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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.


Jeremy Irvin


Jewelry is not only functional but wearable in everyday life, providing the opportunity for work to be worn and seen, as pieces become a part of their wearer's identity.  Whether a piece symbolizes marriage, provides a narrative, or exists simply for the sake of beauty, it is worn to be seen.  This act of ornamentation allows it to come into itself as art, as it is best able to be viewed and appreciated when worn.  This philosophy of jewelry is the basis for every piece I create.  Regardless of what materials or techniques I may use, I focus on a unique yet functional beauty.

This body of work utilizes acrylic glass as an exploration of form, technique, and material.  I was Initially attracted to this medium due to its light weight, durability, and strong translucent properties and have integrated it into jewelry which, while recognizable in form, is distinct in approach.  My goal with this work is to push the boundaries of conventional jewelry aesthetics while still remaining tethered to the discipline's tradition.  The forms are created to appear simple in order to further emphasize the unique aesthetic which the acrylic provides.  Each piece is created with the relationship of the wearer in mind in order to create art which is minimalist in design, but sculptural and sophisticated in execution.


Aveline Layne


Through interacting intimately with nature, and learning to truly cherish and respect all that the earth has to offer, the work became about relating reverence for the earth to others. By using the medium of clay, I communicate with trees as well as the land that surrounds me in my work outside. These moments, during which I work to be deeply connected to my surroundings, are vitally important to the immediacy of the work. Through the memory of the clay, a preservation and a map of what is at stake is created. These maps serve as a background to all of the essentials in our world that we have grown to take for granted. These necessities are now burned out and relate an unfamiliar negative, bringing their loss into the foreground. It is never clear what these forms once were, as it is lost in the relief that remains - perhaps an indication of all that will remain if we continue on the path we are treading. The sculptures are intimations as well as imitations, uniting the preservation of the earth with the loss of fundamental elements to our livelihood. They reveal what we are already losing, leave us with a poor simulacrum, and cause us to question what should be held as valuable in our world.


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

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