1000 word art ethical essay lester


Compare two or more examples of controversial art from different times or locations. You may draw from examples used in the textbook.

Issues to explore:

  • In what ways are the works similar/dissimilar?
  • How did different contexts influence reception of the art in question?
  • What impact did these cases have on the general public or the art world?
  • What was the cultural background underlying or contributing to the controversies?


  • Examine impact of audience and place, public and private, on art controversies.
  • Discuss similarities and differences in ethical issues in the arts throughout U.S. history.

Paper Specifications

  • Digital file in PDF format.
  • Minimum of 1000 words of original text (about 4 pages)
  • Double spaced, 12pt font size, with 1 inch margins
  • Arial or New Times Roman font
  • Appropriately referenced with citations of your sources

Note on references: Any facts that you learn from a book in researching your paper need to be cited. Common knowledge is not necessary to reference. Web sites with original content, like archives of a major newspaper, are appropriate sources. Wikipedia, or any other encyclopedia, is not a source. But it may list reliable sources which you can use and cite. You may use any style of formating for the body of your paper and references as long as it is clear. A good guide for style is the Chicago Manual, which has a convenient, Quick Guide on-line.

Paper Grading Criteria

  • 20% Specifications – Pay close attention to the required specifications and you will get full points here.
  • 20% Grammar and Style – In addition to the basics of spelling and sentence structure, make sure that your paper has an introduction, body and conclusion.
  • 20% Factualness – Make sure that your sources are good and that you don’t mix up facts in your paper.
  • 20% Depth of material – Provide sufficient material to support assertions made in your paper.
  • 20% Logic and Relevance – How well do the facts in your paper support the assertions that you make?

On-line Resources

Here are a few useful web sites that contain further information on art controversies and censorship.