La Quinta Arts Foundation visual arts scholar Miranda Thoene is a studio art major entering her senior year at San Francisco State University.  She recently completed her spring semester abroad in Paris, France.

“While in Paris, I had the chance to visit notable art museums such as the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou. It was an eye opening experience to be up close to masterprieces I had learned about in my art history classes from Classical, Roman, Egyptian, Modern and Contemporary periods.

My favorite thing about Paris is the architecture, particularly the gothic and iconic Haussmanian buildings.  Walking in the streets of Paris is like walking through history.  Paris remains an arts hub to this day, with new innovations and exciting contemporary art exhibitions.  I visited one of Paris’ newest digital media art centers L’Atelier des Lumières, which had an exhibition on Gustav Klimt that was shown using his work with screen projections.

Living and being a student in Paris has been an unforgettable experience and has shaped me as a person and as an artist.”–Miranda Thoene

Enjoy Miranda’s photographs in the album below, featuring art exhibitions and buildings of Paris.