The UW School of Art + Art History + Design presents the culminating work of its graduating graduate students in all fields who are receiving a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Design (MDes), or Doctorate in Art History (PhD) degree.
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 receiving Master in Arts and Doctorate in Art History degrees. Throughout their programs, art, art history and design students work with advisers, artists, and peer scholars to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, discuss critical issues, and emerge with a vision and direction for their own work.
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 commitment to diversity extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations. 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, master’s, and doctoral programs investigate and create in an environment of possibility. To learn more, visit our website.
The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish People of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations.
Jason O. Germany
Jueqian Fang, Everything Time Studio, Natalie O’Rourke. Other photos were provided by the graduating students.
Work on this website was primarily done by Leo Carmona, Media Relations Specialist.
For this particular graduate class, the years at the UW have been marked by oh so many unforeseen challenges. So much of the all-encompassing and precious experience that graduate school affords was disrupted by forces brought upon all of us during these particular times. I am especially grateful and proud to have watched this cohort rise to meet these extraordinary challenges with creativity, grace and pro-active determination. The successful completion of their degrees has been fulfilled with passion and the thoughtful consideration of the issues, ideas, and experiences that permeate the world we live in.
A sense of completion, achievement, and reflection is palpable in the works brought together in this Graduate Showcase. More so than ever, this journey has not been a solitary endeavor, but rather is made possible by an essential and supportive community that includes fellow students, family, friends, distinguished visitors, staff, and faculty. I especially want to acknowledge the support and mentorship offered by our faculty and staff who are so committed to creating an educational environment where our graduate students are able to thrive.
I want to recognize and thank Shin Yu Pai, Rock Hushka, Stefan Gonzales, Sadaf Sadri, and Heidi Biggs, for their efforts and insights gleaned during their interviews with the Art and Design grads.
Thanks so much for the collective and enthusiastic support of the entire Henry Art Gallery team, with special thanks to Sylvia Wolf, director, along with exhibition designers and preparators Rachel Ann Kessler and Eric Zimmerman. The opportunity for our graduate students to exhibit their thesis work in such a special space is a fitting capstone to their graduate careers.
I hope you enjoy exploring this online showcase where you will 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.
On behalf of the School of Art + Art History + Design, congratulations to the Graduate Class of 2023!
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art