel University, St. Paul, May 2019.
Tour guide at the Church of Santa Croce in Florence
Employed by the Humanities program at Bethel University to give guided tours at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Intern under Michelle Westmark-Wingard for the Bethel University Gallery Internship.
Program Director of Arts & Crafts
Moose River Outpost, Maine
Job Description: The Crafts Director primarily oversees operations of the crafts program at camp. This includes locating and ordering materials and tools, as well as implementation of the program, itself. This key staff member must be hard working, organized, and accountable. They will also be called upon to assist with general program operations at camp from time to time. These responsibilities could include supervision of campers, operation of evening activities, and operation of various critical activity areas.
-Located, organized, and ordered tools and/or materials for crafts
-Created and implemented an awards system, allowing campers to develop greater levels of skills and earn badges based on their accomplishments
-Supervised up to 30 campers, aged 12-17, a day, maintaining a safe and clean work environment
-Taught crafts such as leather tooling, candle-making, woodburning, and basket weaving
-Encouraged creativity among campers to problem-solve using both traditional and non-conventional crafting skills
Repaired broken equipment
Teacher’s Assistant for the Humanities Program
Description as stated by the Bethel University website: “The Humanities Program is an integrated sequence of 4 courses designed to provide students with a liberal arts foundation by exploring how Western civilization has tried to answer life's deepest questions concerning God, the self, and society. Humanities is about starting the conversation with Plato or Aristotle in the company of teachers and students who will accompany you through the major epochs of Western history.”
My duties included:
-Succeed in all 4 courses of the Humanities program, demonstrating not just good academic standing but also exceptional interest in the themes presented
-Know how to integrate themes from Humanities into other areas of life, and do so
-Form connections with Humanities students through study halls and, when needed, private tutoring
-Give encouragement and direction for students in their studies
-Review and edit papers or other projects for the students; give direction on what should be revised according to what each professor wants as well as each individual student’s strengths
-Stay fresh with the various readings used in the Humanities programs (essentially going through the program twice)
-Substitute for classes when a professor is unavailable
-Organize and lead events for the Humanities students, such as museum tours, theater events, and various other activities to bring the academic themes to life
-Be skilled in understanding and clearly explaining many complicated aspects of the history of Western civilization, showing how they all integrate to form our experience today.
Personal Tutor for Art History
-Arrange meeting times with students
-Read papers, essays, or study material beforehand
-Help the student understand the material and communicate about it effectively
-Assist with studying for exams, memorization, etc.
The Big Show of Small Works, Thorp Galleries, Minneapolis MN, May 2019
Raspberry Monday Show, Johnson Galley, Bethel University, Saint Paul MN, May 2019. Juried by Mara Duvra.
Something from the Summer, North Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul MN, September 2018
Art Is In The Square, Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy, May 2017. Juried by Marco Crivellin (Photographer), Elisabetta Mazzei (Graphic Designer), Bettina Gelli (Architect), Cristina Cacioli (Jewelry Designer), Parisa Forooghi (Accessories Designer), Vaia Balekis (Art Curator).
Raspberry Monday Show, Johnson Gallery, Bethel University, Saint Paul MN, May 2016
Juried by Jehra Patrick, Director and Curator at the Waiting Room Gallery
I took a Conceptual Art class with Abi in Florence last year. I was truly surprised by her breathtaking drawings and pieces.
She’s a great artist and an amazing person! Recommend 100%
I studied art with Abi in Florence and I took a tour from her around the Church of Santa Croce. She is one of the most knowledgeable people I have met in relation to art history, and her passion for it is clear in her explanations. I had already visited Santa Croce on several occasions, but hearing her talk about it was like seeing the church for the first time. She knew facts I had never heard before. Listening to her will make you understand why you should love art.
Abi is one of the best art and art historians I have come to know. I first met her when she was the teaching assistant for my humanities class and after the first tutoring session, listening to her knowledge and easy presence, she always left it as a discussion. She was really able to bring the materials to life in a way that made them relevant through the context she explained. We have gone on many trips to museums and each time I left with a deeper understanding of art history culture and its impact on today's culture. So brilliant and easy going. I still go to her for art discussions and her words have always stuck in my mind. Amazing and unforgettable teacher.
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