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 and Counseling; Master of Arts in Teaching; and Master of Science in Historic Preservation.


2015 Thesis Abstracts

Catalina Acosta-Carrizosa
Traveling Coordinates: A Case on Developing and Implementing a Dialogical Curatorial Practice in Santander and Norte De Santander, Colombia

Denise Marie Bennett
Architecture as Experience: Haus-Rucker-Co.'s Speculative Objects and Environments, 1968–1972

Tie Jojima
Opening the 1980s: Gang

Yiqing Li
Responding to Global Art Worlds: Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in Contemporary Art in the 2000s

Mia Lopez
Performing Ethnography: Institutional Critique and Site Specificity in Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gómez-Peña's 'Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West'

Elisabeth Holland Rose Smith
The Dynaton's "New Vision": Possibilities for Abstraction from the Bay Area, 1948–1951

Alda Akhsar Tchochiev
Cardinal Loop Conference Proposal: A Commitment to Contemporary Cultural Conversation in Chicago

J. Gibran Villalobos
Industrial Prayers: Jannis Kounellis and Reconstruction of Italian Identity

Katherine E. Waddell
More Than a Feeling: Performativity, Sincerity, and Sociality in the Art of the Affective Turn

Ke Wang
Translation as Relation: Art History Translated into Chinese


2014 Thesis Abstracts

Rebecca Hernandez
The Great White Silence: A Material-based Ontological View of Art Technologies in Antarctica

Kathryn Rose Loeb
Marie Watt: Storied Objects

Katrina Mohn
H.C. Westermann and the American Absurd

Raven Falquez Munsell
Radical Exhibiting and the Representation of Solidarity at the 1974 Venice Biennale

Yezibel Ruiz
Potentiality: An Assessment of the Accreditation Capacity of the National Veterans Art Museum and Proposal for Achievement

Rebecca Schlossberg
The (Re)mediation of Media in the Fae Richards Photo Archive

Madeline Smith
The Current Value of Visitor Research in Museums: An Analysis of the Historical Development of Visitor Research and Its Present Us

Gan K. Uyeda
The Militourist Image of Diamond Head


2013 Thesis Abstracts

Paige K. Johnston
Hand/Print: Franciszka Themerson's Distributable Modernism

Amelia Love
Enacting a Road Trip: Eleanor Antin's 100 Boots (1971–1973)

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