Send an e-mail to one of our UDRs!



Orli Swergold

Pavla Berhen-Wolf

Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs)

In the Fine Arts Department, our Undergraduate Departmental Representatives are divided into the two subfields of Art History and Studio Art. These student representatives are here to offer help to majors, minors, or any other student interested in the Fine Arts Program. Whether you have a specific question about requirements or would just like to get more information on the program from a peer's perspective, feel free to contact any of the UDRs.

Interested in becoming a UDR for the Fine Arts Department? The application process happens every spring. Contact Joan Tarkulich or check out the UDR website for more information. Interested in the Fine Arts Department's past UDRs and their interests? Check out our webpage of past UDRs.

Meet your UDRS!


Meredith Combs '17
My name is Meredith Combs and I am a senior majoring in Art History and Anthropology. I am from Massachusetts have grown up going to the wonderful Boston-area museums. My favorite museums are The Frick Collection in New York City and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. One Fine Arts course I would like to take in the future is “The Age of Rubens and Rembrandt”.

Pavla Berghen-Wolf '18
My name is Pavla Berghen-Wolf and I'm a junior majoring in Art History and minoring in French and Francophone Studies. I'm from foggy San Francisco, California. I'm most interested in modern and contemporary art and I especially love photography. One Fine Arts class at Brandeis I've always wanted to take is "Islamic Art and Architecture." At the moment, my favorite artists include Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mark Bradford, and Vincent Van Gogh. In my free time I tap dance, visit museums, and seek great brunch spots. Ask me how to get involved in the student gallery guide program at the Rose Art Museum!


Sydney Westervelt '17
My name is Sydney Westervelt and I am a senior from Louisville, KY. I am currently working towards a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. In addition to my dedication to the arts, I also enjoy the sciences, biology in particular. My medium of choice is oil paint, but I also like working with ink, watercolor, and good, old-fashioned graphite. Some of my favorite artists are Georges Braque, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Catherine Kehoe. I’m looking forward to spending the next two years focusing on the areas of study I love, and I hope to help you figure out what your passion is and guide you on your way to success!

Orli Swergold '18
My name is Orli Swergold and I’m a junior double majoring in art history and studio art. I hail from the Scarsdale, New York. I am in the painting track at Brandeis, and watch clips of famous painters at work to relax. I love to travel and always have a future trip planned. My on-campus extra-curricular activities include SCRAM (Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum) and gallery guides. In my free time, I like to visit museums and find new fun things to do in Cambridge/Boston. One dream of mine is to start a dog walking business in the Boston area. I have a different favorite artist every month, September’s is Gerhard Richter. Lastly, I love meeting new people, so let me know if you are interested in joining me for any of the activities I just mentioned!