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  • A study of the regionalist painters of the 1930s focusing on the murals of Thomas Hart Benton. PROJECT: Three parts. A paper exploring the development of Thomas Hart Benton’s American-themed murals and the subsequent treatment of these works during the 20th century. A series of paintings exploring issues of national identity. An examination in American art. SPONSORS: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Cathy Osman OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Paul Staiti, Mt. Holyoke College
    2014: American Studies & Visual Arts

  • An examination of representations of gender and race in U.S. visual culture, with a focus on ideological and political implications thereof. PROJECT: Two papers: The first is an analysis of the discourse of postfeminism as articulated through the mass media; the second is an examination of the political implications of photographer Lorna Simpson’s images of black women. An exhibit of original photography drawing upon feminist themes. SPONSORS: Felicity Ratte, Kathryn E. Ratcliff, John Willis OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Lise Sanders-Shapiro, Hampshire College
    2014: American Studies/Gender Studies/Media Studies & Visual Arts/Photography

  • An anthropological and visual arts study of identity in shifting cross-cultural contexts. SPONSORS: John Willis, Michael E. Boylen, Carol E. Hendrickson OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Abigail Adams, Central CT State University
    2014: Anthropology & Visual Arts

  • An examination of stylization and pattern in medieval book illumination and modern abstract paintings. PROJECT: An art show of original abstract in oil and acrylic, and two papers. The first paper is focused on stylization and pattern in Celtic and Carolingian manuscript painting; the second paper is focused on stylization and pattern in the paintings of Georgia O’Keefe and Paul Klee. SPONSORS: Willene B. Clark, Marrin Robinson OUTSIDE EVALUATORS: Tania Bayard (Art Historian), Colleen Randall (Dartmouth College)
    1993: Art History & Visual Arts

  • A study of medievalism and medieval history from the 12th century to the 19th century. SPONSORS: Felicity Ratte, Timothy F. Little. OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Keith Hollingworth, Westfield State College
    1999: Art History, History & Visual Arts/Stained Glass

  • A study of color in modern art: Kandinsky, van Gogh, and Rothko. PROJECT: Three papers. The major paper discusses color theory, use and movement in the art of Kandinsky, van Gogh, and Rothko. The others are short papers which discuss color in the art of Gauguin and of Delacroix. A selection of original work (paintings, collages & mized media) focusing on the application of color and culminating in an exhibition. A translation of a french essay on Delacroix. SPONSOR: Willene B. Clark OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Mara Williams, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
    1993: Art History/Visual Arts

  • A study of biology and art in an effort to better understand the evolution of form and function in organisms within the context of their physical and social environments. SPONSORS: Cathy Osman, Robert E. Engel, Jennifer Ramstetter OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: D. Craig Rudolph, USDA Forest Service
    2014: Biology & Visual Arts

  • A fusion of biology and design in an effort to improve conservation and research programs in zoological parks, with special attention to Galliform birds. PROJECT: Two components. A paper exploring animal perception and reality, as it is informed by a comparative neurological analysis of specific vertebrate brain structures and their relationship to behavioral complexity, and a set of designs for an ideal pheasantry, designed for Galliform species housed in a zoological park. SPONSORS: Robert E. Engel, Timothy J. Segar OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Nancy Howard, University of Massachusetts, Independent Landscape Architect
    2014: Biology/Animal Behavior & Visual Arts/Enclosure Design

  • A cross-cultural study of natural disasters drawing on the visual arts and social sciences. PROJECT: Essays on Hurricanes Katrina and Stan: Interdisciplinary perspectives on natural disasters. INTERNSHIP: Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala SPONSORS: James Tober, Carol Hendrickson, John Willis OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Abigail Adams, Central Connecticut State University
    2014: Development Studies & Visual Arts

  • A study in ecology and art, focusing on issues of understanding and representing aspects of the environment. PROJECT: An exploration of the work of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, culminating in a proposed edible landscape design for the Marlboro College septic area. SPONSORS: Jenny Ramstetter, Tim Segar
    2014: Environmental Studies & Visual Arts