Graduation Date

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Program

Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Eric Van Duzer

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Gina Tuzzi

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. James Woglom

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Art

Abstract

This study explores the issue of unequal representation of women artists in the art-world (museums, galleries, auctions and texts) as well as in Studio Art, Art Education and Art-Historical pedagogy. This study examines how student knowledge and attitudes are impacted by the lack of exposure to art made by women. The problem of unequal representation of women in the arts was verified and examined in the literature review. The literature review explored feminist pedagogy as an educational method. The review made evident the unequal representation of women in visual Art History and the relative exclusion of women role models in studio practices through the use of three-pronged examination of women’s representation in Art History: the devaluation of craft, the history of barring women as artists, and the systematic exclusion of women artists in text books, museums and the art-world. The research presented here was conducted in the form of a survey of seventy-two Humboldt State University students currently enrolled in either Art History, Art Education or Audio Art courses. This study investigates the research question: is the problem of unequal representation of women artists in the art-world reflected in student knowledge? My hypothesis is that the existence of unequal representation of women artists in the art-world demonstrated through the historical-analytical review of the relevant literature is reflected in college students’ knowledge of women artists. The results support this hypothesis of the ongoing effects of the historical bias in favoring male artists.

Citation Style

APA

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Art Education Commons

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