Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Mindy Herrin-Lewis

Thesis Professor Department

Art and Design

Thesis Reader(s)

John Hilton


The self portrait is a consistent aspect of art history, with many artists returning to it again and again across their lives. This project intends to explore the function of the self portrait. Through research and execution of artwork, the artist has found that the self portrait has multiple functions, including: a practice of anatomy; a display of status, skill, and likeness; an outlet for emotion; and a place for psychological confrontation. Across the life of this project, the artist completed twenty-two self portraits in a variety of styles and materials.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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