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

  • 9 to 5 feces on fart and crass : subverting society's segregative structures 

    Loving, Brandon (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    In resistance to oligarchical structures, which deny access and influence nearly every aspect of our society, I've created an inventory of work, which utilizes and embraces archetypes and pop culture motifs as a means to ...
  • 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)
    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 are based on the concept of the ideal grid; however, the grid I create ...
  • 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)
    Throughout history, people have collected nature for the purpose of being displayed in domesticated spaces. 17th century naturalists brought found specimens of nature into home collections. Natural history museums collect ...
  • Drink Bleach: The Anti State of Mind 

    O'Keefe, Ginnifer Paige (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    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 mind" that carries forth energy in rejection, but most largely in the ...
  • Display 

    Fischer, Aaron Michael (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    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 contexts, and are reminiscent of hand tools, but whose purpose is obscured, ...
  • 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)
    My paintings are an exploration of notions of originality and sincerity, the picturesque, and process through the lens of the gridded western landscape. The perceived lawlessness and expansiveness of the American west is ...
  • Dwell 

    Lee, Miranda (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Longitudes and latitudes 

    Thompson, S. Charles (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Eminent domain 

    Rahner, Matt R. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Available 

    Myers, Greta A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    While engaging in the exploration of the subject matter of perfection in an ideal mate, my project strives to align the physical act of painting with said search of faultlessness. My preoccupation with this search has led ...
  • Masquerade : self-presentation and self-awareness 

    Jun, Jane (Artist) (University of Missouri--Columbia[University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    Using portrait images of me from online, acrylic paints, clear Plexiglas and animated graphic interchange format, this creative project focuses on the vigilant awareness of self-presentation. My work is a critical view of ...
  • VORFREUDE, substitutes for personal fulfillment 

    Collins, Bethanie (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)

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