Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Susan Palmisano, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Richard Ciganko, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Nathan Heuer, M.F.A.

Fourth Advisor

Robert Wilson Sweeny, Ph.D.

Abstract

There has been a general disconnect between the work of artists and the general public when it comes to the creation and interpretation of a work of art; however, a greater understanding could be achieved if the divide between artist and viewer were bridged. Therefore, by providing the audience with the materials, tools, and opportunity to make their own paintings on paper, "Take a Painting" seeks to blur the lines between artist and audience. By displaying hundreds of small paintings on paper on the wall along with instructions for the viewer to help themselves to a painting, I intend to make the ownership of a precious art object accessible to anyone who engages with the installation. Through "Take a Painting", I seek to fuse my studio practice with the traditions of art history while breaking down barriers that discourage casual viewers from engaging with the discipline of painting.

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