Although we are no longer accepting new essays on our website, we thought we would share these essay writing suggestions in case you wished to write an essay for your own benefit. Writing your own statement of personal belief can be a powerful tool for self-reflection. It can also be a wonderful thing to share with family, friends, and colleagues. To guide you through this process, we offer these suggestions:
Color and style are key elements of communication throughout the exhibition. From vibrant saturated hues that are cheerful, bold, or even harsh, to pastel watercolors that convey a coolness, light, or gossamer memories, the artwork in this show explores the process of art making. The result is a collection of works that contribute to a vocabulary of imagery relevant to the African American experience, culture, and history. Their work is autobiographical, reflective, celebratory, and seeks and creates meaning in the world of material objects.
Grading. A single grade of pass/fail will be assigned for both the essay and the exhibition since the STE is a noncredit bearing requirement for graduation. Essays will be read and evaluated by the faculty advisor. Any essay considered failing would be discussed with the student in time to rework and improve it. If a student is unsuccessful, the advisor will notify the department Chair by April 30. All pass/fail essay grades will be documented during the grading of the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Some essays may be discussed at the grading of the STE.
Timeline. During the first senior meeting in the FALL the faculty will present and discuss the reflective essay component of the capstone experience. Within the two weeks following the meeting all senior art majors must confer with a potential faculty advisor for the essay. Essay Advisor Forms will be available at the meeting and must be returned to the art office with the faculty member’s signature (by the date specified at the meeting). Faculty are advised to work with no more than five seniors each year. The faculty member’s primary role is to help students with content and effectiveness. Meetings between advisors and students will be dictated by individual progress and requirements. The department recommends that outlines are completed by the end of the fall semester and first drafts are completed by February 23. The final essay is due to the faculty advisor by April 23. Students should make use of the Writing Center for help with structure and grammar. Label information is due to the Art Department Office April 30.
The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, is co-curated by Kirsten Jensen, Curator, Hudson River Museum and Bartholomew F. Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum. Additional essayists for the publication include Wendy Greenhouse, co-author of Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New, Katherine E. Manthorne, Professor of Modern Art of the Americas, Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art.
The Panoramic River is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.
The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
Organized by the Hudson River Museum and James A. Michener Art Museum, Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal is curated by Kirsten M. Jensen, PhD, the Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum, and Bartholomew F. Bland, Deputy Director of the Hudson River Museum. A fully-illustrated catalog with essays by Jensen and Bland accompanies the exhibition, on view at the Hudson River Museum February 7 - May 8, 2016 and travels to the Michener Museum on view from July 23 to October 30, 2016.
Content. Artists’ writings cover a wide range of styles and intents including a cryptic stream of consciousness, a politically charged manifesto, a delicate poem, a humble statement of intent or a scholarly essay. In art, writing may be highly structured–as in a theoretical paper–or much more informal. Members of the art department agree that the reflective essay is seen as a culmination of the writing experience in the major and may take many forms. Throughout the studio art major students may write statements of intent, critical evaluations, analytical papers, response papers, journals and/or descriptive or expressive essays. Because there is no standard convention of writing within the arts, students may explore a broad variety of writing in context to their work, including, but not limited to the following examples:
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, which will include essays by Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum and Roger Panetta, the museum’s Adjunct Curator of History and History Professor, Fordham University. Rembert’s work is currently the subject of a dissertation by Fordham University Ph.D. candidate Clifton Watson, and the catalogue will include an essay co-authored by Watson and Irma Watkins-Owens, Associate Professor, African and African American Studies, Fordham University.
The Hudson River Museum organized Voyage on the Nile, an exhibition of forty of Vedder’s Nile Journey artworks on view for the first time. Private collectors, art galleries, and major museums lent work for this exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with essays, by Linda Ferber, Senior Art Historian and Museum Director Emerita, New-York Historical Society; Egyptologist Floyd Lattin; and, Laura Vookles, the Museum’s Chief Curator of Collections.
The process of formulating the essay will encourage each student to reflect upon their experiences and growth as a studio art major and provide a means for them to think seriously and communicate effectively about their own artwork as they prepare for their exhibition. The essay will be used, in coordination with the exhibition of work, as a tool for evaluating the student’s capstone experience.
The exhibition was organized by the Hudson River Museum and guest curator Dr. Anne Swartz, and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue showing the scope, history, and legacy of the movement and includes essays by Arthur Danto, Temma Balducci and John Perreault.