Several great internships plus an influential professor led Chloe Nelson ’10 (Atherton, Calif.) to pursue a master’s degree in art history at London’s Courtauld Institute. She began her yearlong program there in September.
“The Art and Art History department completely supported me in applying for graduate school,” says Nelson, who double majored in art history and French. Meeting Professor Joanna Inglot had already inspired Nelson to “take as many art history courses as possible.” She also completed internships in Paris and San Francisco art galleries as well as one in the Walker Art Center’s Education and Community Programs department.
At the Courtauld, Nelson is studying early contemporary art and gender studies. She’s particularly focused on “the crazy feminist artists who transformed the Western male-dominated art world of the early 1960s,” says Nelson. London caught her interest when she took a summer course at Sotheby’s Institute after her sophomore year. “The contemporary art world in London is bristling with excitement,” says Nelson. “I chose London for grad school because it’s in the heart of the action and scholarship on contemporary art.”
After her graduate program, Nelson plans to return to San Francisco to “try my hand in the local art world.”