Senior Theses 2021


An old man wearing a hat and holding a mirror up to his face

Julian Taylor Raiford 鈥21

Comprised of a series of family photos, Raiford intimately examines the 鈥intergenerational cycles of struggle, triumph, and joy that exist within families and create patterns of softness and violence.鈥 View her work.


drawing of a woman with handwriting saying self-portrait exaggerating my negroid features, Adrian Piper, June 21, 1981

Arielle Kirven 鈥21

Read the abstraact of Arielle Kirven鈥檚 thesis, 鈥淚ndicting the White Gaze: Adrian Piper鈥檚 Search for an Unmarked Selfhood.鈥

Painting by Paul Gaugin showing people relaxing together in an outdoor setting in Tahiti

Julia Molin 鈥21

Read the abstract of Julia Molin鈥檚 thesis, 鈥淣ew Heaven, New Earth: Doubles in the Art of Paul Gauguin.鈥

Senior Theses 2020


a clay figure wearing a white dress sits with her face hidden in her hands

Lorelei Dietz 鈥20

In her senior thesis, 鈥淧hantom Pains,鈥  Dietz states, 鈥淭he mind forgets, but the body doesn鈥檛.鈥 View her artwork.

painted portrait of Charissa with pink hair, cherry earrings, and a green halo

Charissa Doerr 鈥20

In her artist鈥檚 statement, Doerr talks about the figurative nature of her work. 鈥淚 care about specificity and capturing the likenesses, clothing, and hair styles of my subjects so that they are contemporary and familiar to me.鈥 View her portraits.

abstract art

Caroline Shim 鈥20

Shim addresses the meaning of the Korean concept 箩别辞苍驳&苍产蝉辫;鈥 a feeling of kindness and closeness 鈥 in her work. View her paintings.


graph of the biennale presence of various South Asian artists, further description in text

Shreeansh Agrawal 鈥20

Read the abstract of Agrawal鈥檚 thesis, 鈥淢oving Out, Looking In: Representation in the Globalized Indian Contemporary Art Scene From 2000 to 2015.鈥

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Jane Bragdon 鈥20

Read the abstract of Bragdon鈥檚 thesis, 鈥淧olitical Piety and the Nonvisible Presence: How H眉rrem Sultan and Nur Jahan Built Waqf, Reputations, and Legacies in the Islamic World.鈥

abstract image of blue circles and circles containing photos of people taking photos with their phones

Julia Cardenas 鈥20

Read an abstract of Cardenas鈥 thesis, 鈥淥ne Dot in a Million: Yayoi Kusama鈥檚 Infinity Mirror Rooms and the Impact of Social Media.鈥

Heatmap of Sandro Botticelli's Purgatorio Drawings

Nathaniel Corley 鈥20

Read an abstract of Corley鈥檚 thesis, 鈥淭he 鈥楢rt of Visible Speech鈥: Illustration as Exegesis in Botticelli鈥檚 Commedia.鈥