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Appropriating Realism To Promote Inclusion: Directing Appropriate At University Of Portland, Jessica Wallenfels Apr 2018

Appropriating Realism To Promote Inclusion: Directing Appropriate At University Of Portland, Jessica Wallenfels

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Power Of Belief: Implementing Self-Efficacy In The Studio And The Classroom, Taylor M. Carlson Jan 2018

The Power Of Belief: Implementing Self-Efficacy In The Studio And The Classroom, Taylor M. Carlson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The concept of self-efficacy is critical to success. Self-efficacy has two facets: a person’s ability to technically execute a task, and the person’s belief that they can do it. This thesis details the study and execution of self-efficacy my classroom and my studio—primarily in my graphic novel Knocking on the Sky.

Knocking on the Sky is a graphic novel I’ve been working on for four years with my collaborator, Stefanie Dao. It’s is a story about the things we care about: the importance of found family, the daily brush of the divine against the ridiculous ...


Traces: A Farm In Eastern Iowa, Rachel Deutmeyer Jan 2018

Traces: A Farm In Eastern Iowa, Rachel Deutmeyer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Through my project, Traces: a farm in eastern Iowa, I photograph interior and exterior spaces of Kenny and June Friederick’s retired dairy farm. The images provide record of the home and acreage throughout 2017 and early 2018, a time when farming practices are rapidly evolving. Grouped with aerial photographs and farm day books (1980 - current), the project shares a representation of the farm as it exists today and a reference to the history of the space. Through the combination of photographs and text, I present a tribute to the immeasurable contribution of a farmer to his or her land ...


Get – Get Together, Get Along., Muhammad Bilawal Jan 2018

Get – Get Together, Get Along., Muhammad Bilawal

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study is based on a project which is designed on the framework of social design. The aim of this project is to counter the racist and stereotypical narratives about minoritized and marginalized communities that often find themselves at the receiving ends of negative propaganda, hateful rhetoric and discrimination.

The goal of the research is to determine if social design can play a part in making communities more inclusive, if design can facilitate in starting a conversation towards social issues revolving racism, stereotypes and discrimination

Graphic design and visual imagery are a form of persuasion; the aim is to ...


Home; A Devised Production, Kelly Wetherald May 2017

Home; A Devised Production, Kelly Wetherald

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Abstract not available.


Inconsequential Plan For Reorganizing The Value Of Art In The Public Sphere, Mathew B. Greiner Jan 2017

Inconsequential Plan For Reorganizing The Value Of Art In The Public Sphere, Mathew B. Greiner

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The core argument of this document is that many art practices and the experiences of the artists performing them are fundamentally incompatible with late capitalism and secondarily, with much of its influence in academia. Art is often subsumed into the current late capitalism paradigm. When this happens, its ability to critique or dissent is blunted or removed. It may also undergo subtle changes in order to approximate compatibility with the market. None of these changes are inherently wrong. They limit and mutate the practice of art to better fit popular expectations, and therefore, they exclude some of the most vibrant ...


Building Eugene, Matthew Brian Obbink Jan 2017

Building Eugene, Matthew Brian Obbink

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Building Eugene is the culmination of a great collaboration across generations. Bringing the ideas of my great, great, great uncle, Eugene R. Obbink, to life was my greatest challenge to date. His entire life lay out in front of me, through the pages of a small journal discovered in a box in my grandmother’s attic. In it, he tells stories of distant lands, traveling across the country in a rail car, and working in the circus. Eugene did all this while trying to prove himself as a great inventor and craftsman. Only a few images of him actually still ...


Food Pirates: An Exploration Of Food, Technology And The Future Through Sequential Art, Bridgette Alsbury Jan 2017

Food Pirates: An Exploration Of Food, Technology And The Future Through Sequential Art, Bridgette Alsbury

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This document serves as accompaniment and commentary for the exhibition, “Food Pirates. Food, Technology, Pirates and the Future” which was shown March 29th through April 9th, 2017 at Design on Main in Ames, Iowa. The work comprised of the first issue of the comic book series, Food Pirates. This document serves as a supplement to the exhibit, examining background material used to build the world the comic is set in, current and historical practices in the comics industry, influences, and processes used to create the finished work.

This body of work is an exploration of what happens when I attempt ...


Kill Line, Jeff Miller Jan 2017

Kill Line, Jeff Miller

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The struggle of ambition against the realities of faceless labor has been a driving force in my art. This body of work draws from labor-based jobs that exist within a hog slaughtering plant located in my hometown and from childhood interests in arcade games, Halloween costumes, and horror movies. The juxtaposition of these topics combined with a mixed-media approach provides an alternative method with which to approach issues such as working class struggle and the fear of failure.

Repetition through imagery and motion is a constant throughout my work, such as in the Kill Line Arcade. This project presents six ...


The Fine Arts In Midwestern Community Colleges: Six Case Studies Portraying A Cross-Case Analysis Of Sustainability, Meghan Ruth Schumacker Jan 2017

The Fine Arts In Midwestern Community Colleges: Six Case Studies Portraying A Cross-Case Analysis Of Sustainability, Meghan Ruth Schumacker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The fine arts in Midwestern community colleges:

Six case studies portraying a cross-case analysis of sustainability

by

Meghan R. Schumacker

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to explore the sustainability of the fine arts programs in community colleges. This dissertation research focused on the concept of sustainability in community college fine arts programs to uncover features that aid in the support of these programs. As posited by Hibnere (1998, as cited by Slahova et al., 2007), sustainable fine arts programs “promote the development of a creative, emotionally and intellectually educated personality and also give a personality the strength of ...


A World In A Flower, Xiaohan Chen Jan 2017

A World In A Flower, Xiaohan Chen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Since photography was invented, it was used to record the beauty of life. I made an abstract photography project using flowers as my subject to borrow colors and shapes from nature. I use cut flowers since they are separated from the whole plant and only survive a few days. I use long exposure as a transformative process to create abstract photography, and freeze the fleeting beauty.

I was inspired by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Wynn Bullock. Sugimoto’s Seascapes inspired me to incorporate basic elements of nature while Lightning Fields encouraged me to explore my process. Bullock’s works of using ...


On Directing: Mirror, Mirror, Christie Craft Apr 2016

On Directing: Mirror, Mirror, Christie Craft

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Abstract not available.


Self Vs. Digital Self, Glenn Allen Terpstra Jan 2016

Self Vs. Digital Self, Glenn Allen Terpstra

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The aim of this study is to compare three different identity profiles that people make use of in order to observe new patterns of identity in our digital age. The first is a physical profile based on age and location, the second is a digital profile established with Facebook profile pictures, and the third is a collection of "junk mail" indicating an advertised profile. The purpose of these comparisons is to bring attention to the many elements of identity we have today. A visual installation of the information collected through this research will provide a unique experience where viewers are ...


Place-Bo-Burbi-Agri-Culture To Place-Ive-Ianure Methods For Place Making: Increasing Value With Representation, Clark Andrew Colby Jan 2016

Place-Bo-Burbi-Agri-Culture To Place-Ive-Ianure Methods For Place Making: Increasing Value With Representation, Clark Andrew Colby

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines how to turn space into place. In the digital age, place is more important than ever before. Around the world communities are dealing with the issue of placelessness. The food system has become standardized and suburbia has become a monotonous repetition in cities across the country. As people search for a sense of place in their communities, creation of place can be a tool for exploring these issues. Through experience, individuals can begin to understand and become aware of the place they call home. This thesis discusses three methods for the comprehension of place. They are narrative ...


Mr. Acephalous: The Procedure Of The Individual Stop-Motion Animation, Xin Liu Jan 2016

Mr. Acephalous: The Procedure Of The Individual Stop-Motion Animation, Xin Liu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Using the individual stop-motion animation Mr. Acephalous as a sample, this paper explores the change and restructuring of the commercial animation design and production process to create an individual stop-motion animation. Usually, commercial stop-motion animation involves a mature team, adequate funding, an enhanced production system, high-quality craftsmanship, and large-scale production space. However, in the individual stop-motion animation production explored in this paper, the animators are independent, usually students or film enthusiasts, who are not working with the manufacturing conditions of typical commercial animation. Utilizing the basis of commercial stop-motion animation, the author combined the process and experience of stop-motion to ...


Transitory Nature, Josianne Marie Ishikawa Jan 2016

Transitory Nature, Josianne Marie Ishikawa

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the written component of the art exhibit Transitory Nature, which took place from March 19, 2016 at the Gallery in the Round in the Unitarian Church, and from March 20, 2016 at the Gallery 181 in the College of Design at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. In my artwork it explores the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi in relation to the profundity of spirit found in the prairie landscape. The artwork uses encaustic painting in combination with cyanotype, mixed media, textile, and nonfiction video essay, to address the philosophy of wabi-sabi and the transitory nature of birth, growth ...


Casey Land Rambles, Alexis Dwyer Jan 2016

Casey Land Rambles, Alexis Dwyer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

I have found that the best way to connect with nature is to go out and experience a piece of land. This creates an experience that is relevant to the time and space that I exist within and is more rewarding than depending solely on videos and photographs. This allows my senses to come alive and opens opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.

This writing details my experiences with the Everett Casey Nature Center and Reserve. Through the course of a year, ideas grounded in sense of place, mindfulness of walking and ethics of land use guided me to a ...


Artifacs, Nicki Dean Friess Jan 2015

Artifacs, Nicki Dean Friess

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This exploration is to learn how to use today’s digital tools to recreate my still life objects in digital 3D space so I can carry them with me in my travels. The portable drive will in a way emulate the medicine bag of sacred objects. These are my sacred objects: remains of possessions, of ancestors and family members who have passed on; Toys my children and dead wife and passed away uncles once played with, bones of animals I have chanced upon in my walks, old tools and corroded plumbing fixtures…all the debris that clutters one’s life ...


Magic Masala, Rohini Kummitha Jan 2015

Magic Masala, Rohini Kummitha

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the written component accompanying my graduate exhibition “Magic Masala”. The exhibit consists of an animated film, photographs, and a cooking performance. My thesis and art focuses on the important role played by food as a cultural signifier in the lives of Indian diaspora in the United States. I examine current food practices and consumption rituals from the perspective of a particular Indian immigrant. Though this work is informed by my personal experiences, memories and imagination, it also reflects wider global issues.

This thesis contains a discussion of the personal, artistic and narrative influences on my original body ...


Women In Iran: Ancient History To Modern Times, And Back, Rahele Jomepour Jan 2015

Women In Iran: Ancient History To Modern Times, And Back, Rahele Jomepour

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the written component to the art exhibit "Women in Iran: Ancient History to Modern Times, and Back" which will take place in March 2015 at the Design on Main Gallery, Ames, Iowa.

This body of work explores issues of women in contemporary Iran. The topics range from personal freedom, gender equality, historical precedence, and the desire for peaceful change. The artwork uses multiple media, this including oil and acrylic on canvas, clay sculptures, digital illustration, pencil and paper, cardboard, pastel, and marker. Narrative and theatrical styles reach out to the viewer to draw their own conclusions based ...


Tensegrity, Heather Kathleen Whittlesey Jan 2015

Tensegrity, Heather Kathleen Whittlesey

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Tensegrity is a term coined by Buckminster Fuller. It has been appropriated for a socio-political context about the third wave of feminism. Issues addressed by the third wave are interpreted by works of art that include installation, sculpture, and ceramics.


Collective World: Interdisciplinary Collaboration And Communication In The Visual Arts, Stefanie Kim Yoshiko Dao Jan 2015

Collective World: Interdisciplinary Collaboration And Communication In The Visual Arts, Stefanie Kim Yoshiko Dao

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This document serves as accompaniment and commentary regarding the exhibition Collective World, which was shown from March 28th to April 3rd, 2015, at the Mayhem Comics and Collectibles store located in Ames, Iowa. The work exhibited was comprised of video game and comic book art, all of which resulted from collaborative processes. This document supplements the work exhibited by describing the background, influences, and workflow which were involved in the development of the final product.

As technology progresses and the world grows ever smaller, interdisciplinary collaboration continues to be of utmost importance. This document records the artist's thoughts regarding ...


Changing Perceptions And The Impact Of Culture, Sodam Lee Jan 2015

Changing Perceptions And The Impact Of Culture, Sodam Lee

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This document is the written component that accompanies the MFA thesis exhibition "Changing Perceptions and the Impact of Culture" which took place from January 23 to January 30, 2015 at the Design on Main Gallery in Ames, Iowa. The thesis exhibition explores the impact of culture on perception, as well as differences and similarities in human life-styles across the globe, with special focus on South Korea, Italy and the United States. The exhibition consists of 2-D artworks using printmaking and digital photography techniques. A few 3-D installations are paired with the 2-D digital photographs.

This thesis documents the main ideas ...


Metaregionalism, Lyndsay Audra Nissen Jan 2015

Metaregionalism, Lyndsay Audra Nissen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

I have coined the term MetaRegionalism to describe current art practices in the Midwest that are inspired in various ways by the forms, ideologies, and histories of Regionalism. One of the main concerns of the Depression-era Regionalist movement was to create art that reflected the values of American regional culture. The Regionalist movement was pervaded by ideas of conservation, preservation, and celebration of these localities. This paper concentrates on Regionalism in Iowa, drawing connections between it and the various current social, political and artistic expressions that I have deemed "MetaRegionalist", including my own work.

As my graduate thesis, the paper ...


A Symbolism Study Of Expression In Text-Based Communication, Xi Zhu Jan 2015

A Symbolism Study Of Expression In Text-Based Communication, Xi Zhu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Modern communication technology such as mobile phone and the Internet have made long-distance text-based communication very convenient. As a result, more and more people choose to send text messages via SMS or instant message software (e.g., WhatsApp) as a major approach to communicate with each other. However, due to the limitations of written language, text-based communication usually cannot accurately express the emotions and feelings of the message sender. Symbolic facial expressions, such as emoji and emoticons, were invented to overcome this shortcoming of text-based communication. By inserting symbols in a text message, the sender has an ability to express ...


Euripides' Alkestis: Experimenting With The Exotic, Andrew Wardenaar Apr 2014

Euripides' Alkestis: Experimenting With The Exotic, Andrew Wardenaar

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Abstract not available.


Artaudian Application In Adaptation Of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, Matthew Jared Lee Jan 2014

Artaudian Application In Adaptation Of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, Matthew Jared Lee

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Abstract not available.


Woman Vs. Machine: Directing Machinal, Sophie Tredwell's Expressionistic Outcry Against The Male Establishment, Erin Lucas Jan 2014

Woman Vs. Machine: Directing Machinal, Sophie Tredwell's Expressionistic Outcry Against The Male Establishment, Erin Lucas

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Abstract not available.


The Distance Is More Than An Ocean, Chris Wiewiora Jan 2014

The Distance Is More Than An Ocean, Chris Wiewiora

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The first part of The Distance Is More Than An Ocean takes readers on a coming&ndashof&ndashage journey to Poland. I recall my childhood attending the American School and struggling with language as an American&ndashPole. On a visit to my family&rsquos house in Warsaw, my adult perspective confronts my childhood memory as I consider the historical rebuilding of Old Town after its destruction during World War II. With my father, I visit Auschwitz and then recount my grandmother&rsquos story of surviving the camps. While in Krakow, we visit my mother&rsquos friend who taught her Polish ...


Safety Issues Of Children Age 3-5 Years In School Classrooms: A Perspective Of Classrooms In The United States, Weiqi Chu Jan 2014

Safety Issues Of Children Age 3-5 Years In School Classrooms: A Perspective Of Classrooms In The United States, Weiqi Chu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Interior design is an established industry in the United States with its profits well known to be a good contribution to the national economic growth. Some effort has been made by U.S. Design Council to make sure that the interior design of buildings promotes good health and comfort. Questions have been raised about the safety of U.S. classrooms meant for elementary-level children, specifically those under than 5 years of age. This formed the basis of this research, which unraveled the separate interior design elements of elementary classrooms and their effects on pupils' learning and health. Data were collected ...