Profile of Sonya Berg '05, who is featured on this issue's cover
Sonya Berg ’05
, an art studio major with a painting concentration, seeks out every opportunity to slip away to her personal studio in The Warehouse, a newly designated 24-hour workspace for senior art majors, located within the former Mill House. In her light and airy studio, Sonya is painting a collection of works informed by illuminated manuscripts—illustrated texts, typical of the medieval and renaissance periods—for her senior art show this spring, the culminating exhibit of a studio art major’s college career.
“My studio space [in the Warehouse
] is my haven,” says Sonya. “I can pray and work without disruption, scatter my paints all over the floor, and leave my work on the walls. Second only to my fantastic art professors and friends, this is the thing I will miss most when I graduate.”
From exhibiting art in a local record store to traveling to Oxford and London to conduct research for her departmental honors project, “The Medieval and Renaissance Book of Hours and the Equivalent in Contemporary Art,”* Sonya continually challenges herself to grow as a scholar and artist. This May she will travel to Prague, in the Czech Republic, to study the visual and theatrical arts as part of the cross-cultural course Prague through the Arts.
*Sonya’s study trip to England was sponsored by an Annual Library Research Grant from the Friends of Murray Library.