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Winter 2014
Favorite Class Taken at Marist:
I stud-
ied for a semester at Marist’s Florence,
Italy, branch and experienced my favorite
class during my college career. It was
called Hidden Meanings in Renaissance
Art. The course was geared toward Art
History majors so it was very specialized
and focused so we were able to get more
in depth into the subject that I really
enjoyed. Similar to all Marist faculty, the
professor seemed to enjoy this topic so
much that it was very apparent and it be-
came contagious that I became even more
immersed into the subject.
What made you decide on your selected
major?
I feel as though the arts are
something that people push aside as being
frivolous and not as important in soci-
ety. But, I believe it holds a lot of impact
in societal issues, social change, history
and more. My hope is that I can provide
insight to others and portray the arts as
a meaningful field that everyone should
appreciate in one way or another.
What are your goals and plans for after
graduation?
I’m graduating in December
but this next spring I’ll be coming back
to Marist to co-curate an art show at the
Steel Plant Gallery in spring 2014 with
Professor Ed Smith. I also plan to find
another internship for spring 2014, hope-
fully within my specific topic of interest
which is Southeast Asian Art and then
eventually enroll in Graduate School.
Currently the two graduate programs I am
most interested in are Stanford University
and the University of Singapore. My end
goal would be to teach at a university,
to impart my knowledge and mentor
students like I was mentored here in an
academic commu-
nity. I’d also like to
bring life to a subject
matter that is not
commonly taught within Art History and
broaden the reputation of Southeast Asian
art in the future.
What were your most beneficial expe-
riences as a student in the School of
Communication the the Arts?
The op-
portunity to work one-on-one with Marist
many faculty. I feel the Art Department
has a strong sense of family. The profes-
sors want to help you to strive and look
beyond the small goals and concentrate
on the larger lifelong goals. I’ve worked
with faculty to broaden my horizons in
the art community, challenging myself to
get out of my comfort zone and work-
ing to become a well-rounded individual
personally and professionally.
At what internships do you believe you
gained the most experience?
I have com-
pleted two internships and am currently
working at my third. I would have to
say the most beneficial was by far at the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the
American Indian in New York City while
I participated in Marist in Manhattan. It
was a dual department internship where
I was able to experience two different
aspects of the museum. My favorite area
was the contemporary art curatorial
department as we were able to visit other
locations to experience new art and visit
artist’s studios and their homes to evalu-
ate art pieces to potentially display. It was
really interesting and a different experi-
ence every day.
Christina Ayson wants to pay it forward by becoming a profes-
sor and mentoring students like she has been mentored by
the Art Department at Marist. Serving as an academic role
model within Art History and Studio Art, she has experi-
enced many different internships and hopes to specialize in
Southeast Asian Art in the future.
Five minutes with
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Christina Ayson
Class of 2013, Studio Art major, Art History
photo by Nicole Maziarz
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