Completed Theses

PHD

2018

2017

Heidi KellettSkin Portraiture: Embodied Representations in Contemporary Art

2016

Michael Farnan Representing Wilderness: Community, Collaboration, and Artistic Practice
Helen GregoryUn-Natural Histories: The Specimen as Site of Knowledge Production in Contemporary Art

2015

Trista Mallory Standing for Something Not Present: Contested Representations in Contemporary Art
Jennifer OrpanaFaces of (and for) Toronto: Community-Engaged Portrait Projects in the Neoliberal City

2014

David KempThe Things We Know but Cannot Explain
Colin E. MinerA Photographic Ontology: Being Haunted Within The Blue Hour And Expanding Field
Stephanie Karen Radu - Making Ourselves at Home: Representation, Preservation & Interpretation at Canada's House Museums

2013

Patton, Andrew - A Painter's Brush That Also Makes Poems: Contemporary Painting After Northern Song Calligraphy

2012

Gurney, Janice – All Alliance of Fragments: Actor-Network-Theory and the Translation of Things
Jordan, Miriam - Dialogical Materialism: Bakhtin, Embodiment and Moving Image Art 
Rodgers, Kevin - Out of Order: Thinking Through Robin Collyer, Discontent and Affirmation (1973-1985)
Smith, Matthew - Relational Viewing: Affect, Trauma and the Viewer in Contemporary Autobiographical Art

2011

Ghaznavi, Corinna - Animal: A Curatorial Approach
Hallows, Jason – Demonstration
Villar, Andrés - Latin American Visual Arts in the 1920s

 

MFA

2018

Tyler Durbano  and where is the body?
Sharmistha Kar
 -  Next to a River: Mobility, Mapping, and Hand Embroidery
Raheleh Saneie SuperNova: Performing Race, Hybridity and Expanding the Geographical Imagination
Matthew Trueman
Slower Than Time Itself
Graham Macaulay
 -  Buffer

2017

Paul ChartrandGardening at Arm's Length
Charles Lee Franklin HarrisLesser Than Greater Than Equal To: The Art Design Paradox
Sarah MunroThe Longest Way Round Is the Shortest Way Home
Samantha NoseworthyMidheaven
Quin SmallboyDrum Voice
Quintin TeszeriOn Coming and Going

2016

Juanita Lee GarciaBeyond the Look of Representation: Defamiliarization, Décor, and the Latin Feel
Mina MoosavipourEmphatic Tension
Simone SciascettiSymbiotic: The Human Body and Constructs of Nature
Jason StovallThin Skin

2015

Sherry CzekusCrowdsourcing
Lynette de MontreuilDust to Dust
Michael PsczonakHand-Eye
Niloufar SalimiTangled Hair: Uncertain Fluid Identity
Matthew TariniLiminal Space: Representations of Modern Urbanity

2014

Hobot, Barbara - What Lies Behind: Speculations on the Real and the Willful
Martin, Jennifer - 
Turning to see otherwise 
Moore, Tegan - 
Matters of Airing
Oppedisano, 
Amanda - Liquidation
Peters, Jared - Just As It Should Be: Painting and the Discipline of Everyday Life
Solti, Gabriella
- From 'Means to Ends': Labour As Art Practice
Yoo, Diana - Across Boundaries

2013

Brown, Kyla –  Following the Turn: Mapping as Material Art Practice
Jeresky, Jeremy P. - Communicative Methodologies and Mechanisms in Public Art
Mitrow, Laura – Felted Disruption: An Analysis of Double Coding in the Felt Works of Luanne Martineau
Whitaker, Giles – Some Theoretical Models for a Critical Art Practice
Yabut, Thea – Lines of Necessity

2012

Black, Anthea – Of All Possible Worlds: Mapping Queer Craft and Collaboration
Eurich, Liza – Latency in Process and Perception
Isaacs, Brad - Double Negative: Taxidermy, Photography and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Dioramas”
Klassen, Neil – The Elemental Earth: Renewed Ways of Seeing and Perceiving
Neudorf, Kim - Call and Response: Catachresis and Reciprocity in Painting
O’Connor, Daniel - The Joystick and the Paintbrush: Useless or Meaningful in the Age of Technology

2011

Teigen, Matthew - The Look of Math
Bucknell, Lea – Adhoc Folly Building in Contemporary Art
Garoo, Gautam – Passages (is and was): Tracing Indian Visual Culture and the Sacred through Craft and Contemporary Art
McGeean, Michelle – Tit for Tat: (Re) Production in Sculpture and Architecture
Williams, Robert – We Are What We Pretend To Be: Making the case for Contemporary Painting as Gratuitous

2010

O'Dette, Kelly - Archival Nostalgia
Cushnie, John - Eidolon Prospects: Syncope, Peter Doig, and the Practice of Painting
Kolahdouz-Esfahani, Soheila - Trans-(across, over, beyond): Investigations of Cultural Translation in Visual Arts
Quail, Jamie K. - DIY: Politics and Aesthetics in the Margins and the Mainstream

2009

Beneke, Katja - Exploring the Visual Representation of Teen Idols
Kaipainen, Patrick – No Thing in Particular
Murnaghan, John – Game Over and Over
Rayburn, Nicole – Monstrous Propositions
Wanner, Jennifer – Ecosimulacra

2008

Bonli, Liv – Down the Dark Hall, Up the Stairs
Lei, Chak Man – Dark-Earth Manual: Approaching an Ink-Based Art Practice
Longfield, Brian – The Montage of Gestures
Andrew MacDonald - Fragments
Panic, Slavica – Betwixt and Between
Sparling, Matthew – Military Signifiers on Clothing, Fashion and Portrait Photography

2007

Blair Fornwald – Between Nothing and Something.
Dagmara Genda – Identity and Exile.
Kathryn Immonen – Soft Cover.
Stephen Lavigne – The Space Between Systems.
Derek Liddington – Can I Borrow That? Investigating Strategies of Citation, Mimicry and Inspiration in Art.
Todd Tremeer – Painting History/History Painting.
Conan Masterson – Kaleidoscopic.

2006

Michael Davidge - Weak Thought and the Visual Arts.
Arnold Koroshegyi - Beyond the Circle of Confusion.
Ayako Kurokawa - Past Memories, Present Feeling.
Daniel Wong - Letters to a Young Poet.

2005

Anna Madelska - Cosmopoeisis: World-Making
Brendan Fernandes - The Kenyan Safari Lodge: Fantasizing about an Authentic Vacation Culture
Demian Petryshyn - An Amoebic Urge: A Contemporary View of Artist-run Centre System in Canada
Elizabeth Phillips - Becoming Adaptation: Idiosyncratic Sketches on (Self) Portrait Painting (and Writing)
Kathleen Ritter - At the Doors to the Gallery
Steven Laurie - Celebratory Angst: Performing Masculinity

2004

Debra Dyer - Lost in the Details
Lisa Fedorak - Tainted Strokes
Amy Harrison - Childlikeness
Alex Homanchuk - The City Will Recall
Pamela Wilson - Appropriation and Irony: Post modern Elements in the Work of Three Contemporary Canadian Artists

2003

Pedro Correia - By Design: Ornament and Fascism
Joscelyn Gardner - White Skin, Black Kin: Theorizing the Representation of Creole Identity
Sarah Peterson - RE-VIEWING A History of Landscape and Wilderness Perception
Raffaela Prencipe - 100% Natural: Escape and Identity Within the Suburban Garden
Dana Samuel - Archives in Action: Narrative Technologies and Interactive Art.

2002

Sarah Beveridge - Private Intervention into Public Spaces
Paul Dreossi - Blood, Sweat, and Gears: An Examination of Performed Representations of Masculine Subjectivity
Robyn Foster - Escape Hatch: Escape from Everyday Lived Reality through Transitional Objects
Larry Glawson - Photography, Sex and Dancing
Mark Schilling - The Spectres of Brecht and Benjamin: “New” Media, Access, Resistance

2001

Lucia M. Cipriano - Ruses Not Muses
Jennifer Dorner - Between Departure and Arrival: Exploring Site Production
Chris Down - "The Impossibility of Painting is Merely a Feeling"
Adriana E. Kuiper - Semi-Detached
Larisa MacSween - Everyday Girl Anxieties and Superhero Alter Ego Fantasies

2000 & prior

David Armstrong - Erratics and Errata: Printing between Horizons (2000)
Dana J. Dansereau - One Day: Technology, Tactics and Time (2000)
Toni Latour - Conflicts and Contractiions: Questions of Excess, Autonomy and Value within Artistic Production (2000)
Maymee Ying Lum - Filum (2000)
Paola V. Poletto - Moonscapes and Menus: Artistic Production, Personal Experience and the Analogy of Hibernation (2000)
Olexander S. Wlasenko - Ethnic Limbs: Diasporic Memory (2000)
Shinobu Akimoto - L.M.R. (Last Month's Rentor Living Making Reflex) (1999)
Kim Dawn Graham - (in) between the space(s) of terror i find fragments of my memory (1999)
Marc G. Lebreche - A Visual Re-Presentation of the World and the Philosophical Self (1999)
Christine Shaw - Locomotion (1999)
Christy L. Thompson - Carrying Wet Laundry & Starting Fires (1999)
David Grenier - Homo Sweet Homo (1998)
Franklyn George - Stories and Iyahlogues (1997)
Shelley Niro - A Journey Through Iroquois Myths, Legends, Icons and History (1997)
Andy Patton - Some Current Problems with Painting (1997)
Kim Simon - Otherwise Than Seeing (1997)
Sharon Switzer - Waltzing in Now-Time (1997)

 

MA - Theses and Major Research Papers

2017

Kelsey Perreault’s - Remembrance as Presence: Promoting Learning from Difficult Knowledge at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Asfora, Beatriz - Memory, Trauma, and the Act of Collecting
Dreise, Christie - Infrastructure Canada – A Tour of ‘Everyday’ Canadian Spaces
Kelly, Kylie - Exposing the Secret Museum: Perceptions of Sexuality, Pornography, and Morality in Ancient Pompeii
Kopp, Shelley - The Vision for Pluralism at The Aga Khan Museum: A potent tool or a paltry gesture?
Rabideau, Caroline - The History of Art History at Western University
Sinclair, Mackenzie - Kara Walker’s The Marvelous Sugar Baby and the Activation of American History

2016

Bock, Claude - The Effects of Truth and Reconciliation on Contemporary Indigenous Art within Canada
Davidson, Taylor - “Life Beyond Itself”. Religion and Aesthetics in William Morris’ Printed Textiles, 1881-1888
Flavelle, Genevieve - The night before utopia: queer feminist art praxis at the Feminist Art Gallery
McCavitt, Keely - 3D Technologies and the Future of Repatriation in Canada
McKenzie, Kelly - Laughing in the Face of Apocalypse: Kelly Richardson has a Sense of Humour
Oates, Katie - “A Fleeting Moment in a Floating World”: The Women of the Beat Generation Through Allen Ginsberg’s Eyes
Spinney, Carling - No Vacancy: Alternative Spaces for Exhibition

2015

Matthew Purvis -  Abstraction and Libidinal Nationalism in the Works of John Boyle and Diana Thorneycroft
Ruth Skinner -  In Time but not of Time: Jessica Eaton and Erin Sherreff's Counterpoints of View
Kimberly Barton
Grace Bedwell - Sitting in the Museum of Modern Art: Collecting Alvin Lucier’s Seminal Work, I Am Sitting in a Room
Emily Jackson - Taking the Landscape Out of the Frame: Embodied Writing, “Writing In”, and Decolonizing Landscape Art in Canada
Lisa Lawlis
Kelly McKenzie
Brad Morosan - The Best Defense is a Good Offense: A Brief Look at Defensive Architecture
Nicole Rutberg - Emma Sulkowicz and FORCE: Restoration and Restitution in Contemporary Anti-Rape Activist Art
Quintin Teszeri

2014

Nicole C. BorlandCreative Interventions and Urban Revitalization
Amy GaizauskasA Wishy-Washy, Sort-of-Feeling: Episodes in the History of the Wishy-Washy Aesthetic
Karly A. McIntoshCome Together: An Exploration of Contemporary Participatory Art Practices
Margherita N. PapadatosA Space Without Memory: Time and the Sublime in the Work of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
Elyse N. Tsotsos - Presenting the Fashion Object: Analyzing the exhibition Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund

2013

Angove, Samantha - We Come in Piece: Art Exhibitions, Science Fiction & Postcoloniality
Webster, Cierra – Theorizing Queer: Homonationalisms and the Art Institution
Wittich, Stephanie – Reminiscences: The Medievalisms of Wassily Kandinsky

2012

Anderson, Stephanie – Use it or Lose it: Inuit Art and the ‘Soft Power’ of Canadian Cultural Diplomacy 
Franklin, Jordana – The Personal is Presentable: Transgressing the Public-Private Divide Through the Art of Sophie Calle and Tracey Emin 
Klaric, Stefani – Narrative Brought to Life: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 
Quick, Sophia – Putting in Time: Long-Durational Performance Art Spectatorship 
Ritchie, Laura – Material Labour: Artistic Work and the Creative Industries 
Ruhloff, Melissa – Re-Inventing the Group of Seven: Appropriation and Criticality in Contemporary Canadian Art

2011

Arenson, Emma - Fragmentation and Representations of Disability in Monuments
Bentley, Simon Jack Chambers and the New Spanish Realists
Kitzul, Carrie - en/Gendered Hierarchies: Representations of Nation, Gender, and Class in the Work of Miwa Yanagi and Yoshiko Shimada
Mahabir, Geddesa - The Construction of the Late-Renaissance Individual
Moussa, Ahlia – Point of Origin
Walker-Gugan, Hillary – Domestic Pleasures: The Aesthetic Experience of Eldon House

2010

Cyr, Julia Visions of Power: The Art Patronage of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in Sixteenth-Century Florence 
Feagan, Claire
 - Surrealist Castle Culture: Gothic Traces in Surrealist Aesthetics
Mortillaro, Rosanna - Built Form and Meaning in Sixteenth-Century Rome: Pope Sixtus V and the Lateran Palace
Orpana, Jennifer - The Visual Griots of Mali: Nation Building and Cultural Negotiation with Youth Outreach Photography
Poulsen, Diana -   But Today We Collect Videogames: Citation, Appropriation, The Open Work and the Neo-Baroque in Videogames
Radu, Stephanie - 
Sarah Lucas's Food for Thought
Rothstein, Erin
 - Pablo Picasso and Primitivism: An Exploration of "Non-Western" and Medieval Influences in Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)
Sarma, Jon - Art and Artificiality: The Re/De(con)struction of "Natural" Gender in 1990s Visual Culture

2009

Manning, Danielle - Naturalism Re-visioned           
Peters, Sonja - Coney Island in Early Twentieth Century Photography and Film
Serebrin, Kylie - Navigating Surrealist Cinemaphilia
Skelly, Andrea Containers of Electronic Art 

2008

Copeland, Krystle The Annunciation: Visual, Spatial, and Textual Ideologies
Eunjoo Lee – Unpainted Sky: 17th and 18th Century Naturalism in Korea and Europe 
Smith, Melissa Sixteenth Century Developments in Emblematics 
Szabo, Maria – Kaleidoscope Vision: Modern Perspectives in the Work of Pegi Nicol MacLeod
Puteris, Rima - Performing Absense: Ana Mendieta and Janine Antoni 

2007

Carroll, Leanne – The ‘Hoax’ of Minimalism: Robert Morris and the Octoberists.
Evans, Siân – The Book of Kells’ Ornament and Audience.
Kennedy, Jennifer – Paris vu Par:  New Wave, Modernism and the Cinematic City.
Villar, Andrés – Espana típica: Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s “Vision of Spain” at the Hispanic Society of America

2006

Adam Stead - Acting, Ausstattung and Audience in Medieval Germany.
Riva Symko - Vitalizing Sounds, Visionary Sights.
Iuliana Strambeanu - Cinematic Experiments in Multimedia Installations.
Bettina Urcuioli - Materiality and the Aura.

2005

Susan Edelstein - Eclipsed Environments: Redefining the Space of Home.
Marina Folescu - On Stillness and Movement in Videos by Bill Viola, Mark Lewis and Stacey Lancaster.
Amanda Morhart - Giorgio Vasari: Imitation and Invention in Painting and Lives.
Irina Radchenko - Rembrandt's 'seeing eye' and Protestant Aesthetics.
Carol-Ann Ryan - Guido Molinari, Claude Tousignant, and Geometric Abstraction in the 1960s: The Canadian Contribution. 
Michael Windover - Living Art Deco Style: An Investigation of Toronto's Hybrid Modernity. [more]

2004

Mark Schilling Andy Warhol's Contaminated Modernism 
Beitske Sybrandy - The Evolution of the Skate and its Representation in Dutch Landscape Painting of the 17th Century.
Jolaine Frizzell Framing, Framer, Framed: A Dialogue of Psychoanalysis in the Work of Mary Scott

2003

Mary Kavanagh - Collecting Dust: Sensual Acts and Recollection as Transformative Gesture.
Laura Petican - Arte Povera: The Persistence of the Baroque.

2002

Sarah Demelo - Self Portraits without Selves: Gender Performance and Photographic Self Portraiture.
Kristen Hutchinson - The Fragmented Figure in Contemporary Art: Works of Robert Gober and Louise Bourgeois.

Sarah Lippert - Gustave Moreau and the Paragone: An Investigation of the Ut Pictura Poesis Legacy in the Work of a Nineteenth-Century History Painter.
Tara Wittman - Paradox and Play in Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades.

2001

Craig Buckley - "Continuing Misfortune" Reconsidered: Automatism between Art and Science.
Jessica Marshall - Viollet-le-Duc’s Writing and Reconstruction: Gothic and Otherwise.

Carrie L. Vassallo - The Early Years of Art History in English-Speaking Canada: McMaster, Toronto, and Queen's Universities, CA. 1930-1945.
Ryan Whyte - Charm and Subjectivity in Walter Pater: A Comparative Study.

2000 & prior

Marco Ranjan Deyasi - Collecting & Colonialism at Eldon House: Theories of Collecting, Tourism, and the British Empire, as they relate to the Harris Collection at Eldon House, London, Ontario, Canada. (2000)
Joanna Eve Schreyer - Balance of Wealth: An Economic Interpretation of a Gdansk Triptych. (2000)
Dennis M. P. Zimmer - Painting as Property: An examination of the Various Influences that Transformed the collections of Édouard de Rothschild and Paul Rosenberg. (2000) 
Peter Johnathan Bates - The Canadian Corporate Art Collection: The Hidden Museum. (1999)
Jennifer A. Cottrill - Fortuitous Encounters. (1999)
Barbara Edwards - Toronto Art: A History of Connectedness, 1970-98. (1999) 
Melinda Ellison - Images of Venus in Epithalamic Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1460-1540. (1999)

C. Brent Epp - Architecture and Urban Culturation in Vienna. (1999)
Christine A. Sprengler - Imag(in)ing the Fifties. (1999)

Claire Sykes - August Sander and the Task of the Photographer. (1999) 
Catherine Ann Thomas - Trans: Intersections of Art, Life and the Art Gallery. (1999)
Kimberly Anne Wahl - The Machine in Early Twentieth-Century Art. (1999)
Marci Hatch - The Value of Forgeries: A Meaningful Tool of Art. (1998)

Jennifer Paparao - Installation Art: Towards a Questioning of Boundaries. (1998)
Joel Robinson - An Architecture of Soul-Modernity, Libeskind and the Spiritual. (1997)