Graduate Research - Summer 2019 through Spring 2020
A work by Andrew Lawson, Master of Fine Arts student in Printmaking, was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on April 4, 2020. The print, which was shown at the 2019 Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, depicts Lawson's "Umbrella Girl" in her gas mask under a sky of black smudges and red blotches. According to the article's author, Helen Ubiñas, it could be considered prescient. After three years of using the Umbrella Girl's image in his prints, Lawson continues to pose this question to the viewer: "What is she protecting herself from? Dangers from the outside? Or inside?"
José Santos P. Ardivilla, Fine Arts Doctoral Program student (at far left), was one of two students selected through competitive review to receive SOA scholarships to attend summer residency programs at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg,Tennessee through Arrowmont's Windgate University Fellows Scholarship Endowment matching program. Ardivilla had signed up for a figurative painting workshop but ended up in a narrative painting class instead. Says Ardivilla of his experience, "Considering that my works revolve around narration albeit filtered through a cartooning lens, the class offered me ample opportunities to push for a different approach and even consider richer and deeper stories to deal with."
Sahar Fattahi and Madeline Hernandez, Master of Fine Arts students in painting, participated in this summer's Research Group in Art, Environment and Sustainability led by School of Art associate professor Carol Flueckiger at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. Fattahi and Hernandez met with students from Western Colorado University in two sessions held in June while doing their artist residencies at Elsewhere Studios.
Allen Smith, Master of Fine Arts candidate in painting, had a solo exhibition of his work at the Shore Art Gallery on the campus of Abilene Christian University on August 26 - September 20. The exhibition incluced an artist's talk, workshop, and reception.