The items in this collection are the theses and dissertations written by students of the Department of Art. Some items may be viewed only by members of the University of Missouri System and/or University of Missouri-Columbia. Click on one of the browse buttons above for a complete listing of the works.

Recent Submissions

  • Ego trip 

    El Jaouhari, Nabil (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    My exhibition, entitled Ego Trip, was an attempt to explore the concepts of biological destiny, productivity, and gender roles through the lens of feminist and queer theory. This lens was focused on the myth of Narcissus, ...
  • Becoming aware 

    Bennett, Jennifer Mae (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    Becoming Aware, an installation created with cotton thread, crochet handicraft, and honey bee imagery, critiques the industrial farming method of monoculture. The crocheted fabric's large-scale demonstrates the unnatural ...
  • Retromania: graphic design and the American Dream 

    Manning, Morgan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This body of work examines the cultural history of the American Dream through the visual language of mid-century graphic design and illustration. Rather ...
  • The mass of solitude 

    McClellan, Scott (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    Weathering, metamorphosis, heat, and tectonics are forces that form and transform the earth. Over millennia, these methods of abrasion construct captivating structures out of ubiquitous materials. I reference rock landscapes ...
  • Elevated 

    Bader, Kyle P. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Celebrated, mundane; appealing, discarded; real, fake; structured, messy; quick, slow; assumptions, well- observed; found object, representational ...
  • 9 to 5 feces on fart and crass : subverting society's segregative structures 

    Loving, Brandon (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] In resistance to oligarchical structures, which deny access and influence nearly every aspect of our society, I've created an inventory of work, which ...
  • Realizing the unknown through ritual objects 

    Gable, Marni L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The realization that we must interact with the unknown on a daily basis can be confounding. We constantly encounter evidence that mystery pervades our existence. Through the experience of births, deaths, and our own personal ...
  • State of flux 

    Arndt, Kait, 1988- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This thesis is a formal discussion of the conceptual elements within the body of work presented in my MFA Thesis Exhibition: State of Flux. The works ...
  • False sense of care 

    Sandbothe, Mary Margaret (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    False Sense of Care is the thesis exhibition by Mary Margaret Sandbothe. The exhibition incorporated two bodies of work titled, Ideal Queers comprised of large format digitally printed cross-stitch simulations on cotton ...
  • Supremus 

    Markworth, Jeffrey (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    My work is an example of how humans create resurrection mythologies as a response to death. Resurrection is a memorial, which not only functions as a remembrance of a person, but also serves as a process of understanding ...
  • Philographica : that which is written or described of love 

    Cranor, Anna Roe (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Threads of imperfection 

    Boudreaux, Shirley A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Vivarium 

    Tyler, Laura Louise (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Throughout history, people have collected nature for the purpose of being displayed in domesticated spaces. 17th century naturalists brought found ...
  • Drink Bleach: The Anti State of Mind 

    O'Keefe, Ginnifer Paige (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This body of work presents a visual rejection of understood ideas of acceptance and a vindication of new ones. As a maker, I obtain an "anti state of ...
  • Display 

    Fischer, Aaron Michael (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] My sculptural work is comprised of tool-like objects of unknown utility. Each object is made up of materials traditionally used both in Art and Craft ...
  • Metamorphosis 

    McDermott, Tamryn Lara (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    As an artist, my methodology emulates that of a historian and enters into the arena of archaeologists, archivists and curators. Historians write, and re-write history privileging certain evidence while imposing specific ...
  • Reverie 

    Bowring, Leah (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    Spending long hours trail running has allowed me to gain access to a meditative state where unrestricted thoughts occur, creative thought flows, and complex problem solving comes with ease. Lost in repetition, I cannot ...
  • The index of craft : an essay in conjunction with the MFA Thesis Exhibition Contrast : Containing Clarity 

    Wilkey, William M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    This thesis paper supports the Master of Fine Arts exhibition at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, The University of Missouri-Columbia, from April 28th through May 2nd, 2014. The exhibition, Contrast: Containing Clarity, ...
  • Surveys 

    Norby, Eric (University of Missouri--Columbia[University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] My paintings are an exploration of notions of originality and sincerity, the picturesque, and process through the lens of the gridded western landscape. ...
  • Dwell 

    Lee, Miranda (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.]

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