Dissertation Examples Art Sculpture

Thesis topics

CU Boulder Department of Art and Art History Recent M.A. Thesis Topics
a full listing of papers/projects can be viewed at the Norlin Library

“The Life of Bodies: Considering Inka Mummies as Material Symbols,” by Morgan Butts, 2016

“A Decolonial Analysis of La Catedral de Santo Domingo, Primada de América,” by Raquel Flecha Vega, 2015

“Artificial Encounters with Mexico: The Lithographs of Claudio Linati,” by Giustina Rezoni, 2015

“The Painted Wives Club: Identity Deferred in Modernist Spousal Portraiture,” by Caitlin Roberts, 2014

“Robert Smithson in Space: Science Fiction in the Gallery and Beyond” by Alex Creighton, 2014

“The Spectrum of Response: Postdemocratic Literacy at Thomas Hirschhorn’s ‘Gramsci Monument’ by Mack Sjogren, 2014

“Persuasive Threads, Persistent Shadows: The Cannonesses of Le Vergini and their Illuminated Chronicle” by Claire LaRose, 2013

“The Surrealistic Art of Phyllis Hutchinson Montrose: Modern Art, Minor History, and Gender in the American West” by Stefani Shulte, 2013

“Constructing Relational Identities: The Trope of Chichimec in New Spain 1526-1653” Caleb Zúñiga, 2013

“Sites of Possibility: Political Subjectivity and Processes of Self-Representation in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas” by Lindsey O’Connor, 2012

Laura Cales, “The Barcelona-Paris Connection: A Response to the Critical Framing of Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol’s Engagement with French Art and Culture,” 2012

Nicole Schwager, “Considering Ideologies of Femininity in the Bourgeois Interiors and Commercial Spaces of the Fin-de-Siècle Prints of Félix Vallotton,” 2011

“Counteractions: Resisting and Embracing Globalization in Contemporary Public Art” by Lori Goldstein, 2011

“Public Duty and Private Pursuits: Reconciling 21st Century Relationships Between Collectors and Art Museums” by Ariel Hagan, 2011

“Between Imperial and Provincial: Questions of Center and Periphery in Constantinian Numismatics” by Sarah Nichols, 2011

“Considering Ideologies of Femininity in the Bourgeois Interiors and Commercial Spaces of the Fin-de-Siècle Prints of Félix Vallotton” by Nicole Schwager, 2011

“Depictions of Cute Young Women in Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture” by Stephanie Silberman, 2011

“On Making and Breaking Spectacles: The American West as Museum Display” by Karen Brooks, 2010

“From Merz to Metabolism: Viewer Response to the Artwork of Kurt Schwitters and Jonathan Meese” by Tricia Robson, 2010

“San Miguel del Milagro: Cross-Currents of Devotion in Colonial Tlaxcala” by Aubrey Wilder, 2010

“Archimboldo e l’ambiante Milanese” by Melissa Palombi, 2009

“From the ‘Dark Continent’ to the ‘White Walls’:  The 1907-08 Belgian Government Congo Collection at the American Museum of Natural History” by Kara Ann Spoonhour, 2009

“The Spatialization of Jerusalem during the Early Muslim Period” by Leila Armstrong, 2008

“Nature, Culture, Spirituality: Land Art as an Embodiment of Sacred Space”by Lindsey Mikash, 2008

“New Media and Performance. Aesthetics and Ethics of the Technological Sublime” by Kseniya Fedorova, 2007

“Helena and Fausta: Empress Portraits and Imperial Authority in the House of Constantine” by Heather Bowling, 2006

“Center versus Periphery, Interior versus Exterior: How Space Shapes Gender in Yin Yu Tang, a Traditional House form the Huizhou Region of China” by Gina Hander, 2006

“The propaganda of the Emperor Maxentius: An Expansion of Roman Architectural Topography” by Brian Sahotsky, 2006

M.A. project, video documentary dealing with issues of gender, trauma, and mass media by D.J. Zupancic, 2006

“Making the Personal Political: Reflexivity as Neo-Feminist Activism in Brit-Art and Chick-Lit” by Hannah Dunn, 2005

“The Spiritual Couple in Art: A Comparative Study of Three Artworks Using Examples from India, Europe, and America” by Russ Gabriel, 2005

“Art in Mongol occupied Russia: an examination of the lack of artistic exchange within the Mongol Empire.” by James Christian, 2004

“Anatomy Acts: Performing the Corpse” by Dan Jacobs,2004

“Nancy Davenport and Walter Benjamin” Website MA art history project by Derek Dollahite, 2003

“The Spiritual Significance of the Virgin Mary in Kiki Smith’s Body Art” by Sharon Dilustro,2002

“The Codex Veytia (1755): Site of Cultural Translation” by Carol Parenteau,2002

“Figuring Frida: Identity Formation in the Life and Art of Frida Kahlo” by Molly Kuenstner, 2001

“The Colonnade of the Louvre: The Function of the Author within the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns” by Daniel McReynolds,2001

“The Re-Inscription of Female Identity: An Analysis of Self-Imaging in Sixteenth Century Italy” by Maureen Corey, 2000

“The Book of Cerne and the Embodiment of Stylistic Variances” by Christine Dupont-Patz, 2000

“The Historical Reception of Baroness Elsa” by Glori Gesell, 2000

“History of Art History Textbooks” by Jaime Saunders, 2000


Best undergraduate dissertations in History of Art, 2011

In June 2011 the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol voted to begin to publish the best of the annual dissertations produced by the department’s final year History of Art undergraduates (deemed to be those receiving a mark of 75 or above). We did so in recognition of the excellent research work being undertaken by our students. As a department, we are committed to the advancement of historical knowledge and understanding, and to research of the highest order. We believe that our undergraduates are part of that endeavour.

Listed below are the the best of this year’s final year undergraduate dissertations, with links to the dissertations themselves where these are available. Please note, however, that these dissertations are published in the state they were submitted for examination. Thus the authors have not been able to correct errors and/or departures from departmental guidelines for the presentation of dissertations (e.g. in the formatting of footnotes and bibliographies). In each case, copyright resides with the author and all rights are reserved.

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