2023 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

2023 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design

View of University of Washington 2023 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington. Photo: Jueqian Fang.

July 11, 2023
University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design 2023 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition
May 27–June 25, 2023
Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington
15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
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The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design is pleased to announce publication of the 2023 Graduate Showcase. This website documents, in part, the 2023 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition, which took place at the Henry Art Gallery from May 27 to June 25, 2023. The online showcase also presents the work of three art history graduates. Nicole Block and Nicolas Staley completed a Master in Arts (MA) degree and Kit Coty completed a Doctorate in Art History (PhD) degree. Throughout their programs, art, art history and design students work with advisers, artists, and other scholars to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, discuss critical issues, and emerge with a vision and direction for their own work. Explore the online showcase to discover how each graduate student transformed their ideas, passions, and skills into a body of research that reflects and addresses the opportunities, challenges, wonder, confusion, and joy of the world we all inhabit.

We congratulate all of these students and are proud of their work and accomplishments.

Participating Artists

James William Blake
Dana Blume
Kayla Cochran
Ruby Henrickson
Wayne Hongyuan Jiang
Lucas Latimer
Cypress Quickbear-Stalder
Adamska Elizaveta Rakhilkina
Jai Sallay-Carrington
Chen Wei
Claire Florence Weizenegger
Melanie Wells

The School of Art + Art History + Design is the center for creative innovation and study at the University of Washington, one of the world’s leading public research institutions. The school’s focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of new practices enhances both studio and classroom learning as well as fostering dynamic engagement and critical discourse. Our students are inspired to learn through a rigorous and creative academic experience, competitive internships, and international opportunities. Learning from influential faculty, alumni, visiting artists, designers, and scholars, students of our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs create and investigate in an environment of possibility. The School offers graduate degrees across our three divisions: art, art history, and design. 

The Division of Art offers Master of Fine Arts degrees in three areas: Photo/Media, Painting + Drawing, and 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture. Photo/Media invites exploration in a range of forms or formats including, but not limited to, analog photography, digital imaging, video production, computer based technologies, performance, and installation. Through a rigorous critique process and regular meetings with faculty, professional artists, and visiting critics, students develop their individual creative process within a collaborative interdisciplinary environment and build on their ability to articulate their practice within larger historical, theoretical, cultural, and contemporary visual contexts. Painting + Drawing emphasizes self motivated and intensive studio work and research for advanced students who are highly motivated, self-directed, and committed to painting and drawing as visual expression. Graduate students work closely with a dedicated faculty who, in their own work, represent a broad range of contemporary painting. 3D4M (3-Dimensional Forum), a consortium that includes ceramics, glass, and sculpture, emphasizes an experimental approach to materials and ideas and is centered on individual directions within the broad spectrum of contemporary art making in a dynamic studio-based environment. Graduate students explore interdisciplinary exchanges that revolve around material study, concept, and critical dialogthat reflects and supports the nature of contemporary art in the context of a leading research university.

The Division of Art History offers a Master of Arts thesis track, Master of Arts practicum track, and a PhD. The Master of Arts in art history thesis track emphasizes research and writing in the discipline of art history and prepares students to continue further scholarly pursuits at the PhD level. The practicum track emphasizes applied learning using the discipline of art history to understand or promote the value of the visual arts in a variety of cultural, educational, or business settings. The PhD program in art history prepares graduates for university-level teaching, curator positions at major museums, and independent research in the field.

The Division of Design offers a Master in Design degree, a two-year full time program for designers who wish to deepen their practice by engaging in advanced research and scholarship, or who are interested in pursuing academic careers. The MDes courses, thesis projects, and independent studies converge in a space of practice-based creative research by focusing on how design works at the intersection of three main areas of interest: craft and making, theory and research, and innovation. Graduate thesis projects cover a wide range of topics and reflect both the interests of the student and the concerns of the program with forward-looking investigations into the professional, technological, and social questions facing the discipline.

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