Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the master's level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions, while the academic areas complement this with the thesis abstracts publication. This thesis abstract collection gathers and showcases thesis research undertaken in six programs: Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy; Master of Arts in Art Education; Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History; Master of Arts in Art Therapy; Master of Arts in Teaching; and Master of Science in Historic Preservation.


2013 Thesis Abstracts

Brittany P. Newman
Something like a business : design thinking through commercial branding & artist management

Leah Oren
Proposing virtual reality : Cao Fei and Vitamin Creative Space's RMB City project in Second Life

Kate Pollasch-Thames
Roger Brown's paintings and the shadows of sexuality, 1972–1977

Erin Toale
Myths of the human condition : The Family of Man, the Voyager Golden Record, and The Last Pictures


2012 Thesis Abstracts

Kristen Boddy
Exhibition to restitution : determining the fate of Soviet trophy art

Allison M. Glenn
Site reflexivity and the contemporary environment : Small Liberties in Andrea Zittel's High Desert Test Sites

Laura-Caroline Jonhson
From place to space : the societal and art historical contexts of Clyde Connell's sculptures, 1970-1989

Vipash Purichanont
The land foundation : toward a Buddhistic utopia

Rachell M. Wolff
We bought a virgin : the issue of the artist in No Ghost Just a Shell


2011 Thesis Abstracts

Joseph A. Iverson
Contemporary adventure stories : Janet Cardiff, Sukhdev Sandhu, and immaterial intervention

Elissa Papendick
Systems altered : Mierle Laderman Ukeles and New York City's waste systems

Ariel Lauren Pittman
Juan Downey through the looking glass : video as an instrument of active thought

Danica Willard Sachs
Medium to myth : Lewis Baltz


2010 Thesis Abstracts

Francesca C. Wilmott
Scaling The Motorway: Public Art & Cultural Regeneration in Post-Industrial England


2009 Thesis Abstracts

Steven L. Bridges
Making the invisible visible : socially engaged, collaborative public art in the city

Lauren J. Grundhofer
Murakami's orientalism

Marina Gardiner
Intercultural exchange through grand spectacle : an analysis of cultural performance in Olympic opening ceremonies

Cortney Lederer
Creating a brand : post race in contemporary art exhibitions

Abigail Satinsky
The art of policy : the work of Group Material


2008 Thesis Abstracts

Rachel Servi
Translating taste : the value of art consultants in today's art market


2007 Thesis Abstracts

Andrew J. Reading
The age of expansion : shifting styles in art museum architecture