Stella S. Südekum

Newark, Delaware

Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, I am a Mid-Westerner at heart, and lived mostly all of my life in Kansas City, Kansas until my move to Newark, Delaware in 2012. I studied Fine Arts and Art History at Johnson County Community College from 2010-2012; it is a fantastic school that I am proud to have attended! At JCCC, I was a Presidential Scholar, a member of the Honor Society, an enhanced member of Phi Theta Kappa, and a graduate of the Cavalier Leadership Development Program. While in KC, I volunteered with the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City and with the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2011 and 2012, my skills in fine art won me the opportunity to display two of my pieces at the Kansas City Artists Coalition's "Undergraduate College Student Exhibition". In 2012, my work won an Honorable Mention in the Sobriety Rocks Contest for Kansas. That summer, I also received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which enabled me to study Art Restoration at the Lorenzo de' Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. This was also my first experience working outside in the field, and I enjoyed it immensely while learning a lot. I transferred to the University of Delaware in August 2012 to finish my undergraduate studies, working on my Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Art Conservation. After I completing my BA in May 2014, I volunteered at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center within the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. While this was an invaluable experience, teaching me much about governmental protection and preservation efforts, it cemented my fervor for more involved work out in the field over museum work. With my art historical specialty in the Ancient Near East and Northern Africa, I am excited to seek art and culture experiences in these regions, as well as in conservation. My interests in these areas are due primarily to my passion for ancient languages and ancient culture; therefore, I am also interested in continuing my work with Special Collections Libraries, as I did while attending UD, where I can access collections of ancient text and objects. Prior to applying to a graduate program in Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East, I moved around Colorado to participate in the Colorado Archaeological Society's "Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification" (PAAC). I hope to be involved in 3 field excavations this summer 2015, one in Kansas and two in Wyoming.

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