This thesis illustrates the fine line between feminine and masculine subject matters, relating to the blurred boundary between fine art and craft. Gender is a socially constructed phenomenon that ascribes socially accepted characteristics, which are seen as ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’. Such cultural determination of gender and what is feminine or masculine leads to numerous deeply rooted stereotypes. My findings show that gender has been prescribed a specific role in the art world in both mediums and subject matter. I show how these roles have developed and then how they have been changing since The Industrial Revolution and the introduction to Postmodernism. I talk about specific artists and artwork that have challenged both women’s role in art and the blending definition of what is considered fine as opposed to craft.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-7-2017


Melissa Vandenberg

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Art and Design

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Art and Design