Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Jillian Pfifferling

Artistic Interests: I was one of the Event Coordinators for ArtHive. My favorite event that I organized was a discussion with David Mayo, an accomplished exhibition designer from the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Mr. Mayo came to Wheaton to meet with students in Professor Leah Niederstadt’s “Exhibition Design” course which I took in Fall ’10. After the class workshop, I organized an informal Q&A with sponsorship from ARTHive. Mr. Mayo spoke engagingly with us about his career path, his professional experiences as a designer, and about the challenges facing museums in the future. It was a unique opportunity to gain practical, hands-on advice from such an accomplished designer.

I found many pieces of pottery and brick as well as a few “special finds”, as they are called on site, including an iron nail and a pottery piece inscribed with letters.

Can You Dig It? This summer I was fortunate enough to participate in an archaeological dig in Italy at a site called Cetamura del Chianti. The site, which contains principally Etruscan ruins, has been under excavation since the 1970s and is located in the heart of Tuscany. I found out about the site during my year at NYU in Florence while studying the history of Etruscan culture.

Special Finds: Working at the site was an important experience for me as an aspiring art historian. I was able to see the journey that ancient artifacts take from their discovery at site through to how they make their way into museum collections. I found many pieces of pottery and brick as well as a few “special finds,” as they are called on site, including an iron nail and a pottery piece inscribed with letters. The dig was hard physical work, a nice change from sitting in a classroom. I am so grateful for the experience and hope to work at other sites in Italy.

Design for the Future: I am planning to go to graduate school next year and begin a PhD program. I want to write on a subject inspired by my senior thesis, the reciprocal relationship between portraits and their spatial setting. To enhance my research, I plan to spend time in Italy completing archival research and working on my language skills. I would also love to gain curatorial experience in a museum or gallery. In addition to art, I’m a foodie and wine enthusiast – one day I hope I can combine all these interests.