2016 ASU Master of Fine Arts Program

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ABOUT THE ASU MASTER OF FINE ARTS PROGRAM This catalog showcases the work of prospective Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree students in the Herberger Institute School of Art at Arizona State University. During the course of a three-year degree, artists are challenged to develop their crafts and concepts in preparation to become leaders in the professional art community. ABOUT THE ART GRADS (TAG) The Art Grads is a student organization representing all of ASU’s studio MFA artists through the promotion of art at Arizona State University and the local community. By organizing events such as gallery exhibitions, visiting artists, and open studios, TAG members cross the boundaries of their respective media and become a creative collective. For more information on TAG and their upcoming events, please visit facebook.com/TheArtGradsASU cover art: Shiyuan Xu title page art: Travis Rice

Cam DeCaussin | Somewhere Between Love and Madness (2016) Oil on panel, 11 5/8” x 20 5/8”

Elliott Kayser | Stock Split (2016)

Bronze, gold leaf, 24” x 7” x 15”

Buzzy Sullivan | Central Valley, CA - looking North (2015) Pigment print, 35” x 28”

Lisa Von Hoffner | Mesopotamia (2015) Mixed media on birch wood, backlit with LED lights, 48” x 48” x 6”

Andrew Noble | Influences (2014) 3D printed plastic, 10” x 7” x 5”

Tyler Griese | Wayside (2016)

Oil on canvas, 36” x 60”

Dani Godreau | Perforate (2016)

Cut paper, paper sculpture installation 96” x 48” x 96”

Renee Dennison | Droplets in the Sand (2012)

Black and white digital photograph, 17� x 12�

Priya Thoresen | Blue Stuff (2016) Earthenware, 10” x 12” x 17.5”

Molly Koehn | Eventually, Everything Will Collapse (2015)

Mason jars, rust, concrete, pine, 108” x 165” x 35”

Hannah Walsh | The Fable of the Wüstenwolf and the Maiden (2016) Graphite, color pencil, pastel on paper, 30” x 24”

Lily Montgomery| Bodies of Light (2015) Argon filled glass, steel, live models, porcelain, gold slip, wire, 14’

Cydnei Mallory | Untitled (2014) Rope, steel, string, 21” x 2” x 7”

Camila Galofre | Drift, 4 (2015)

Charcoal on paper, 40” x 40”

Kari Wehrs | Alex/ Lake Megunticook (2014) Tintype, 3.125” x 4”

Sophia Maria Paz | Unfolded (2014) Screen print with photo process, 22” x 24.5”

Ryan Parra | Verbesina Encelioides, Golden Crownbeard (2015) Pigment print, size variable

Shannon Ludington | Silk Study (2015)

Raw silk, 36” x 48” x 8”

Zach Valent |Blood and Satin (2015)

Blood wood, satin wood, concrete, 15” x 15” x 20”

Jace Becker | Samnhain92 (2015)

Modancage, 24” x 30”

Alison Sweet | Quickly Forgotten (2015) Albumen print, 7” x 5”

Shiyuan Xu | Through the Lens (2015)

Porcelain, 9.5” x 26.5” x 11”

Layne Farmer | Electric Feel (2014)

Gouache, vinyl, thank you cards and ink collaged on paper, 7.5” x 11”

Kara Roschi | Daily Reminders (2015)

Cast acrylic paint, dimensions variable

Kate Horvat | X-TRA REAL (Greasy) (2015) Stone lithograph, 22” x 22”

Pam Golden | Dee (2015) Archival pigment print, 20” x 16”

John Toumisto-Bell | Man With a Blue Head (2015) Bronze, acrylic paint, 28.5” x 17” x 13”

Rachel Goodwin| Intertwined (2015) Wood, fabric, resin, paint, bra stapping, stain, oil stick, paint pen, 64” x 58” x 8”

Swapna Das | Rules of Desire (2015) Charcoal on paper, 35” x 34”

Kim Lyle | 381 Foreclosures in Vermont (2010)

Cardboard, 1”x 1” x 1” per house

Travis Ivey | Red, Yellow, Blue (2014)

Privacy envelopes and glitter on panel, 12” x 37”

Janet Diaz | Not For Sale (2015)

Plaster, 36” x 40” x 48”

Emily Ritter | Consumption (1 of 24) (2014) Inkjet print, 11” x 8.5”

Joe Holdren | Set Free (2016) Acrylic, charcoal, chalk, oil stick, oils on synthetic paper, 164” x 114”

Lee Krist | Migratory Patterns of North American Queers (2015) Photo transparency, 8” x 10”

Xue Jiang | Harmonious Integration (2015) Video, multi-channel video installation, 1920 pi x 1080 pi , 16:9 aspect ratio

Jonah Amadeus | For Closure (2015) Porcelain, water, time, 24” x 28” x 29”

Shawn Barker | Morning Routine (2015)

Archival inkjet print, 3.2� x 4�

Courtney Richter | Untitled (2015)

Snow fencing, felt, packing material, dowel, spray paint, craft foam, 85” x 30” x 16”

Christina Kemp Sullivan | Plate, Hammer, Super Glue (2016)

Found object, 9.5” x 9.5”

Eli McGlothern | Space, Brah (2015) Digital print, 24” x 24”

Bill Jamison | To The Yixing, To the Wall (2015) Slip-cast clay cups, handbuilt clay wall coozies, 24” x 12” x 6”

Travis Rice | Crash (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 88” x 66”

Jessica Palomo | Buds of Infection (2015)

Graphite and gesso on panel, 12.75” x 17”

Chris Vena | Sunday, June 9th, Occupy Gezi 1 (2013) Oil on canvas, 31” x 43”

Hakyoung Kim | Internal Connection (2014) Digital print, 6” x 9”


 alisonsweet.weebly.com Alison is a photo based multimedia artist who focuses on the landscape, the people and the history of the American West from a feminist viewpoint.


 andrew-noble.com Andrew plays with 3D data collection, 3D printing, video and animation. He creates forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based on subjective associations and formal parallels.

BILL JAMISON | Anchorage, AK  billspots.com  billspots

Bill’s design-inspired, functional ceramic vessels reflect his background in Engineering and his current life as an artist. He creates modular pieces that live equally in both gallery spaces and in the home.


 buzzysullivan.com  buzzysullivan Through his photographs, Buzzy Sullivan explores the interaction of human, history, and place. His work is a contemporary survey of the American West.


 camdecaussin.com The suburban landscape contains an ambiguous narrative. Utilizing this imagery and motifs of solitude, loneliness and reflection, there is a desire to explore the silent drama that exists within cul-de-sac culture.

CAMILA GALOFRE | Bogotá, Colombia  camilagalofre.com  camiglfr

Camila explores magical realism as a visual concept, while examining human perceptions of the transformational landscape to stimulate environmental empathy and ratify new definitions of the role of landscape art as a cultural identifier within contemporary art.

CHRIS VENA | San Diego, CA  chrisvena.com

Painting has served as a means of documentation, comment and appraisal of political unrest since ancient times. Chris’ recent work is an extension of that tradition. He returned to the US from Turkey in late 2014 and is now in his 2nd year as an MFA candidate in painting at Arizona State University.

CHRISTINA KEMP SULLIVAN | Portland, OR  christinakempsullivan.com  christinamariekemp

Christina’s work examines the obsolescence of the ordinary, and explores the relationships between people and objects. Through detailed craft based alterations, the unexceptional nature of mass produced items is balanced with a sense of value.


 courtneyfaithrichter.com The desire to change oneself or to accept oneself can become a repetitive cycle full of doubts, disappointments, and tiny celebrations. Courtney’s work is based in her experience with self-help books and similar advice-oriented outlets.

CYDNEI MALLORY | Pittsburgh, PA  cydneimallory.com

With a natural draw to mundane materials such as rope, scrap metals and hairnets, Cydnei’s work speaks to the contradictions of class, cultural, racial and sexual difference.

DANI GODREAU | Jacksonville, FL  danigodreau.com

Through the decorative and meticulously handcrafted nature of her paper cuts Dani celebrates the global tradition of paper cutting as an art form while addressing the complex issue of feminine identity and valorizing devalued women’s labor.

ELI MCGLOTHERN | Napa, CA  elirichard.com  eeeeli_richard

Eli communicates his life experiences through a sequence of images and icons that collectively define him.

ELLIOTT KAYSER | Portland, OR  kayserceramics.com  kayserceramics

Elliott has been sculpting cattle as icons of the American landscape. As symbols of our resources, cows are a reminder of our successes in agriculture, and more recently our distance from it.

EMILY RITTER | Wichita, KS  emilyeritter.com

Emily’s work explores human irresponsibility and its consequences on different species and environments. Her goal is to bring awareness and start a conversation about solutions.

HAKYOUNG KIM | Daegu, Korea

 hakyoungkim.com Hakyoung’s work expresses how all living and non-living existences are perpetually interconnected through cause and effect. The ceramic elements of her work play the role of connecting objects in different spaces and times.

HANNAH WALSH | Phoenix, AZ  hannahirenewalsh.com

Hannah’s visual narratives of invented mythologies interweave with representations of herself in various roles/personas: deity, animal; shaman, sexual object. Her work explores the shameless sensuality and feral aspect of womanhood.

JACE BECKER | Pittsburgh, PA  jacebecker.com

Jace’s photographic work focuses on the cultural landscape, specifically social and self-exploration, issues of identity, and the darker sides of introspection. His area of emphasis is in alternative process.

JANET DIAZ | Salinas, CA  janetdiaz.com

Janet uses printmaking and sculpture to explore the violent realities existing along the US/Mexican border. Through her work she demonstrates the different social, political and culture issues that happen within Mexico and the United States.

JESSICA PALOMO |Dallas, TX  jessicapalomo.com

These drawings are in response to death and its unseen effects that can place identity and emotion in a liminal space. Jessica’s work explores in-between and outside these borders of reality to capture a visceral and complex emotion.

JOE HOLDREN | Athens, AL  Joe Holdren

Joe Holdren’s process of painting and mark-making creates an “orderly-disorder” inspired by moments; brief glimpses of an image or word, fleeting emotions, or ongoing moods and all things perceived subliminally or directly. He sees beauty in the way things shift and change.

JOHN TUOMISTO-BELL | Phoenix, AZ  tuomistobell.com

Man and his paradoxical relationships with violence, sexual identity, and religion fascinate John and have been his focus/ exploration for years. He is drawn to the figure because of its iconic nature and worldwide universal appeal.

JONAH AMADEUS| Durango, CO  jonahamadeus.com    jonahamadeus

For Closure is Jonah Amadeus’ examination of materialism in modern Americana; his time based ceramic sculptures revel in entropy as their dissolution slowly impels them to a therapeutic ruin.

KARA ROSCHI | Girard, PA  kararoschi.com

Kara sees her work — in all its forms — as a rope bridge between bluffs; it briefly tethers divergent perspectives and value sets for a fleeting moment of exchange.

KARI WEHRS | Rochester, MN  kariwehrs.com

Kari Wehrs is a photographer interested in personal stories, people, and a documentary stance. Recently, her portraiture employs the 1850s collodion process. She sees the tintype image as a personal and intimate memento.

KATE HORVAT | Kansas City, KS  katehorvat.com

Our desires can be viewed as propositions — wishing, wanting, craving, longing urges rooted in an instinctive bodily need. Kate Horvat’s work explores these hopes and wants, the expectations associated with them and the reality once they are fulfilled.

KIM LYLE | Jacksonville, FL  kimlyle.net  kim.lyle

Kim’s practice traverses sculpture, text, audience participation, installation, and video. She is interested in exploring humans’ relationships with place, with each other, and with changing notions of home.


 laynefarmer.tumblr.com/ Layne’s work is a response to nature and patterns of the human condition. His work is an array of abstract processes combined with design elements and motifs to produce an image. It is much more about re-acting than acting.

LEE KRIST |Astoria, NY  Migratory Patterns of North American Queers at the

Turn of the Century Lee Krist’s work in photography, film, and book arts are auto-ethnographic documents of a contemporary queer subculture. His current photo record book creates a space for viewers to read and write personal migration narratives.

LILY MONTGOMERY | Birmingham, AL  lmontgo1.wix.com/lilyreeves

Lily creates immersive sculptural installations that use light and performance to evoke qualities of human nature that have declined in modern American Society.

LISA VON HOFFNER | Swarthmore, PA  lisavonhoffner.com

With holographs, light, and nova-like tondos added to the lexicon of her work, Lisa utilizes form to explore the paradoxical state of women’s sexuality in a distinctly patriarchal society while defying the limits of dimensionality of traditional painting.

MOLLY KOEHN | Sublette, KS  mollykoehn.com  mollymoso

Molly Koehn’s work is based on the relationship of looking at ourselves and our ecosystem and realizing the key role we play in climate change.

PAM GOLDEN | Tucson, AZ  pamgoldenphotographs.com

Pam Golden’s photographs of people and landscape mark our shared passage.

PRIYA THORESEN | Gainesville, FL  priyathoresen.com

Priya collects and documents everyday objects, and builds earthenware vessels to contain these things.

RACHEL GOODWIN | Tyler, TX  rachelgoodwinart.com

Products constantly infiltrate our daily lives, with bright adverts subliminally affecting one’s judgments. Rachel mimicks this phenomenon in her work; product materials themselves are celebrated in a formalist manner. They own us just as much as we own them.

RENEE DENNISON |Tohatchi, NM  reneedennison  Renee Dennison

“As I turned to walk up the steps to dad’s house I saw these impressions in the wet sand and knew they would soon be gone. I wished that this simple impression could remain untouched.”

RYAN PARRA | Novato, CA  ryanparra.com

Ryan photographs edible, medicinal, and psychoactive plants growing in the Tempe/Phoenix valley. He is interested in our relationship with nature, and the role plants have played in our exploration of knowledge and well-being for thousands of years.

SHANNON LUDINGTON | Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 shannonludington.com Shannon Ludington explores issues concerned with identity and social interactions by using our close relationships with textiles to build points of empathy.

SHAWN S. BARKER |North Ogden, UT

 shawnsbarker.com A transcendental beauty lies in our intrinsic connection to each other as well as to the land. Shawn explores these ideas through the lens of fatherhood, examining his own relationship to his children as well as to past generations.

SHIYUAN XU | Hangzhou, China  shiyuanxu.com  shiyuanxu129

Shiyuan has great interest in nature, particularly at the microscopic level. Through these intricate ceramic sculptures, Shiyuan attempts to reveal the spectacular hidden world becoming visible.


 sofiamariapaz.com Combining individual mark-making with processes of mass production, Sofia’s prints seek to characterize human emotion. By displaying subconscious evocations with traditional associations, the result is both recognizable and detached.

SWAPNA DAS | Delhi, India

 swapnadas-art.com Swapna’s current body of work focuses on the Buddhist concept of “Ten Worlds” or ten life conditions; lowest being hell and highest being Buddhahood. Her art encompasses profound belief that spirituality and creativity are intertwined.


 travisivey.com Travis’ work employs an intuitive approach to composition and design using collected and found materials. These pieces reflect his yearning for nostalgia and history, while satisfying his desire to collect, sort and repurpose materials from his life.


 travisriceartist.com Influenced by his background in architecture, Travis Rice’s work incorporates 3D modeling to create complex, hardedge compositions that give an illusion of space through both form and materiality.

TYLER GRIESE |Cincinnati, OH

 tylergriese.com Tyler’s artwork deals with his perspective in the larger realm of the human condition. The figures exist in spaces because these spaces are engrained in his consciousness and become metaphors for the collective journey of the human spirit.

XUE JIANG |Shenyang, China

 xjiang.net Xue Jiang works on Video Art and 3D Computer Modeling / Animation. Her studio work focuses on interconnected complementary relationships, virtual art spaces, and interdisciplinary art development.


 zachvalent.com Inspired by a love for geology and captivated by the rapid development of society, Zach creates artwork that simultaneously reflects the presence of time and processes found in both nature and humanity.

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This catalog was created entirely by TAG members and distributed in part by a generous contribution from the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art (HIDA)

Select B&W Studio photos provided by HIDA. Photography credit: Craig Smith Š 2015 Arizona Board of Regents. All rights reserved.