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Senior Thesis

The Senior Thesis is an advanced research and writing project for qualified senior art history majors on any topic of special interest within the discipline of art history.  The student identifies a research problem and constructs an original argument based on research and visual evidence. The final project should show a command of the relevant scholarship, a clear grasp of visual analysis and the ability to construct and defend an original thesis on the basis of these skills.  Each student chooses a faculty member of his/her choice to supervise the thesis, as well as a second reader. The thesis will be approximately 20-25 pages in length (5,000-6,000 words) and use the Chicago style.


2013 Art History Senior Thesis Presentations
Friday, December 7, 2012

3:00 - 3:30 pm
Madeline Roth
An Imagined Englishman: Prince Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707 - 1751)
3:30 - 4:00 pm
Margo Kosin
The Jewelry and Artifacts of Mycenaean Greece & New Kingdom Egypt's Burials: A Wealthier Egypt by Religious Practice and Society 

Friday, May 10, 2013

10:00 - 10:30 am
Gretchen Kunze
Don’t Sit on the Picasso: An analysis of the growth in the use of fine art in textiles and the impact on fashion and home decoration in the post-war period


2012 Art History Senior Thesis Presentations

10:00 - 10:30
Kourtney Drake

Pablo Picasso. Artist or Politician?

10:30 - 11:00
Katie Friesen

The Penguin Paradigm: Transatlantic Paperback Design, 1939-1948

11:00 - 11:30
Ayanna Dozier

She Plays Alone: The Performative and Personal use of the Doll in the Self-Portrait Me and My Doll by Frida Kahlo

11-30 - 12:00
Laura Bjorstad

Art Authentication: A Matter of Science versus “The Eye"

12:00 - 12:30
Lily Munson

Cindy Sherman: The Omission of Clowns

12:30 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 1:30
Jane Pittluck

Tiffany at the Met: The Role of the Museum as an Intermediary between Viewer and Object

1:30 - 2:00
Hilary Leath

Caravaggio's First Inspiration of Saint Matthew and the Angel Reconsidered

2:00 - 2:30
Amry Landsberg

Visual Rivals: The Artistic Representations of Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers

2:30 - 3:00
Hannah Karsen
Understanding the Progression of Alexander Rodchenko’s Art Practice

3:00 - 3:30
Alyssa Najafi

Hannah Wilke and Marcel Duchamp: Playmates

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