The Bicultural Identity: A Celebration of Italian-Americans in State College, Pennsylvania

Open Access
Bontrager, Jana Elizabeth
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Steven Rubin, Thesis Supervisor
  • Steven Rubin, Honors Advisor
  • Keith Shapiro, Faculty Reader
  • art
  • photography
  • Italian
  • Italy
  • Italian-American
  • American
  • culture
  • bicultural
  • immigrant
  • immigration
  • documentary
  • identity
  • tradition
  • history
  • interview
“The Bicultural Identity” is a photographic work documenting twelve individuals who identify as Italian-Americans in the area of State College, Pennsylvania. Each individual participated in an in-depth interview, focused on subjects pertaining to Italian or Italian-American history, identity, tradition, culture. With thoughtful consideration, each interviewee was then photographed in an intentional manner in light of their unique identity as an Italian-American. Included below are photographs and signatures of each individual, interview quotes, and photographs of the gallery opening event, which took place on November 4th, 2016.