Last September, Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts, as well as the School of Art, were renamed in honor of one its prestigious alumni, Wonsook Kim. Events were held throughout the year to commemorate the now Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. Milner Library’s Institutional Repository (IR), ISU ReD has its own way of marking this change. Each thesis published in the IR includes the name of the school granting the degree, and now, every School of Art thesis published will include this statement: “Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Fine Arts [from the] Wonsook Kim School of Art.” So far, three theses bearing this statement have been added to the collection.

The first was published in December of 2019, just a few months after the name change. Travis Adams submitted the thesis titled, “Interface Of Glass And Topology,” an analysis of internal and external space and one’s connection to the natural world using blown glass sculpture.

In March of this year, Anthony Noel Hamilton submitted, “Running from the Touch on My Back: Affect and Technology in a Studio Practice.” Hamilton worked with family photographs, incorporating different artistic techniques and technological augmentation to add layers of meaning and warmth to the original work. The piece was presented as an art installation. The thesis describes the research and process involved in its creation.

The most recent addition to this collection is Jenny V. Castañon’s thesis, “Soy Nadie (I’m Nobody),” which was also added in March, just after Hamilton’s. This thesis discusses Castañon’s work as a painter and reflects on the process of painting as a way of fostering empathy and establishing a strong emotional connection with one’s audience.

As more students graduate from ISU’s Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, new voices will join the original three and further highlight the fantastic work being done at Illinois State’s art programs. To learn more about the work being done by Illinois State graduate students, visit the Theses and Dissertations collection on ISU ReD. For more information about submitting any of your work to ISU ReD, feel free to contact Milner Library’s Scholarly Communication Team at

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