A headshot of Ph.D. candidate Jessica Hunter-Larsen.
Student

PhD

PhD candidate Jessica Hunter-Larsen is associate director of innovation at Colorado College.


The Creativity Immersion seminar flooded me with intellectual challenges; provocative discussions; and wildly creative experiences that have formed a delicious, transformative tangle in my brain. My ways of thinking are forever changed.

Dissertation

"Seeing and Not Seeing Giraffes: Explorations in Perception, Art, and Possibility"

In a series of interrelated essays, my dissertation explores how engaging with the ambiguity that art specifically offers can disrupt our thinking habits, shift our perspectives, and unlock possibilities for creative new forms of thought and action. Placing examples drawn from my experience as a curator, educator, and art-lover in dialog with theories based in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, I explore why and how encounters with art can push our abilities to see, think, and feel beyond our typical capacities. Neither a map for tracing a direct route nor an authoritative guide, the dissertation instead represents a collage of overlapping and diverging narratives that, in combination, suggest an interconnected network of relationships between art, perception, and creativity.

Committee

Dr. Yael Katz, Executive Leader, Educator and Creativity & Innovation Advisor; Former Vice-Provost, Academic at Sheridan College, Canada

Buzz Spector, Visiting Faculty, The PhD in Creativity at the University of the Arts

Ronald A. Beghetto, PhD

Publications

"When Uncertainty Becomes Possibility: VTS and Creative Problem-Solving," Visual Thinking Strategies