Past Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs)


Pavla Berghen-Wolf - Art History

My name is Pavla Berghen-Wolf and I'm a senior 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!

Orli Swergold - Double Major, Studio Art and Art History

My name is Orli Swergold and I’m a senior 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!


Lesley Cai — Art History

My name is Lesley Cai. I am from China. I am majoring in Art History and minoring in Business. I am going to graduate in 2017. I have taken classes most related to Renaissance and antiquity arts. Some of my favorite artists include Peter Paul Rubens and Claude Monet. I am also a musician. I can play four instruments: Pipa (Chinese traditional instrument), piano, violin, and guitar. During my spare time, I enjoy visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Elizabeth Gardener Museum mostly. One class I would like to take is "Impressionism: Avant-Garde Rebellion in Context."

Meredith Combs — Art History

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”.

Sydney Westervelt — Studio Art

My name is Sydney Westervelt and I am a senior from Louisville, KY. I am currently working towards a BA 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!


Eleanor Fruchter — Art History

My name is Eleanor Fruchter, I was born in Belgium, raised in Israel and I am trilingual (English, Hebrew and French). I am majoring in Art History with a focus on Contemporary Art, and am set to graduate in 2016. Some Fine Arts classes I have not taken yet, but would like to enroll in are “The Re-Invention of Art“ and “Implicating the Body in Sculpture.” Some of my favorite artists include Maria Lassnig, Nir Hod, Richard Prince and Cy Twombly. During my free time I enjoy visiting The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In my spare time, I teach Hebrew and am on the board of Boxing club.

Thomas Hearne — Double major, Art History and Studio Art

My name is Tom Hearne and I am a senior and a member of the Class of 2016. I am originally from Holmdel, New Jersey. I am currently pursuing a double major in Art History and Studio Art. Though I am interested in all areas of study in the history of art, my passion lies within the art and architecture, even more specifically, the urban development of the Italian peninsula from Roman antiquity to the Renaissance. My primary focus on the studio side of my studies is painting; I enjoy working in graphite, ink, and oil paint. My favorite art museum in the New England area is the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. My favorite artists and architects, I cannot choose one, are Leonardo Da Vinci, Donato Bramante, Rembrandt Van Rijn, J.M.W. Turner, Georgia O’Keeffe, Le Corbusier, and Santiago Calatrava. One Fine Arts course that I have not taken but would like to is “The Age of Rubens and Rembrandt.”


Haley Coopersmith — Art History

My name is Haley Coopersmith and I am majoring in Art History and I have a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. I am from just north of New York City and spend as much time in museums as possible. My favorite museum in Boston is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I am currently writing a thesis on the women of the Hudson River School and I am dedicated to researching artists who have historically been excluded from the canon. One Fine Arts class at Brandeis that I have always wanted to take but never had the opportunity is “Art Since 1945.”

Maya Himelfarb — Studio Art

My name is Maya and I am from Los Angeles. I am a CA double majoring in Psychology and Studio Art. I study painting at Brandeis, but paint digitally in my free time as well. I am also a frequent scenic painter for the Shakespeare group on campus, Hold Thy Peace, and have helped plan events for the student-run Festival of the Arts committee (CAFE). I do not have a singular favorite artist, but enjoy a variety from Jackson Pollock to Yoshida Hiroshi. My favorite Boston museum is the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), not only for the art, but for the beautiful waterfront view as well. 

Sarah McCarty — Studio Art

I am a Studio Art major with a minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation. I also spend my time on campus as the Curatorial Intern at the Rose Art Museum and as a Community Advisor. I'm most interested in the world of contemporary art, and am always excited about the new Fine Arts courses being offered at Brandeis. I am on the sculpture track, but I enjoy experimenting with various mediums including installation, digital media and writing. I grew up around the world, and a lot of my current work is exploring my relationships with language and place. My list of favorite artists is always in flux - send me an email for a more current snapshot of where my mind is!