The final project for American Art Civil War - Civil Rights was an opportunity to create something more unique than a typical final essay. In this exhibition proposal, self-taught artists Howard Finster, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Purvis Young are united by their Christian faith. Each artist was working during the 1970s, just after a major shift in American history with the end of the Civil Rights Movement. Their subject matter and calling to art through faith unite them together for a powerful exhibition proposal. In addition to the proposal, there is a draft of the space provided through ArtSteps which includes wall texts and a guided tour.
Incorporating both the coursework from Southern Civil Rights Movement and a personal interest in art history, this project investigated how black artists mastered abstraction in the 1950s and 60s. Abstract Expressionism is a movement dominated in art history by white male artists. However, many black artists were able to use this style to subvert discrimination and enter museum collections because the subject matter was not inherently tied to their racial identity. This short exhibition, shown on ArtSteps, provides a brief look into this history with artists Jack Whitten, Norman Lewis, Alma Thomas, and Sam Gilliam.
For Latin American Art History, the course culminated with a thorough research project that centered around the Chavin artifact Spoon with Profile Face with Ornate Head Decoration. This object was used to dive into Chavin and Cupisnique religious practices surrounding Anadenanthera, a plant based hallucinogen found in Latin America. This essay concludes with the realization that one small object becomes a microcosm of the Chavin religious practices that are still shrouded in mystery to modern art historians and archeologists.
The final assignment for American Political Parties was an opportunity to delve into an issue of personal interest. Being from Georgia, Pierson chose to focus on the state as a case study of the South's changing perspectives around politics and Confederate history. Using information from recent elections, polls, and protests, this essay concluded that Georgia demonstrates that the South is not a monolith and that many are resisting the power of stereotypes across the region.
For Introduction to Political Research, each student was asked to complete a research project that included conducting data analysis through SPSS. This project centered around dollar store companies Dollar General Corp. and Dollar Tree Inc. and finding a correlation between their locations and the location of food deserts. The 30 states with the highest number of food deserts were selected and used to create a linear regression model to test the hypothesis that, in comparing states with high levels of food insecurity, those that have more food deserts will have more Dollar General Corp. and Dollar Tree Inc. store locations than those with less food deserts. This study found support for the hypothesis and encourages further study of how corporations may take advantage of vulnerable populations such as those living in food deserts.