Justine Paradis is a senior Earth Science major with an Ecology correlate. She is from Nantucket, Massachusetts. Although Justine has not formally studied art history, she is happy to balance her scientific studies with art education. She is excited to spend her second semester as a docent learning more about the collection and facilitating connections between people and art. Her interests include ecology, literature, photography, and sustainability.
Angela Brown, class of 2016, is a freshman whose interests include studio art, art history, anthropology, and ballet. She’s from Yonkers, NY, where she was able to live in the suburbs while being able to utilize and be inspired by the grand resources of New York City. Her interest in museum work was piqued last summer when she studied at the Pratt-Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, NY. She feels that art is the cumulation of all that she has learned and continues to learn here at Vassar and hopes to communicate and spread that joy to others.
Tasha Mandell is a freshman from New York City, where she has spent many afternoons wandering around the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is entirely undecided regarding a major but is considering physics or computer science, and is excited to take advantage of all that Vassar has to offer. This is her first semester working at the Art Center.
Celeste Luciano-Carson is a senior majoring in both Art History and French. She became a Student Docent at the Art Center last fall, where she had the wonderful opportunity to spend an invaluable amount of time in the galleries, familiarizing herself with the collection and giving daily tours to those in the community. Last spring, she spent the semester in Paris where she studied Art History. After staying there for the summer as an intern at an art gallery she is happy to have returned to Vassar as a docent, where she can continue pursuing her interests in the arts.
Sophie Asakura is a freshman from Houston, Texas. She has a passion for fiber arts with an emphasis on wool and felting. Sophie is interested in art history, religion, women’s studies, and anthropology and dreams of curatorial work. This is her first year at the Loeb but her third year working at an art museum, and she hopes to continue this streak.
Andrew Sironko, is a freshman in the class of 2016 from Perrysburg, Ohio. This will be his first year in the museum as a docent. He is interested in studying politics and environmental studies at Vassar, but also enjoys creating and experiencing arts of various styles and mediums. He is particularly interested in the Dadaist and minimalist art movements.
Olivia Zisman is a freshman from New York. She is interested in Art History and Cognitive Science, and is excited to begin studying these subjects at Vassar. She also hopes to further explore and share her love for visual arts as a student docent at the Art Center this semester.
Erin Gallagher is a senior Art History and English double major from Asheville, North Carolina. This is her fourth year working as a Student Docent and she enjoys helping run a VAST Art Appreciation class every Friday. She is a collaborative member of Idlewild Theatre Ensemble and spends her free time designing and performing in student productions.
Alison Dillulio is a senior Art History major from New York City. Her areas of expertise lie mainly in Modern and Renaissance Art. In addition to studying the history of art, she pursues painting both at Vassar and recreationally. This is her first year working as a docent.
Stephanie Muir is a sophomore Anthropology Major with an Art History correlate. Born in Connecticut, she moved several times and considers New York City and Basel, Switzerland, her two homes. In addition to sharing her love of visual art at the Loeb, Stephanie explores the many connections between art and mass media through her work as News Director at WVKR Independent Radio Poughkeepsie.
Deb Steinberg ’14 is a double major in Art History and Psychology and has been working at the Art Center for the past two years in various capacities, though this is her first year as a student docent. Originally from Massachusetts, Deb dedicates the rest of her time to her work in the Vassar Student Association and mental health awareness and education.
Simone Dubé Levine is a senior who began working at the Art Center last semester. She is a Philosophy major and an Art History correlate, and she hails from the faraway land of Memphis, TN. Outside of sharing her passion for visual art as a Student Docent, she dedicates the remainder of her free time to her own artistic pursuits as a member of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre.
Rhyston Mays is a freshman from Chicago, Illinois. He is interested in pursuing a degree in neuroscience or cognitive science, but has had a lifelong passion for the arts. While at Vassar, he plans to formally practice studio art while continuing to pursue photography as a hobby. He will take on the role of the multimedia student assistant for the semester, keeping the public connected with the FLLAC through social media.