There are more than 170 students in the Department of Art and Art History pursuing any of the four undergraduate degree programs, the two M. A. options or the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree. Course offerings in art history range widely, including modern European art and architecture, arts of the ancient world, arts of the African Diaspora, MesoAmerican and Native American Arts, Renaissance and Baroque art, history of photography, and American art.

In addition to drawing, painting, and 3-D design and construction, emphasis areas in studio art include digital imaging and multimedia, photography, printmaking, and graphic design.

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  • Crawford Ralston: Structures of Time 

    Ritter, William S. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Ralston Crawford is an American artist best known for his Precisionist aesthetic style that celebrates the edifices of modern America such as bridges, silos, and grain elevators. Crawford utilized a highly controlled ...
  • Translating Magic: Remedios Varo’s Visual Language 

    Derks, Meredith (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Remedios Varo was fascinated by esoteric subject matter. Her studies included alchemy, Russian mysticism, Tarot, and the occult. While her paintings frequently depict a scientist, explorer, or some magical figure in a ...
  • Re-imaging the Spaces of Femininity: Vanessa Bell and the Domestic Interior 

    Hampton, Danielle (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This study charts British artist Vanessa Bell’s (1879-1961) manipulation of the feminine interior during the most experimental years in her practice, 1910 through 1915. Bell’s forays into decorative design and her ...
  • Rose Piper: New Discoveries 

    Dohogne, Meghan (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    Rose Piper (1917- 2005) was an African-American artist, based primarily in New York, who garnered attention with her success in oil painting. She utilized her talent to transcend medium in a multidisciplinary career. ...
  • Art in Scale: Barbara Marshall and the Fine-Scale Miniature Movement 

    Taylor, Laura S. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    Throughout time, humans have engaged with miniatures as a means of making sense of their world. For each generation and each culture, this phenomenon manifests in a way that meets the needs of its participants. This thesis ...
  • Pieter Bruegel The Elder’s The Months: A Perspective 

    Erker, Nicholas R. (2014)
    In the year 1565, Antwerp merchant Nicolaes Jongelinck commissioned Pieter Bruegel the Elder to paint a series of paintings, The Months, for his suburban villa. Unfortunately, Jongelinck lost possession of the series of ...
  • Making the Connection: J.B. Murray and the Scripts and Forms of Africa 

    Clifton-James, Licia E. (2016)
    This dissertation focuses on the artwork of J.B. Murray, an African American artist from Mitchell, Georgia. The goal of this dissertation is to explore J.B. Murray’s production of protective scripts and spirit figures. ...
  • Gulshan Muraqqa’: An Imperial Discretion 

    Bushra, Hamama Tul (2016)
    This thesis researches two folios (pages) from the Gulshan muraqqa’, an imperial album of the Mughal Empire. The two folios, The Poet and the Prince and A Buffalo Hunting a Lioness, are currently in the permanent ...
  • Fresh Meat Rituals: Confronting the Flesh in Performance Art 

    Acamovic, Milica (2016)
    Meat entails a contradictory bundle of associations. In its cooked form, it is inoffensive, a normal everyday staple for most of the population. Yet in its raw, freshly butchered state, meat and its handling provoke ...
  • Rubens' vision for the Luxembourg Palace 

    Newlands, Jennifer Lynn (2015)
    Marie de Medici commissioned a series of twenty-four paintings intended as an allegorical cycle of her life from the artist Peter Paul Rubens in 1622. This thesis proposes that the cycle does not have just one intention ...
  • Contemporary Landscape Photography: Dissolving Boundaries in Jungjin Lee’s Wind Series 

    Nelson, Amelia (2016)
    In the Wind series (2004-2007), Korean photographer Jungjin Lee captures tumultuous views of the American desert. These photographs are printed on handmade mulberry paper, which Lee sensitizes by hand and heavily edits ...
  • Synthesis of Communications: A Spiritual Voice Amidst Belligerent Noise 

    Lindeman, Ashley N. (2016)
    This study presents Benedetta Cappa Marinetti’s Sintesi delle comunicazioni (Synthesis of Communications) murals, a public commission for the Palermo Post Office, as a vital contribution to the Italian Futurist Movement ...
  • Representations of Insanity in Art and Science of Nineteenth-Century France: From the Demonic to the Degenerate 

    Karaim, Tara L. (2016)
    This thesis seeks to analyze depictions of insanity in the nineteenth century, especially in France. Through research into the history of psychiatry and the history of image culture, I intend to explain the changing ...
  • The Boundaries of Femininity: A Case for Two Women Artists Working in Eighteenth-century France 

    Foley, Pamela Jean (2015)
    Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and Adélaïde Labille-Guiard were two of the most prominent women artists in France during the second half of the eighteenth-century. I argue in this thesis that in their responses to a range of ...
  • Embroidering Biblical Heroines in Seventeenth-Century England 

    Poggemoeller, Lesley M. (2015)
    English embroideries in the seventeenth century frequently depict biblical narratives that feature examples of proper female behavior. Produced by young girls and women, they were made to adorn the embroiderer’s home in ...
  • 1897 Exposition Congolaise, Tervuren: Colonialism and the Belgian Avant-Garde 

    Jones, Karin Arlene (2014)
    In May of 1897, the Exposition Coloniale in Le Palais des Colonies, opened on the site of the Royal Park in Tervuren in conjunction with l'Exposition internationale de Bruxelles held at the same time in the city center. ...
  • Dialogue at the Threshold: The Artist Between Museum and Community 

    Williams, Renae Ashley (2015)
    Artists Suzanne Lacy and Ann Hamilton use forms of language to produce experiences that challenge the individual’s perception. While differing in methods and outcomes, Lacy and Hamilton construct environments that allow ...
  • Hayv Kahraman’s Bodyscreens: Skin, Depth, and Surface 

    Bredemeyer, D. Marselle (2015)
    Hayv Kahraman is most widely known for her large-scale paintings of pale women with skin like silk and soft clouds of dark black hair. She often draws on her experiences as an émigré from Iraq to represent the challenges ...
  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Months: A Perspective 

    Erker, Nicholas Ryan (2015)
    In the year 1565, Antwerp merchant Nicolaes Jongelinck commissioned Pieter Bruegel the Elder to paint a series of paintings, The Months, for his suburban villa. Unfortunately, Jongelinck lost possession of the series of ...
  • Lotte Reiniger’s career in animation and her first full-­‐length animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed 

    Asher, Alexandria N. (2015)
    Lotte Reiniger was the woman responsible for making the world’s first full-­‐length animated film, Die Geschichte des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926). Along with her collaborators, she worked on the ...

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