The Art Department offers a graduate degree program for students interested in studying visual art beyond the baccalaureate level. The MFA degree requires that candidates complete coursework in art concepts and criticism, art history, a studio area of concentration, electives, and a creative thesis project.
The 90-credit Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal degree program providing students with professional levels of competency and experience in studio art. The MFA program qualifies students for careers as teachers in higher education, as professional studio artists, and for other studio-arts-related vocations.
Follow this link to information for the graduate studies page, and their additional requirements for application, including teaching assistantship application guidelines.
Jewelry has been used as symbols of personal identity since the beginning of human existence; its history has grown closely with the changing of people's aesthetic, appreciation, and technology. I believe jewelry is the perfect combination of artistic and technique, and the forms we make carry the historical sociological, and emotional meanings into our lives.
Most of my work has been either in a theater or a grass roots setting, and I find that both have power to move people, while at the same time having limitations. A theater can create the illusion of people living lives and overcoming conflicts, but the audience rarely suspends their disbelief to the point that they forget they are sitting in a theater watching. Street Theater can reach an audience outside of these boundaries, even surprise people going about their day, but is difficult to fun and gain permits for.
I create forms and textures that respond well to ash deposit and the passage of flame from wood firing. The wood ash produces a naturally occurring glaze. The textures I use on my ware are designed to catch the melting glaze, breaking and pooling along this texture enhancing the variation on the surface. I purposely emphasize handle attachment points and intentionally leave marks of my hand and my tools. These marks are an integral part of my process and I believe they help foster a relationship between user and maker. The wood firing process produces surfaces that are rich with complexities and I hope the user finds them both intricate and compelling while remaining quiet and contemplative.
The forms are meant to be ambiguous with reference to the human body so the audience can associate them with what is already in their visual vocabulary. Many of the forms are shown as protecting, holding, and containing smaller forms. Those forms represent the protection of the pure, of all that is still well in our lives. Other modifications show what we are willing to do to remain "normal". When finished, they portray absurd and excessive repairs, which represent the extreme situations we go through to keep a life, or live life as desired.
0. My process is often initiated by visible appearances of ideas.
Heads or Tails Exhibit Opens in Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, April 2 March 26, 2015 ELLENSBURG, Wash. —INTERSTATE Opens Tuesday, February 24
INTERSTATE: Where I-90 meets I-82 Opens February 24 ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Sarah Spurgeon GalleryFreak Comfort Exhibit Opens Jan. 15
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Freak Comfort, an exhibit of wearable