Current MFA Students
Mark Anthony Brown Jr. is a current MFA student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He primarily works in photography and with photo-based materials although he plans to explore and expand mediums during his time at UNC. His work primarily engages with first-hand experiences as a Black American with interests as it pertains to lineage, aesthetics, vernacular, and modes of expression. In 2022 Mark was an Emerging Lens Fellow at ARTWORKS Projects, through his fellowship he worked on a long-form documentary photo story about a community in Atlanta, Georgia called Forest Cove. From 2021 to 2022 he was an artist-in-residence at Remerge, a community-centered nonprofit in the historically black neighborhood of Sweet Auburn. While in service of his residency he completed a public art project called the ‘Sweet Auburn Family Photo Album.’
Matthew Troyer is a documentary and fine art photographer from Sarasota, Florida. Troyer spent nine years as a combat photographer in the United States Marine Corps, documenting combat operations and training in Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Thailand. In 2013 Troyer was selected for and taught photography as the faculty supervisor at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade, Maryland. Creative Quarterly recognized him as one of their top 100 artists (top 25 photographers) in 2018 and 2020. In 2021 he was awarded the Trustee Scholarship in Photography and Imaging at Ringling College of Art and Design. Troyer has recently shown work in galleries in Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, and multiple publications. His work serves to inform bridging the military-civilian divide by exploring the military experience, combat trauma, and their representations and perceptions in our culture.