Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Steve Nytkas


We are cautioned constantly about various harmful diseases. However, the deadliest disease tends to be overlooked. Heart disease takes the lives of more than half a million people in the United States every year, yet there is a lack of discussion to address the epidemic at hand (Hill). This is largely due to the “blame the victim” stigma surrounding the generally preventable range of complications. While 80% of cardiovascular disease is avoidable, not every individual has the means of achieving a lifestyle necessary in averting the conditions and their symptoms. For this creative art project, I want to encourage education and dialogue on heart disease and its corresponding preventative inequalities through traditional art media, drawing and painting, as well as art installation displayed in a gallery setting.