Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Gender and Women's Studies

Reader 1

Susan Rankaitis

Reader 2

Elana Mann

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© 2013 Denise Tupper


This paper maps themes (e.g. family, beauty, femininity, gender, blackness, representation) and artists from the Black arts and Feminist art movement who have been very influential when planning this senior art project. I specifically look at the works of Black feminist artists such as Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, and Mickalene Thomas who navigate themes from both movements. In my project I have painted a series of interpretive acrylic portraits of close friends and family members, all adapted from photographs.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.