Student Collaborators 2017
Andrew Caruso is a printmaker and illustrator working out of Phoenix, Arizona. Andrew received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art with an emphasis on printmaking at Arizona State University. Andrew is currently enrolled in Arizona State University’s Graduate Printmaking program. Andrew’s work is inspired by many topics. A few topics that have inspired his work include the cosmos, human psychology and singularity. Andrew’s current work examines language. This work investigates the societal impact and ramifications of the language barrier on ethnically diverse populations. Through this exploration Andrew aims to achieve a better understanding of language at a systemic level, as well as shed light on aspects that are personally driven.
Janet is a first generation Mexican-American originally from a migrant community in Salinas, CA. She received her BFA from California State University Stanislaus and is currently an MFA, Printmaking candidate, at ASU-School of Art. Her work is inspired by the history of her parents who immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico and border issues related to narco drug trafficking. She uses screen-printing to implement graphic imagery and incorporates a variety of mixed media to create engaging objects and installations that comment on social issues that affect contemporary Chicanos.
Louise Fisher is an artist and printmaker from Iowa City, Iowa. She received her BFA from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014 and is a currently an MFA candidate at Arizona State University. Louise often creates with printmaking mediums such as relief and intaglio, but equally enjoys photography, installation, video, performance and poetry. Her work investigates historical legacy and the cyclical nature of time, memory, and energy.
Lauren Kelly is an Arizona native and will be graduating with her undergraduate degree in printmaking fall 2016. She utilizes imagery of humans and other biology to create a world similar to our own, but her figures have a deeper spiritual connection to their reality and their own consciousness. She believes that the current problems of our world could be better solved with a closer inspection inward, and when an individual works to overcome their personal obstacles, they are better fit to help others and solve situations outside of themselves. Her artwork is personal, symbolic, and pulls inspiration from psychology, science, nature, and metaphysics to address themes of the unknowing abilities of our minds and how they relate to our bodies, souls, and the earth.
Anthony was born and raised in Michigan. In 2010 he received his BFA in printmaking from Kendall College of Art and Design. During the spring 2009 semester, Mead studied abroad at Florence School of Fine Arts. In 2010 he co-founded Dinderbeck, community artist studio. From 2010-2016 he worked at KCAD teaching adjunct, lab technician, as an on-call preparator at numerous galleries and museums, and co-operating Dinderbeck. Mead has shown extensively around west Michigan. In 2016 he began studies at Arizona State University pursuing his MFA. Mead’s work focuses on language, categories, systems, culture, and interconnectivity.
I am of the Water Edge Clan, born for the Red Running into the Water Clan, my maternal grandparents are the Tangle Clan, and my paternal grandparents are the Water Flow Together. My name is Daniel Nez and this is who I am.
I am from Lukachukai, AZ, a small town located within the Navajo Reservation. I have received two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking and Art History from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. I am currently attaining my Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmaking at Arizona State University.
Sofia Maria Paz
Sofia Maria Paz is an Argentine-American artist, currently pursuing her MFA printmaking degree at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. Sofia’s practice is built on a multidisciplinary approach, with the core concerns of her work stemming from print-media, book arts, and paper engineering.
Combining individual mark-making with traditional mass production processes, her art discusses the relationships between memory, reality, and fiction. Sofia intuitively archives different sources from 18th Century art, social media, 1970s horror films, and fairy tales, into visual graphics which honor storytelling history and reveal a macabre essence of the human condition.
Kelsey Reiman is currently a printmaking graduate student at Arizona State University. She is originally from Kearney, Nebraska, but she completed her undergraduate degree in Media Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Kelsey has interned at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, New York and Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska. While she likes to travel and learn about new places, most of her work is inspired by memories of growing up in the vast Nebraska landscape.
Lizzy Taber is a Florida Native who was born and raised in South Florida. She received her BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking from The University of North Florida. She recently has moved to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue her MFA at Arizona State University in Printmaking. Lizzy has spent the past two years traveling and gathering inspirations for her new series of work. She works in etching, serigraphy, and other types of printmaking media. Her new body of abstract work is strongly influenced by geology, memory, and human connection.
White Mountain Apache/Tohono O’odham
Monica Wapaha is a Multimedia Artist with a focus on painting and printmaking. Addressing current issues that Indigenous women face in today’s world. The art embraces these issues in a fun unique way and is a reflection of her life experiences.
She is a mother of three beautiful children who have inspired her creativity and desire to create art. Monica is a graduate of The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM earning her AFA and BFA. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Arizona State University in Printmaking.
Jonathan Rashad Wright was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He became interested in art watching cartoons while growing up in his parents home. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor Degree of Sciences in Visual Arts. During this time, Jonathan became involved in various art activities and explored a variety of art materials and techniques. His artwork has been shown in several juried exhibitions including Winter Tide Exhibition, Grand Prairie Festivals of Arts, and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s current exhibition “2015 Creativity Arkansas Exhibition” where he was awarded a permanent collection purchase award.
Our volunteer extraordinaire!
“My name is Theo Beatty and I am an aspiring artist from the Hopi reservation that has been drawing since the age of 5. Currently pursuit a degree in Fine Arts Drawing at Arizona State University and hopefully one day graduate school. When not in the studio or working on independent projects I can be found exploring the greater Phoenix area or serving coffee at your local B&N. Though I have explored many majors over my academic career Arts is the place where I always come back to.”