2014 Thesis Exhibition by BFA and MFA Candidates

O’Shaughnessy Galleries
April 6–May 18, 2014


This annual exhibition is comprised of the culminating projects of those students graduating with a BFA or MFA degree from the ND Department of Art, Art History & Design. The works in this exhibition usually demonstrate a broad awareness of contemporary art themes and techiques and are often provocative. 

The artworks range from industrial and graphic design projects and complex multi-media installations to more traditional art forms such as paintings, photographs, prints, ceramics and sculpture. 

During the Friday, April 11 evening exhibition reception the Department of Art, Art History & Design awards will be announced in the Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium.

This exhibition is supported by the Ashbaugh Endowment for Educational Outreach.

2009_035_v0001Antonio Turok (Mexican, b. 1955), Old Studebaker Factory, South Bend, Indiana, 2009, digital pigment print. Gift of the artist, 2009.035.

American Ruins: Challenging Ideas of Progress

Online exhibition

Ruins typically signify failure, defeat, and the past. Why, then, in a nation that repeatedly has defined itself in terms of success and progress have visions of ruin captured the American imagination?  This online exhibition of 20 photographs considers American ruins in relation to the nation’s industrial history, domestic spaces, the American West, and the personal fascination of one artist – Camilo José Vergara – with ruined landscapes.

This exhibition opposes ruination with progress as the photographs trouble the myths of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny.  By examining photographs of ruination across time and space, the viewers can begin to understand how confronting past or present ruins creates the opportunity to re-imagine national ideals and offers essential lessons for the future.

American Ruins: Challenging Ideas of Progress was organized by students in the Fall 2013 American Studies course American Ruins, taught by Professor Erika Doss. 

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