Find/View a Senior Project

Thorncat

Senior Projects and Master’s Theses are cataloged in the library’s catalog, Thorncat. Some projects are temporarily held from public view, which is reflected in their call number. All other available Senior Projects will have SENIOR PROJECT as their call number and are available for in-library viewing. Master’s Thesis call numbers have the prefix THESIS and are located in the COA Collection area at the back of the library (they are bound in blue with title and author imprinted on spine).

List of Projects & Theses

You can access this finding aid, which is a list of all the projects and theses held in the archives. 

Viewing Projects

Senior projects are stored in the college archives. They range in format from VHS and cassette to compact disc and printed books. They are available for in-library use only. The library has players for the various formats. To view a senior project, email hstevens@coa.edu

Under the academics section of the website, there are select senior projects on exhibit.


Exhibit Space Information

See the Spring 2022 schedule of available dates and spaces here.

Things to consider when planning your senior project exhibit

  • Do you need a senior project work space?
    • Contact Marie Stivers mstivers@coa.edu to learn what spaces might be available across campus.
    • Would you like to reserve a study carrel in the library stacks? Contact Jane Hultberg – jhultberg@coa.edu Four carrels are available each term, first come, first serve, and you need to provide a signed copy of your senior project approval form.
  • Does your exhibit have AV needs? Do you need to borrow AV equipment from the library? If so, have you contacted Zach Soares zsoares@coa.edu two weeks in advance to reserve equipment?
  • Do you have signage/contextual information accompanying your display? Have you considered multi-modal forms of information to ensure a diversity of accessibility?
  • Have you promoted/advertised your exhibit in multiple ways?
  • Would you like to have a reception? Food served at an opening? Consider which exhibition spaces are conducive to receptions and/or allow food.

Dorr Museum
Contact person: Carrie Graham, cgraham@coa.edu

Space description: The wall on the right-hand side of the rear museum gallery is reserved for senior project displays. It is 214” long wall with a high-mounted 50” television that can be used to show video or left off.

Policies:

  • All requests for space must be submitted to Carrie at least two weeks before the proposed date. Requests will be granted in the order in which they are submitted, so the earlier you contact Carrie the more likely you’ll get your first choice of dates.
  • Installation day is Monday afternoon of your assigned week, and de-installation day is the following Saturday morning, unless other prior arrangements are made with Carrie. You must provide your own hanging hardware: nails, screws, or staples are permitted. You must fully remove all of your work from the museum building on your de-installation date. Any work that is left behind will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of.
  • Due to the fragile nature of our taxidermy mounts, we cannot display any objects that may house or attract pests (mice, hide/carpet beetles, clothes moths etc.). If your work contains any elements that were collected from outdoors or any edible elements, be sure to tell Carrie at your initial meeting so that she can evaluate whether the museum is the best place to show your work.
  • You may have an event (opening reception, talk, live performance, or screening) during your show as long as you schedule it with Carrie at the same time that you reserve your show week. Although we cannot eat or drink inside the museum building, you are welcome to set up a table with food and drinks outside the museum’s front entrance. Any non-COA guests must be invited in advance in accordance with COA’s current COVID-19 guest policy.

Studio 3
Contact Person: Aliyah Zweig, azweig22@coa.edu

Space Description: Studio 3 (S3) is an open space with natural lighting from large wall and ceiling windows. It has electrical sockets, tables and wall space to hang and pin work. It is a suitable space for gallery showings and presentations. There is access to running water through a sink as well as a chalkboard. S3 has a designated TV in the space that could be utilized for showcasing. Podiums and tables can be rearranged in the space to display work.

Policies:

  • All requests for space must be submitted to Aliyah at least two weeks before the proposed date. Requests will be granted in the order in which they are submitted, so the earlier you contact Aliyah the more likely you’ll get your first choice of dates. However, Seniors who need the space to finalize their Senior Project will get priority if date conflicts arise.
  • S3 has storage space that can be used during your allotted time but cannot be used for any long term storage of work.
  • The space is not very suitable for movement showcasing as the floor is warped in several places.
  • There is no easy outdoor access to S3 so this space would not necessarily be ideal for a reception with food or drink (aligning with the current Covid protocol). However, a show/presentation can occur without food or drink. Any non-COA guests must be invited in advance in accordance with COA’s current COVID-19 guest policy.
  • Installation day is Monday afternoon of your assigned week, and de-installation day is the following Saturday morning, unless other prior arrangements are made with Aliyah. You must provide your own hanging hardware: nails, screws, or staples are permitted. You must fully remove all of your work from S3 on your de-installation date. Any work that is left behind will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of.

Library
Contact person: Catherine Preston-Schreck, cpreston-schreck@coa.edu

Space description: The library has multiple spaces for senior project displays.

  • The reading room is the primary display area with two 5 x 10 ft. and two 6 x 9 ft. walls and approximately 20 linear feet of shelving, along with a 2 ½ x 6 ½ ft. wooden table and two 2 ½ x 3 ft. lockable glass display cases for use.
  • The stacks have nine 3 x 11 ft. wall spaces alongside the study carrels.
  • Depending on the project, it may be possible to install displays on walls or tables in the front lobby (the area where the circulation desk is located).
  • The outer lobby area around the couches and bathrooms is also a possibility, though this area cannot be locked/secured.
  • Depending on the scope of the project, library spaces (including the balcony) can also be used for events, performance, and installations.

Select electronic equipment may be used if it does not disrupt the environment, (i.e., if using sound, headphones are required). Equipment potentially could be borrowed from the library with 2 weeks prior arrangement with AV Specialist Zach Soares, zsoares@coa.edu.

Policies:

  • All requests for space/events must be submitted to Catherine at least two weeks before the proposed date. Requests will be granted in the order in which they are submitted, so the earlier you contact Catherine the more likely you’ll get your first choice of dates.
  • Installation day is Monday afternoon of your assigned week, and de-installation day is the following Saturday, unless other prior arrangements are made with Catherine. The reading room has a permanent hanging system (molding with clips) for use. Beyond this, you must provide your own hanging materials: white tack, small nails, or staples are permitted. You must fully remove all of your work from the library on your de-installation date. Any work that is left behind will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of.
  • To protect the library collection, we cannot display any objects that may house or attract pests. If your work contains any elements that were collected from outdoors or any edible elements, be sure to tell Catherine at your initial meeting so that she can evaluate whether the library is the best place to show your work.
  • You may have an event (opening reception, talk, live performance, or screening) during your show as long as you schedule it with Catherine at the same time that you reserve your show week. You are welcome to set up a table with food and drinks on the balcony adjacent to the library reading room. Any non-COA guests must be invited in advance in accordance with COA’s current COVID-19 guest policy. Proof of vaccination for non-COA community members must be provided to library staff.