VES 2015 Senior Thesis: the distribution of parts

  • VES Senior Thesis, the distribution of parts

  • Tiana Abdulmassih, from the series Family In Progress, 2015. Photography

  • Ashleigh Cote, Counterweight, 2015. Stop-motion animation

  • Selena Kim, VII (Memory, Fantasy, and Somewhere in Between), 2015. Mixed media, dimensions variable

  • Julian Avery Leonard, from the series Current Sculptures, 2015. Mixed media, dimensions variable

  • Monica Palos, Fragments, 2015

  • Ethan Pierce, here, without: art, otherness and Israel–Palestine, 2014–15. Social sculpture project, dimensions variable

  • Christina M. Rodriguez, Madonna and Child, 2015 (detail). Textiles; patchwork, 5 x 9 ft. 2 in.

  • Qianyun (Helen) Shi, I Lived Here, 2015. 2D Animation, 8 min., 9 sec.


May 1 – 28, 2015
Level 1 + Level 3, Sert Gallery

For many Visual and Environmental 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 distribution of parts is the title students of the 2015 Senior Thesis have crafted for their group exhibition. The title is fitting, particularly at a moment when ideas, images, news, and materials are gathered and experienced from infinite sources, including social media, advertising, online content, consumer culture, and lived reality—all interpreted and redistributed through some of the same communication channels. Hybridity, as the title implies, is an integrated factor of contemporary life.

The Department of Visual and Environmental 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 and theory, studies of the built and natural environment, and contemporary art. The academic experience transpires in the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, where thinking and making—physical contact with various materials—intersect to enable students from a variety of disciplinary studies to be aware of their visual environment.