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A(M(End)Ing))) Expectations, Renee Holliday May 2021

A(M(End)Ing))) Expectations, Renee Holliday

Graduate Theses

This thesis statement explores how my intersectional identity as an artist and mother with a working-class background are intertwined, and how that upbringing has influenced each of these roles and my actions and interactions with those around me. The first part of this thesis A(m(end)ing))) Expectations serves to highlight the diverse experiences that helped form the basis of my identity while also exposing many of the unhealthy societal and familial expectations that are often placed upon women. The exhibition YES/AND is the culminating work of how these varied identities, combined with contemporary themes of feminism, affects ...


Negotiating Balance, Oscar Adolfo Soto May 2021

Negotiating Balance, Oscar Adolfo Soto

Graduate Theses

When we enter a room with a bed and dresser, we imagine that someone goes there to sleep. When we enter a larger room, with rows of uniform desks facing a whiteboard or lectern, we understand that people go there to learn. In most cases, the intention for the space and how we are to conduct ourselves in it is determined before the furniture is selected. When we are not privy to those intentions, the furniture itself can offer clues that help us understand what we are to do. As a contemplative device, I apply this framework to the world ...


Nurture, Lauren Taylor League Dec 2020

Nurture, Lauren Taylor League

Graduate Theses

Nurture is a series of sculptural and performative works created to explore the emotional and psychological effects of objects as they relate to familial memory and the various processes one uses to nurture and express love. These moments incapsulate the need for comfort and connection, the need to be nourished, the need for protection, and the need to remember. The filmed interactions with each individual sculpture evoke the natural relationship of emotional release to the processes of remembering and healing.

By using sculpture as a residue of performance and creating work that serves as a memory of interaction and experience ...


Dust And Shadow, Anna Grant Dean Dec 2020

Dust And Shadow, Anna Grant Dean

Graduate Theses

Dust and Shadow is an investigation into systems of order and chaos that exist within the natural and manmade worlds. Human constructs (such as grids) and manmade systems (such as social media) abide in a space that is tangential to the structures and systems that choreograph the functions of the natural world. Exploring how these two very different worlds weave in and out of human existence allows me to examine my relationship to the complex facets of this twenty-first century experience.

My research into chaos and entropy serves as a catalyst for this body of work. Examining the parallels between ...


Disguysed, Margaret Feltman-Ruiz Apr 2020

Disguysed, Margaret Feltman-Ruiz

Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE)

Throughout history, women had to change themselves in order to accomplish their goals. My thesis brings attention to these often forgotten or dismissed women of the past. Disguysed is a nonfiction children’s book that focuses on 12 women from history who disguised themselves as men to further their careers or lives. Each spread contains an illustration of the woman, along with a biography from the research I collected. Separate from the biographies, the book contains extra historical context to shed light on the social climates that these women experienced. The design of the illustrations isn’t masculine or feminine ...


A Sensual Exploration Of Melancholy, Rachel Blumer Apr 2020

A Sensual Exploration Of Melancholy, Rachel Blumer

Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE)

What does it mean to be melancholy? It is a distinct and personal emotion—a type of sadness and a feeling all its own. Melancholy is not something people usually seek out, but it can be a comfortable, pensive, and creative space to sit in. The beautiful thing about melancholy is how one is able to be both joyful and sorrowful at the same time. I began the project by conducting a survey about what others think sadness smells, tastes, and sounds like. I have also researched poetry and music. I explore melancholy in different mediums and creative techniques, including ...


A Guide To African Princesses, Makayla Ray Apr 2020

A Guide To African Princesses, Makayla Ray

Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE)

A Guide to African Princesses inspires young Black/African American girls and will encourage Black/African American storylines in Hollywood. It includes Princess Yennenga, Queen of Sheba, Queen Amina of Zazzau Kingdom, Kandake, the empress of Ethiopia, and Yaa Asantewa. To achieve this, the guide focuses on having text including each princess’s name, lifespan, legacy, and appropriate phonetic transcription. Phonetic transcription is important because the spelling of a word or name does not always tell someone how to pronounce it. The guide also includes decorative elements; the decorative elements, linking back to the culture of each African princess. Research ...


Wild Apparel: A Sustainable Clothing Line, Jogvan Andreas A. Jacobsen Apr 2020

Wild Apparel: A Sustainable Clothing Line, Jogvan Andreas A. Jacobsen

Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE)

The fashion industry has increasingly contributed to environmental waste through production and distrubution of crops, fibers, and garments that are dumped every day, polluting our water, soil, and air. My sustainable clothing line does the opposite, with clothes and packages built from recycled materials. With Wild Apparel, I will create casual streetware clothes with a subconcsious focus on being sustainable, contributing to bettering our earth, although not in a protesting or reprimanding way. The clothes are made from recycled plastic, driven by solar powered machines and fair wages to the employees. Wild Apparel will be working with organizations around the ...


Vern Multilingual Font System, Nathan Zawadzki Apr 2020

Vern Multilingual Font System, Nathan Zawadzki

Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE)

Vern is designed in Latin, Cyrillic, and Hebrew for a total of roughly 160 characters or glyphs in this writing system. Based on the research of these systems, a reverse contrast style fits Cyrillic and Hebrew, while normal contrast has more difficulty in adjusting to them. This slab serif, reverse contrast style keeps the look of a traditional serif font in Latin. Vern’s unified design across multiple languages works in media such as book text or large-scale signage.


Unhinged: Anthology, Elizabeth Shepard Apr 2020

Unhinged: Anthology, Elizabeth Shepard

Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE)

Unhinged explores women in mythology and religion that are perceived as “evil,” but in my telling, are reincarnated as modern, everyday female leads. The theme of Unhinged: Anthology is how women fight oppressive forces, not shying away from female identity and power. I’ve adapted my stories from myths and folklore from other cultures. The first three stories in Unhinged: Anthology are: “The Huldra“ (Norse), “The Rangda” (Balinese) and “The Maenad” (Greek). I’ve written these stories in the form of scripts, approved by my committee members. Because traditional black-and-white high contrast adds to the horror aesthetic, the medium for ...


Portrait Of An Illustrator, Eli Mchone Nov 2019

Portrait Of An Illustrator, Eli Mchone

The Anthology

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Native American, Danielle Walker Nov 2019

Native American, Danielle Walker

The Anthology

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Serpents, Alanna O'Brien Nov 2019

Serpents, Alanna O'Brien

The Anthology

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My World, Stacey Walden Nov 2019

My World, Stacey Walden

The Anthology

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Sunset Hues, Lizzy Kleinkauf Nov 2019

Sunset Hues, Lizzy Kleinkauf

The Anthology

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Creatively Confident, Eleanor Fentiman Nov 2019

Creatively Confident, Eleanor Fentiman

The Anthology

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Edith, Edie Estes Nov 2019

Edith, Edie Estes

The Anthology

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Topography, Maggie Claytor Nov 2019

Topography, Maggie Claytor

The Anthology

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Color In Motion, Cheyenne Walsh Nov 2019

Color In Motion, Cheyenne Walsh

The Anthology

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Visit Peru, Natalie Huxtable Nov 2019

Visit Peru, Natalie Huxtable

The Anthology

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William, Rachel Goldie Nov 2019

William, Rachel Goldie

The Anthology

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After Stieglitz, Ashley Roberts Nov 2019

After Stieglitz, Ashley Roberts

The Anthology

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I Know I Have Bad Posture, Maggie Claytor Nov 2019

I Know I Have Bad Posture, Maggie Claytor

The Anthology

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Nowy Sacz, Powland, Wiktoria Piotrowskka-Ruchala Nov 2019

Nowy Sacz, Powland, Wiktoria Piotrowskka-Ruchala

The Anthology

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La Lune, Edie Estes Nov 2019

La Lune, Edie Estes

The Anthology

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Precious, Lacey Todd Nov 2019

Precious, Lacey Todd

The Anthology

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Painting, Olivia Floyd Nov 2019

Painting, Olivia Floyd

The Anthology

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Fractured: A Self-Portrait, Rebecca Lipps May 2019

Fractured: A Self-Portrait, Rebecca Lipps

Graduate Theses

This statement is on my thesis exhibition Fractured: A Self-Portrait delves into its motivations, influences, content, and form. The video installations are self-portraits that investigate my experiences with anxiety, exhibit the progression of my emotional and physical state during an anxiety attack, and explore emotional triggers. Divided into chapters, this thesis statement includes a discussion of these aspects as well as of processes, mediums, and the final layout in the Gallery.


The Ethics Of Sheep, Chris Smith Evans May 2019

The Ethics Of Sheep, Chris Smith Evans

Graduate Theses

An interactive visual art installation in which participants use 18 original pictographs created through the artist’s polling initiative to anonymously oust sexual predators and human traffickers. Interactive components include wool sculptures of victims, witnesses, predators and six canaries. Viewers interact by placing code symbols on linking paths between predators and portraits of those who ousted them.


Triangle Tea, Susanna A. Mccray Nov 2018

Triangle Tea, Susanna A. Mccray

The Anthology

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