April 2021

Tyler School of Art and Architecture 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Temple University

Charlotte G. Chin Greene, Prototype for what remains, 2020. CNC-milled polyurethane foam, 3 x 8 x 2.5”.

Charlotte G. Chin Greene, What remains when everything is stripped away, 2020. Installation in artist's basement, South Philadelphia.

Matt Witmer, Humidifier, 2020. Found materials, Schuylkill River, 36 x 24 x 12”.

Matt Witmer, SLF Dossier (excerpt), 2020.

Leah Frances, Untitled 1, 2020. Archival pigment print.

Leah Frances, Untitled 2, 2020. Archival pigment print.

Brian McNamara, Ruby's Diner, 2020. Wood, paint, and ceramic, 13 x 11 x 8”.

Brian McNamara, The Long Drive, 2020. Ceramic, wood, sand, and concrete, 48 x 24 x 18”.

Marilla Cubberley, Pliant Pipes, 2020. Paper clay, acrylic, wool, and silk, 22 x 26”.

Marilla Cubberley, Netting Preference, 2020. Paper clay, spray paint, felt, plastic, cotton, and netted fruit packaging, 24 x 12”.

Isaac Scott, JUNE 3RD, 2020. CECIL B. MOORE AVE AND BROAD ST, 2020. Digital photograph.

Isaac Scott, #PhilOurCup, 2020. Ceramic pitchers and cups.

Justine Kelley, Is Love Real, 2020. Illustrated book.

Justine Kelley, Cool Party, 2020. Board game.

Wenqing Liu, Hospital How-to, 2020. Web design and 3D illustration.

Wenqing Liu, Hands-On Museum, 2020. Brand identity.

Marisa Watanabe, The Split, 2021. Research report and website.

Marisa Watanabe, Signal to Noise, 2019. Interactive web experience, desktop.

Kathleen Brissette, Joybox, 2020. Themed hospital keepsake box with journal, pillow, and puzzle.

Kathleen Brissette, OpenBook: Kensington, 2019. Poster series, 24 x 36”.

Ositadinma Jon-Nwakalo, Greyscale, 2020. House paint on panel, each 8 x 8”.

Ositadinma Jon-Nwakalo, Color Spectrum, 2020. House paint on panel, each 8 x 8”.

Victoria Ravelo, Aunque me pisen (detail), 2020. Graphite and dirt on paper.

Victoria Ravelo, Untitled (Rhizomes), 2020. Wax, achiote, and rust on watercolor paper, 22 x 30”.

Kaitlin Santoro, Dementia, 2020. Screenprint on cotton, 15 x 20”.

Kaitlin Santoro, What Remains, 2020. Sand and oil on acrylic, video still.

Mollie Schaidt, Unclean, 2020. Digital photograph, 13 x 19”.

Mollie Schaidt, Washing Away, 2020. Scrap soap, purified water, found metal bucket, and quilted tablecloth, 16 x 16 x 8”.

Madeleine Conover, Intertwined, 2019. Etching on mulberry paper, edition of 2, 10 x 10”.

Madeleine Conover, Pacifier for Two (Sisters), 2020. Cast unryu paper and braided hair, 1.5 x 2.5 x 10”.

Allison Anderson, NaNcy. Oil on canvas, 96 x 72”.

Allison Anderson, Dr. Ford. Oil on canvas, 108 x 96”.

Vatina Cangelosi, Digging 1, 2021. Handmade paper, trowel, gloves, jars, and mud.

Vatina Cangelosi, Digging 2, 2021. Handmade paper, trowel, gloves, jars, and mud.

Max Adrian, Self Pissing Consumption Unit, 2019–21. Faux fur, foam, vinyl, beads, boots, peanut butter jars, oat milk containers, chain, yarn, sequins, spandex, miscellaneous waste items, found cushion, iPod touch, headphones, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, water, slime, wine boxes and bladders, fabric scraps, and berry containers, 108 x 30 x 20”.

Max Adrian, The Ecstasy of Infinite Games, 2020–21. Nylon ripstop, fans, chain, and video projections, 84 x 84 x 5”.

Rachel Hsu, Fetch the Moon from the Seabed (海底撈月) (excerpt), 2021. Inkjet print, 21 x 30” each.

Rachel Hsu, and counting, 2020. Billboard.

Naomi Lemus, Processing, 2021.

Naomi Lemus, La Cama, 2020. Box spring, clothing, cinder blocks, and video.

Sarah Montagnoli, Red Velvet, 2020. Copper, brass, powder coat, felt, flock, sterling silver, and stainless steel pin stem, 2 x 4 x 5.5”.

Sarah Montagnoli, Black Cross, 2020. Copper, brass, powder coat, faux fur, and stainless steel pin stem, 1.5 x 4 x 4”.

Ellen Sisti, ...for you to understand what I am saying?, 2021. Stainless steel, 10 x 6 x 6”.

Ellen Sisti, ...for you to understand what I am saying?, 2021. Stainless steel, 10 x 6 x 6”.

Cooper O'Brien, Tomb, 2020. Glass, steel, and copper, 12 x 12 x 12’.

Cooper O'Brien, Bow, 2020. Glass and copper, 48 x 5 x 24”.

Yuye Zhang, Infinity001, 2020. 3D-printed resin, silver, and EKG note.

Yuye Zhang, Untitled, 2020. Resin and EKG note.

James Betts, Manifestation of Bubbles II, 2020. Brooch, polylactic acid, lacquer, titanium, and silver, 3 x 3 x 2”.

James Betts, Study in Phenomenon #5, 2020. Polylactic acid, gold leaf, and steel, 4 x 4 x .25”.

Gilberto López-Elías, Construction 1, 2021. Digital image.

Gilberto López-Elías, Construction 2, 2021. Digital image.

Sixuan Zhu, R99, 2019. Glass, 1.5 x 1.5 x 7”.

Sixuan Zhu, shaken, 2020. Aluminum and chalk, size varies.

Wensi Huang, The Bond I, 2020. 3D-printed resin, oil, pigment and magnets, 5 x 4 x 2.5”.

Wensi Huang, Support IV, 2020. Stainless steel wire and nylon, 5 x 3.5 x 1”.

Anna Graves, Box for an Acorn, 2020. Half clamshell box with insert, 2.5 x 2 x 1.5”.

Anna Graves, Trail Marker, 2020. Clipboard, pochoir, and drawing on Mylar, 9 x 11.5”.

Nick Carter, CMY Swatch (Smocked), 2021. Dyed polycotton, thread, and nails, 62 x 62”.

Nick Carter, Tonight is not the beginning or the end of the world, 2020. Dyed cotton and thread, 21 x 18”.

Nicolo Gentile, Queer and Now, 2021. Offset print on paper, 33 x 23”.

Nicolo Gentile, The Kiss, 2021. Nickel-plated steel ball chain and automotive enamel, 117 x 132”.

Liz Ashley Martin, Wissahickon Valley Park, along the creek’s edge near Kitchen’s Lane Bridge, 2020. Photographic polyptych.

Liz Ashley Martin, Wissahickon Valley Park, below Forbidden Drive, 2020. Photographic polyptych.

Melanie Bernier, The Popcorn Game (still), 2021. Digital video, created by Melanie Bernier and Peach S. Goodrich, music by Emeen Zarookian.

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University is pleased to share its annual MFA Thesis Exhibitions—a longstanding tradition that culminates two years of intensive artistic and critical development for the school’s Master of Fine Arts candidates.

The 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibitions showcase the work of graduate students, celebrating the breadth of Tyler’s MFA degree programs as well as the adaptability and resilience required to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic to sustain their studio practices and education. The deeply moving work of this cohort finds common ground among themes of displacement, memory, and yearning for connection.

“We’ve witnessed a great deal of overlap across mediums and disciplines,” said Tyler Associate Dean Chad Curtis. “In spite of the challenges, it has been especially exciting to see the strength of our community this year—the MFAs have been offering each other ‘skill shares’ within their own fields of expertise.”

More information on the participating artists is available on the Tyler School of Art and Architecture website.

When they graduate, Tyler’s MFA Class of 2021 will join a community of distinguished alumni that includes Barbara Chase-Riboud (BFA ‘57); Hannah Wilke (BFA ‘62); Albert Paley (MFA ‘69); Moe Brooker (BFA ’70, MFA ‘72); Dennis Adams (MFA ‘71); Laurie Simmons (BFA ‘71); Allan Edmunds (BFA ’71, MFA ‘75); Martha Jackson Jarvis (BFA ‘75); Polly Apfelbaum (BFA ‘78); Jean Foos (MFA ‘78); Edgar Heap of Birds (MFA ‘79); Harriete Estel Berman (MFA ’80); Lisa Yuskavage (BFA ‘84); Lisa Sigal (BFA ‘85); Angela Dufresne (MFA ‘89); Anoka Faruqee (MFA ‘97); Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA ‘00); William Villalongo (MFA ‘01); Jennifer Packer (BFA ‘07); Doreen Garner (BFA ‘09); Erin Riley (MFA ‘09); Amber Cowan (MFA ‘11); Kara Springer (MFA ’17); Ayana Evans (MFA ‘00); and Jeffrey Meris (BFA ‘15), among others.

Participating Artists

Max Adrian
Allison Anderson
Melanie Bernier
James Betts
Kathleen Brissette
Vatina Cangelosi
Nick Carter
Charlotte G. Chin Greene
Madeleine Conover
Marilla Cubberly
Leah Frances
Nicolo Gentile
Anna Graves
Rachel Hsu
Wensi Huang
Ossie Jon-Nwakalo
Justine Kelley
Naomi Lemus
Wenqing Liu
Gilberto López-Elías
Liz Ashley Martin
Brian McNamara
Sarah Montagnoli
Cooper O’Brien
Victoria Ravelo
Kaitlin Santoro
Mollie Schaidt
Isaac Scott
Ellen Sisti
Marisa Watanabe
Matt Witmer
Yuye Zhang
Sixuan Zhu

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