Darra is a MA student specializing in Italian Renaissance art. She received her BA in Environmental Studies and certificate in Global Awareness with honors from the University of Kansas. Darra spent her undergraduate summers at Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel, participating in archaeological excavations of the unfortified Early Bronze Age city. She presented two posters at the American Society of Overseas Research in 2015 and 2016 respectively; the second presentation focused on agricultural installations from the lower city at Tell es-Safi/Gath. Darra also completed two summer sessions in fiction at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. As an MA student, Darra is interested in female patronage, mythological and erotic art of the Renaissance, and the inclusion of verdure in both religious and secular art.