Cypress Quickbear-Stalder

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Cypress Quickbear-Stalder is an artist from Judah, Indiana. They graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. They are a 2023 Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Washington’s Photo/Media program. Their first solo show debuted at Das Schaufenster in March of 2023.

Waiting is something you get used to when you’re a Native American. (Bruchac, 170)

This studio centers waiting. Waiting for the artist. Waiting for the viewer. Waiting for the gallery. Waiting for the future. Waiting for the past. Waiting for clemency. Waiting for the check to come in. Waiting to see South Dakota again. Waiting for the print to develop. Waiting for the performance to start.Waiting for the theory. Waiting for the court’s ruling. Waiting for the pipeline to burst. Waiting for the rocks to erode. Waiting for the beginning. Waiting for the end. This studio centers waiting.
Committee

Ellen Garvens
Rebecca Cummings
Flint Jamison

Cypress Quickbear-Stalder, thesis performance, 2023. Photo: Natalie O’Rourke
Cypress Quickbear-Stalder, thesis performance, 2023. Photo: Natalie O’Rourke
Welcome Note

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!

Jamie Walker
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art