For the 13th year in a row, WWU Art History students traveled to Seattle to present their research at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Students apply to the Symposium by submitting an abstract via a faculty mentor who can speak to the quality of the research; this includes students working on faculty research, as well as students working on their own research under the supervision of faculty. All abstracts are reviewed by a committee comprised of University of Washington faculty, advanced undergraduates, and staff.
Students presented papers on a variety of themes, typically researched over the course of the academic year: Jordan Braun, "Tomas Saraceno's Artistic Visions of an Ecological Future"; Josephine Butcher, "Exposing New Stories: How Multi-Sexual Identities Narrate Deviant Sexual Images"; Matthew Charboneau, "Exploration of Intromission”; Zoë Fejeran, "Mark Rothko: The Importance of Environment"; Noah Gray, "The Art of Darkness"; Olivia Harris, "Landlords of Art, Revealed by the Works of Hans Haacke and Christo"; Krys Murry, "Juliana Huxtable: Defying Gender and Sexuality Expectations"; Jody Thompson, "Robert Morris' Steam and Pursuit of Anti-Form." Most of the papers were also presented during WWU’s Scholars Week.
The students were mentored by WWU Art History faculty members Javier Berzal de Dios, Monique Kerman, and Barbara Miller. Miller has also served as a panelist at the Symposium for a number of years.
When the Undergraduate Research Symposium began in 1998, about 70 undergraduates presented. This year, more than 1,200 students participated. As many as 15 WWU Art History students have presented in a single symposium.