Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Degree Program

Art (Creative) and Art History with a concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies, MA

Committee Chair

Begley, John P.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Morrin, Peter

Committee Member

Maloney, Thomas


Radtke, Chris--Exhibitions; Art--Exhibitions--Kentucky--Louisville


As the title suggests, this document details the course of curating an exhibition titled Trace of a Body and addresses larger themes of curating contemporary art. During spring semester 2015 the entire researching, planning, and implementation of the exhibition portion of this Master’s thesis project took place. Trace of a Body was exhibited from March 12, 2015 – April 5, 2015 in Gallery X, Schneider Hall, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville. The exhibition was a monographic show of work by Chris Radtke, a prominent contemporary artist working in Louisville, KY. It was a great opportunity to bring together the active Louisville art scene with the university. On a personal level, Radtke’s art sparks important conversations about individual choices, impact from circumstances, and life in general. The artist graciously loaned all the art for the exhibition and aided in the planning and implementation of installation works. The written component of this project addresses the curatorial process specific to this exhibition but also demonstrates the issues and rewards of curating contemporary art.