Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level





Neil E. Callander

Committee Member

Springer, Bethany

Second Committee Member

Mitchell, Marc Ethan

Third Committee Member

Alvarez, Renata Cassiano


art education, paint, ceramics, sculpture


This paper dives into my personal journey from a far-left activist youth into becoming an artist. It explains how a poet saw artistic potential within me, introduced me to the world of art and eventually art education. I reflect on the art education I have received from several different art schools and how they try to adapt to the demands of the contemporary art world that has been in a constant condition of reshaping itself since Marcel Duchamp’s readymade. As an artist who is less focused on the techniques of traditional artistic mediums, I investigate how the state of art and my own background coalesce, in order to understand how I contribute to it through comparative analyses of my own work, works of other artists, work of curators, and exhibitions. I explore the consequences of commercial success, seemingly absurd teaching situations, collaborative work, and exhibitions as art work using a combination of personal experiences, observations, and theoretical framework.