Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Art History and Visual Culture



First Advisor

Dr. Piper Hutson

Second Advisor

Dr. Colleen Biri

Third Advisor

Dr. Khristin Landry-Montes


This thesis focuses on the utilization of art historical inquiry to improve the relationship and narrative of culture within appropriate settings. Although this thesis will prove the beneficial and important role that the subject matter of art history can have in early education, the subject matter will also show the specific possibilities of using such inquiries in art therapy, museum education, and in general education classrooms. The aim of the thesis is to present these practical and useful employments of art historical inquiry, within subject matter for young children, to be a tool for finding cultural identity and inclusivity in the classroom and in community. Thusly, this thesis will also present a new historicism that could change the narrative of art history for future generations.


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