Eleanor Miller is passionate about art historical research and contemplation. She’s a sophomore at Colgate University. In her student statement she wrote: “My absolute favorite classes have been in art history; beginning with my first semester freshman year when I took Native Arts of North America–a class that focused on different indigenous cultures across various North American regions through their art. To me, this course blended culture and history, showing me that the two will always be linked, justifying my love and desire to study history and culture through art. While this was my first university course in art history, I completed my first research in the field as a senior in high school, to gain my AP Capstone Diploma. This project focused on the visual culture of the Women’s Suffrage movement in the greater Philadelphia area, where I am from. This project sparked my love for this research, and I was unable to look back.
Since then, I have worked on the Brandywine River Museum’s Votes for Women: A Visual History exhibition, showing from February 2020 to September 2020, as a research associate, and been published in the exhibition literature. This academic year, I have taken a course in museum theory, and 1960’s visual theory. My dream is to go onto graduate school, and eventually gain a doctorate in this field, so I can teach at a university level. The value of this work can be seen through how art manifests in culture, ultimately creating representations of that culture and that world to help the viewer see it differently. Whether it is impressionists using their strokes to represent sounds, or Donald Judd installing a ladder in a gallery to discuss the labor of art, artists create their work people can see and think differently. I want to be part of that narrative through critical discussion, and education.