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

  • Alien Invasion! Invasive Insect Species of Michigan and the Midwest 

    Michayluk, Sarah (2010)
    Artist’s Statement: “Upon taking an entomology course at Kalamazoo College, my dislike and fear of bugs and insects transformed into a great fascination of the small creatures and the miniature world they inhabit. After ...
  • Vanitas (Corner 1) : an Art SIP 

    Baillie, Margaret G. (Maggie) (2011)
    Artist’s Statement: “My project is rooted in that theoretical point, wherein polar opposites cease to be so, dreamlike imagery becomes tangible and dichotomies exist together, pleasurably. The hardened, sculptural canvas ...
  • Escape From Reality 

    Zwalua, Jessica (2011)
    The document that follows describes the entire process I went through during my senior project, in detail, and what led me to choose the theme, "Escape from Reality". It gives an account of my painting processes, my art ...
  • Re-Conceptions : Women in Art : a Studio Art SIP 

    Malyn, Hannah (2007)
    Artist's Statement: "The place of women in the art world has always been unsure. Both as artists and as subjects of art, women are forced to accept the place that is given to them. As subjects, they become objects or ...
  • Gut 

    Davis, Jessamyn (2009)
    Artist’s Statement: “My SIP, "Gut," has been in the making, physically, since the beginning of winter, but I have been working out the thought processes surrounding it for some years now. I see this exhibition as a stop ...
  • New School of Kalamazoo Painting 

    Aiken, Eric (2010)
    Artist's Statement: "There comes a time when we as artists have to look beyond the body of work and focus more on the artists at work. That was goal of this mural project. It was to do just that, look at artists as working ...
  • With Wings of Steel 

    Forsythe, Lizzy (2010)
    The artist writes "there is an incontrovertible similarity between the mass of information accessible to an individual and the rough chaos of a pile of scrap steel. No matter how it is arranged, there always seems to be ...
  • Rusting Brains Make Pretty Places: a Painting SIP 

    Sheldon, Sara (2010)
    Artist’s Statement: “Hanging at the center of each gallery wall, at a sixty-inch eye level, my work follows a tradition of exhibiting art in the "white cube." These pieces, each representative of a map or landscape that ...
  • Office Anxiety, Office Boredom, Office Monotony 

    Hammerly, Allison (2015)
    "Office Anxiety, Office Boredom, Office Monotony" is a series of eight digital illustrations that deal with the psychological effects of boredom and monotony on the human mind, using the office workplace as a setting. The ...
  • Collection of Wounds 

    Gaunt, Lauren (2015)
    This paper details the artist's process in creating the series of seven acrylic paintings, Collection of. Wounds. The collection is a result of a personal fascination with skin and the human body. The artist uses photographs ...
  • An Installation SIP 

    Smith, Caitlyn (2014)
    The artist writes “I continue to eat meat, but I do not want to watch an animal die. In my work, I focus on the relationship that we have with eating flesh, or in most cases, the relationship we avoid. In this project, I ...
  • Vulnerabilities : an Emotional Exploration in the Voices of Survivors 

    Rayas, Anna (2015)
    Vulnerabilities is a collection of pieces created for my senior individualized project (SIP) which addresses issues surrounding how sexual violence and violence against women affects survivors and their perceptions of their ...
  • Cruzando Fronteras 

    Aguilar, Donna (2015)
    I grew up with stories that my mom would tell me about her childhood and her customs in Guatemala. She would tell me that I was lucky to be born in the United States because I have so many opportunities that she did not ...
  • Neo-Pedestrian 

    Sandiford, Kira (2015)
    Neo-Pedestrian is a collection of ten acrylic paintings that explore the human relationship to contemporary urban environments. The paintings bring to light the aesthetic possibilities in our routine ways of seeing the ...
  • Lost in a Sea of Trees : Senior Individualized Project 

    Kelly, Clover (2014)
    People often associate abandoned places and objects with sadness and death. Abandoned places evoke a surreal otherworldly feeling that is unsettling to most people, but I find these places strangely beautiful. With these ...
  • Synthesized Nature 

    Sarter, Chiara (2016)
    Titled Synthesized Nature, this piece is a large installation made up of many smaller parts, created primarily from relief prints and paper cuts. The interaction of altered print, paper and cast shadows, pulled together ...
  • Make Your Bed Dear 

    MacArthur, Lucy Bogner (2016)
    My Senior Individualized Project examines modern laws that police women’s bodies, fairytales that highlight victim blaming and violence, and patriarchal and biblical stories that teach people how to worship and despise ...
  • A Look at Superheroes in Odd Places 

    Hamilton-Wray, Elijah (2016)
    The author writes "My Senior Individualized Project uses comic book superheroes as the main visual focus and place them in positions that they are not normally seen in order create interesting dynamics within each individual ...
  • The Holiness Collection 

    Beaudry, Zoe (2014)
    In my work, I want to exemplify both my fascination with content and the medium of painting itself. This is because I am powerfully moved by the visual elements of painting, and provoked by the conceptual. I find a strong ...
  • Constriction : Experiments in Movement 

    Slough, Audrey (2013)
    The artist writes, “For most dancers, it is desirable to hone technique to perfection; to live graceful and poised lives like those of our predecessors. We strive for control in our work, and often strive for control ...

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