HIUS 221 American Art Project

American Art Project– AssignmentInstructions

of Purpose or “Why Am I Doing This?”


It is important to remember, represent, and honor a collective
past, but it is equally important to understand a deeper significance to visual
records. In this assignment, you will examine works of art available through
the website of the Architect of the Capitol. The purpose is to emphasize how
art can be used to portray historical events and convey a message when viewed
in the context of the age in which it was created. This assignment is not an
art critique. Look for connections between events and images. You will NOT be
describing the event the artwork depicts, but the period of American history in
which it was created. You will be creating either a document or a presentation.


This Assignment:


Part I

Click on this link:http://aoc.gov/paintings-0(Historic Rotunda Paintings)

Click on the individual
images for each of the 8 paintings to see them in more detail and read the
short article on each of the corresponding pages for these paintings.

Choose 4 images and write a 200–300-word
paragraphfor each of them, addressing the following:

When was the image
commissioned and hung? What is the historical context of this painting? What
events were occurring when this painting was created that could have
contributed to its content? How are those connections between content and
context most clearly presented?

Is the artist successful in
communicating contextual influences? Is the message too difficult to understand
for a modern viewer?

  • As
    a heading foreach paragraph, include the image, its title, and the artist.


Part II

  • Click on this link:http://aoc.gov/capitol-hill/national-statuary-hall-collection/about-national-statuary-hall-collection(About
    the National Statuary Hall Collection)

  • Read the short overview and
    description of the collection and search to find the 2 statues that
    represent your state.

  • Copy the image for each
    representative of your state into the document or presentation.

    • If you are not a resident
      of the United States or do not claim a “home state” for any reason, you
      are free to adopt any of the 50 states as your own for the purposes of
      this assignment.

  • After the image, include the
    individual’s name and the state he or she represents.

  • In a 200–300-word paragraph for each image,

    • give a short summary of the
      individual’s historic significance and

    • givean evaluation of
      whether this individual is a good choice to represent your state.



How to Submit

You MUST include properly
formatted, current Turabian footnotes/endnotes for each source. You will be
using the images from the website, so you must cite those pages as sources.

Save both parts inone file,
either Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.

If the assignment is
submitted asa Microsoft Word document, each paragraph must be 200–300 words,
double-spaced, in 12-pt. Times New Roman font. The document must have 1-inch margins.

If the assignment is
submitted as a PowerPoint presentation, each 200–300-word paragraph must be on
a separate slide, with the images and artist information on a preceding slide.
If the presentation is large, it may be saved as a PDF file.

Write your paragraph in your own words
and proofread your work to eliminate spelling, grammar, punctuation, and
capitalization errors. Review the Writing Tips document to avoid common errors
in academic work.


Submit both parts ofthis assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday
of Module/Week 7.
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