Below are examples of Bowdoin Art History majors' honors projects, independent study projects, and other creative undertakings that reflect these students' passion for their chosen area of study at Bowdoin.

Bowdoin Journal of Art

Bowdoin Journal of Art

The Bowdoin Journal of Art, published by the student-run Bowdoin Art Society, is the only academic journal in the United States that focuses exclusively on undergraduate art historical work. The Journal examines themes of traditional and contemporary art practice.  


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Bowdoin Art History Majors and Minors Internships/Experiences - Summer 2015

The experiences listed at the link above are those shared by Art History students with their professors and does not reflect a complete compilation for this past summer.

Although not an Art History major, Frances Soctomah '16 was a student in Professor Susan Wegner's ARTH 1300 Introduction to the Arts of Ancient Mexico and Peru this past spring semester. Frances' summer project connects to the investigation of North American indigenous art.

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Maggie Bryan '15 - Honors Project 2014-2015

Maggie Bryan '15 - Honors Project 2014-2015

Bridging Cultures: Viewing and Creating Japanese Spaces in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century French Art
Maggie examines the effects of Edo Period art—namely, the woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige—on conceptions and subsequent representations of space in the works of Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.
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Sarah Haimes '15 - Spring 2015 Independent Study

Sarah Haimes '15 - Spring 2015 Independent Study

At Work, At Rest: The Notion of Family on Grossneck Road

Sarah Haimes '15, an Art History/Visual Arts interdisciplinary major with an Archaeology minor, curated an exhibition of photographs from a recent gift by the artist Olive Pierce.  This independent study was completed under the guidance of Professor Dana Byrd, spring 2015. Sarah's exhibition, Olive Pierce: Photographing a Maine Fishing Community,  will be October 29, 2015-January 17, 2016 in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Becker Gallery.

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Ziqi Li '15 - Fall 2015 Independent Study

Ziqi Li '15 - Fall 2015 Independent Study

Ziqi Li, an Art History/Economics double major, completed her independent study An Yimin and Defender of Chinese Heritage:  Zhang Daqian’s Landscape Paintings on Self-Exile, under the guidance of Professor Peggy Wang, fall semester 2015.

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Tory Munson '15 - Spring 2015 Independent Study

Tory Munson '15 - Spring 2015 Independent Study

Tori Munson Independent Study, spring 2015
Title: Rejected Art
Advisor: Professor Susan Wegner

The focus of this Independent Study is on Rejected Art. I have looked at art that, for various reasons, was rejected by the church, its original patron, or the state. The people who reject the art all held political or religious power at the time of the rejection. The art examined in this project dates from the 17th to the 20th century and originates from Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. I first looked at Caravaggio’s art, and then moved to El Greco’s paintings for Philip II. Next, I transitioned to state exhibitions including the Salon des Resusés and the Degnerate Art Exhibtion. An overall finding has been that this art, while it was rejected and sometimes defamed at the time of its submission, has become highly acclaimed art in the present and often represents artists who dared to push the limits of their contemporaries.

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Alice Wang '15 - Fall 2014 Independent Study

Alice Wang '15 - Fall 2014 Independent Study

Alice Wang, an art history major, education studies minor, completed her independent study “Exposing Technology: Picturing Photography in Paint with Winslow Homer's Sharpshooter” fall 2014. Professor Dana Byrd served as her advisor.
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James Denison '14 - Honors Project 2013-2014

James Denison '14 - Honors Project 2013-2014

A “Peculiarly American” Enthusiasm: George Bellows, Traditional Masculinity, and The Big Dory
James investigates the portrayal of masculinity in the oeruvre of the much-lauded yet enigmatic American painter George Bellows.
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Student-curated Bowdoin College Museum of Art Exhibit "Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife", December 6-December 23, 2012

Student-curated Bowdoin College Museum of Art Exhibit "Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife", December 6-December 23, 2012

Students in Associate Professor Susan Wegner's seminer ARTH 3240: "Art and Life of Michelangelo", organized a Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition that highlighted the influence of Michelangelo's art and and the legend of his character in the year's after his death. The exhibit, "Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife",was put together by Sarah Haimes '15, James Miller '14, and Ursala Moreno-Vanderlaan '13.

Image: Art History professor Susan Wegner, James Miller '14, Ursula Moreno-VanderLaan '13 and Sarah Haimes '15 with their exhibition, "Michelangelo: Art and Afterlife"

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Zoë Lescaze '12 - Honors Project 2011-2012

Zoë Lescaze '12 - Honors Project 2011-2012

Walton Ford and the Art of Capturing Nature
An honors project  born out of a long-standing fascination with the aesthetics of nineteenth-century naturalism, natural history museum dioramas, and the work of contemporary artist Walton Ford.
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Sara Griffin '09 - Honors Project 2008-2009

Sara Griffin '09 - Honors Project 2008-2009

Contemporary Art from Tijuana
Combining long-standing interests in contemporary art, Mexico, and U.S.-Mexico relations, Sara began research on her topic after returning from a semester abroad in Mérida, Mexico. She received a grant from the Roberts Fund, which allowed her to travel to Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tijuana, meeting with artists.
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Mallory Banks '08 - Honors Project 2007-2008

Mallory Banks '08 - Honors Project 2007-2008

Three Houses in Brunswick: an Architectual and Social History
As a recipient of a Surdna Fellowship, Mallory had the opportunity to pursue a yearlong independent research project that developed out of her own interest in architectural history and her professor’s expertise in American art and architecture. She researched the architectural and social history of Bowdoin College and the Brunswick community through an exploration of three buildings on a corner of the Bowdoin campus. She reconstructed the history of these residences, studied the architectural styles as expressions of the individuals for whom they were built, and how the homes developed to fit the needs of their later inhabitants.
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