American Studies Major Sarah Kersting Wins Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Award for Honors Thesis

Thesis Title: The Cowboy in the West Wing: On Western Artworks in the Oval Office

The Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research attracts the very best lower- and upper-division undergraduate papers from courses taught in departments across the UC Berkeley campus.

Sarah also received the Class of 2020 American Studies Citation Award.

Her American Studies area of concentration title is “American Art, Symbolism and Iconography. “

“When I think about where I’m headed next, I’m grateful for the breadth of disciplines that American Studies exposed me to. While I’m currently applying to creative positions in the fashion industry, I’m also expanding my art practice with a series of paintings that draw on various aspects of visual culture that I studied. Ultimately, I’m hoping to bring a wide view of the American artistic landscape to a future role in creative direction, photo production or fashion editorial.”