Adventurous Art History Club

By Elijah McGuire-Berk
Elm Staff Writer

For students interested in art,  majoring/minoring in art, or just looking to do something new, the Art History Club may just be their cup of tea.  True to its name, the Art History Club focuses on all kinds of art, both historic and contemporary.

Headed by Club President senior Jackie Petito, the club aims to “involve more artists and really try to help people with their professional development.” The club meets monthly to coincide with Chestertown’s First Fridays.

For those who are not familiar with the event, First Fridays occur on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. During these days, artists all over Chestertown show off their artwork in galleries or  in plan air for the world to see.  Said Petito, “Chestertown is a very artistic community.”


The club tours First Friday together to experience all that the town culture has to offer. “A lot of people don’t realize how many galleries and how much there really is happening in Chestertown,” said Petito.

Ideal for new students who may be reluctant to explore town on their own, or returning students who want to discover the Chestertown art scene along with similary interested peers, these outings are open to all students regardless of club membership.

The club meets in Martha Washington Square at 5:00 p.m. on First Fridays for it’s explorations into Chestertown.

In addition to seeing art in other galleries, the Art History Club aspires to create their own on campus gallery, or “Signature Show,” as the club prefers to call it.  The show will feature art from student artists who are willing to work with the given theme of the Signature Show.

The Art History Club will place an open call on Canvas in an attempt to reach out to student artists.  Currently, the theme has yet to be determined, as have the date and time for the event.

For those interested in joining the club, it is important to note that potential members do not have to be an art major or minor to join the club.  They also don’t have to be an excellent artist and according to Petito, the club does not require a large time commitmnet. In addition, anyone regardless of membership is welcome to help with arrangements for the Signature Show.

More information about the club can be obtained from Jackie Petito, who can be contacted at by anyone who is seriously interested or just plain curious about the club. Happy gallery hopping.

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