compiled by Catherine LaRivière
Greetings FDG enthusiasts! A new school year means new beginnings, and the FDG’s blog is getting a kickstart of its own with its newly minted editorial team.Before we dive head first into our content, we thought you might like to get to know us a little better, so read on and meet your soon-to-be favourite student art bloggers!
Brianne Chapelle, Director of Digital Content
I’m Brianne and I’m a third year student at McGill studying Art History and Communication Studies. My interests include art (you don’t say?), digital media, museum lurking, fashion, publishing, politics, and the written word - especially the musings of bad-ass and dangerous women. You can catch me kind of speed walking around McGill campus so I’m not late for being ten minutes early or laughing a little too hard at Instagram captions and podcasts while riding the 80. Will stop for good discussion, so say hi!
Sarah Bentivegna, Content Producer
I am a third year at McGill pursuing a Major in the Liberal Arts program and double minoring in German Language and French Literature and Language. Although I always dreaded organized art classes throughout my childhood, art is something I love and continue to make as often as possible. I have a huge curiosity in the current events, as well as the historical aspects of both local and international art communities. In addition to studio art, I am very passionate about photography. As I love to travel, I always try and capture the beauty of places to the best of my ability. I love to bake as well and all of my skills can essentially be attributed to binge watching the Great British Bake Off.
Ann Cernek, Content Producer
Hi! I’m Ann and I grew up in Chicago but moved to Montréal in 2012 to attend McGill. During my undergraduate degree, I majored in English Literature and double minored in French Literature and Art History. I’ve always loved reading and museums but was inspired to study Art History after interning at a museum in Chicago called Intuit. During that time, I was exposed to the crucial role that museums play in educating and strengthening communities. My dream is to someday work in cultural programming or museum education, and to make the art world accessible to all. My favorite artists include Monet, Gauguin, Vivian Maier, Titian and Charles Ray. Even though I graduated from McGill last June, I’m still not quite ready to let go of Montréal. I love this city primarily for its bagels and Portuguese chicken, but I’m also really inspired by the supportive community it offers to local artists. I hope to do the Montréal art scene justice through my posts on the Fridge Door Art Gallery blog. Enjoy!
Deanna Duxbury, Content Producer
I’m an English major with a love for exploring the city, wandering into museums, frequenting Asian restaurants, and shameless window-shopping. I have a passion for storytelling and am very excited that Fridge Door Gallery allows me to meet artists and experience culture around Montreal! You’re most to likely find me in a book, jotting down to-do lists or running down Sherbrooke trying desperately to be on time.
Jacqueline Hampshire, Content Producer
My name is Jacqueline but most people call me Jackie or Jack. I’m a 4th year student at McGill majoring in Art History and minoring in Geography and Urban Systems. I love art and travelling and my dream would be to embark on a gallery pilgrimage around the world. I’m particularly interested in how art and cultural industries can be integrated into the fabric of cities. I’m a strong believer that a creative city is a happy city and that the arts play an important role in forming communities and highlighting diversity. In my spare time I like to experiment with printmaking, plan vacations I can’t afford, and cook extravagant meals with my roommates.
Catherine LaRivière, Content Producer
Hey everyone! I’m Catherine, but I like to go by Cat. I’m a second year student at McGill majoring in Art History and minoring in Classics. I’ve always loved visiting museums and getting lost in the many stories that works of art offer to their viewers, and I continue to find myself curious about how other people experience being in a museum or art space, and how art works to both form and express the identities of people, groups, and cultures. If I’m not lurking around in a museum turning very serious artworks into funny Snapchat stories, I’m usually walking around somewhere in the city taking photos/drinking coffee by the gallon/trying to find cool murals or vintage stores/all of the above.
Kennedy Rooke, Content Producer
I am a third year student studying English literature and German language. I’m interested in pop culture, illustration, the publishing industry, and books books books. I hold an undying love for independent bookstores, Shania Twain, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Aimée Tian, Content Producer
I’m a U2 student at McGill studying Art History with a double minor in Economics and Communications Studies. My academic interests include contemporary art that engages with intersectional social justice issues, and the visual culture of race and ethnicity. In terms of everyday interests, I enjoy supporting up-and-coming cultural figures in the Montréal art/music scene, attending pop-up galleries, and continuously adding to my extensive shoe collection. I’m very excited to be writing for FDG this year, and am hoping to focus my work on the ways in which music and art intersect in the urban cultural landscape of Montréal.