"Tracey Emin's My Bed as Creative Space" by Kelsey Kresse

In the almost two decades since Tracey Emin premiered My Bed, it has largely been interpreted as being purely autobiographical (as has most of her work) and simply part of her “bad sex aesthetic.” This paper contends that upon closer examination, Emin’s work is more than bad sex and dirty sheets but can bee seen as a creative space for both Emin and other artists.

Kelsey Kresse

Kelsey Kresse is a Senior in the History of Art and Architecture Department writing her Senior Honors Thesis on Tracey Emin’s My Bed as a creative space and its ties to Ovid’s Pygmalion myth. In addition to her HAA major she is also a Theatrical Design and Italian minor. In the HAA Department she has worked with Dr.

"Representing Genetic Disease in Modernity: Rick Guidotti as the Contemporary Medical Photographer" by Elana Williams

Throughout the history of western society, there has been an underlying theme of objectivity in image making that has evolved with each new technological advancement.   The strictly objective nature of the medical profession has mirrored this argument surrounding objectivity in the field of scientific image making and stems from long standing conventional philosophies engrained into the teaching of medicine.  This approach to medical care is called biomedicine.  However, in modern times, philosophies are

"Circulation, Access, and Tourist Experience: Berlin's Center and Periphery as Case Study" by Grace Meloy

To access what was the main Soviet war memorial in East Berlin and more broadly in East Germany, the tourist in Berlin must make a conscious decision to leave the city’s center, which is saturated with the city’s main tourist and memorial sites, and move out into the periphery. By public transportation, one must take two S-bahn lines and then walk through one of the city’s large parks, Treptower Park, to finally reach the memorial.

"The Encounters Project: Teaching Art History Outside of The University" by Joanna Kemp

This spring we challenged a group of high school students from Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy to create a public exhibition of original works. The History of Art and Architecture Department from the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students (PACES), joined forces to create the Encounters Project: Art in the City, to bring Art History out of the University setting and into the high school classroom.

"The Display of Cylinder Seals" by Elizabeth Marriott

Museums often display objects that were integral to their original culture but are now functionally obsolete and thus unfamiliar to the public. Engraved cylinder seals are one such object. Averaging at only an inch in height, a seal was made of stone or faience whose curved sides were carved with a design ranging from figural to abstract. The seal was then rolled into clay to create a raised design that is the mirror image of the seal.

Elana Williams

Elana Williams is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is majoring in the History of Art and Architecture with a minor in English Literature and is a part of many academic honor societies on Pitt’s campus such as Pitt Golden Key and Sigma Alpha Lambda.  She enjoys learning about all aspects of art and literature but focuses mainly on studying photography in modernity and Victorian novels.  Her interests outside of academia include running, cooking, and traveling with her family of three brother

Julia Warren

Julia Warren is a senior in the Architectural Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy degree through the University Honors College. She was a participant in the New York City Field Studies Program through the Office of Undergraduate Research during the spring of 2013 and was a Brackenridge Fellow during the summer of 2013.

Matthew Sova

Matthew Sova is a junior History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology double major at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also a German minor.  He has worked on historical archaeological excavations at Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison near Sandusky, Ohio.  He also was a undergraduate teaching assistant for the Introduction to World Art class.  He is currently working as an intern at the American Jewish Museum, a part of the Jewish Community Center of Squirrel Hill.  Last semester he was enrolled in

Stephanie Selya

Stephanie Selya is a senior undergraduate HAA major at the University of Pittsburgh with a minor in Italian Studies. She is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Honors Thesis researching the composite photography of Australian photographer, Frank Hurley. She was also awarded the Milton Fine Museum Professional Fellowship, enabling her to work directly with Executive Director Janet McCall at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh from September 2013 to the present.