Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level





Zora J. Murff

Committee Member

Aaron Richard-Alan Turner

Second Committee Member

Loring Taoka

Third Committee Member

Alphonso Grant


Basketball, Black Studies, Black History, NBA, Sports, Sports History


This paper serves as the foundational pillar in my art practice. This paper combines my experiences, influences, motivations, hopes, dreams, methodologies, historical research and contemporary analyses into a single document ripe for revisions. This document lives and breathes; its contents are constantly evolving, and should be continually challenged and evaluated for relevancy and validity. Part memoir, part manifesto, and part artist statement, it establishes where my work sits in the canon of fine art, even as I don’t know yet what that means. My writings, visual artworks and all other creative actions are tethered to this document and vice versa. Its first examination is the body of work that comprises NBA, my thesis exhibition. While the projects will change over time, the rigorous examination of the ideas and research that support them will remain constant.