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WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name



Art and Art History

First Advisor

Samantha A. Noel

Second Advisor

Sarah M. Franklin


Whitney Snow’s art challenged the viewer to engage in a discussion of the impact of social and political discourse on society in America today. His images, while unsettling and politically poignant, mixed the recognizably real and the realistically portrayed imaginary, evocatively challenging the viewer to question their perceptions of the familiar. His smooth surfaced technical execution created harrowing narratives that lead the viewer to see the implausible and magical as very plausible to and to classify his extraordinary representational work as Magical Realism. In the first academic consideration of Snow’s work, Campbell explores the origins of Magical Realism and how Snow’s work should be considered from an art historical perspective. His thesis makes the case that Whitney Snow (1947-2006) should be considered and recognized as a successor to the American Magical Realist painters of the 1940s and 1950s.

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