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ART550 – MA & MFA Thesis / Personal Research Paper Examples


Below are 2 great examples:  The first is an the MA Thesis written from the post thesis exhibition perspective, and the second one is a first semester MFA reflective / research paper in progress.

Both papers are great examples and follow the template that we spoke about during the first part of our semester, you can refresh your memory on that format here.

Click the hyperlinks to view.

1. Meghan Hallock – MA Thesis, pre-graduation submission draft – Click Here – “Blue”

2. Leonard Altinori – MFA first semester research paper of works in progress – Click Here to Read

Feel free to leave comments and feedback below.

Artist Statement Writing – Week of 10/10

This week in class we discussed writing an Artist Statement.

Previously we used a writing  approach for our Manifesto that encourages the use of making a list of statements to communicate and express ourselves publicly. In the coming weeks each student will be creating and completing an outline for their research papers, and for some, their final thesis.

This week, please begin writing an Artist Statement by generating a list of 15-25 (or more) individual short statements in the form of a list (just like your manifesto).

Put your emphasis on a current body of your work. This should be something that you have been working on for at least 1 month, but no longer ago than one year.

Questions to focus on: (but you are not bound to)

  1. Description/Abstract: Introduction. Descriptions of the concept and body of work that you will be discussing. Be clear and objective, you need not tell your whole life story here. By creating a list, you will illustrate the many fragments of your thought process. Don’t worry about editing or making them perfect, just list them.
  2. Process, Materials and Methods: Here you will a list and discuss the descriptions of your working processes, techniques learned and applied, and the materials used to generate the art that you create. Why have you selected these specific materials and techniques to communicate your ideas? How do these choices effect how the viewer will receive your work? Have you personalized a technique in a new way? How so? Were their limitations and new discoveries?
  3. Resources and References: Historical and cultural referencing, artists, art movements, databases, and any other form of related influence. How has your research influenced your work, ideas, and decision-making process? What contrasts and contradictions have you discovered about your work and ideas? How has regular research and exposure during your program inspired you? Have you made direct and specific connections to an art movement or a series of artists? Explain your discoveries and how you came to those conclusions.
  4. Exhibition Simulation: You will be mounting a final thesis exhibition of your work. How will you be mounting your exhibition? Why have you selected this particular composition? How did the space itself dictate your choices for installation? How will your installation effect or alter the physical space itself? Will you generate a floor plan sketch to accompany the proposed composition? If so, please explain, if not, also explain why? What kind of help will you need to realize the installation? What materials will you be using to install? Do you have special requirements for ladders, technologies and additional help? Explain in detail.
  5. Reflection: What have you learned over the course of your graduate program? How has the program influenced your work and how you communicate as an artist? What were your greatest successes? What areas do you need to work on? What skills will you apply directly into your continued professional practice? Do you plan to teach after you graduate? If so, what philosophies and theories will you apply into your teaching practice? Where do you see your self professionally as an artist in 3–5 years?

**Keep in mind – Only graduating students need to focus on #4 & #5. 

Please publish your Statement in the Comments section below! Have fun with this!

The Artist Interview: In Reflection

In class on 9/20 we broke up into partners to conduct interviews with each other.

Each student was asked to generate 5-8 questions to ask a fellow artist partner about their current work. The answers were recorded by the interviewer and then given back to the interviewees.

The interviewees become aware of their spoken word when placed in a direct question interview format.

Please add your comments below to the following questions –

What was the most helpful aspect of the interview process?

What did you discover about your spoken reactions after reviewing them in a written format?

How did this exercise impact your writing after the experiment? Did you apply this to your midterm artist statement? Have you been developing your thesis structure via this experience?

Share any other related reactions from the experience here in the comments section below.

Remix Fairness, A Closer Look.

Remix Fairness, A Closer Look.


My friend and colleague Michael Branson Smith shared this great piece with our CT101 class this past week – Its very timely and speaks to artists of all kinds – “Andy Baio is a software developer for Kickstarter writes and speaks about his experience being sued by a photographer and is forced to settle and pay thousands of dollars. This is despite the fact he believes the law is on his side and so does his pro-bono counsel the EFF.”

Questions to address in the comments section below ::

  1. What did think about the presentation?

2. How has this presentation solidified or changed your point of view or awareness on the subject of remix and reuse culture?

3. How does this information effect the way you may or may not promote yourself as an artist on the web?

( Make sure that you read Andy’s blog post here as well -> writes <- )

A Thesis Writing Template & Guide

Click the link above and read the essay. The essay will serve as a template and a series of exercises that we will perform in class over the duration of the semester.

Feel free to react and respond to the essay in the comments section below. What did you find useful? Did anything stand out? Please explain.


Important Time Sensitive Info for all MFA students graduating this coming May 2016:

Important Time Sensitive Info for all MFA students graduating this coming May 2016:

Please read all of the info carefully.

  1. Our Tuesday 12/1/15 class session will be a Thesis / Research Paper Revision workshop. We will be discussing the revision process. Students will break up into groups and discuss and edit drafts of each other’s papers. Please bring 2-3 printed copies of your current thesis/paper in progress, or prepare digital versions to e-mail to each other. Please e-mail or bring a printed copy for me as well.

2. Tuesday 12/1/15 – in class we will be filling out the “MFA Thesis Proposal Form” which will served as a cover page for your thesis proposal paper. This form must be returned to Professor Neill Slaughter’s mailbox no later than this coming Friday 12/4/15. If you miss our class this week, you are 100% responsible to pick up the form from Cristina in the art office and return it to Professor Slaughter’s mailbox.

3. Your Final Thesis Papers must be submitted to me, and to Professor Neill Slaughter no later than Tuesday 12/15/15. You may submit the paper anytime before this as well. An e-mail copy is fine for me, but a printed copy should be prepared and submitted to Professor Slaughter.

3.  It is highly advised that all students contact the writing center on campus to have their final research and thesis papers evaluated. You can do this with your current drafts as well.

The Writing Center is located in Humanities Hall, 2nd floor, room 202.

Contact them by Phone: 516-299-2732

Contact them by E-mail:

Keep in mind that end of semester is near, please contact them today to make an appointment!

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