CURRENT GRADS

The current Studio Art MFA Candidates at the School of

Art + Design at UIUC

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EMMALY CRIMMEL

Crazy to See: Who Wouldn't Hurt a Butterfly, plastic, 3D printed material, cookie dough, lithographic prints, photographs, colored pencil, paint, wood, hot glue, invisible green material, March 2020

 

Interests: The real vs. reality, screens, hauntology, transparency, social media, identity, and visual experience IRL!

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KATHERINE HAIR

Crossing, acrylic on canvas, 48" × 60", 2018

 

Interests: Painting, sculpture, nature, animal behavior, biological symbiosis, and dogs

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SYDNEY VIZE

pantomiming gynecological information to a pharmacist on vacation, silicone and clay, 2021

 

Interests: Body presentation, affect theory, secrecy, mysterious phrasing, eventfulness

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KENDRA WARD

Strap, digital photograph, 2019

 

Interests: Photography, hysteria, mental health, femininity, isolation, and gender performance

LU BEYER

I Don't Know That It Tasted Good, laserjet photos on rice paper, 2020

 

Interests: Sense of place, concept of homeland, visibility, and memory

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TRAVIS KELLER

Electric, oil on linen, 88.5” x 62”, 2020

 

Interests: Painting, Dystopian Futurism, cinema, Expressionism, and prop-making

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NATHAN GRIMES

Agnostic Icon: Conflicting Realities Challenge Object Permanence, acrylic, latex, and aerosol on canvas, 19" × 12", 2019

 

Interests: Visual art, sound, immersive environment, perception, translation, and interaction

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SALEM TURCHAN

She Will Have Done Something Interesting, installation, condom, Magic 8-Ball juice, 2020

 

Interests: Queer theory, sculpture, painting, absurdism, internet culture, institutional critique, text and symbols, trauma, and storytelling

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ABIGAIL HOLCOMBE

The Skin of the Object, partial image of installation, bedside table, house paint, bucket, duct tape, polyester fiberfill, 2018

 

Interests: Painting, sculpture, the object, the everyday, the surface, maximalism, textiles, pattern, and decoration

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KOFI BAZZELL-SMITH

Rabbit and Toad Page 1, ink on paper with digitally added tones, 2021

 

Interests: Manga, storytelling, Afrofuturism, Japanese cinema, Japanese history, Ukiyo-e, Toba-e, Black independent comics, boxing, martial arts, foreign language, cultural exchange

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BILLY HARRIS

oil slicks & yellow bile, digital composite, 9000 x 9000 px, 2021

 

Interests: Grief, miscommunication, semiotics, automated mourning, and the monetization of death

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KSTJVJY SYLVOP

Round table, 5-channel video installation with sound, 2021

 

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