Date of Award

Winter 1-3-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Howard Singerman

Second Advisor

Harper Montgomery

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Pelizzari


During her nineteen years spent in California (1962-81), the young Vija Celmins formulated a distinct landscape informed by California’s physical topography as well as the stylistic and materialistic advances resulting from the city’s newfound cultural awakening. With an intimate technical application, Celmins engages viewers with the spatial and optical facets of desert, sea, and sky.



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