Alumni in the Arts: Robyn Barrow '15

a young woman with dark hair in front of the Thames River in London

I entered Rhodes intending to pursue history or English, and soon found the angle of visual culture was a better fit. My particular interest is medieval art. In McCarthy and Coonin courses, I was able to develop oral, writing and careful looking skills. I was on the Western Track of European Studies in 2013, and during that study abroad trip I had a network that helped me eventually decide to pursue an M.A. at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Now, I'm about to begin a highly-competitive PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania—all because of the Rhodes art department!

Courses that particularly influenced me included Medieval Art, Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism, and my senior seminar on Feminist Art History. I also had a curatorial internship at the Brooks Museum that became a full-time job over one summer and continued into my senior year.

My advice would be to go forth confidently in the direction of your dreams, and live the life you imagine (a nod to Mr. Thoreau there, haha). The so-called "art world" can be a tough scene, but it's definitely been worth it for me.