Hi, my name is Katie and I am in the eleventh grade at the Spence School in Manhattan. I have a twin brother and I come from a family that loves to travel. My grandma is a travel agent, which has enabled us to travel to new places every year. When we travel, my parents always take us to museums wherever we are. I first fell in love with art when my parents took me to Paris and Venice when I was eight years old. I remember walking around the Louvre, the d’Orsay, and the Guggenheim in Venice and loving every moment of it. My favorite part of visiting any museum is getting the headsets that tell you the real story of the paintings and the artists who painted them. Some of my favorite artists are Edgar Degas, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent van Gogh.
I have lived in Manhattan my whole life, in the same apartment I was born in. One of the reasons it is so great to be in the City is that there are so many wonderful museums. Through Spence, I have been able to work at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum as a docent.
During my free time, I love to ski and in fact I am a junior ski instructor at Vail Mountain in Colorado. I also have developed a love for photography through the courses I have taken at Spence. I consider myself a total history geek, which is one reason I love art so much. I feel like it brings history alive and it is an alternative way to appreciate our past.
I had the opportunity to study art history at Cambridge University last summer where we focused on European artists from the Renaissance to the modern era. Now that I have an understanding of European art, I am excited to learn about American art. I have lived in America my whole life yet I feel like I know less about American art than I do about European art. I am excited to be a part of the Youth Insights program, to meet other high school students who share my interest in art, and also to learn about some of the great American artists. I don’t exactly know what I want to achieve in the future; however, I hope that my study of art will lead me to a career that will be rewarding in many ways.