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Students from the MWSU School of Fine Arts participated in the Undergraduate Art History Symposium. This event was hosted by the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA) on April 17, this last Saturday.

Among other students from institutions across America - schools like Kansas City Art Institute, James Madison, Syracuse, The University of Texas at Austin, Missouri Western was represented by poets and artists alike. Dr. Marianne Kunkel presented two of her poetry students, Brooke Sip and Connor Lindsay. These poets wrote “ekphrastic” poems, which are poems based on art pieces. The poets based their poems on art from the permanent collection at AKMA.

Students also presented research papers. Christian Banez, a senior at Missouri Western, presented his research on “Women in the Frame: Pop (Icon) Britney and San Vitale’s Empress Theodora Mosaic.” At the symposium, Banez thanked Dr. Madeline Rislow, an art professor in Potter hall who moderated the keynote portion, as well as pop sensation Britney Spears. His research explored the modern interpretation of “icon,” as opposed to its religious meaning, as presented through modern framing.

Other students moderated the event. Paige Donnohue, who moderated the morning presentations, introducing the various presenters and their research.

Missouri Western has participated in this event with AKMA for five years.

These presentations are available on the official AKMA YouTube channel.

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