Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Jenny Gibbs

Second Advisor

Kathy Battista


In July of 2016, artist, Chuck Close was interviewed with a front cover spread in New York Times Magazine to discuss his legendary career. In December of 2017, Close was accused of sexually mistreating women on numerous occasions. This dissertation considers the powerful artist Chuck Close and repercussions following recent accusations against him made by multiple women. It will help us begin to understand how the recent allegations affect art museums and public exhibitions. There is also a discussion analyzing if an artists’ work can be separated from the reputation of its author. A hedonic regression, data analysis and interviews with art advisors were conducted to reveal what the aftermath of the scandal looked like. Little research has addressed sexual assault in the art world. In unpacking the problems that surface in the #Metoo movement, the thesis will also ask if there is a certain way a museum as public institutions should respond and what legal actions can be instituted to avoid future problems.