Missouri State University
Rachel Aubuchon

Rachel Aubuchon

  • Research Assistant, Master's student
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Master of Arts in Art History

Art History - the perpetual Renaissance

MSU Art History graduate continues master's education in North Carolina

Degree program:
BA in Art History

Where you are currently working/studying:
working on my MA in Art History, emphasis in Classical Art, at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

I’m in my first semester so right now I’m just taking more in-depth art history courses and preparing myself for an emphasis in Classical Art and Archaeology. I’m also a Research Assistant, so I help faculty prepare their work for publication, organize research materials for classes, and help compile materials for them to use in their professional research. I’m on the Ph.D track, which means the department has offered to support me through my Ph.D dissertation if I choose to do that work here.

 How did your education at MSU prepare you for the field you are in?
My BA in Art History has proved a great aid in transitioning to graduate level work. This      department is similar in that it emphasizes a broad base of training—although we do “specialize”, it is equally important to have some grasp on the entire history of art. My Methodology course with Dr.Catherine Jolivette was incredibly similar to the Methods course taught here—I was even able to re-use some of my textbooks! And my senior work with Dr. Billie Follensbee and Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives really helped prepare me for graduate level seminars; I can already do the research, now I just have to add in presenting my research to my peers. I think the MSU Art History department provides an excellent base not only in the history of art but in actually doing and writing art history.

What was your favorite part about the Art + Design Department? Well, I loved working  with great professors who took a personal interest in me as a scholar. But my favorite A + D experience was going to Florence, Italy with Dr. Dianne Strickland to study the Italian Renaissance where it all began!