This digital collection contains theses, dissertations, capstones, and student publications from the Department of Art and Art History. Also included is a collection of paintings and drawings by Professor Emeritus John F. Kutzik. Due to departmental name changes, materials from the following historical department are also included here: Art.

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  • Instantiating time : object as metaphor 

    Contributor:Forsythe, Alexandra;
    Date Submitted:2019
    This body of work reflects personal research into the characteristics of time, specifically memory in relation to site, and our human relationship with the natural world. Time is relative, not absolute. Each individual has ...
  • Edge of place, The 

    Contributor:Sullivan, Emily;
    Date Submitted:2019
    My thesis work uses clouds as a metaphor to explore transition, change, and shifts. I track the origins of my interest in landscape painting by discussing nineteenth century Hudson River School painters — the first to ...
  • Forms of transformation 

    Contributor:Nelson, Christy;
    Date Submitted:2019
    I find used, soiled, discarded, often familial objects and using art agents like encaustic, stretcher frames, and pigment, I change them into new things. This resonates with Bill Brown's Thing Theory which deals with ...
  • Erica Quihuiz : capstone 

    Contributor:Quihuiz, Erica
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: I use process as an exercise in tranquility, humor as an exercise in empathy, and risk as an exercise in transformation. I embrace contemporary forms of print media as an effective form of ...
  • Taylor Gornell : capstone 

    Contributor:Gornell, Taylor
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: Within my body of work, I am exploring ideas of nature and the overlooked. For ten years, I volunteered at a Nature Center taking care of prairie and wetlands animals such as snakes, frogs, turtles, ...
  • Taylor Gornell : capstone 

    Contributor:Gornell, Taylor
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: In my body of work, the aim is to explore the ski industry in Colorado in an in-depth and personal way connecting what is easily observed with what is behind the scene. My work shows unexpected ...
  • Jack Ford : capstone 

    Contributor:Ford, Jack
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: My love for exploration stems from the need I feel to tell a story through design. Being in the mountains and traversing new terrain are the primary drivers that have led me to become who I am. The ...
  • Cheyenna Boley : capstone 

    Contributor:Boley, Cheyenna
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: When involving myself within my work, I make whimsical styled artworks. My artwork allows me to express my imagination which I was not able to communicate as a kid. My work allows me to connect with ...
  • Madison Gould : capstone 

    Contributor:Gould, Madison
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: Like most artists, creating, more specifically drawing, was my only escape growing up. The older I got the more I played with Adobe products, and eventually fell into videography as well as animation. ...
  • Abigail Curran : capstone 

    Contributor:Curran, Abigail
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: I have never had a personal connection to the label "graphic design" because that does not eloquently describe how I create. I have always been very passionate and caring about other people no matter ...
  • Donovan Parran : capstone 

    Contributor:Parran, Donovan
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: The truth of life and the conscious experience are strange, mysterious, and inexplicable. The ways we interpret the world and universe are subjective. They are only abstract understandings of an ...
  • Lauren Butler : capstone 

    Contributor:Butler, Lauren
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: The idea of interactive media has always fascinated me, even when I was a kid. Video games were my one and only outlet. They inspired me and exhilarated me. As I grew older, I found video games to ...
  • Evan Olea : capstone 

    Contributor:Olea, Evan
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: As an artist and graphic designer I focus strongly on purposeful work and clean design that is both impactful and successful in its intended purpose. My design work is impacted by some major personal ...
  • Andrew Carlson : capstone 

    Contributor:Carlson, Andrew
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: In a world where the individual is bombarded with images, graphics, and slogans, graphic design is invaluable. It is the medium through which every industry and business differentiates itself from ...
  • Michelle Huber : captsone 

    Contributor:Huber, Michelle
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: Graphic design is visually conveying a message to its intended audience. Design is used in print publications, online platforms, and in the physical world to send visual messages and enhance aesthetics. ...
  • John Spokas : capstone 

    Contributor:Spokas, John
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: I was first drawn to art when I was a child with an extreme imagination. I struggled to verbally describe what it was that I was imagining about, so I decided to try and show my thoughts through ...
  • Tommye Dean : capstone 

    Contributor:Dean, Tommye
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: My work is a representation of my beliefs, interests, and way of seeing the world. These influences change often as I come into contact with new experiences. Meaning my work is constantly changing. ...
  • Kaile Roos : capstone 

    Contributor:Roos, Kaile
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: In 1st grade, my teachers noticed that I was struggling to keep up academically. It was clear that I had some sort of learning disability, and after being tested, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. It ...
  • Eisen Tamkun : capstone 

    Contributor:Tamkun, Eisen
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: Every day we experience thousands of interactions, both big and small. It is easy to get caught up in the speed of everyday life; to forget the who and the what which have shaped us into the persons ...
  • Annika Sink : capstone 

    Contributor:Sink, Annika
    Date Submitted:2019
    The artist's statement: Growing up with a nature photographer as a father, I spent much of my childhood examining and appreciating the natural world. My experiences with nature have inspired my design practice and helped ...

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