Here is a preview at the work artists in the UC Davis Art Studio MFA Program will be featuring at their “Open Studios” evening on Friday, April 7. These graduate students invite all to roam through their studios to explore their creative output.
B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, San Francisco Art Institute, 2014
Henry Landes Bell was born in Los Angeles and raised there and in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. In 2014 Henry received his BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. He creates Chimeric semiotic relationships through a diverse array of media to investigate and circumscribe the New American Gothic using personal, family, and American history, filtered through the often opposing lenses of subculture and consumerism.
Mike T. Cole is so country, he wasn’t raised; he was reared. Total freedom to be a solitary boy in the woods was all his. He spent long days playing, patrolling, hiking, imagining and investigating the landscape surrounding his home in North Central Pennsylvania. The land was his constant companion and they became bonded for life. In 2001, Mike Cole left the country for Philadelphia. He went to the head of the painting class at Tyler School of Art subsisting solely on canned ham and Jif. His work has recently branched out from painting into photography, installation and beyond.
Vincent Pacheco was raised in a family of artists, gangbangers, and drug dealers in California’s Bay Area. After becoming the first one in his family to graduate from college, Pacheco spent the next 15 years of his life working in the American advertising industry, hustling his way up the corporate ladder. Having worked for clients such as Disney, Marvel, Yahoo, Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures, Pacheco threw in the towel and decided to seek a life that was dedicated towards spiritual growth rather than monetary gain.
Arielle Rebek has Midwest roots and West coast branches. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and received a BA in studio art from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Fresh air and opportunity brought Arielle to California in 2013. Working in the realm of photography, Arielle often bypasses the camera to work directly with light sensitive chemicals, papers and films. She considers how photography influences our experience of the present and our memories of the past.
B.V.A. Visual Arts, University of Australia, Sydney, 2010
Muzi Li Rowe was born in Beijing, China. She received a BVA from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of California, Davis. Muzi photographs with both analogue and handmade cameras, delivering a visual experience that is both familiar and strange.
B.A. California State University, Sacramento, 2015
Faith Sponsler was born in the small mountain town of Mount Shasta, California. In 2015, she received her BA in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento. Sponsler primarily uses found and natural materials in order to explore the physical recording of transformation and the visual palimpsest of memory within objects.