Current MFA Students
Educational History: Maryland Institute College of Art, Printmaking, 2012
Raj is a 2022 MFA Studio Practicum candidate. His artistic medium of choice is relief printmaking on either wood or linoleum. He has been awarded a Departmental Teaching Assistantship/Fellowship and the Kachergis Award. He has shown his award-winning work throughout the US and internationally. He was recently featured on the print podcast Pine Copper Lime and was a guest on the new TED podcast Pindrop. He currently lives in Durham, NC where he continues to create his art and teach. Whether it is teaching printmaking/drawing to college students or local high school students, Raj finds his inspiration in spreading the gospel of print and educating people on how the printed word is still powerful in a digitally dominated world.
Charlie is a visual artist and Maine native. His work approaches topics of intersectionality, untold history, and futurism in reaction to systems of white supremacy, heteronormativity, and capitalism. His formal background in painting and photography help develop a multidisciplinary vocabulary of queer, American, kitsch, nonsense.
Educational History: 2019 BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts; 2017 Design Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
Minoo grew up living through the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s and her work reflects the impact of the violence of that war through memories, tangible artifacts, and altered experiences. Objects, drawings, video, and paintings express the many contradictions of the war’s aftermath; a mixture of wounding and healing, hope and despair, isolation and intimacy. Through the portrayal and utilization of used prostheses, Minoo Emami hopes to transform the harsh realities of war into objects of beauty.
Emami’s recent drawings continue her interest in the body. In this project she makes visible the relationship between power and the female body and how in some cultures women are controlled through their clothing.
Minoo Emami exhibits her work internationally and has published two catalogues, one in 2007(Iran) and another in 2012(Kurdistan-Iraq), She is honored for her volunteer participation in art shows by UNHCR and WFP in Iran.
Educational History: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres / BA in Media Studies, 2020
Hugo is a Swedish video artist, film curator, and media scholar. His research focuses on the intersection of video art, surveillance, media archaeology, and the archive, and explores the materiality of the moving image and its processes of mediation. His videos regularly explore queer subjectivities and tell underrepresented stories about intimacy, coercion, and memory, and his practice is currently centered around analog video, a particularly generative medium for the type of queer media-archaeological inquiry he pursues. His videos have screened at over 40 international film festivals and galleries, and he has presented his research in international journals and conferences. He holds a BFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Alena was born in Zavidovići, Bosnia & Herzegovina in 1995 and immigrated to Nashville, Tennessee with her family in 1997. Her work examines memory, nostalgia, the immigrant experience, and the effects of propaganda and war on the generations of a fragmented former Yugoslavia. She utilizes drawing, painting, printmaking, and fiber, gathering inspiration from family photos and stories, socialist posters, and the cultural role of “ručni rad” (handiwork). Referencing history, literature, tradition, and news media, she hopes to highlight the differing political attitudes among the citizens of a departed state as well as the trauma they carry.
Phuong was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was thirteen. Trained as a painter, her current practice has expended to incorporate a variety of materials and techniques with a focus on embroidery and sculptures. Her small and intimate abstract work are the artifacts of her attempts to reconcile her conflicting personal cultural identities. Abstraction is a tool for her to process her memories and traumas – a formal construct upon which she restructures her stories. It is an act of obscuring the painful details, distilling the most beautiful aspects, and transforming them into tangible objects.
Educational History: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. B.F.A., Interdisciplinary Art Studies, 2017
Devon Smith better known as Vonnie Quest or Vonnie (b. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1991) is an Interdisciplinary Documentary Artist, whose work considers the various ways that ingenuity manifest in everyday life. Working in various material and mediums, Quest situates his work within the sphere of collage, documentary, and experimental cinema practices. Influenced by Family history, Surrealism, and Hip Hop, he makes things that site the methods of these disciplines while building community and offering a transformative experiences for his audience. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Interdisciplinary Art studies. His films have been featured in group exhibitions and film festivals both nationally and internationally. He has shown work at the Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee Short Film Festival, Gallery 400 in Chicago, IL, Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC, The Unseen Festival in Denver, Colorado, Kennilworth Square East Studios in Milwaukee, WI, Var Gallery and Studios in Milwaukee, WI, The Annual Heritage Film Festival in Baltimore Maryland, and The National Museum of African American History in Washington D.C.
He is currently working on an interdisciplinary art project and documentary about the life and death of his maternal grandmother, Mae Ethel Turner. When he is not making work, he is spending time with his wife and two children in Durham, North Carolina. In his spare time, he travels and visits local thrift, record, and book stores.
Educational History: Oberlin College, BA in Biology, 2014
Stella is an animator focused on experimental narrative. Stella’s practice revolves around both traditional and digitally drawn 2D animation. Her practice is informed by myth, memory, story, and sound. She is drawn to animation because of its infinite possibilities for representation and storytelling – if it can be thought of and drawn or built, it can be told. Both newer advancements in film technology and classic tried ‘n’ true methods create a salad of methods to draw on and experiment with. Stella has always deeply invested in her own viewership of cartoons and believes that sequential imaging has a unique hypnotic quality over viewers that comes from the physiology of the viewing tech of the human mind, the eye, that makes animation nearly impossible to ignore. Or perhaps that’s an excuse for her own addiction to kids’ cartoons that has spanned into her adult life. Regardless, her work has been featured in film festivals all over the world and some people seem to enjoy the films.
Krysta uses materiality, language, performance, and myth-making as a way to distill the political relationship of earth materials, the body, and healing. Her work utilizes video, photography, and sculpture to interrogate and dissolve disparate mythologies, histories, and gendered healing practices into new relationships between bodies, power, and knowledge.
Educational History: 2014 BA in Painting from Semnan University of Art
I am an artist who uses a wide range of materials and media in my work including, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media installation. whose body is an inspirational core. Art is a major and inseparable part of my life. When I was five years old I had no specific perception of male and female anatomical differences, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the forms, the human anatomy, and the sketches in my father’s drawing books in his library. This encounter was the very turning point for me to become aware of my own body and to start looking closely at my female sexual organs. I grew up in Iran where I was taught to suppress my feelings and desires.
My work is inspired by my body, sexuality, ideological structures, and truth. The process of my work begins by thinking, imaging, and imagining different issues that are directly linked to my physical presence and my soul. My art seeks to visualize my thoughts and build a symbolic language with which I can learn about myself as well as the world. I generate forms, elements, and material in order to express a particular concept or determine a situation for my audience. I create to learn. I create to engage my mind about different questions I have. For me, the process of working on a piece is like a journey into my self.