Our Team

AHCSSA EXEC 2016/2017. Not pictured: Vanessa Lee (VP Events).
Brianne Chapelle, Co-president

From Boston, Brianne is a third year student doing an Honours in Art History with a minor in Communication Studies. With particular interest in Modern art, Brianne’s research interests include self-fashioning/self-expression in art, histories of artistic communities, and, broadly, the politically or socially charged messages art can convey. In addition to her work with the AHCSSA, Brianne is the Digital Content Curator for Fridge Door Gallery, works at McGill’s lovely Costume Shop, and interned this summer at the Boston Ballet. A woman of many interests, Brianne also loves digital media, museums, fashion, the performing arts, non-fiction writing, bookstores and politics. Feel free to send a note to brianne.chapelle@mail.mcgill.ca with questions, concerns, or a friendly “hi!”

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Natalie Kim, Co-president

In U3 with a double major in Art History and Urban System, Natalie adores art and cities, making her majors well aligned with her personality. She is happiest in her favourite museum (Rijks) in her favourite city (Amsterdam). Other favourite cities include Budapest and Tokyo; other favourite artists include Marina Abramović, Nicola Samorì, Bernini, and something Picasso.

Chaerin Kwon, VP Events

I’m Chaerin, and I’m currently in U3 Art History Honours with a minor in French. I love contemporary art and am interested in the democratization of art in today’s society. I’m also into sustainability and cooking. Always down to cafe-hop, try new food, or wander around the city (will take any chance to explore outside the bubble). Feel free to email me about any issue or suggestion about the department or for anything else: chaerin.kwon@mail.mcgill.ca.


My name is Stefana and I am a U2 Art History major student with a minor in History. I am very enthusiastic to be a part of AHCSSA this semester as VP External! In my area of research, I am passionate about the social impact of portraiture as well as the art market of both Early Modern and Contemporary Art. In terms of activities, I enjoy drawing, painting and learning about creative processes and production techniques. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions considering the department as well as any art-related subjects at : stefana.arvinte@mail.mcgill.ca.

Erika Kindsfather, VP Academic

Erika is a U3 student at McGill University, originally from Philadelphia, PA. She went to NYU for a year before transferring to McGill, where she is an Honors Art History major with a minor in German language. Erika especially enjoys studying fiber arts, German medieval manuscript practices, and graphic novels. In her free time, she enjoys making linocut prints, embroidery work, stained glass windows, painting, and sewing clothing. Erika is currently writing her honors thesis on collective grief, the body, and affect theory in the works of women artists, namely Wangechi Mutu and Kiki Smith. Feel free to reach out with any questions (auch über Germanistik)!

Aimée Tian, VP Communication

Aimée Tian is a U2 student studying Art History with a double minor in Economics and Communications Studies. She plans on pursuing a Masters degree in Art Business and Cultural Management upon graduation from McGill. Her academic interests include contemporary art that engages with intersectional social justice issues, and the visual culture of race and ethnicity. In terms of everyday interests, she enjoys supporting up-and-coming cultural figures in the Montréal art/music scene, attending pop-up galleries, and continuously building her extensive shoe collection. If you see her strolling around campus/the Plateau, feel free to stop her and say hi!

Sarah Macrae-Korobkov , VP Finance

Sarah is currently completing her penultimate year of pursuing a degree in Art History and Geography (Urban Systems). She is originally from Edmonton, Alberta. In addition to acting as the VP Finance for the AHCSSA, she is also leading a project in the McGill residence Solin Hall focusing on encouraging students to explore the city and engage in equitable and sustainable community engagement initiatives within the broader Montreal community. In her spare time, she writes and  produces music. Her research interests include cartography, the visual culture of navigation, and the art and architecture of public transportation.

Ben Demers, Canvas Editor-in-Chief
Ben Demers is a fourth year student in Cultural Studies and Geography with a minor in Communication Studies, and his research centers around responses to urban violence in North American cities. He’s been involved with Canvas since his first year at McGill and has served as Editor-in-Chief for the past year. He is now working to move the journal online to produce content more regularly throughout the semester.
Catherine LaMendola, Canvas Editor-In-Chief

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Catherine LaMendola is in her fourth and final year at McGill completing an honours degree in Art History and a minor in Anthropology. Her specific academic interests lie in the contentious genres of Outsider and Self-Taught Art, as well as Art Brut. She will be writing her thesis on affect and failure in the life and work of self-taught artist Henry Darger. After interning this past summer at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, she hopes to return to Chicago next year to work towards an MA in Art History and Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Clare spent her childhood cartwheeling the hills of San Francisco, later moving to vibrant, but significantly flatter Toronto. She is a third year Psychology student with minors in Art History and Behavioural Science. Academically, she is interested in research surrounding traumatic brain injuries specifically the intersection of concussions and anxiety. Further in Art History, her studies focus on exploring dynamics of marginalized space in modernist art. In her free time, you can find Clare trying not to burn a dinner recipe, taking a plethora of tree photos, and daydreaming about warmer climates. Come say hi or sit next to Clare in ARTH 305 this semester, she will be wrapped in a ginormous blanket scarf.

Louise Kronenberger, Communication Studies Representative

From Strasbourg (France), Louise Kronenberger is a U2 Communication Studies student, also majoring in Art History and Political Science. She loves wandering around Montreal to find new cosy cafés and great murals. Louise is also very much interested in music. This year, she’s working for le Délit as Social Media and Community Coordinator as well. Her favorite research interests include Modern art and Contemporary art.