Department of Visual Arts 2014 BA Honors Exhibition


May 30 – June 15, 2014
Featuring works by Valia O'Donnell, Alex Gordon, Sarah Manocherian, Jane Fentress, Ryan Ho, Adam Dunlavy, Nicole Cherry, and Lida Wu


Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6pm

The University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts and Logan Center Exhibitions present the 2014 BA Honors Exhibition. Students graduating from the BA Honors program will present works ranging in critical concerns and approaches to making – from sculpture and installation through various lens-based media and computer-generated graphics to painting and animation.

About the Visual Arts Undergraduate Program

Visual Arts majors begin their investigation of the visual world through one of three 100-level courses that explore two and three dimensional phenomena or time-based media, followed by a course that considers the relationship between theory and practice. In subsequent coursework students explore the expressive potential of various media, deciding upon one or a combination, which most fully supports the investigation of their ideas. In the spring of their junior year, Visual Arts majors take a required seminar that combines making images with written analyses of art objects in museums and galleries, and the reading of theoretical and historical material. At the end of the junior year, students can apply for the honors track. Honors students work with Visual Arts faculty throughout the final year to mount an exhibition in the spring.

While the concentration in the Visual Arts builds on the Chicago tradition of emphasis on critical thinking and the development, testing, and revision of ideas, we shift the emphasis to place paramount importance on critical perception in an environment that is now more than ever so dominated by the visual. All of our Visual Arts teaching underscores the fact that perception involves the complex interaction of the senses and the intellect as reflected in art and in our understanding of the larger visual world. Teaching students to see critically through making images is as integral to our practice as textual analysis is central to academic practice. Our course of study develops a powerful set of means that allows students to become sensitive and consciously aware of phenomena such as the relative nature of color; the particular measure of space –– both real and illusionistic; and the ways in which our perceptual experiences give meaning to forms in the visual field.

For more information about the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago visit or contact Alison LaTendresse, DOVA Associate Director of Programs and Student Affairs: