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

Morrin, Peter

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Begley, John

Committee Member

Begley, John

Committee Member

Vivian, Daniel

Author's Keywords

Bittners; Decorative Arts; Exhibition Design; Museum Theory


This thesis is a practical summary and theoretical analysis of the development and execution of the exhibition Top Drawer: 150 Years of Bittners, held for public view at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky in November 2012. The thesis further discusses Top Drawer in the broader context of the regional, national and global contemporary museum environment, as well as its impact on the development of the Frazier History Museum's new institutional plan. These examinations are followed by a detailed practicum of the exhibition. This thesis is divided into four chapters covering the areas of museum history, theory and practice, and concludes with a consideration of the institutional future of the Frazier History Museum.