ADC Graduate to Present at Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium

Robert Daley ’19, who recently earned his BA in Humanities and Cultural Studies, represented Dominican as a presenter at the 10th Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium. The event was held April 27 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Dr. Leslie Ross, Professor and Chair of Art History in the Department, of Art, Design, & Visual Studies, helped to create the symposium 10 years ago to showcase undergraduate student research. Other universities participating include Stanford University, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and Mills College.

Robert, who originally enrolled as an Adult Degree Completion student, completed his undergraduate degree in December. He currently is in pursuit of his Master’s in Humanities in the School of Liberal Arts and Education while continuing to work as Assistant Director of Shelter Operations for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

Robert presented his thesis — “Sea Ranch: Unforeseen Failures and Statewide Successes of an Ecologically Conscious Coastal Community” — in the museum’s Koret Auditorium.

Robert’s extensive research on Sea Ranch was inspired by his love of the Sonoma coast and through the suggestion of Dr. Ross, who advised Robert to follow his passion.

Founded in the 60s, Sea Ranch was intended to be unincorporated and census-designed community with distinctive architecture to appear like archaeological relics of some ancient utopia. It was controversial as environmentalists clashed with ideologists. Robert saw it as a missed opportunity.

“We, as art lovers and art appreciators, experience place and experience art. In this case it was the architecture and the elements,” Robert explains. “The end result of my paper is I was pretty critical of everybody. Nobody came out good because the original goals were not met."

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