Claire Selvin, A17, the current editor of the student-run art history journal, Medium. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)
By Dana Guth, A17
Annalie Aplin, A15, hoped to boost awareness of Tufts' Department
of Art and Art History and offer its students new writing
opportunities when she launched
Medium in the spring of 2015.
"Medium is getting the word out about the work we do as art history
students," Aplin said, describing Tufts' new undergraduate art
history journal. "There are so many incredible ideas that we're now
able to showcase."
A digital collection of undergraduate student writing, Medium features essays and art critiques, including reviews of exhibits in New York and the Greater Boston area. The journal also provides news and profiles of art and art history alumni.
Aplin conceived of Medium last fall after she completed a summer internship at a New York City art finance and advisory firm. After seeing an art history journal her fellow interns had published at the University of Southern California, she realized that there was no equivalent outlet in the Tufts community. Aplin's vision for Medium included not only critiques of visual art, but also art history, film, and architecture.
"Tufts is known for the strength of its art history department," she said. "The professors and graduate students involved are doing things in the art scene, and it's great to have them as resources and mentors. The students in the undergraduate department are talented and passionate. It's been exciting to give students a formal outlet to showcase their work."
To bring the idea of Medium to fruition, Aplin, who was also president of the Tufts Art History Society, recruited nine students to help plan, design and publish the journal. Several members of the team submitted their own articles, joining the many submissions of their peers, to launch the first issue.
"I always thought a journal like Medium ought to exist," said Amanda Walencewicz, A17, who helped select and proofread the articles and also designed Medium's cover and layout. "It filled a void in the publications area where sciences and social sciences research often get the most attention. But there can be some really enlightening, interesting pieces written about the arts, too."