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Art + Design

College of Arts and Humanities

Current MFA Students

Matthew Wenz

Graphic Design

Matthew’s work is characterized with a style that evokes playfulness and sense of humor balanced with earnestness. Meaning and messages are conveyed in his art using simple design elements with subtle details to create unique graphics that tell stories. Designing is like problem solving, and like language the graphic arts is a way of communication. Matthew conceptualizes design solutions specifically to portray the desires and needs of every client and project. He is influenced by the cultural, social and natural environment from history to speculations of the future. Matthew finds inspiration and beauty in all possible surroundings, from industrial landscapes of the past to serene and desolate scenes from planets yet to be explored.


Lindsay Peyton


Lindsay Peyton fell in love with oil painting at a young age. She enjoys exploring place, emotion and memory in her compositions. She has exhibited her work in galleries and gathering spaces in her hometown of Houston and in her new home, Seattle, where she moved in 2014. After earning her Bachelor of Journalism degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked as an art teacher, gallery director and freelance journalist, writer and photographer. She also served as a member of the Spacetaker artist advisory board and the Houston Arts and Culture board. Peyton currently works as the principal of Cadence Enterprise, a creative firm specializing in public relations and artist consultation services. She had residencies in Kentucky, Nebraska and Washington.Her current studio is located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.


Jerry Slough


I am a lens based artist.  That started at CWU as a graduate student in the fall of 2018.  I left a previous career to come here and complete a life long dream of graduate school in the arts.  I was born and raised in Southern California, I spent the last 10 years in San Diego explore the area and beaches.  I received my BA in visual arts from California State University San Marcos in 2016.  Much of my work is process based, and often involves transferring, alternative process, or a physically destructive process itself.


Andrea Thomas


Andrea Thomas was born in 1985 in Spokane, Washington and later moved to Poulsbo, Washington. As a military spouse she has lived in California, Alaska, Hawaii and Texas. She earned her BFA in Studio Art with a Painting and Drawing concentration and a Professional Education Minor in 2017 from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. She is now a graduate student in the MFA program at CWU with a concentration in drawing. Her preferred media are charcoal, ink and watercolor, with inclusions of handmade materials and fibers arts. She explores the themes of Womanhood, Motherhood, Spirituality, and Human Connections, among other topics. Her artwork can be found at


Megan Hansen


Megan Hansen is an artist from Denver, Colorado. She graduated with a BA in Film and Photography with a Minor in Art History from Montana State University in 2019. She is currently working towards an MFA at Central Washington University. Her work primarily focuses on topics of femininity as it relates to the physical body, relationships, gender constructs, and the subconscious.


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