This collection includes Senior Individualized Projects (SIPs) completed in the Art and Art History Department. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email us at dspace@kzoo.edu to request access to a SIP.

Recent Submissions

  • Shattered : A Senior Individualized Project 

    Marshall, Laura (2010)
    The artist writes “Like glass, the physical elements in nature such as trees, flowers, and mountains are resilient and at the same time very breakable. Both can repel other natural forces such as strong winds and heavy ...
  • Hindsight 

    Sullivan, Sarah (2009)
    The artist writes “My series has a dual focus; first, how color subconsciously evokes positive and negative reactions and second, how everyday objects recall specific personal memories. I am intrigued by the reaction created ...
  • The Ephemeral : A Painting SIP 

    Walkington, Will (2007)
    The artist writes “The works shown here are a test in a change in format: how well can a painted image stand for itself on a surface other than the traditionally flat? For this experiment, I created hemispherical structures, ...
  • The Offering : A Senior Individualized Project 

    Peden, Nassau (2009)
    The artist writes “We are living segmented lives. We are estranged from our own bodies. We are told that nudity, hair, bodily functions, natural rhythms and cycles are crude, vulgar, and ‘uncivilized.’ Society subtly ...
  • The Equine Incognito 

    Wooster, Stephanie (1998)
    The artist describes the process of creating a series of paintings featuring the horse.
  • Portraiture and Expressions of the Self Through the Collective 

    Swanson-Nystrom, Annie (2013)
    The artist writes “As a viewer of artwork I am drawn to the personal viewing experience that portraiture allows for, the perceived shared human experience that connects the viewer to the artwork. As a painter I strive to ...
  • Processed Beauty : An Exploration of Femininity in Art History, Mass Media, and Culture 

    Smith, Katherine O. (2013)
    The artist writes, “the paintings in my SIP project call into question the conventions and beliefs of not only older artists, but of a cultural heritage that has repeatedly and continually depicted women as commodities. I ...
  • Bringing Children's Art into Nature : A Community Art SIP 

    Schaub, Jamie L. (2011)
    For the summer of 2011 I was an intern at Edison Environmental Science Academy in Kalamazoo, ML I helped facilitate a Garden Camp which took place two days a week at the garden outside the school, and two days a week at ...
  • Surfaced : A Senior Individualized Project 

    Yehia, Dahlia (2011)
    The artist writes, “Have you ever thought about who you are? How the events in your life led you to this point? Think back to your past. You probably have hundreds of memories of events, people, places, and emotions. Some ...
  • Modify 

    Lamont, Michelle (2010)
    The artist writes “Body modification is universally enacted as a practice of aesthetics: cutting hair, trimming nails, piercing and tattooing, or exercising for beauty and personal pleasure. Most people alter their body ...
  • Fat-space : Reflections on the Senior Individualized Project 

    Shuster-Tucker, Sarah (2018)
    The artist writes “Since before I was aware of the fascination it held for me, the idea of confusing perceptions of space in rendered images has influenced my art. I realize in retrospect that most of the drawings, paintings, ...
  • Circadian Habits 

    Busch, Leah (2005)
    The artist write, “The amount of light we are exposed to crucially affects our internal clocks. Our bodies respond to routine, forming habits and unconscious patterns. These life cycles construct the fractals of a modern ...
  • Milk and Honey 

    Ahlberg, Abigail Louise (2009)
    The artist writes, “My current work is an exploration of the ways in which women represent themselves in a society dominated by the male gaze. This relates particularly to my experiences as a woman, navigating myself in ...
  • In/Organ : A Senior Individualized Project 

    Johnson, Beth (2007)
    The artist writes, “On one hand, the modem city is planned, rational and meticulously ordered; it is, in a way, a machine for its inhabitants' survival. Individuals in the city would, according to this definition, be ...
  • Complexities in Simplicity : A Painting and Sculpture SIP 

    Gayde, Sarah Therese (2009)
    The artist writes “When I first began developing my ideas for this series, my focus was purely on color, design and pattern. What I thought was simple and straightforward was soon challenged. I was encouraged to explore ...
  • Urban Art : Off the Street : A Senior Individualized Project 

    Faulkner, Vanessa (2009)
    The artist writes “Graffiti and other forms of Urban Art have developed over the past thirty years, creating Controversy among law enforcers and urban youth. While fluctuating between artistic expression and vandalism, ...
  • Physicality : Senior Individualized Project 

    Gallagher, Aileen (2013)
    The artist writes “Physicality: The distinction between a body and a person lacks clear boundaries, despite advancements in fields such as biology, psychology, and philosophy. At what point does a body become a person and ...
  • 2,200 Miles : A Graffiti SIP 

    Popper, Ayesha (2014)
    The artist writes “Ever since graffiti came into existence, it has been male dominated. The word graffiti has had a lot of negative connotations. Graffiti has mainly been used to claim turf in all kinds of cities and ...
  • Matching Nightgowns : A Senior Individualized Project 

    Sabourin, Michelle (2011)
    The artist writes “We can feel so confident in our independence in one moment and so small and insecure, child like, the next. Why do we long for a time of less understanding, less control, more dependence? I’ve been ...
  • They Are Talking about the World is Hot : Paintings about a Local Fishing Community's Relationship with a Dying Coral Reef, Thailand 

    Leet, Genevieve (2011)
    The artist writes “Today, oceans and coral reefs are in crisis. In a study released in Feb. 2011, researchers announced that if current trends continue all coral reefs could be destroyed by 2050. For my SIP, I traveled to ...

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