Olivia G. McManus

Olivia McManus
Olivia G. McManus
Art & Art History
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Buffalo, New York
I dedicated most of my free time to my artwork, but one could often find me working in the Noble Center office or lounging in an ADK chair with my art history readings. I was also a 3-year member of Kappa Delta Sigma, and through that outlet I was extremely involved in the local Canton community through various service programs.

At St. Lawrence I was immersed in the art community. I spent most days splitting my time between the printmaking studio and the Ireland room. In fact, I think I spent more time in the Noble center my senior year, than I did in my townhouse! After returning from a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, my Junior Fall, I decided that I wanted to invest more time in my artwork and shift my art historical research. So, I took a printmaking class with Melissa Schulenburg and I decided that I wanted to pursue research on contemporary art. I quickly fell in love with printmaking and decided that I was going to commit the rest of my time at SLU to this new medium. In addition, I became highly invested in my art historical research and enjoyed the opportunity to both write and create at the same time! In my senior year, I was lucky enough to take part in the studio-based SYE that enabled our class to have not one, but two exhibitions in The Richard F. Brush Gallery.  

At the moment, I’m researching the performance and performativity in Andy Warhol’s Death and Disaster Series, through a deconstruction of theoretical modernism, and I am continuing my portraiture work through screen-printing.

Alumni Biography: 

After graduation, I packed my bags and moved to Burlington, VT! I work as a Curatorial Fellow at Burlington City Arts, a contemporary art gallery on Church Street, in downtown Burlington. I work with the gallery staff to research, organize, and install rotating exhibitions. In the late summer of 2012, I decided that I wanted to apply for graduate school, starting in the fall of 2013. I applied to various programs all focusing on contemporary art history and theory, and I was lucky enough to get into my top choice! I will be moving to Chicago this summer to pursue a MA of Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.