Katherine Beth LaPrad
Writer and educator with experience and skills in the field of Art in Humanities. My academic background has prepared me with skills in visual creation, analysis, and the societal consequences of dissemination. Included in the fields are visual communication, advertising, and web-based visual communication and culture. This educational path has also prepared me to work in the advertising and marketing industry with a focus on creation and analysis.
University of South Carolina 9 August 2008
Master of Arts -- Art History
Specializations in Modern and Contemporary American Art and culture; African American art, literature, history, and culture; art, literature, and protest from the Feminist Movement as well as, Visual Communication and advertising.
Certificate of Graduate Study -- Women’s Studies 12 May 2007
Specializations in Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, History, Literature, Art, and the Social Sciences.
University of California Los Angeles 12 December 2003
Bachelor of Arts -- Art History
Academic expertise extends from global Pre-historical history and visual representation to contemporary art historical discourse with a particular focus on Gender Studies and Modern and Contemporary Art and visual culture.
Research and Scholarship
"That is not ***********, that's Art: A Look at Packaging," UCLA 2003, with advisor Christopher Mott, PhD.
"The *********** Problem: Pro-Sexuality and Anti-Feminists Debate through Documentary Film," USC 2004, with advisor Dan Streible, PhD.
"Communicating Status: The Duchess of Osuna's Six Paintings of Debauchery," USC 2004, with advisor Andrew Graciano, PhD.
"Constructing Identity: A Photographic Inquiry into the American West," USC 2005, with advisor Andrew Graciano PhD.
"The Annunciation of Le Murate: A Successful Ploy in Renaissance Image Making," USC 2005, with advisor Charles R. Mack PhD.
"African American Masculinity: Visual Representations of Athleticism," USC 2008
"Connective Tissue: Contemporary Female Artists (Re)Forming Feminist Theory on the Body," with advisors Dr. Bradford Collins and Dr. Andrew Graciano USC 2008 (Master's Thesis)
Teaching and Employment
Educational Testing Service – GRE Rater May 2011 - Current
Rater for the Graduate Record Exam: work reading and scoring both argument and issue prompts from the essay portion of the GRE.
Limestone University -- Adjunct Faculty 12 February 2006 - Current
Art Appreciation AR 240: Egyptian Art and History through Contemporary American Art and visual culture with special focus paid to African American Art from the Colonial period to the present.
Critical Thinking ID 301: a writing intensive course that focuses on the development and refinement of higher-order thinking skills through the analysis and evaluation of a variety of texts and media for clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, fairness and ethics.
Columbia High School -- Secondary English Teacher 9 August 2007 – 29 May 2011
Journalism and Mass Communications I and II, Advanced Placement English Literature, British Literature, American Literature, and World Literature.
Awards and Organizations
The John M. Bryan Graduate Art History Award USC 2006
JEA - Journalism Education Association
SCSPA - South Carolina Scholastic Press Association