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Floating Needles: Graduating Exhibition 2020

Floating Needles: Art Seniors Thesis Exhibition

Anna Douglas Smith – see portfolio
Heidi Hayne – see portfolio
Malik Hodge – see portfolio
Hongyu Zhou – see portfolio
Henry Ray – see portfolio
Hallery Matson – see portfolio

April 17th, 2020 and beyond
The University Art Gallery and the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies of the University of the South are pleased to Present online exhibitions by the graduating Art majors of 2020.

Collectively, these six bodies of work address the distribution of tension across and between surfaces. Floating Needles refers to the phenomenon resulting from surface tension, of that moment water supports heavier substances. Similar to needles afloat on water, the works in this exhibition point in different directions, but together exist in a delicate and tense state of balance. The works deal with contradictions and resistance, and vulnerability and resilience. By doing so, this group of Art majors manifests an almost prescient awareness of the stresses and strains precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With approaches that range from assemblage to video, and drawing to photography, our attention is drawn to end-of-life passages (Heidi Hayne), the commonness of solitude (Malik Hodge), connections between gender and the environment (Hallery Matson and Henry Ray), and the fragmentation and reconstruction of memory (Anna Douglas Smith and Hongyu Zhou). All together the exhibition challenges us not only to think about these issues but also how we frame them.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of our campus leaves us with a shift of all programming and activities to online processes. Final thesis portfolios may be viewed by following the links below. The Department encourages visitors to leave comments and messages of support, to help cherish and celebrate our students and this community as we redefine our borders.

Heidi Hayne
Malik Hodge
Hallery Matson
Henry Ray
Anna Douglas Smith
Hongyu Zhou

For further information, please contact
Pradip Malde, Professor of Art
Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

pmalde@sewanee.edu or +1.931.598.1537

Final Thesis Portfolios

The Art majors of 2020 present their final thesis portfolios for online viewing. [Links will go live at 4:30 PM Friday, April 17, 2020.

Heidi Hayes

Malik Hodge

Hallery Matson

Henry Ray

Anna Douglas Smith

Hongyu (Harry) Zhou

COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS: The Comprehensive examination for Art majors normally assesses a year-long process via the production and exhibition of a Portfolio of work, an oral defense, a public presentation, and a 3,000 to 5,000-word thesis that presents a critical inquiry of the Portfolio. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and cancellation of all on-site classes, the following constitutes the ART 430 course requirements and by extension, the Art Comprehensive exam. NOTE that there will not be any physical exhibition, nor oral defense.

Exhibition: present an online portfolio, accessed from this site, the University Art Gallery site, and each Art Major’s web site, comprising the complete thesis body of work, providing detail views wherever necessary. A link to the portfolio is sent to all Art Faculty.  Due: 9 AM, Friday April 17, 2020.

Defense: A Zoom.us discussion with Art faculty, while referencing the online portfolio. 30 minutes. TBD, during the week starting Monday April 20.

Thesis:  9 AM, Monday April 27, 2020. Final Thesis due from all Art SRs, email to all Art faculty, as PDF and Word, named: Lastname_FinalThesisPaper

Midterm Thesis Paper Guidelines

Art 420
Midterm Thesis paper Guidelines

Submit papers via the Seminar in Creativity Dropbox folder by NOON on Friday, October 14. Late work will result in a failing midterm grade for the thesis paper.

Inserting Images

Insert your images into the body of the work, where relevant. Make sure images are saved as .jpg files, sized between 50-150K (no larger than a couple of inches in any direction) Follow guide from last year about resizing images. If discussing a video, incorporate a still of the video into the body of the paper with a working link to the video.

Descriptions of Work

Use the following template when adding descriptions below all works of art. Notice that the title is italicized and artist’s name is all caps.

Title. Date. ARTISTS FIRST NAME THEN LAST NAME. Medium, dimensions in inches i.e. 24 x 120 inches.

Image List

At the end of your paper, you MUST include a list of thumbnails of all work made exclusively for Art 420 this semester only.

Citations and Bibliographies

We will follow the Chicago-Style Citation, using footnotes or endnotes. Example: Here is a sentence where you, “Directly Quote Someone.”[1] (see footnote at the bottom of the page below.)

Visit: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_sec014.html for details.

Thesis statements need to be underlined.
Maximum of 10, double spaced, typed pages excluding endnotes/images.

[1] Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay, Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), 24–25.

Exhibition Packets

All majors must send Pradip an exhibition packet – digital form, zipped into one folder, which is named <LastnameFirstname_exhib-pack>. See this page for more information.

Deadlines for this vary. All materials EXCEPT the check/price lists are due no later than 2 weeks prior to the opening of your exhibition (this applies to both Nabit and Gallery venues). The check/price list must be submitted electronically by the start of the exhibition installation.

Syllabus – Schedule Spring 2011

[this page will be updated frequently until around February 4, 2011]


  • All SRs are required to attend all Gallery and Nabit events, and all SR and JR presentations

2.21 and 2.22, 7 to 9:30 PM

SR mid-term presentations, 15m each, 5 m questions – all SRs to attend and present. All JRs must attend

4.13, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Lauren Maggart defense

4.14, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Lauren Maggart public presentation and reception

4.15, 12:30 – 4:30 PM

SR (non-hons) public presentations, 20m+10m questions

4:30 – 6:30: reception in Gallery, dinner at EQB club to follow

4.18, 8:00AM to Noon

SR (non-hons) private defense, 25m each

4.26, 8:00 AM

All thesis papers (Hons and non-Hons) due