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Art History Student Research Projects

Research is the heart of a degree in art history.  Depending on the Art History track, you may take part in the Curatorial Project, which the Muscarelle Museum has helped host for our department. In addition, in your senior year, the Senior Research Colloquium, our capstone seminar, provides an opportunity to develop, discuss, and refine a research project in depth, culminating in an oral presentation at a public symposium, as well as a virtual component.

Recent virtual Art History Student Research projects:

The Curatorial Project (ARTH 331)

The Art of Well-Being (spring 2021), taught by Catherine Levesque, Associate Professor of Art History, has five sections—individual; kin; community; natural world; and art making.  Individually and in groups, the paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and other media shown here express the needs, pleasures, desires, and aspirations of individuals, communities, and the wider world.

The Making of The Art of Well-Being

For spring 2020, the theme is SCALE, and the course was taught by Xin Conan-Wu, Associate Professor of Art History.  This exhibition, Scales of Chaos, approaches the theme of “scale” from the unconventional perspective of Chaos Theory, presenting new ways of reading art, and a selection of abstract and figurative works of art that embody sensible intuitions of complexity. 

The inaugural exhibition, Objects of Ceremony (spring 2019), taught by Professor Alan Braddock, explores ceremony as a vital creative impulse expressed in remarkably diverse ways that reflect the emotional power of objects. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “ceremony” as “an outward rite or observance, religious or held sacred; the performance of some solemn act according to prescribed form.” 

Art History Research Colloquium (ARTH 493)

The 3rd annual Art History Senior Research Colloquium (spring 2021) welcomed 12 art history majors in the capstone seminar, under the guidance of Professor Xin Conan-Wu, who developed and refined in depth research on various topics, ranging from the historical to the contemporary.

The Colloquium was launched by a Keynote Lecture,  "The Future of Winckelmann's Classical Form: Walter Pater and Frederic Leighton" by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn, University of York, UK.


The Senior Research Colloquium class (spring 2020), under the guidance of Professor Cristina Stancioiu, has developed and refined in-depth research into various topics, culminating in papers and formal presentations presented, for the first time, online.