CVAD 2022 M.F.A. Oral Defense Schedule — Departments of Design and Studio Art

The following information is provided by the Department of Design and Department of Studio Art. 

Upcoming Presentation

a close-up of a hand moving wooden blocks

"Correlation Between Block-building Construction Activity and Spatial Visualization Skills" 

Ellis Kirkdorffer, Interior Design
May 12, 10 a.m.
CVAD Exhibition Space next to Art Building, Room 269
Supervisory Committee: Natalie Ellis, Bill Morgan, Phillip Park, Johnnie Stark

Image: Detail of a hand moving small wooden blocks, orange background

Completed Oral Defense Presentations

Small colorful paintings and sculptures arranged on white decorated vinyl on gallery floor

“Keep Me Beautiful, Keep Me Bright, Keep Me Joyous”

Claire Kennedy, Studio Art
March 25, 2022, noon
Cora Stafford Gallery North | Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Brian Scott Campbell, chair, Alicia Eggert, Matthew Bourbon

Image: Detail of “Untitled,” various dimensions, mixed media

Detail of abstract sculpture, various colors

“Keep It Between You and Me and the Neighbors”

Joshua Bryant, Studio Art
March 25, 2022, 1 p.m.
Cora Stafford Gallery South | Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Matthew Bourbon, chair, Martin Back, James Burton, Ana Lopez

Image: Detail of “There was no shit being shot,” 46 x 35 inches, found chairs, foam, house paint, spray paint

Detail of a photo featuring an electric power company with a target placed in front of it

“Bellows of the Beast”

Aaron Pozos, Studio Art
March 31, 2022, 9 a.m.
Cora Stafford Gallery North
Supervisory Committee: Andrew DeCaen, chair, Lari Gibbons, Amie Adelman

Image: Detail of “Pride,” 24 x 36 inches, woodcut and 7.68x39 ammunition on archival inkjet print

Detail of a slab made to look like concrete with building images on it

“Constructed Self”

Kaitlin West, Studio Art
April 8, 2022, 1:30 p.m.
Cora Stafford Gallery North
Supervisory Committee: Alicia Eggert, chair, Dornith Doherty, Pedram Baldari

Image: Detail of “Leaning Slab,” 53 x 70 x 30 inches, image transfer on concrete, rachet straps, mixed media

Detail of a digital drawing, abstract, varying shades of orange in color

“A Dog Named Robot”

Erika Jaeggli, Studio Art
April 8, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Cora Stafford Gallery South | Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Matthew Bourbon, chair, Alicia Eggert, Brian Scott Campbell, Allyson Packer

Image: Detail of “Cave Without a Name, Boerne, TX, $20 per person, June 22, 2021, 4 p.m.,” 13.25 x 14.75 inches, digital drawing, encaustic wax, silica, pastel and oil on wood

Detail of "Miracle Grow" showing acrylic plastic figures of plants

“Confluence”

Philip F. Samson, Studio Art
April 14, 2022, 2 p.m.
Environmental Education, Science & Technology Building – Eagle Exhibit Hall
Supervisory Committee: Pedram Baldari, chair, Alicia Eggert, Christopher Meerdo, Jennifer Way

Image: Detail of “Miracle Grow,” 72 x 48 x 18 inches, acrylic plastic, metal rack, LED UV lights, plastic trays, plant containers

Close up detail of "Extra Sleeve" showing a copper foil puffed sleeve on a model

“Mostly Covered”

Courtney DiMare, Studio Art
April 14, 2022, noon
Art Building, Room 464
Supervisory Committee: Ana Lopez, chair, James Thurman, Brooks Oliver

Image: Detail of “Extra Sleeve,” 28 x 20 x 9 inches, electro-formed copper foil, copper wire, vinyl paint, gold ink, gold wax, pearls

Detail of an art installation showing part of a bathtub and knitted scarves in pink and white

“Healing and Reassembling”

Emily Potts, Studio Art
April 15, 8 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Alicia Eggert, chair, Brooks Oliver, Elaine Pawlowicz

Image: Detail of “Tub,” 78 x 38 x 32 inches, steel, chicken wire, newsprint, spackle

A digital image of a central imposing blue figure standing under a domed structure with glitched strips of red, green, and black.

“Third-Party Pop-Up Shop”

Christine Drake-Thomas, Studio Art
April 15, 2 p.m.
Art Building, Room 354 | Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Christopher Meerdo, chair, Liss LaFleur, Martin Back

Image: Detail of "The Temple of Google (Dale Data Declares Google's Rights to Surveillance)"

Ceramic plates and bowl mounted on a wall

“TO(GATHER)/TOGETHER”

Brianna Shimer, Studio Art
April 18, 2022, 9 a.m.
Art Building, Room 101Z
Supervisory Committee: Brooks Oliver, chair, Ana Lopez, Rachel Black

Image: Detail of exhibition image from "to(gather)/together,” ceramics on wooden furniture and wall shelves, various sizes

Color photo of a stack of 9 wine cups with 4 on the bottom standing upright, 3 in the middle upside down, and 2 on the top upside down on a neutral white backdrop. The cups have pinched and press mold boopie glass and leafy texture with a subtle sheen on red earthenware clay. Each cup has a bowl or hourglass shape with a tall flared foot.

“Maternalia”

Amy Henson, Studio Art
April 21, 2022, 3 p.m.
Location: Art Building, Room 464
Supervisory Committee: Brooks Oliver, chair, Ana Lopez, Amie Adelman

Image: Detail of “Wine Cups,” 2022, red earthenware, glaze, 5 x 4 inches each

Close up detail of a laced up blue corset worn by a woman

“Without/Within”

Felicia Jordan, Studio Art
April 22, 2022, 10 a.m.
Cora Stafford Gallery South | Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Ana Lopez, chair, James Thurman, Binod Shrestha, Martin Back

Image: Detail of "Internal Beauty," 24 x 20 x 20 inches, mixed media

Detail of abstract art, various colors, red, blue, green, brown, black

“Into a Spacious Place”

Victoria Gonzales, Studio Art
April 22, 2022, 1 p.m.
Cora Stafford Gallery South | Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Elaine Pawlowicz, chair, Matthew Bourbon, Amie Adelman, Brian Scott Campbell

Image: Detail of "Snow Day," 2022, acrylic, thread, and pastels on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Blue satin short cocktail dress on a mannequin

“Butterfly Effect”

Soojin Risen, Fashion Design
April 25, 10 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Supervisory Committee: Hae Gin Gam, chair, Chanjuan Chen, JiYoung Kim

Image: "Aves Allure" short, blue sleeveless cocktail dress with applique at the bust and hips

A cube-shaped building siting in a field of red and yellow flowers

“...And I Still Wander South”

Nathan Harper, Studio Art
April 29, 3 p.m.
Cora Stafford Gallery South
Supervisory Committee: Christopher Meerdo, chair, Martin Back, James Burton

Image: Detail from a screengrab of a computer-generated, interactive digital work

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