Art, Film, and Visual Studies 2021 Senior Thesis Show: What is Created Through Struggle

  • Nicole Araya, Compulsive, 2021. Linocut block print, digital. 11 x 17 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Georgia Bowder-Newton, Beauty at the End of the World, 2021. Watercolor and ink. 12 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the artist.  

  • Caitlin Jones, Fullness, 2021. Acrylic and glitter on wood. 7 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the artist. 

  • Natalie Gale, Here, There, Now, Then, 2021. Web-based photography. Courtesy of the artist. 

  • Marie Konopacki, Primeval Forests, 2021 (still). 2:35 min. HD video, color. Courtesy of the artist

  • FIGHTER-0, FIGHTER, 2021. Multimedia. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Brett McLoughlin & Alex Medlin, Protocol Magazine Issue 001, 2021. Print magazine. 8 x 10 inches. Image, left: Sal Salandra, I’ll Beat You, Whip You, Love You, 2020. Mixed threads on canvas. Image, right: Orpheus Men, Flat 28/a XI, 2021. Oil on paper. All images courtesy of the artist.

  • Sally O'Keeffe, Buildings Made of Bones (McLean I), 2020. Fabric, cardboard, polyester fiberfill, embroidery thread, marker. 3 x 2 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Dani Pérez, Los Amo Mucho, 2021 (still). 12 min. Video. Courtesy of the artist. 

  • Christina Yee, Clsfd, 2021. Multimedia. Courtesy of the artist.  


May 4 – Aug 31, 2021
Online Exhibition


For many Art, Film, and Visual Studies students, the senior thesis is the capstone experience in the department. Students conceive their theses in conjunction with the department and work closely with faculty members as principal advisers. Throughout the yearlong process, students develop and refine their ideas into a thesis work, concluding with its presentation in this annual exhibition. 

The Art, Film, and Visual Studies 2021 Senior Thesis Exhibition features works by Ashley Akaeze, Nicole Araya, Georgia Bowder-Newton, Natalie Gale, Caitlin Jones, Marie Alejandra Konopacki, Brett McLoughlin & Alex Medlin, Sally O’ Keeffe, Dani Pérez, Vivian Tian, and Christina Yee.

The Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies is home to a range of studio and theoretical studies in the arts at Harvard University. It offers courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, and animation, as well as photography, film history, the built environment, and contemporary art. The academic experience transpires in the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, where thinking and making intersect to enable students from a variety of disciplinary studies to be aware of their visual environment. The exhibition is available online alongside  Open Studios, a showcase of student work produced in spring courses. Open Studios will take place virtually beginning Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Generous support for Carpenter Center programing is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.