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  • Lynette Turnblom

Why Art History? & Why JCU?

Updated: Mar 6, 2019


I have already been asked these questions by a lot of people in my life, and I'm sure that many of you readers would like to know as well.


In my undergraduate career at UC Berkeley I studied Classical Civilizations with a concentration in Archaeology and Art History. When you are studying the archaeology an ancient culture such as Rome a lot of what you study crosses over with art history. I have personally always found Roman wall painting and public art to be fascinating. I love to study the reasons and the meaning behind art. There is so much more to be discovered through artwork than who painted it when.


During my time studying abroad in Rome I studied Renaissance art in Rome. Through that class we studied the culture, life, and even political and religious intrigues of that time. There is no more vivid way to study a historical period that to look at the art that they valued so deeply. While my undergraduate career focused largely on the ancient world, I am eager to broaden my studies into the modern era.


Now onto why I have chosen John Cabot University. JCU is the only fully operational US university that is entirely located in Rome. The entire program will take place in Rome, however as it is a US institution it qualifies for federal student loans. Getting private loans to study at a foreign university increases your loan interest rate. However the monetary aspects were not main reason for my application to JCU.


The Masters in Art History is the first of the graduate programs at John Cabot, but they spent 10 years in the development of this program to make sure that it was perfect before introducing it. Rather than focusing on a specific time period of art, the program focuses on the art and the influence of the art of Rome throughout all art historical periods. I really like this approach because it allows the study of the evolution of the art of Rome from ancient art to modern art. I am interested in looking into the varying roles of public art in Rome through the cities history.


The program is designed with a foundation year of coursework, followed by an professional apprenticeship in an art historical field, and then a masters thesis in the final fall semester. I am very excited to do some type of apprenticeship, I think it would be amazing to intern at a museum or another site in Rome. During the thesis semester you also have complete focus on the thesis, with weekly colloquiums with your graduate cohort to peer review and present each others work. The past cohorts have included 8 students each; the small close-knit group is a great draw for a graduate program and I hope to grow great relationships with my fellow students.


Aside from being in an amazing location in the heart of my favorite city, JCU provides a thoughtfully designed program that I expect will challenge me in the best possible way. I felt so welcomed by the community when I met them back in December, and I couldn't be happier to join them full time this fall.


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