Newsletter Issue:
Spring 2024

Student and Alumni Spring and Summer Updates

Stanley Bermudez (Cohort ’21) had a solo exhibition, Made in China/Made in the USA at the B12.1 Art Gallery at The Lone Star College-University Park Art Department, Houston, TX. Bermudez will also be part of the Traces of Being exhibition at the Houston Endowment Gallery, from October 22, 2024, to January 20, 2025. Finally, Bermudez was selected out of nearly 100 submissions as the 2024 recipient of the Jones Artist Award — a program created by Houston Endowment in 2023 to recognize the diverse stories of Greater Houston’s artists. His inspiring works will be showcased in the Houston Endowment building.

Crystal Ann Brown (Cohort ’23) presented Equilibrium Disorder a solo exhibition focusing on the invisibility/visibility of domestic care work, at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, and at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, as well as a select portion of the work to be shown at Roy G Biv Gallery in Columbus, OH. 

Nedko Bucev (Cohort ’22) participated at the Focus Art Fair NYC in May 2024. The artwork will be part of the project How to Know What We Know: New Experiences in the Holocene Center For Environmental Transformation.

Lexygius Sanchez Calip (Cohort ’23) took part in the Exhibition/Fundraiser Auction Event organized by The 500 Capp Street Foundation in collaboration with The Berkeley Art Center, on May 3-6, 2024, at The David Ireland House in San Francisco, CA. He will present his work for an exhibition entitled Day One / Unang Araw sa Bahay (First Day at the House) at the Avellana Art Gallery in Manila, Philippines.

Calip also presented his works in the exhibition In Flux: Recalibrating the Unknown at the Museum of Northern California Art, Chico. He was represented at the Art Fair Philippines 2024 by Avellana Art Gallery at The Link, Ayala Center Makati City, Philippines, in February 2024.

Alicia Campos (Cohort’ 22) presented the paper “A Pink Soul: the Ultimate Freedom of a ‘Pseudo-Mulier” for the panel Immigrant, Queer, Mother, Other: Women Write and Paint the World at the NeMLA’s 55th Annual Convention, Boston, MA, March 8, 2024. She also presented the paper: “Women Cultural Agents and the Extermination of the Beguines, the Caring Mothers” for the panel Threads of Connection; Sorry/Not Sorry at MoM Annual Academic and Arts Conference, Saint Petersburg, Florida, March 24, 2024. Furthermore, Campos is the art curator and organizer of the ongoing Collective Art Exhibition: 100 Women Artists in Art History, as a tribute to neglected, ignored, and overlooked women artists in Art History, with the participation of 100 contemporary women artists.  

Lucas Alan Dietsche (Cohort ’23) was the chair of the 10th Annual Transformative Justice and Abolition Criminology Conference via Zoom on February 9, 2024. Dietsche has presented topics such as zines, poetic inquiry criminology, and Thanos aesthetics in a criminology setting. 

Jill Alexandria DiPippo (Cohort ’22) presented the paper “Prescriptive reality as a foundation of descriptive abstractions: a multidisciplinary approach to the process of creation” at the Manipal International Symposium on Design (MiSD), School of Design and Architecture in Dubai, February 2024.

Justin Gallant (Cohort ’24) presented the paper "Fragments of (a) Post-Pandemic Studies: Life is no longer mediated by images; it is the image becoming" at California State University in May 2024.

Shana Dumont Garr (Cohort ’22) presented the paper “Tree as Monument: Catharsis in Artistic Relationships Between Humans and Trees” for the panel Learning from Trees: Artists and Climate Solutions at CAA 2024. Garr will present the same paper at the Beyond Humanism Conference at the University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland in July 2024. She is co-chairing a panel, Beyond Humanism: Exploring Trans-Human Entanglements with Felix Lloyd at the annual SECAC conference in Atlanta, GA on October 23-26, 2024, and presenting the paper “Plant Beings: Portraits Beyond Humanism.” Garr will be a Research Fellow at the Boston Athenaeum from June 2024 - June 2025.

Dr. Hector Garza (PhD, 2024) presented the paper: “Mapping LatinX and LGBTQ+ Borderland Narratives: Juliet’s Nepantla” for the panel Queerencia, Autohistoria-Teoria y Herencia as Methodologies for Subverting Norms and Transgressing Identities at the El Mundo Zurdo Conference hosted by the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa in San Antonio, Texas, in May 2024.

Hazel Antaramian Hofman (PhD candidate, Cohort ’17) will present the paper: “Drawings of Antonin Artaud: An Inquiry Toward The Middle Voice” for the panel Artaud, Image and Language at the Antonin Artaud – New Critical Reflections Conference in Kingston University London, July 30-31, 2024. 

Jessie Keating (Cohort ’24) will exhibit artwork from her series, Fairytales, in the group exhibition Reverberations at UNDERSTORY in Cleveland, OH from August 11 through September 22, 2024.

Felix V. Lloyd (Cohort ’21) will co-chair the session: Beyond Humanism: Exploring Transhuman Entanglements as well as present the paper "Why the Dream of AI Consciousness Failed, and How Fixing It Will Involve Making Its Consciousness Less Human" at the annual SECAC conference in Atlanta, GA on October 23-26, 2024.

Beth Anne Martin (Cohort ’23) presented her solo exhibition, Leto: Echos of Ephemera at the Barbagelata Contemporary Art Foundation Online Gallery in February 2024.

Dr. Mary Mazurek (PhD, 2022) chaired the session The Power and the Politics of Sound and presented the paper “The Power and Politics of Sound" at CAA in February, 2024.

Dr. Rikiesha Metzger (PhD, 2024) will have a solo exhibition titled “Ray of Hope” at the Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures in Baltimore, MD in June 2024. She has been selected as one of the Indigo Arts Alliance 2024-25 David C. Driskell Fellows with a three-month residency at Black Seed Studio in Portland, ME (May-Aug, 2024).

Marvin Milián (Driskell Fellow, PhD candidate, Cohort ’20) presented the paper “Unmasking Identity: Exploring the Philosophical and Cultural Implications of Aztec Masks in Chicano Street Culture” for the panel Realize Our True Potential at the Skyline College's 2nd Annual RIDE Conference in San Bruno, California, April 2024.

Dr. Keren Moscovitch (PhD, 2020) chaired the session How do feminist artists care? at CAA in February 2024. She also presented her art practice at the Services for Artists Committee panel for Artists Within the CAA.

Terrence Phearse (Driskell Fellow, Cohort ’21) and Archives Research Fellow, The Driskell Center, presented the paper: ”Phenomenological Hermeneutics: Photographs from the Michael D. Harris Collection” in the Symposium Echoes from the Archive at The Driskell Center, University of Maryland College Park on April 20, 2024. Dr. Leslie King Hammond (Dean Emeritus Maryland Institute College of Art) was the Keynote speaker. Phearse will be a visiting critic at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in the graduate seminar final reviews: (Re) Imagining Blackness, Socioracial Sustainability, Cues of Identity Empowerment, and Ecological Connectedness in the Hudson Valley in May 2024

Alaina Plowdrey Forehand (PhD candidate, Cohort ’17) presented the paper "The Environmental and Ecological Embodiment of Blue in the Paintings of Aleah Chapin” at the Southern Humanities Council conference in Savannah, GA, February 2024.

Kim M. Reiff (PhD, 2023) is displaying four artworks from her “Elements” series in an invitational exhibition Emerald Paradigm (water), Terre Verte (earth), Mariah (wind), and Heather (fire). Curated by Dr. Reiff, the show Elements of Grace will feature 74 artworks created by twenty-two visual arts students and faculty from Grace College, Winona Lake, IN. The artwork will be displayed at Monroe Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI, May 4-July 13, 2024. 

Dr. Jessica M. Rodríguez-Colón (PhD, 2022) was appointed Chair of the SECAC Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the annual SECAC Conference through October 2026. Dr. Rodríguez-Colón will show her most recent artwork as part of the collevite exhibition Emptiness and Form at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Big Island of Hawai'i, HI, May 18 – June 7, 2024.

Rodríguez-Colón will also present the following papers “Danza Cimarrona (Marronage Dance): Healing the Soul from Colonial Trauma” for the panel Aesthetic Approaches to Trauma and Healing at the 12th East-West Philosophers’ Conference in Honolulu, HI, May 2024, “Marronage Aesthetics in Puerto Rican Art” at the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of The Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle in Big Island of Hawai'i, HI, June, 2024, and the video essay Shedding, Molting, Letting Go... at the Film-Philosophy Conference, Espinho, Portugal, July, 2024.

Recently, she also presented the paper “Aesthetics of Care through the Queering of Death in Recent Puerto Rican Cinema” for the panel How do feminist artists care? at CAA 2024.

Tory Schendel-Vyvoda (Cohort ’23) presented the paper “Optics and Visio Dei: Interpretations of Female Mystic Art” at the 99th Medieval Academy of America conference at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, in March 2024, and was a roundtable participant for the sessions Building and Growing Medieval Studies: Creating Communities of Passion Beyond the Classroom, Digital Humanities without a Budget, and Maken vertu of necessitee: Teaching Medieval and What Else? at the 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, in May 2024.  

Schendel-Vyvoda's artwork Line Drawing was on display at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, IN, in March 2024, and the work The Metamorphosis of the Child was on display at The Studio Alchemy Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, in April 2024.

Nandita Baxi Sheth (PhD Candidate, Cohort ’19) will present “Derrida and Multispecies Aesthetics” at the Derrida Today conference in Athens, Greece, June 10-14, 2024. 

Colette Standish (Cohort ’21) will present the paper: "Fused Subjectivity in the Artwork of Carolee Schneemann" at the Scientific Committee of the 5th International Conference on Gender Studies and Sexuality (ICGSS) Paris, France, December 6-8th 2024. 

Dr. Sandra Stephens (PhD, 2022), Kelly Gawel (PhD, The New School), and Ciclón Olivares (Pratt Institute) virtually presented: “Counter-normative Kinship as Jouissance: Celebrating Co-Created Decolonial Space” for the conference Feminist Making, Doing, & Sensing at philoSOPHIA in Southern Alberta, Canada, March 16, 2024.

They also presented the paper: “Intimate Reclamations: Aesthetic Practices of Care” for the CAA panel How do feminist artists care? in February 2024.

Dr. Maria Patricia Tinajero (PhD, 2023) presented the paper “Exploring Eco-Materialism as Translation in Vegetal Aesthetics within the Plant Contingent Collective” for the panel: Art of Ecology and Beauty of Nature at the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of The Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, May 2023. She received a grant from Collective Future Fund: New Projects for “Soil Culture Project” in collaboration with Julie Poitras Santos. Additionally, an interview with George Smith by Kate Farrington and María Patricia Tinajero (29 October 2023, Portland, ME) was published by the Journal of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition, Vol. 5, 2023.

Dr. Tinajero also presented the paper: “Living with the Toxic: An Inquiry Regenerative Aesthetics (The Susanitas and the Transformative Practice of the Minga)” for the conference Aesthetics in Times of Turmoil at King’s University College in London, ON. March 2024.

Lisa C. Tremaine (Cohort ’21) presented the paper “Dis-placement through the lens of Adrian Piper’s ‘Everything’ Series” at the annual Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture Conference held at Brown University in April 2024.

Natalia Velez (Cohort ’22) presented the paper “Art in the Age of Alternative Truth and Spin Dictatorships.” for the ASPEC and Foreign Affairs Group at the Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL on May 10, 2024. Velez also presented the talk “Conversation between Philosophers and Artists. Diego Velasquez and William Pachner” for the MFA Docent team at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL, on March 11, 2024.

Monica von Brecht (Cohort ’21) presented the paper “Expressions of Trauma and Healing Amid Recurring Warfare” at the East-West Philosophers’ Conference in Honolulu, HI, May 24-31, 2024. She will also present the paper “Dao of AI” at the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, June 4-7, 2024, at Hawai'i Volcano National Park. 

Jessica A. Wagner (Cohort ’21) presented the paper “Reclaiming Endings: Beginnings Through Explosions” at the 7th World Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities (SHCONF) in Munich, Germany, May 25, 2024.

Dr. Lisa M. Williamson (PhD, 2022), in collaboration with Chicano artist Richard Lou, exhibited pages from the graphic novel Embustero at Clemson University in March and at Union University from April 23 to May 28, 2024. Embustero is a series of immigration stories from Lou's family, passed down to him by his parents, accompanied by Williamson's ink illustrations. 

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