Born in Texas, Justine went to Sam Houston State University where she received her BFA in Studio Arts as well as a minor in Photography. Currently, she focuses on drawing, collage, and utilizing mundane objects and materials that emphasize play and expressive mark making.
Sarah Davey is a third year Ceramics MFA candidate at the University of Florida. She received her BFA in sculpture from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2005. Previous to studying in Florida, Sarah developed her ceramic sculptures at 1241 Studios in South Philadelphia.
Cameron Doby is an artist transplant from his home city of Houston, Texas to the University of Florida. He received his BFA from the University of Houston, where he worked with paintings, drawings, and assemblage works. As a current MFA candidate heading into his 3rd year and towards a thesis exhibition, he has been working from found, everyday, and mundane (quotidian) objects to create drawings, sculptures, site-specific installations, and documented performances. His research has been focused largely around theories of semiotics (meaning-making), recursive/reductive systems of reasoning, and art-institutional critique.
G.V. Kelley is from the San Francisco Bay Area where they received dual baccalaureate degrees in Ceramics and Earth Science from San Francisco State University. They worked as a studio assistant in the Ceramics Department at SFSU before pursuing post baccalaureate study at the University of Florida. G.V. is currently a Masters of Fine Arts Candidate for the year 2019 in Ceramics. They make ceramic sculptures that utilize hybridized human/animal figures as vehicles to explore ideas about gender outside of the binary.
His work attempts to capture and represent the vessel as an extension of how and what we currently eat. To put a time stamp on our dietary preferences and tendencies in the present day, establishing a more intricate, codependent identity between the proverbial dinner and it’s corresponding plate.
Marissa Volk is an interdisciplinary designer with a background in architecture and graphic design. She is interested in using design and actionable research to create more equitable systems in our urban context.
Born in Shanghai, China, Erxuan Xu is a designer with a multifaceted background in package engineering, interior design, and graphic design. In her works, she focuses on using details to represent the design concept. She is passionate about creating things, and she believes that design can change people’s mind and will lead people a better life. Topics she is currently exploring include city memory, artistic exchange between China and West (Europe and America). Erxuan is especially interested in the cosmopolitan culture (the predominant Shanghai culture) and learn the history and humanistic culture of Shanghai through its specific residential housing and neighborhood. She aims to arouse citizens' awareness to preserve and protect their city memory through the platform of design.
Website: http://erxuanxu.com (coming soon)
Within her work, Jacqueline Adams is responding to the issues around food production; how mass production is changing with our growing societies, how we have incorporated hormones, antibiotics and gmo’s into our food, and how these alterations are effecting our health, specifically around disease. Asking the question, are we consuming it or is it consuming us? She is interested in showing these issues at the source; in the animal and at a microscopic level. It is only with a microscope that we can understand disease. She uses ceramics as a means to communicate these issues. Creating functional vessels on the wheel as well as making molds to create multi-part compositions. The combination of these helps me understand consumption on a greater level.
Dina is an Arab multidisciplinary creative and advertiser focusing on finding sustainable solutions to empower women in the Arab world, along with studying how society—being an industry of manipulation—affects our lives. She sees design as a way of life making her approach experimental. Dina has a 4+ year copywriting and art direction experience with J. Walter Thompson New York, J. Walter Thompson Casablanca, Shem’s Publicité, and as an entrepreneur. Today, she teaches Typography at the University of Florida while pursuing her MFA.
Graduating from Kansas State University with a dual concentration in Digital Experimental Media and Printmaking, Devlin works with New media such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, creating objects that utilize sensors, motors, and screens in order to create a discussion about the intersection of computing technology and social control. He is interested in the pharmacology behind technologies such as pharmaceuticals, and data processing systems targeted towards consumer culture.
Michael Christopher's work, at it's core, uses data to engage the everyday person using dark humor and satire. Dark comedies, such as Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), energize and inspire him.
More recently he has leveraged Speculative and Generative Design to envision possible futures.
As an art student from China who considers the craftsmanship and material as important elements in her art practice, Ye has been involved in a body of work that employs hair embroidery, paper cut, and laser cut fabric as well as more traditional Chinese painting techniques. Because of her educational background in China, she has been interested in integrating traditional Asian crafts into her art practice and using it within the context of contemporary art (to incorporate my understanding about Chinese culture and social phenomena).
Melissa Nunez is from Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Creative Photography from New World School of the Arts. Melissa's work focuses on how entropy destructs the natural and manmade landscape with the use of photo-based imagery.
Born in 1992, Victoria Palombit is from West Texas and received her bachelors degree in documentary photography from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, where she lived for 6 years.
Taking inspiration from her personal experiences as well as from her interest in perceptual processes, the banality of everyday life, subject (self) formation and its relationship to the body, her practice combines found objects, film, sculpture, photographic montage and chance operations to retranslate and reconsider established systems of value, truth and knowledge relating to the body, the self and otherness as these relate to our current moment of globalization, over-accumulation of images, incessant surveillance, and illusory isolation through digital communication technologies. Her work grasps for a sense of agency in a time when there seems to be very little, and seeks to rediscover the agency of the individual while rejecting traditional notions of the sovereign spectator.
Monsur Adeniyi Awotunde was born in Igbo Ora, Oyo, Nigeria. Awotunde attended The Polytechnic Ibadan, Auchi School of Art and University of Bedfordshire. He is currently an MFA Drawing and Painting candidate at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has exhibited in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Claire Lenahan grew up in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where she became interested in the visual arts, then moved to Boone, North Carolina to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Appalachian State University in 2014. After working almost 4 years as a studio assistant for Boone local potter, Bob Meier, she moved to Gainesville, Florida, where she is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at University of Florida. Lenahan’s work explores social practice by enhancing the viewer’s relationship with art and other viewers through interaction and communication. She does this by creating expressive surfaces on functional forms and prompting the viewer to become a participant with her ceramics.
Cindy Leung is a ceramic artist who received her BFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in ceramics from Queens College, City University of New York. She was born and raised in Hong Kong. Previously, she assisted artists Sin-Ying Ho and Phyllis Kudder Sullivan. Most recently, she completed her studio assistantship at BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center in New York.
Aimee Marcinko is an MFA candidate in ceramics at UF. She graduated with a BFA in ceramics from Arizona State University in 2011 and an MA in art education in 2014. She spent the last three years working in production slip casting at an intentional community call Arcosanti in Arizona's high desert. Her focus is on wheel thrown functional tableware with highly decorative surfaces and is currently transitioning into wall installations.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Foad studied at the Art University where he received a BFA and an MA. After graduating he taught photography for 7 years in Tehran universities. He was also a photographer for archeological fields and museums. He decided to develop his knowledge in photography by coming to the USA.
“I believe photography was born in the developed country so the base of aesthetics came from here, for understanding, deployment and prevention of repetition, we have to know about the phoography history by resources.”
Parisa Nabiyouni was born and raised in Iran. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design but now her interests are more focused on animation and virtual reality. She continues her education as an MFA candidate in Art+Tech at UF.
Andrew Norris’s creative practice contains image manipulation and old master techniques in oil painting. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Born and raised in Northeast Tennessee, Andrew takes influence from southern male ideologies that are common place in a rural environment and promote a toxic understanding of manhood.
Emmanuel Manu Opoku was born in Ghana in 1990. His installations explore his interest in landscape with the use of found objects- used coal tins, broken machines, fake hair, snail shells, empty rice sacks, just to name a few. He is fascinated by the roles these objects play in his community in terms of value and reflect on the issues of labor. The cut down trees bearing used objects articulate his understanding of possibilities.
Jasmine recently completed her undergraduate education at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Her work tends to focus on her background in sociology as well as socio-political issues. She works primarily in oil paints but it looking forward to expanding her use of mediums while she attains her MFA.
Chad works with collage art, sound art, and video art. He also works with painting, printmaking, pyrography, and cartooning The subjects are about film, family, art, and pop culture. He is from Indiana. He enjoys the art of pizza and watching movies.
Vahid Valikhani was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1991. Since his childhood, he has always been interested in Art. Consequently, he completed his Diploma in Music. After graduating from art school in Isfahan, he decided to study visual arts and completed his B.A education in photography in 2016.