Senior Art History Symposium


Art History majors, Spring 2021

Students write an original research paper and then present it during the annual symposium.

2021 Art History Senior Symposium poster

Professor of Art Kathleen Nolan says, “Our senior year experience is as strong as that of any college, anywhere in America. Most students encounter their discipline’s critical issues for the first time in grad school, and the fact that our students are getting that in the fall of their senior year means they stand out in the graduate application process and are well prepared once they get there.”

Recent topics:

  • “Dorothy Gillespie: A Forgotten Chapter of the Women’s Art Movement”
  • “‘A Beautiful Body and a Beautiful Mind:’ Florentine Women in Quattrocento Portraiture”
  • “Unbuilt Modernity: Florence and the Visionary Architecture of Superstudio and Archizoom”
  • “Clémentine-Hélène Dufau’s Deuxième Début: Reintroducing a Forgotten Female Artist”
  • “The Implications of Architectural Style in the Gilded Age: Biltmore House and Maymont Mansion”
  • “A Matter of Class: Sin Yun-bok’s Depictions of Kisaeng as Participants of Everyday Life”
  • vase“Minimalism to Sustainability Practice: the Work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe”
  • “A Matter of the Family: The Macdowell-Eakins Collection”
  • “Food: Crossing the Binary”
  • “Artificial Archives: Memory and Ephemera in Installation Art”
  • “Binary Opposition: Greek Myths on Greek Pottery and Etruscan Hand Mirrors”
  • “Echo and Narcissus”
  • “‘Take This as an Example, You Maidens’: Lessons of Decorum in Santa Maria Novella”
  • “Eternal Wanderer: Displacement and Fragmentation in Chagall’s Jerusalem Windows”
  • “On Her Knees. Wyeth’s Helga Portraits Through a Feminist Lens”
  • “A Paradox of Forms: Feline Goddesses as Protectors and Destroyers”
  • “Samuel H. McVitty: The Passionate Collector”
  • “Sex, Slumming, and a Striptease: Robert Henri’s Salome”
  • “A Lack of History. A Lack of Land. A Lack of Art? Jewish Art in Diaspora”
  • “Margaret Rosalie Culligan: Half Sick of Shadows: Reexamining the Pre-Raphaelite Lady of Shalott”
  • “Ariel K. Rudy: Between Heaven and Earth: Collective Memory Across Time and Place in the Quilts of Harriet Powers”