Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Elizabeth Sutton, Honors Thesis Advisor, Art History


Folk art--Mexico; Women artists--Mexico;


My focus on women’s artistic production works against a twofold process of marginalization. Folk art remains on the periphery of scholarly consideration, and women’s folk art continues to be marginalized as well. In order to understand folk art more completely, social class, race and ethnicity, and gender, as intersectional contextual aspects, can illuminate the significance of these objects. Studying Mexican folk art from a gendered perspective enables the often-overlooked artistic creation of women to be seen in an academic context. A focused study on the processes of women’s artistic creation today and in the past also recognizes women’s impactful roles in producing culture. Finally, a focus on gender promotes a broader understanding of the production, distribution, consumption, and iconography of folk art in general, whether it is created by women or men. Knowing if a piece was produced by a woman is just as important as recognizing that it was created by a specific cultural group. As Evelyne Hatcher observes: “Aesthetic systems are not isolated constructs. They arise from and are expressions of the way life is conceived and what enhances the quality of life. Therefore, the more one can learn of the lives of the makers and users, the more one can see in what ways the art forms are or were meaningful in their original contexts, and the deeper our aesthetic perception.”vi

Year of Submission



Department of Art

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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