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 Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Master of Arts in Art Therapy; Master of Arts in Teaching; and Master of Science in Historic Preservation.


2013 Thesis Abstracts

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

Diana Buendi?a
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

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

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 Mur\0xFAa
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