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ARH2000 Art & Culture
Art & Identity Research Project
15 points / 15% of final grade
Submit via the link provided in Canvas.
OVERVIEW
For this final project you will research two (2) contemporary artists who deal with the theme of
identity. In addition, you will reflect upon and propose an imagined artwork that relates to your own
concept of identity. (Do not worry if you are not artistically inclined, you are NOT expected to create an
actual finished art piece; it is merely a proposal for something you imagine.). The final project will be
presented as a well-researched PowerPoint presentation. Scholarly research and a Works Cited
page/slide are important components of this project.
HOW TO PREPARE
1. Engage with the presentation: “Art & Identity”
2. Read/review the following from the textbook: Chapter 4.9 (The Body in Art) and 4.10 (Identity, Race, &
Gender in Art); pp. 189 (grey box); 357-359
ARTIST RESEARCH
1. Choose two (2) artists from the list on page three of these instructions. Research your
chosen artists in relation to their interest in a theme of “Identity”.
2. You must use at least three different types of sources in your research project: The artwork
itself will be one source – the most important primary source. Therefore, you must research and
find at least two (2) other types of sources (interview with the artists, scholarly articles, books,
museum website etc.) to use in your study. Most will need to exceed this minimum for a robust
presentation. See page 189 of your textbook for a list of possible primary and secondary sources.
Further resources on how to get started are found in the subheading “Resources” below. You can
find many sources in the library or in one of the library’s databases.
3. Your selection of artists should be intentional and surround a specific sub-topic of identity.
Your research should not focus on identity in only a broad and general way. Clearly identify the subtopic that relates to your artists. For example, you may find artists that are similarly interested in
any of the following sub-topics below:
 the fluidity of identity
 deconstructing cultural, social, or political difference
 feminist critique
 diversity or artists who create work that explores related cultures, groups, or societies
 You may consider choosing artists that work in the same medium (for example, performance
art, painting, or installation) and how that material choice imparts meaning to their work.
4. After selecting your sub-topic and artists, you must decide on a title for your project.
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5. Your research into the artists should include biographical information and an examination of the
artists’ approaches. In a PowerPoint presentation of your research, include the following:
a. Biographies of each artist:
i. Image of the artist (photo, sketch, etc.)
ii. Brief biography: name, date of birth/death, where she/he was trained, and a broad
statement about their working process, critical interests and concerns as an artist
b. Three artworks by each artist: Find and select three artworks by each artist. Your artist
may explore many concepts and ideas, but for this project you must find how their work
relates to your chosen sub-topic related to identity. Be selective about which artworks you
choose. Each artwork should have two slides minimum:
i. An image slide which includes a high quality image of the artwork and its basic
identifying information (artist name, title, date, medium, dimensions, and location if
known). You may include detail images or alternative views.
ii. A separate slide should include a researched statement about the artwork. How does
the work relate to your chosen topic? How is this artist’s choice of materials and/or
processes relevant or meaningful?
c. Final Statement (minimum 400 words): In a final written statement you will compare
and contrast the artists and explain how they relate to your chosen sub-topic. Identify and
explain the artist’s values, attitudes and approaches. Support your claims with research and
informed examples/ideas, and draw upon concepts, terms, and approaches learned in class.
ARTWORK PROPOSAL: Your Experience
After conducting your research, consider how the artists/artworks chosen do or do not relate to your
personal experience. Think about the following: How does your concept of identity relate to the artists you
researched? The question of identity may lead to other questions such as: What values are important to me?
What else is important to me? Why? Do I identify with any groups or collectives? What “values” do these
groups have? Who am I as an individual? How might you communicate your own experience in an artwork?
Now, write a statement that proposes an imagined artwork directly related to your own experience.
Be detailed in your description. What concepts are important to convey? What materials/medium would
you use? Consider and explain the scale, location, and subject matter. Would it be a figurative self-portrait
or would you represent yourself through other ways?
Your proposal may include a sketch or diagram, or you may choose to keep it entirely written. If you choose
to use a written statement only, be as vividly descriptive as possible. A fun part of this proposal is that since
you are not actually expected to complete the work, you are not constricted by location, scale, or cost of
materials!
In addition, keep in mind that your artwork proposal does not have to relate directly to the artists or theme
you chose for the main part of your research project. However, in your statement, you should make
thoughtful connections to your artists and/or theme, whether this be through comparison or contrast.
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RESOURCES
In addition to using the artwork as primary source, the use of at least two (2) different types of secondary
sources is required. Avoid simple Internet searches. Include a Works Cited page (slide) at the end of your
presentation.

Library Resources: The best place to start is in the “Library Resources” menu item found in our
Canvas home menu. There you will find library databases related to art and art history. You can also
find that information at this link: http://guides.lib.usf.edu/arthistory. See page 189 of your
textbook for examples of effective secondary sources. They include: reference books, books by
scholars, scholarly journal articles, book reviews, and museum websites.
ARTISTS
Choose any two artists from this list. Most of the artists on the list are contemporary artists, meaning
that they are living and working today. You will find examples by almost all of them in your textbook.
I’ve grouped them by working process which may be helpful in identifying artists of interest:
(Photography/Video and/or Performance) Nancy Burson, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Robert
Mapplethorpe, Nikki S. Lee, Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta, Shirin Neshat, Jillian Mayer, Carrie Mae Weems,
Pipilotti Rist, Bill Viola, Rineke Dijkstra, Lorna Simpson, Matthew Barney, Guerrila Girls, Orlan, Janine
Antoni, Richard Prince
(Painting/Drawing/Design) Judith Baca, Barry McGee, Kerry James Marshall, Elizabeth Peyton, Mickaline
Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zhang Chun Hong, Hung Liu, Faith Ringgold, Chuck Close,
Wangechi Mutu, Keith Haring, Jenny Saville, Barbara Kruger
(Installations and Sculpture) Yinka Shonibare, Spencer Tunick, Kara Walker, Doris Salcedo, Judy Chicago,
Xenobia Bailey, Do Ho Suh, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Ron Mueck, Marc Quinn, Louise Bourgeois, Betye Saar,
Magdelena Abakanowicz, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst
CHECKLIST
Your final presentation should include the following. You may organize and design your presentation for
optimal viewing, however, keep in mind you must include all components.
 Topic slide including your name and the title of your research project
 Artist #1
o Image of the artist and brief bio
o Artwork image slides (x3)
o Artwork information slides (x3)
 Artist #2
o Image of the artist and brief bio
o Artwork image slides (x3)
o Artwork information slides (x3)
 Final Statement (you may break this up into multiple slides due to min. word length)
 Artwork Proposal and Statement
 Works Cited (References)
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FORMAT AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
 Create your project as a PowerPoint presentation. When saving your document for submission,
consider converting to a PDF before uploading. Corrupt files or incorrect documents will result in a
zero (0). After uploading, go back to ensure it went through correctly.
 All sources must be cited. This includes direct quotations, paraphrases, and images. Here is a helpful
resource: http://guides.lib.usf.edu/citingsources. You must use in-text citations in addition to a
properly formatted Works Cited/Reference page.
 Use clear and complete sentences throughout your presentation. Proofread before submission.
You must use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
RUBRIC
The rubric below is a general guide. A rubric with points and specific grading criteria is attached to the
assignment in Canvas and will be used in evaluation.
15 points
A
B
C
D, F
Late? -20%
Focus and
Clarity (Art
Proposal)
Focus and
Clarity (Written
Component)
Support for
Ideas
(Written
Component)
Language
(Written
Component)
Followed all directions.
Presents a thorough and
well thought out project.
Displays evidence of effort
and originality. Idea
effectively addresses all
the problems presented
by the assignment.
Answers all required
questions thoroughly and
displays a full
understanding of the
topics and how they relate
to this project.
Followed most but not
all directions.
Shows evidence of
effort. Some elements
required further
development.
Project lacks full
evidence of effort
and/or is unfinished.
Did not follow
directions closely.
Did not follow
directions.
The idea doesn’t
address the problems
presented by the
assignment.
Shows a good
understanding of the
topic or parts of the
topic, however, missed
select concepts and/or
did not fully answer the
questions assigned.
Does not seem to
understand the topics
very well or how they
relate to this project.
Did not answer all
questions asked.
Did not answer many
of the questions
asked; does not a have
an understanding of
the topics discussed
or how they relate to
this project.
Points are developed
logically, coherently and
extensively with
convincing, specific
supporting details and
researched examples.
Strong evidence of critical
thinking.
Choice of language
consistently precise,
purposeful. Nearly
flawless sentence
structure, usage,
mechanics contribute to
writer’s ability to
communicate purpose.
Citations are complete
and properly formatted
citations.
Presents a plan of
development that is
carried out. Uses
specific supporting
details and researched
examples. Some
evidence of critical
thinking.
Word choice accurate,
varied. Occasional
errors in sentence
structure, usage and
mechanics do not
hinder writer’s ability
to communicate
purpose. Citations
complete but may be
incorrectly formatted.
Development of ideas
and points evident but
supported by a
mixture of
generalizations and
specific detail.
Ideas and points are
evident but support is
very general and/or
inconsistent.
Word choice correct
but simple/ without
variety. Errors in
mechanics and/ or
usage may partially
obscure content of
assignment.
Incomplete and
incorrectly formatted
citations.
Frequent errors in
word choice.
Sentence structure
and mechanics
seriously affect clarity.
Minimal or no
citations provided.
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