"There are few things more exhilarating than seeing the fundamental connections emerge from the art of the past and present, to probe the minds and customs of preceding generations and cultures, to ask important questions, and realize the depth of human creativity. But equally important and rewarding is to remain self-conscious of how one’s own political, social, and religious climate impacts the way we view the visual products of history—through this critical awareness, the creative process within each relic of the past is awakened."

HEATHER POLLOCK earned her BA in Art History from Concordia College in 2004 (magna cum laude) and went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Art History at the University of St. Thomas in 2007 with an emphasis in Italian Renaissance Art. Her thesis examines Donatello’s monumental bronze statue Saint Louis of Toulouse, which formerly stood on the façade of Orsanmichele in Florence. Her work there reflects a primary interest in public sculpture and the important theatrical roles it played in public religious rituals. In addition, she worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the Department of African, Oceanic, and Native American art where she assisted in the curation of exhibitions and developed a strong interest in Native North American visual culture and the modern-day museum’s presentation of non-Western art.



“Sara Hagestad and Tricia Schweitzer: A Profile of Collaborators and Mentors”
--Gallery Guide Essay for “Collaborations: Women, Mentorship, and the Visual Arts”
University of St. Thomas. Saint Paul, MN (January 2006)



“When Form Follows Function: Rawhide Containers of the Plains”
--The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
(12 August 2007-8 February 2008)



“The Role of Humanism in Jan Tschichold’s Typography and Italian Renaissance Scholarship”
--Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing 15th Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN (July 2007)

“ A Bishop In Context: Donatello’s Bronze Saint Louis of Toulouse” (working title)
--Concordia College Department of Art, Orland J. Rourke Memorial Lecture Series
Concordia College. Moorhead, MN (Forthcoming April 2008)

“ Escaping the Niche: Donatello’s Crosier for Saint Louis of Toulouse”
--Midwest Art History Society 33rd Annual Meeting
Dallas, TX (March 2006)

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