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ARTH 3314: Issues in Contemporary Art (Wallace)

This guide offers suggestions and resources to assist you in completing the research-based presentations for Randy Wallace's Issues in Contemporary Art course.

Research Assignment: Slide Presentation on Feminist Artists

Instructions: Write a research paper and compose a corresponding slide presentation on an artist associated with the Feminist Art Movement.


Essay Specifications

--Topic: Select an artist from the list of options.

--Paper Specifications: 1,500 words (6 pages, double spaced).

--Include a minimum of eight sources cited in MLA style at the end of the paper.

--Proof the paper to invite a better understanding of the topic and employ proper grammar.


Essay Content

--Attend information session provided by Benjamin Harris, Head of Instruction Services at Coates Library (Monday, June 15th during class Zoom session).

--Conduct research.

--Compose a research paper to include the following information:


a. Biography information (birth date, birth location, education / training, and notable professional accomplishments).

b. Introduce a particular series or work of art by the artist.

c. Provide a description of the work.

d. State the relative dates and media the work is composed of.

e. Provide context (where it was presented, who or for what purpose was it made, etc.).

f. Give an analysis of the work (choose one or more of the approaches outlined below)

g. Discuss the formal qualities (composition) of the work.

h. Compare and/or contrast it to other work examples (by your chosen artist or a contemporary).

i. Discuss the work as it relates to the ideals of the artist and/or the greater Feminist movement.

j. Evaluate the strengths or weaknesses of the work according to Arlene Raven’s criteria for an artwork to be considered as Feminist Art (according to its function).

k. To what extent does it raise consciousness?

l. Does it invite dialogue?

m.What is its potential to transform culture?

n. Conclusion

o. Bibliography


Slide Presentation Specifications

--Include exactly 10 images (Artist, Works, Related imagery in support of topic) 

--Each slide should have a title

--One image per slide unless you are making a comparison or contrasting two images.

--Include text from your essay in the “Notes” section of each slide, showing which part of the essay you will present along with the slide’s image.

--Include a complete citation for each image on the slide and also within the notes. 

--Conclude the presentation with a list of Works Cited and list of Images Cited.


DUE DATE: Slide Presentations will be given to the class during the Final Exam period, July 9th. Paper and Slide Presentations due for Upload to Shared Folder: Thursday, July 9th.