Date of Award

Spring 4-26-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Ruth Stanford

Second Advisor

George Beasley

Third Advisor

Kimberly Cleveland


The majority of modern popular trophies seem to act as memorials to small victories. Foiled plastic figures sitting atop extruded tubes of holographic tape are given for everything from internationally recognized achievement to participation in regional events. These architectural sculptures are icons of success. This thesis explores the themes, processes, and contexts that inform the ways that we perceive value. Using the iconography of the popular modern trophy, this thesis and the artwork associated with it examines the constructs of value within visual culture. My goal is to display and understand the way we appreciate and define that which implies worth.