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Opportunities & Outcomes

Kane ’10: An Artist's Perspective on Stars

Kaitlyn Kane ‘10 is taking a different approach in looking at the stars. Last month we profiled Kaitlyn’s classmate, Claire Dickey ‘10, who is studying the science of stars at Yale University. Kaitlyn, on the other hand, is thinking about them from an artist’s perspective.

After graduating from Derryfield in 2010, Kaitlyn went “across the pond” to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, getting her undergraduate degree in Arts, Art History, and English. From there, she went south, to London to Christie’s Education, which is associated with the auction house, and focuses on “postgraduate education in the fields of art history, art business, curating and connoisseurship, which places great importance on the practical experience of art through education as the key to professional success.” There, she completed her studies for her MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Art and Art-world Practice, Art History, Criticism, and Conservation. Her master’s thesis, which she defended last year, took the form of an exhibition catalog and was titled “Ground Control – the Race for Space and a New Sense of Scale.” In it, she looked at the “effect of the space race and the moon landing on art produced in the period. Emphasizing the relationship between the ideas of space and land, “Ground Control” considers this wide reaching cultural shift, reflecting the changing consciousness of the period.”

While some passions are seemingly born into a person, others are discovered via the broad educational experience that Derryfield provides. Kaitlyn’s experience was the latter. She credits history teacher David Pook with starting her on her path. “I was a senior in Pook’s first year at Derryfield, and I took his course “Ideas of the West” [now Seniors Honors Humanities Seminar]. It was the first history course I had taken that really incorporated art, and I was immediately fascinated by the way culture can be a place of reflection and debate. I had never been very interested in art before that point, but with the historical perspective I got in Pook’s class, something just clicked. I took an art history class in my first year at St. Andrews because of that, and I quickly found that I loved it enough to make it a part of my major.”

Congratulations to Kaitlyn, and best of luck in pursuing her passion for art.

-Lisa Tourangeau
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