Department of Fine Arts

Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

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.

Meet Your UDRs

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Ella Amouyal ’25
Art History Undergraduate Department Representative
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Ella, and I am so excited to be a creative arts UDR. I am a junior majoring in art history and minoring in English. I am passionate about museums, curatorial work, and art of all kinds, especially painting, poetry, and film. I have a particular passion for 20th-century art, and some of my favorite artists include Hilma af Klint, Robert Rauschenberg, Eva Hesse, Lenore Tawney, and Édouard Manet. Beyond being a UDR, I am a curatorial intern at the Rose Art Museum, the Arts Engagement community art assistant, and a member of WBRS, the student radio station. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

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Pilar Duvivier ’24
Studio Art Undergraduate Departmental Representative
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi! My name is Pilar, I am an MLK Fellow and a senior majoring in Studio Art and Psychology. Primarily, I enjoy creating figurative works and self-portraits inspired by a mix of my own personal experiences and art history. I love pushing myself to explore all types of media, whether that be more traditional media like drawing and painting or more graphic media like printmaking and photography. Outside of the painting studio, I am a music buff, a nature enthusiast and a Liverpool FC fan (YNWA!). If you have any questions about the art department, double majoring or anything else feel free to reach out to me!

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Ohemaa Pipim ’24
Architectural Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representative

Hi! My name is Ohemaa Pipim. I am a senior double majoring in Business and Architectural Studies. I’m interested in architecture and design as lasting responses to complex problems that communities face. I’m passionate about creating solutions like affordable, sustainable, and aesthetic housing. I’m also excited to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my home country Ghana, West Africa.

When I’m not in class, you can find me working in the Academic Services office or leading Salvation Youth, a Christian organization here at Brandeis. Over the summer I interned at a Boston-based architecture firm. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the Independent Interdisciplinary Major (IIM) process, architecture, internships, or anything else!

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Jennifer Podhorzer ’24
Architectural Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representative
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi! My name is Jennifer Podhorzer, and I’m a senior majoring in studio art with minors in architectural studies and English. I’m really interested in learning about how architecture works alongside interior design as well as studying buildings in person, such as the ICA, and using what I've learned in my architecture classes so far. Additionally, I love learning about contemporary and modern architecture, as well as architects like Frank Gehry or Moshe Safdie. As an artist, I love incorporating architectural elements into my paintings, drawings and sculptures. For instance, I worked on a graphic novella for an English class during spring 2022, and I drew the architectural backgrounds as well as experimented with how lighting affects a space throughout my illustrations! Outside of the classroom, I create a lot of artwork with my twin sister for our shared Instagram art account and Redbubble store! I also love reading, watching movies and going to art museums! Feel free to reach out!

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Lauren Podhorzer ’24
Art History Undergraduate Department Representative
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hello! My name is Lauren, and I am a senior majoring in studio art with a painting and drawing focus and a minor in art history. I have loved creating art for as long as I can remember and have loved learning about art history since high school. I love going to art museums such as MoMA, the Met, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. My favorite artistic movements are Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Romanticism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Some of my favorite artists include Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, J.M.W. Turner, Henri Matisse, Alphonse Mucha, and more! During my time at Brandeis, I was involved with the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum and planned SCRAM JAM with the Rose Art Museum. If you'd like to talk about art history or studio art, please feel free to reach out!

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Adie Woolf ’25
Studio Art Undergraduate Departmental Representative
Pronouns: They/She

Hi, I’m Adie, and I’m a junior majoring in Studio Art and English and minoring in WGS and MERS! I really enjoy creating art across mediums, and I am especially interested in printmaking and painting right now, although I am aiming to create more mixed media pieces this year. I am currently most interested in exploring topics including unusual lighting, liminal spaces, gender nonconformity, and identity through my art. I also design and make clothes, and I enjoy costuming plays. I’ve been the costume designer for several shows for the Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC) and Hold Thy Peace (HTP) at Brandeis, and I was the costume designer for two shows at a local theater over the summer! Outside of my art, I enjoy gaming and reading both books and comics! Please feel free to reach out!

Interested in Becoming a UDR?

  • The application process happens every spring. 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.