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Erin Dunn Presents Research at Symposium

April 18, 2009
Study looks at how Hollywood dramatizes the biographies of artists.

Erin Dunn ’09 presented, “Between the Canvas and Hollywood: The Artist Biography in Film” at Randolph College’s Symposium for Artists & Scholars on April 18, 2009.

Dunn conducted the research project with her faculty mentor, Andrea Campbell, assistant professor of art, while an undergraduate student at Randolph College.

An abstract of Dunn’s study follows...

Torment, sex, and artistic genius: the life of an artist is often sensationalized when translated to the silver screen. Hollywood tends to focus on the dramatic aspects of an artist’s biography in order to create a rich, powerful plot for the audience. How does this attraction to drama affect the audience’s perception of artists? Does the audience look at these works of art through sensationalized lenses? My study examines the depiction of three artists whose lives inspired motion pictures. By critically analyzing the films Frida, Pollock, and Artemisia, I explore how the world of motion pictures shares these biographies with an audience and how the audience then perceives the works of these artists.

The Student Symposium of Artists and Scholars provides Randolph College students from all classes and disciplines the opportunity to present the results of their research, scholarship, and creative work to the entire College community and beyond.

The two-day symposium, modeled after a typical academic conference, features oral presentations of student research, readings of creative work, musical performances, and exhibitions of student artwork. The symposium also includes a poster session, reception and a keynote address from a noteworthy academic speaker.

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