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2018 M.F.A. Alumni

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Tavarus Blackmonster
MFA, Art Studio

Tavarus Blackmonster is an American contemporary artist based in California. He likes to do it and, he likes to make it, too. It is pleasure in the creative endeavors that affords him the ability to create art, raise a family and be devoted to those who get caught staring at the bright lights. In his humble demeanor he must implore others to, “Turn on the bright lights and, do it!”

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Emily Clark-Kramer
M.F.A. Art Studio

Emily Clark-Kramer hails from North Carolina where she graduated with a BFA in Painting from UNC-Greensboro in 2015.  Before arriving as an artist, Emily studied textiles and Spanish.  She studied abroad in Prague, the Dominican Republic and Siena, Italy.  She is primarily a painter and installation artist, and her work often investigates the intersection of the two.  She explores  the organization of bright colors into maps or systems.

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Jodi Connelly
M.F.A., 2018

Jodi Connelly comes from the East Coast where she worked developing arts programming for inner city youth in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. Her work explores the body in relationship to the natural world through photography, sculpture and meditative environmental interventions.

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Noah Greene
M.F.A. Art Studio

Born and raised in rural stretches of the Pacific Northwest, Noah Greene spent a number of years living in various off the grid contexts throughout the United States and Canada before completing an undergraduate degree at Whitman College in Washington State. His work is concerned with implicating space through a variety of material languages.

Noah’s website:   noahgreene.com

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Doug Loree
M.F.A. Art Studio

Doug Loree was born in San Jose, California, though he spent much of his childhood in the Boston area.  Returning to the west coast as an adult, he earned his BA in Painting from California State University Sacramento in 2015.  Having been a denizen of the internet since its public availability,  he wonders about its role in our evolution.  The changing perception of our reality and the emergence of a digital consciousness fascinate him, for good or for ill.

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Ryan Meyer
M.F.A. Art Studio

Ryan’s work is evolving into a critique of the unsustainable systems that have created the Anthropocene.

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Joy Miller
M.F.A. Art Studio

Coming from a background of Foreign Language Study, Early Modern Poetry, and Higher Education administration, Joy Miller now works with clay and collage as a way of exploring the intellectual energies that reside beyond words words words. Miller recently completed a ceramics residency at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL.

More about Joy: joymillerjoy.tumblr.com

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Darcy Padilla
M.F.A. Art Studio

Darcy Padilla has devoted her photography to pursuing long-form narrative documentary. Her awards include an Alexia Foundation Grant, Alicia Patterson Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Open Society Institute Fellowship, World Press Photo, and the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanitarian Photography. Published and exhibited internationally, Padilla’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; International Center for Photography, New York; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.

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