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Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015

The Senior Thesis Exhibition is the culminating experience of the studio art major.  The exhibition is a group exhibition required of all senior majors and takes place in the Tang Museum. The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate and assess the accomplishments of art majors in studio practice. Although the exhibition is not credit bearing, a passing grade (S/U) is required to graduate.


Your exhibition should demonstrate maturity in thought, execution, and presentation.  Plan to exhibit a select group of art works that represent the highest level of quality, depth of inquiry, and best critical judgment that you have achieved during the last year of work in your advanced courses at Skidmore. PRACTICAL CONCERNS


Preparation: Work in the studio with full energy, sense of purpose, and commitment.  Actively make work, building on your best ideas.  Bring pieces to full resolution.  When you have strong pieces of work, begin making selections for the exhibition.  Consult with individual faculty members concerning questions of selection and presentation.  Weigh the guidance you receive and make your own final decisions. 

Presentation: The presentation of your work for the Senior Thesis Exhibition is a major element in the way it is evaluated.  High quality presentation is essential.  Work that is framed, hung, cased or placed well will show the work to its best advantage.

Timing: As you make the work, develop your total conception for the piece, which will include its presentation.   Plan ahead to consider your needs, and prepare for unexpected situations by working in advance of your deadlines.   Don’t delay important preparation until the week before your installation date!

Do your homework: Explore local resources and internet sites to find the best presentation materials at the most economical price.  Talk to your faculty members about options for the presentation of specific work.

A note about framers: Framers will do as little or as much of the work of framing the pieces as you request.  They can take the pieces and totally prepare them for hanging or they could prepare parts for you to assemble yourself.  Most frame shops require two to three weeks to complete a job.  Rush jobs may be granted at additional cost.

A note about ordering: If you plan to order from a catalogue or on line, please allow adequate time for back orders and shipping.  Make sure your order is complete and accurate.

Allotment of Space: The Exhibition Committee will assign space according to need and availability. After space requirement forms are returned, and basic needs are established, more space may be available.  Not all students need wall space – some will use free-standing floor space, others will exhibit outdoors.  Any remaining wall space will be distributed equitably.

Installation: Two-dimensional work should be properly framed, matted, or mounted.  Most three-dimensional work should be mounted on bases or presented in cases.  Large sculptures or installation pieces should be presented to their best advantage.   Digital work should be presented in a way that is easily accessible.    Each senior is responsible for installing his/her own exhibition.  David  Peterson and Torry Fish, Senior Preparator of the Tang Museum are available to discuss installation requirements and answer your questions.  Please make an appointment with Torry or David if you think your installation needs are particularly challenging.

Bases and equipment

Lighting: Museum personnel will set all lighting in the gallery spaces.

Please note: Museum personnel may need to rearrange sculpture bases to insure better security and traffic flow during the busy opening reception. (400 – 500 people attend)

Insurance:  Skidmore College does not insure works in the Senior Thesis Exhibition.  Consider securing your work, especially if it is small and portable.  Self-insurance is another option.

De-installing the exhibition:  You are responsible for removing your work, cleaning and returning installation tools and materials, and leaving your exhibition area clean and in good order.  Work remaining beyond the deadline for removal will be disposed of.

Contact List

Name Phone Email
David Peterson x 5045 dpeterso@skidmore.edu
Jill Jones  x 5030 jjones@skidmore.edu
Torry Fish
x 5537 tfish@skidmore.edu