Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Mass Communication and Media Arts


Spahr, Robert J.


This is a case study on a new media art exhibit called “Project” which I curated at theVarsityCenterfor the Arts inCarbondale,Illinois. The exhibit was a culmination project for my Master of Science degree in Professional Media and Media Management at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

In this case study I will first discuss how new media art is currently defined in the field as well as how I define it in relation to curating the exhibit. I will then reference the history of new media art and trace its development in the context of “Project”. Next I will delve into curatorial philosophy concerning new media art, and explain why the Varsity Center for the Arts was chosen as the venue and how it was integral to the exhibit. I will then detail the decision making process that was used, the exhibit itself, and the resulting outcomes. Finally, I will discuss how the experience of curating “Project” has led me to seek new engagements with new media art and how the results of the exhibit can be potentially used for future new media art projects.