Recent Art History graduate Kylie Stracuzzi (BA ’21) has joined the staff of the Museum of Florida History as a part-time Museum Education Program Representative. Kylie will be responsible for leading tour groups, updating database content, and opening and closing the museum, among other duties. She is excited to see where her work leads her, and is considering graduate school in art history or art education in the future. She describes the unique challenges she faced and passions she discovered in her undergraduate studies:
I would say I had a rather unique experience at Florida State University, as I came into the Art History program as a junior from Tallahassee Community College, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. I quickly learned how to navigate relating to my professors and other students virtually, through zoom and other online resources. I acquired knowledge about important technological process in my first semester with Jean Hudson’s IT class, and soon enough I was off creating PowerPoint presentations and writing detailed descriptions of museum installations. Unfortunately, a part of my unique college journey happened during my summer semester; my dad passed away and I took a few weeks off school. When I returned, I finish my incomplete classes and passed them with flying colors. Going into my last semester at FSU, I participated in Dr. Bick’s Art History Methods seminar and Capstone Symposium, in which I conducted and presented my own individual research project on late modernist chromatic abstraction and traditional African American quilt making. Presenting my research in front of my fellow peers and influential Art History administrators gave me a surge of confidence and confirmed my interest in continuing my education in the future.