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Graduate Research

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Nathan Carroll Maintains Active Exhibits Schedule

Nathan Carroll
Nathan Carroll, Supermarket Glasses II (2020) laser-cut silver mirror and translucent peaches, sterling silver.

Nathan Carroll, MFA student in jewelry design & metalsmithing, had his new jewelry work Supermarket Glasses II, 2020 selected to be part of the exhibition Art Now America National Juried Exhibition by juror Mike Calway-Fagen. The exhibition will be presented March 2 - April 9, 2021 in the Slocumb Galleries of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

An earlier version of his Supermarket Glasses was selected into the international exhibition EXISTIMOS (WE EXIST) presented by Dab Art Co at its in-gallery exhibition at Proyecto Galería in Mexico City from October 3-31, 2020. The exhibit had previously been presented online June 25 - September 25.

José Ardivilla's Animation Selected for Southeast Asian Queer Fest

José Ardivilla

José Ardivilla, Fine Arts Doctoral Program student, has an animation short selected to be a part of the Southeast Asia Queer Cultural Festival 2021 (taking place virtually Febuary 13 -March 13, 2021). Titled Agony/Ecstasy the short animation presents how Ardivilla views the statues of the Catholic Saints that have dotted the cultural landscape creating territories of reverence. Faces and the bodies of such saints flit between serenity to the ecstatic elations of apotheosis of spiritual heights even at the pains of martyrdom via torture and death. The body of the faithful is now subject to both scrutiny and control of the colonizer's prevailing religion. Through this festival, Ardivilla's animation introduces the dangerous topic of Queerness into a Southeast Asian lens.

José Ardivilla Co-curates Exhibition for East Tennessee State University

José Ardivilla - Welcome Home

José Ardivilla, Fine Arts doctoral program student, co-curated an art exhibition, with Kreneshia Whiteside titled Welcome Home: Her Liminal Asian-Appalachian Experiences. The co-curators selected artists and art works that would delve into the complications of being Asian-American in the broad swathe of the Appalachia. Ardivilla wrote the catalogue essay entitled "The Many Portals to Home" in which he discusses the notion of adequacy being put into question to the women of their being "American" while locating their "Asianness" in their works.

The exhibiton is on view at the Slocum Galleries of East Tennessee State University through February 25, 2021, with a section of the exhibition shown in the Tipton Gallery from February 4 to March 19. An artists' panel and reception will take place on Wednesday, March 3, 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.

Brandy Green Exhibits and Participates in Panel Discussion

Brandy Green
Brandy Green Norepinephrine of Annunciation (2020) ceramics, fencing wire, light bulb and cord, 25 x 42 x 34 inches.

Brandy Green, MFA candidate in ceramics, has had one of her sculptural works curated into an exhibition entitled ON BEING. Presented online by Sculptors Alliance, the exhibit dates are from December 27, 2020 through February 27, 2021. On January 27th, Green participated in a virtual panel discussion with the curator and other artists. Curated by artist and art writer Kim Power, the artists included in this exhibition were chosen for their diverse perspectives which are manifested in works which present classical to conceptual explorations of the inner workings and outer physical characteristics of the human condition.

Jessica Lambert and Ali Ann Rushing Attilio Have Performance Published

Lambert & Rushing Performance
Jessica Lambert and Ali Ann Rushing Attilio, The Other: Competitive Celebration (2019) performance, nylon chord, reflective tape, cast slip, resin, screen printed jerseys.

The Other: Competitive Celebration (2019) a performance by Six Dash Nineteen, a collaborative group consisting of MFA Studio Art candidates AliAnn Rushing Attilio and Jessica Lambert, has been included in Emergency Index vol. 9 (Ugly Duckling Presse, December 2020). Emergency Index is an annual document of performance practice. Volume 9 features 310 performances that took place in 2019, performed by artists from 55 countries.

José Ardivilla Publishes on the Topic of Filipino Political Dynasties

José Ardivilla
Detail from Jose Ardivilla's MFA Thesis exhibition of political cartoons.

Bangkok-based, German think tank Heinrich Böll Foundation (Heinrich Böll Stiftung) approached José Ardivilla, Fine Arts Doctoral Program student, to write on the topic of political dynasties in the Philippines. Ardivilla's contribution, published online on November 02, 2020, is entitled "Dynastic Appeal." Ardivilla gleams from his MFA exhibition which is based on the cyclical nature of political dynasties in the Philippines that have impeded progress and compounded exploitation and abuse over the Filipinos. Though political dynasties are not an exclusively Filipino political reality, Ardivilla has presented his case of the detrimental nature of this entrenched family businesses in politics by invoking animal imagery used by political cartoonists. The Heinrich Böll Foundation (Heinrich Böll Stiftung) is focused on the regional geopolitics of Southeast Asia.

Nathan Carroll Has Work Selected into Exhibitions

Nathan Carroll Hot Dog RingCarroll was one of 40 artists included in Spot-On, a national juried exhibition presented at D'Art Gallery in Denver, Colorado August 14 - September 6. Carroll's artwork was one of forty-two selected by juror Michael Paglia from over 500 entries.

Carroll had two brooches selected into Word. an international juried exhibition presented at Shockboxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach, California August 1-31. His acrylic Hot Dog Ring (2019), shown at left) was selected into the Material Identity an international juried show presented at Artworks Loveland Center for Contemporary Art in Loveland, Colorado July 10th - August 29th.

Mona Bozorgi: Making a Pinhole Camera

Mona Bozorgi, Fine Arts Doctoral Program candidate at the Texas Tech University School of ArtMona Bozorgi, Fine Arts Doctoral candidate, finds new inspiration in an old technology as she demonstrates her process of creating a wooden pinhole camera in this video. The camera was a project in Dr. Heather Warren-Crow's VPA 5300 class on Technology and the Arts, which involved replicating or repurposing an outdated technology and then "thinkering" with it.

Mona says of her experience, "I have learned that experimenting with any sort of technology requires collecting, tinkering, translating, and grasping the technology in order to discover its performative nature. Within the context of my own research on social media and selfies, this performativity generates a system of communication, collaboration, and content creation that allows for "intra-action" between all the elements of discourse, from selfie-takers to audiences and devices, and from human to nonhuman and inert matter."

Mona, who was born and raised in Iran, is challenging the contemporary understanding of self, culture and identity in her research and creative work.