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; and Master of Arts in Teaching.

2016 Thesis Abstracts

Jacqueline Kuntz
Where the Clay is Red: Chronicling Contemporary Art of the Southeastern United States Through Community

Lauren Pirritano
The Role of Memory and Its Recall In Contemporary Art

Ana Sekler
Chic Shifter, a digital fashion journal: Chicshifter.com

Amie Soudien & Hanan Lindiwe
Looking For Self-Love: Ebony, Beauty, and Africa Reclaimed

2015 Thesis Abstracts

Charlie Ainslie
Art, Identity, and Criticism in East Africa Through the Lens of Art Networks and Cultural Production in Kenya

Lucia Anaya
Taking Back Chicago: How Youth Are Changing the Conversation of Violence in Chicago's South and West Side Neighborhoods

Monica Burciaga
POSH MAGAZINE: A fashion publication exploring traditional and modern themes within society, culture, women in the workforce and fashion.

Anjulie Rao
Space and Place in New Orleans' Prospect Biennial

Vasia Rigou
Rainbowed—An art project

Julia Ruskin
The Last Bite: An electronic publication exploring the realms and possibilities of food criticism

Georges Toumayan
Addressing the Veteran Crisis and Mending the Damage of War through Creative Community

2014 Thesis Abstracts

Maya Devassy
The Adventurist

Surabhi Kanga
Identity in the Absence of an Identifier: Essays on Indian Immigrant Identity

Jen Mosier
The Lady Welder's Handbook

Patrick Putz
Now and Then: An Introduction to Chicago’s Alternative Art Spaces

Simone Thompkins
Radical Storytelling

2013 Thesis Abstracts

Margot Brody
Detroit : the death and life of a great American city

Diana Buendía
How to make it in the Americas : the workings of an independent transnational music community

Elli Gotlieb
From the inside looking out : the art of art fairs

Dijana Kadic
Obtaining occupational status in the US : the underemployment of immigrants

Kristofer Lenz
Art in the Second City

Xiaomeng Li
The shaping of Chinese contemporary art : study of four major exhibitions outside China in the 1990s and 2000s

Evangeline Politis

Sierra Nicole Rhoden
Writing pictures : an experiment in illustrative arts criticism

2011 Thesis Abstracts

Amanda Aldinger
Bloggers versus bylines : the rise of the new fashion journalist

Dave Cantor
I have desire or how Pere Ubu learned to love rust

Mia DiMeo
Garden of nations : a selected history of national identity in the Venice Biennale

Heather Liggins
Curated publications : the future of arts journalism

Nicole Nelson
The art of connection : museums and their audiences in the digital age

Abraham Ritchie
Chicago art criticism in the 21st century, 2002-2011

Britany Robinson
Genre through gender : exploring the world of women's travel writing

Chrissy Turpin
The transparency of the news : how social media and online journalism are transforming breaking news

Anna Wolak
What we do here is magic : the art of business and the business of art

2010 Thesis Abstracts

Dana Valentina Boutin
Roger Brown : getting even criticism on and by the artist

Elise Merriman
The influence of the internet and social media on theatre journalism and theatre marketing

Olivia Liendo Murúa
How new media is changing the way journalists write about art

Kelly Reaves
Other than the institute and outside of the establishment : the trajectory of alternative and artist-run art exhibition in Chicago

Emily C. Reichenbach
Marketing writing : a niche for the 21st century arts journalist