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Art History

As part of your studies you may work as a docent or get involved with an exhibit at The Wellin Museum of Art, a new and acclaimed campus facility. You could secure an internship at the nearby Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, home to an important American art collection, or at a museum in New York, Boston or other great art city. You may collaborate with professors on work that leads to publication or to a student-curated exhibition.


Teddy Altman ’15 at the Wellin Museum of Art

A student’s goal: engaging with a new museum

Teddy Altman ’15 was an art-history-loving high school student who came to Hamilton College to be part of the new Wellin Museum of Art. It’s been near total immersion for him – he is a Wellin docent and monitor and serves as president of the Wellin Initiative for Student Engagement.

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“My involvement with the Wellin, it’s been amazing, it’s been absolutely perfect – exactly what I wanted out of my Hamilton experience,” says Altman, who plans to go to law school and interned in the office of the New York State attorney general.

Altman loves that the Wellin brings in contemporary artists.

“When you take an art history class, you are studying a specific time that’s already gone by, and it's not really growing any more, but with contemporary art, as time goes on, you get to see more and more art, which is really exciting,”  he says.

Kenley Stark '11 in Venice at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, where she interned.
Kenley Stark '11 in Venice at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, where she interned.

A graduate’s progress: combining art and law

Kenley Stark ’11 found her niche through an internship she had in college, where she doubled-majored in art history and philosophy. She’s pursuing a law degree and a master’s in art history at Duke University.

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At Hamilton College, Stark interned at galleries large and small, at museums, at an art nonprofit and, finally, at an art auction house. During her stint there, the general counsel and a prominent art lawyer delivered lectures to the interns, and Stark was riveted.  

“I recalled one of the first papers I wrote in Professor John McEnroe’s intro Art History class on the repatriation issues surrounding the Parthenon marbles, and I felt I’d found my calling,” she says.

Stark’s goal is to practice art law.

“My career interests more broadly include intellectual property litigation, first amendment and media law, and antitrust. I’m looking forward to seeing where all of this takes me,” she says.

Hamilton, she says, gives students opportunities to tailor their academic plans to suit their passions and goals. Her sophomore and junior years she co-curated an exhibition at the Emerson Gallery. She studied in Florence, Italy, during her junior year.