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Senior Thesis

JessicaThe 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.

(Pictured left: 2016 SURF Fellow Jessica Bocinski working on her summer research project.)
Tayler Bonfert

Junior Seminar

Students in the Junior Seminar participate in the annual Chapman University Student Research Day, creating posters that display their research and networking with students from across the university. Throughout the academic year, students get involved in exhibitions and events around campus, getting hands-on experience with art world logistics.

(Pictured right:Art History Major Tayler Bonfert, explains her research poster to Anthropology Professor, Stephanie Takaragawa.)

+ - 2017

  • Kelsey Anderson. “Ia Orana Maria: The Quintessence of Contentment”
  • Tayler Bonfert. “Creating a Third Body: The Relation Works of Marina Abramović and Ulay”
  • Mckenna Robbie. “Internal Dialogue: An Examination of Piet Mondrian’s Evolution as Painter and Philosopher”

+ - 2016

  • Asia Adamshick: Ruth Asawa and Heritage
  • Alex Allen: Chi Siamo: Italy’s National Identity and the Fight for Museums in the New Millennium
  • Alanna Carnahan: Erasing Communist Ties: Tatlin’s Tower Reconstructed
  • Clarissa Hampton: Absence as Subject in Félix González Torres’ “Untitled”
  • Areni Nuyujukian:Ed Ruscha’s Films: “Premium” and “Miracle”
  • Dani Planto: Richard Serra: Exploring Outdoor Space in Southern California
  • Adelaide Saucier: Title
  • Jessica Yi: Power and the Personal in the Work of Leonid Sokov


+ - 2014

2014 Art History Senior Thesis Presentations

May 9, 2014

Kendyll Bieze: “A Romantic Redefinition of Genius: The Art and Persona of Henry Fuseli”

Hannah Brockway: An Investigation of American Federal and Anti-Federal Architecture

Charlotte Hughes: Visionary Experiences in The Rothschild Canticles: The Body as a Vessel for the Divine Encounters

Nicole Tominaga: “Untitled (A Senior Thesis Research Project on Barbara Kruger)”

+ - 2013

2013 Art History Senior Thesis Presentations

Friday, May 10, 2013

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

2012 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


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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