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Summer Research & Residencies

Summer Research Grants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: The Summer Research Grants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offer our students the opportunity to engage in independent research projects during the summer.  These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate research interest and ability.  Students devote full time to the project for at least ten weeks during summer.  Many students carry out research on our campus using our library resources or studio spaces, while others travel to locations best suited to their project.  Students complete the project with the guidance of a faculty advisor and write a substantial research paper or generate a body of art, and submit a project report by mid-September.  Students present their work in an open forum in September, either as an independent public lecture or as a presentation during the Fall Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Symposium.  Students publish their work online through Sound Ideas available through our library’s website.

Summer Residency in Germany and Hungary: With the support of an anonymous donor, three studio art graduates spent six weeks in residence at Halle 14 in Leipzig creating work; One art history graduate spent two weeks in Budapest studying the Hungarian museum and gallery world, meeting with curators and examining museum and gallery displays, then joined the other graduates in Leipzig. The four graduates traveled to Berlin together to spend a week visiting museums and galleries with the guidance of a German artist.  After completion, the art history graduate curated an exhibition of the works the three studio art graduates produced in Leipzig and led a gallery talk in Kittredge Gallery.  Offering two different but intertwining tracks for this residency embraced the complexity of the art world where artists, curators, and gallery managers work together in mutually stimulating and supportive ways.  This residency offered invaluable assistance in helping our students to transition from the academic environment to the world beyond academia.  The following students held this residency: Kris Shuford, Haley Andres, Abbie Baldwin (all in studio art), and Luc Sokolsky (art history); Erin Wheary and Louise Blake were awarded a residency at Halle 14 in 2013.


The following majors in our department have received summer research scholarships in recent years:

Art History & Studio Art 2019:

Chloe Brew, Art History, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the 21st Century
Ellis LeBlanc, Art History, Women, the Emperor, and the Virgin Mary: A Feminist Reception Analysis of 9th and 10th Century Byzantine Representation
Emma Lundquist, Studio Art, Suburban Rot: Visualizing the Abandonment of Commercialized Spaces​

Studio Art, 2018:

Elayna Caron: Sharing my practice
Ian Chandler: The Interaction Between Modern Fabrication and Sculpture
Ally Hembree: From Eve to Ava: Critical Examination and Response to What Happens When Men Create Women [student decided to decline award]
Walker Hewitt: Translations from Digital Collage to Painting: Exploring a Liminal Art Making Process
Sophia Munic: Patternmaking as Contemporary Sculpture
Ronda Peck: Glass and Ceramics United 

Art History, 2018:

Ayse Hunt: Digital Media Technology in Art Museums
Mary Thompson: Pubic Hair Untamed: Agency and Primitivism in Modigliani's Female Nudes

Studio Art, 2017:

Elayna Caron:  A Study of a Practice
Andriana Cunningham:  A Study of the Natural World through Sculpture:  Immersion from the Outside In

Studio Art, 2016:

Katharine Etsell ‘17: Tacoma's Industry in Word
Maggie Langford ’17: Creation and Motherhood: Feminist Views and Perceptions of Birth and Rebirth
Olivia Sherman ’17: Oil Paintings: Reframing Ancient Roman Figurative Gesture Through Deleuze's Contemporary Aesthetics
Hailey Shoemaker ’17: A Visual Exploration of the Activist's Narrative and the Search for Purpose 

Art History, 2016:

Hannah Lehmann ’17: Migrant Images: Visual Propaganda of the Syrian Refugee Crisis in German and French Cities

Studio Art, 2015:

Carly Brock ’16: Landscape Painting: A comprehensive study of en plein air and studio painting
Maggie Langford ’17: Penitence and Prowess
Maia Raeder ’16: Landscape Painting and Ideas of Wilderness

Art History, 2015:

Sarah McDonald '16: How Museums Colonize the World's Art

Studio Art, 2014:

Karina M. Harper ’15: Exploring Distortion and Clarity in the Modern Printed Portrait
Bianca Jarvis ’15: Copperplate Etching, Traditional and Modern Techniques and Exploring Philosophical Concepts

Art History, 2014:

Chloe Ginnegar '15: Rome, Women, and Religion: Asserting Agency through Decoration
Louisa Raitt '15: The Western Façade of Santiago de Compostela: Christian Dominion and Ecclesiastical Rivalry from the Medieval to the Baroque Period
Nichole Lindquist-Kleissler '15: Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I of England: Representations of Gender, Influence, and Power

Studio Art, 2013:

Abbie Baldwin ’14: Printmaking and Textiles
Emily Menk ’14: Who's Behind the Lens? Exploring Artistic Voice and Identity in Portrait Photography
Kris Shuford ’14: Psychologically Effective Art

Art History, 2013:

Benjamin Block '14: The Publicity of Monticello: A Private Home as Emblem and Means
Sam Mandry '14: Ordered Chaos: the Negotiation of Space in Deconstructivist Museum Buildings

Studio Art, 2012:

Yuri Kahan ’13: Growth / Decay
Erin Wheary ’13: The Relationship Between Two-dimensional and Three-dimensional Art

Art History, 2011:

Kelsey Eldridge '12: Byzantine Emperors and Old Testament Kings: Contextualizing the Paris Psalter as a Product of Ninth and Tenth Century Byzantine Imperial Ideology
Kelsey Mahler '12: Reclaiming Aztlán: The Visual Rhetoric of Pre-Columbian Imagery in Chicano Murals
Westrey Page '12: Art Museums in the Digital Revolution: Considerations on Technology's Influence on Aesthetic Appreciation
Michelle Reynolds '12: Myth Materialized: Thirteenth-Century Additions to the West Façade of San Marco and their Value in Venetian History Making