Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Tema Stauffer

Committee Members

Tema Stauffer, Mira Gerard, Andrew Ross


The photographer discusses his work in “The Boone Dam Project”, a Masters of Fine Art exhibit held at the Tipton Gallery, Johnson City, Tennessee from March 18 through March 29, 2019. The exhibition consists of a collection of 14 large color archival inkjet prints from a large body of work that surveys a lakeside community’s landscape and residents affected by lowered lake levels during a dam repair. A catalog of the exhibit is included at the end of this thesis.

Whitten examines formal and conceptual influences through historical and contemporary photographers. Images included are works made by Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Susan Lipper. Influences outside of photography are discussed through literary works of Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver. Critical influence regarding landscape and human interactions is presented in regards to essays by J.B. Jackson.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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