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MFA Chronicles Podcast

MFA Chronicles Podcast

By Alexander Zimmerman
Hosted by Alexander Zimmerman aka theZim. I became a Master of Fine Arts Student at San Diego State University September 2019. This podcast is a documentation of my journey through personal thoughts and conversations with others. Find out more at www.mfachronicles.com
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Amanda Kazemi (future) MFA at Laguna College of Art and Design
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Amanda Kazemi. Amanda is going to be an MFA at Laguna College of Art and Design and I wanted to create an audio time capsule before she embarks on this journey. We start the conversation talking about her dogs and how she became a dog mom. I asked Amanda if her pervious experience as an art teacher has informed her art and life. Amanda tells us about why she has decided to get her MFA and why she chose LCAD. We also talk about the culture of the arts community in San Diego, what it's like and what it has to offer. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Amanda please visit her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grayfractal/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/ Brenden S. https://www.facebook.com/ImmensityCrumb James S. youtube.com/channel/UC_TDTw0nuZKee7OIV8L6CIw
01:19:31
June 22, 2021
Michelle Natividad Stein MFA San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we are talking with Michelle Stein. Michelle was a cohort of mine at San Diego State University School of Art and Design. We start off the conversation talking about how much we liked to make costumes for our kids! Michelle explained to us why she left nursing school to become an artist and how she defines her art and practice. We also took a deep dive into the MFA experience at SDSU. I asked Michelle to tell us her plans for the future including teaching and how she plans to continue making work. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Michelle please visit her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Michellenatividadart/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/ Brenden S. https://www.facebook.com/ImmensityCrumb James S. youtube.com/channel/UC_TDTw0nuZKee7OIV8L6CIw
01:11:38
June 3, 2021
John Martinez - Artist, Illustrator, Livestream Portraits
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we are talking with John Martinez. This episode is also available as livestream video on YouTube.com/thezimvideo. I discovered John on TikTok doing livestream portraits of people on Omegle. We start off the conversation talking about Star Wars and other things we enjoy from pop culture including a live chat question about the new Amazon Prime show Invincible. John tells us about his experience drawing portraits on livestream and what it's like using Omegle to do it. We also do a portrait reveal at the end of the podcast John drew one of me during the conversation and I made one of him before we started. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about John please visit his Instagram and website: https://www.instagram.com/johnmartinezart/ http://www.johnmartinezart.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/ Brenden S. https://www.facebook.com/ImmensityCrumb James S. youtube.com/channel/UC_TDTw0nuZKee7OIV8L6CIw
01:06:11
June 1, 2021
Kitty Nix MFA at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Kitty Nix. Kitty is a fellow MFA cohort with me at San Diego State University School of Art and Design. We start off the conversation with some fun get to know you type questions such as favorite color and favorite food which leads into some interesting conversations. Kitty also tells us about their practice as an artist and how they define it. We also talk a little about how the pandemic has effected Kitty's art and life. We finish off the podcasts with some thoughts about what Kitty want's to do after graduate school. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Kitty please visit their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kittycancel/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/ Brenden S. https://www.facebook.com/ImmensityCrumb James S. youtube.com/channel/UC_TDTw0nuZKee7OIV8L6CIw
01:19:31
April 27, 2021
Alyssa Stewart of Alyssa Stewart Art & Designs, Pet Portraits, Murals, Painter
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Alyssa Stewart. Alyssa is a working artist in San Diego California. We start off conversation with Alyssa breaking down some of her favorite coffee in San Diego. She tells us about what she is into these days a couple of which is running and quad roller skating. Alyssa and I investigate the blurry line between making art for commerce and making it for your soul. We also talk about how the pandemic and social justice have influenced us.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Alyssa please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alyssastew.art/ https://www.alyssastew.art/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/ Brenden S. https://www.facebook.com/ImmensityCrumb
01:18:20
March 19, 2021
Mirabel Wigon MFA at California State University Long Beach
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Mirabel Wigon. Mirabel is an MFA at California State University Long Beach, president of Fine Arts Roundtable at CSU Long Beach, and a curator of the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021. We started off the conversation learning about Mirabel's relationship with thrifting and why it's important to her. Mirabel tells us about her practice as a painter and how she defines herself. We also spend a good amount of time talking about community in art, and why that's important to her. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Mirabel please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mirabelwigon/ http://mirabelwigon.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/ Brenden S. https://www.facebook.com/ImmensityCrumb
01:10:20
March 7, 2021
Stephanie Dolan MFA at California State University Northridge
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Stephanie Dolan. Stephanie is an MFA at California State University Northridge and a participant in the CAMFA by Glamfa exhibition. We start off the conversation getting to know Stephanie and why she likes gardens and animals. Stephanie tells us about her experience at CSUN and why she chose to do her MFA there. I asked Stephanie about making art during the pandemic and over zoom and how or if it's changed her practice.  Stephanie also shares a little about her experience serving in the military. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Stephanie please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.sdolanstudios.com/ https://www.instagram.com/sd3studios/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/
01:06:21
February 21, 2021
Kara Nelson MFA at Mills College
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we are joined by Kara Nelson. Kara is an MFA at Mills College and is another participant  in the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021 exhibition. We begin our conversation breaking down the art of texting and how Kara has been using texting her friends as a way to pass the time. I asked Kara about her experience as an MFA at Mills, what are some of the best and worst parts of the experience. Kara and I talk about what success looks like as a graduate and as an artist. Kara also tells me how she likes to be supported as an artist. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Kara please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karanelsonstudio/ http://www.karanelson.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/
01:15:06
February 12, 2021
Bailey Davenport MFA at University of California San Diego
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Bailey Davenport. Bailey is currently an MFA at University of California San Diego and a participant in the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021 exhibition. We start off the conversation talking about Bailey's favorite video games and how they help with anxiety. Bailey tells us what her experience with the San Diego arts community has been like. I asked Bailey why she wanted to get her MFA and why she chose UCSD. Bailey also tells us what it's been like learning and living during the pandemic. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Bailey please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/baileyriverss/ https://www.baileyrdavenport.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/
01:04:08
February 7, 2021
Dani Kwan MFA at University of California Santa Barbara
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Dani Kwan. Dani is an MFA at University of California, Santa Barbara and also participating in the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021 exhibition. We started off the conversation with a lightening round of get to know you questions, favorite movie, book, food, guilty pleasures, and pet peeves. Dani tells us about their background in design and how it relates to their experience as a graduate student. I asked Dani why they wanted their MFA and why they chose UCSB. Dani also explains what it's like been going to art school during the pandemic. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Dani please visit their website and Instagram: https://danikwan.com/ https://www.instagram.com/danikwan/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/
01:30:01
February 7, 2021
Kelsey Rae Thomas MFA at Mills College
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Kelsey Rae Thomas. Kelsey is an MFA at Mills College and is a participant in the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021 exhibition. We start off the conversation talking about what she likes to do when not making art such as video games, books, hiking, and music.  Kelsey tells us how she defines herself as a textile sculptor and it's relationship with fashion. I asked Kelsey about her MFA experience so far, why she chose Mills and what it has been like going to school during a pandemic. We also talk about social media and how she uses it in regards to her work. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Kelsey please visit her website and Instagram: http://kelseyraethomasart.com/ https://www.instagram.com/artistkelseyrae/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/
01:05:42
February 6, 2021
Matthew Pagoaga MFA at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
On this episode of MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Matthew Pagoaga. Matthew is an MFA at California Institute of the Arts and is also participating in the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021 exhibition. Matthew and I start our conversation talking about the proper pronunciation of gif and nerd culture including Star Wars, Star Trek, and the MCU. I asked Matthew about his experience in graduate school why he decided to go and why he chose CalArts. We also talk about how the pandemic has influenced his career as an artist both as a student and as a person. Matthew also tells us about his experience as a podcaster and content creator. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Matthew please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matthewpagoagaart/ https://www.matthewpagoaga.net/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/
01:12:26
February 1, 2021
Renae Wang MFA at Laguna College of Art + Design
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Renae Wang. Renae is also a participant in the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021 exhibition and a graduate at Laguna Collage of Art + Design. We start off the conversation talking about how Renae likes to go for drives. She tells us about her practice of meditation and learning it from her mother. I asked Renae about her practice as an artist and how she defines herself. Renae tell us why she chose LCAD and what the experience has been like for her so far. Renae and I also talk about making art and how the audience can influence the process. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Renae please visit her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/renaewang_art/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Thank you to the current Patreon supporters please visit their links: Matthew B. http://www.mbacherart.com/ Rowan C. https://www.instagram.com/livelouderr/ Michael K. https://velvetjupiter.bandcamp.com/
01:15:20
January 27, 2021
Andrea Clary MFA at California State University San Bernardino
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Andrea Clary. Andrea is another member of the CAMFA by Glamfa 2021 exhibition and attends California State University San Bernardino. Andrea and I reminisce about Seattle and compare it to Southern California. Andrea tells us about how she defines herself as an artist, and how she got started. I asked Andrea about her experience as an MFA, why she wanted to get her degree and what she took away from it. We also talk about how the pandemic influenced her art and education. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Andrea please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claryceramics/ https://www.andreaclary.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:31:21
January 24, 2021
Ann Haeyoung MFA at University of California Los Angeles
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Ann Haeyoung. Ann is an MFA at University of California, Los Angeles and another participant in the CAMFA by GLAMFA 2021 exhibition.  I start this conversation a little different by asking Ann a few get to know you questions such as her favorite movie, food, and what is one of her pet peeves. Ann tells us about her experience so far as a graduate student at UCLA, why she chose it and how the pandemic has influenced her experience. Ann also told us about her art and how her experience working in tech has informed it. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Ann please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ann_tbd/ https://a-tbd.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:04:34
January 19, 2021
Katie Francis MFA at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with my friend and cohort Katie Francis. Katie is an MFA at San Diego State University. We start the conversation talking about music and how Katie likes to decompress and reset when needed. Katie tells me about her journey deciding to go to graduate school and why she picked SDSU. I asked Katie what her relationship with functional objects are as it relates to graduate school and selling her work. We also talked about how the pandemic has influenced her work and career as a student. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Katie please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.katiefrancisceramics.com/ https://www.instagram.com/francis.ceramics/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:07:17
January 18, 2021
Maja Hegelund MFA at University of California Santa Barbara
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Maja Hegelund. Maja is an MFA at UC Santa Barbra and also a part of the CAMFA by GLAMFA exhibition. We start the conversation talking about how Denmark views what is going on in America from the pandemic to the insurrection. I asked Maja how she feels Denmark has been handling the pandemic. Maja also tells us about her experience so far as an MFA at UCSB with having to stay in Denmark. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Maja please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/obedient_friend/ https://majahegelund.com/work/maja Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:05:57
January 16, 2021
Gosia Wojas MFA at University of California Irvine
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Gosia Wojas.  Gosia is an MFA at University of California Irvine, and another participant in the CAMFA by GLAMFA 2021 exhibition. We start off the conversation talking about the weather in Southern California and how is impacts our practice as artist. Gosia tell us some about the differences in philosophy of perusing an MFA in Poland vs. the US. She also tells us about her experience at UCI and why she chose to go there. I asked Gosia how the pandemic and 2020-21 has influenced her practice as both and artist and a student. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Gosia please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studiowojas/ https://gosiawojas.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:13:32
January 15, 2021
Larry Li MFA at Otis College of Art and Design
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we chat with Larry Li. Larry is an MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles California. I connected with Larry because we are both a part of the CAMFA by GLAMFA 2021 exhibition. We started our conversation talking about what we like to watch including Watchmen and anime. Larry told us about why he decided to attend Otis and what his experience has been so far. I asked Larry about his relationship with painting and how he see the medium staying relevant into the future. Larry also shared with us his hopes for what he would like after he graduates. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Larry please visit his website and Instagram: https://larryli.myportfolio.com/ https://www.instagram.com/larryli_official/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:07:00
January 14, 2021
Taylor Griffith MFA at ArtCenter College of Design
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Taylor Griffith. Taylor is another artist involved in the CAMFA by GLAMFA 2021 exhibition. I started off by asking Taylor what he does to unwind, he told us he likes to explore Sunken City and tells us why. We get in depth around his experience at the ArtCenter School of Design, why he chose it and what he likes about it. Taylor also tells us about how the pandemic has influenced his art and what he has done about it. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Taylor please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/510tay/ https://taylorgriffithphoto.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:32:17
January 14, 2021
Ross Doyle MFA at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Ross Doyle. Ross is a first year MFA at California Institute of the Arts aka CalArts. I got a hold of Ross because we are both apart of the CAMFA by GLAMFA exhibition. I opened the conversation with Ross by asking him if he is a coffee or tea person, he gave us some recommendations for his favorite coffee blends. We got into his choice to attend CalArts, why he chose it and how it has been going so far. Ross also explains his identity as a painter and how his design background has influenced it. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Ross please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ross_edward_doyle/ http://www.rossedwarddoyle.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:28:55
January 12, 2021
Brandie Maddalena MFA at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Brandie Maddalena. Brandie is a fellow cohort at San Diego State University. Brandi and I start the conversation talking about what we did through our winter break including how Brandie and her family celebrate Yule. I asked Brandi how the terrorist siege at the capital, marches for social justice, and the pandemic has effected her. Brandie also tells me about her art and why she decided to go to SDSU for graduate school. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Brandie please visit her website and Instagram: https://brandiemaddalena.com/ https://www.instagram.com/brandie.maddalena/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:25:54
January 8, 2021
Sage Serrano MFA at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Sage Serrano.  Sage is another artist in the cohort at San Diego State University. I ask Sage some get to know you questions starting with her plans for Thanksgiving, we learn of her love for Halloween among other fun facts.  She tells us about her experience at in the MFA program at San Diego State University, why she applied, what she likes about it, and some advice for anyone thinking about going for their MFA. Sage also tells us about the importance her father has played in her life as an artist. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Sage please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sage.serrano/ https://www.sageserrano.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Current Exhibition https://marinmoca.org/exhibitions/event/126/
01:08:17
November 20, 2020
Michelle Drummy MFA at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Michelle Drummy. Michelle is my friend and cohort at San Diego State University.  Michelle tells us why she is a bed potato and how much she enjoys watching The Office and true crime shows. I also ask her how she was able to balance working full time, getting her MFA, and getting married.  She tells us why she wanted to get her MFA and what her experience was like at SDSU. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Michelle please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelledrummyart http://www.michelledrummy.com Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:10:35
November 11, 2020
Jordan Reeves MFA at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Jordan Reeves.  Jordan is another fellow cohort at San Diego State University with me. Jordan and I ended up having a lot to talk about.  Since we are going to school during the pandemic we are not on campus as often and we miss out on the normal opportunities to catchup.  We got into the relationship between sports and art, Jordan told me about his history as an athlete and when he started making art. I asked Jordan why he loves David Blaine's Balloon event. We also talked about his current practice as an artist and how the SDSU MFA program fits in with it. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Jordan please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jordan_t_reeves/ https://www.jordantreeves.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:18:42
October 28, 2020
Julie Hilboldt MFA at Fontbonne University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we have a great conversation with Julie Hilboldt.  Julie is currently an MFA at  Fontbonne University in Missouri. We talked about being a student and artist during the pandemic, and what it has meant for her practice and studies.  She also shared what her program at Fontbonne University it's like and why she chose to go there.  I found Julie on Tiktok, she told us about her relationship with social media, what it means to her and how it's perceived by her professors.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Julie please visit her website and Instagram: https://hilboldtstudios.com/ https://www.instagram.com/hilboldt/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:10:16
October 18, 2020
Jennifer Moore MFA at San Diego State University
On this podcast we talk to Jennifer Moore. Jennifer is another friend and cohort at San Diego State University. Jen and I talk about her choice to go to SDSU for graduate school, what it's been like for her as a graduate student. We also talk about what it's been like making art during the pandemic and how it's effected her practice as and artist and student. Jen shares what she does when she has a creative block and what she does to decompress as an artist. I also ask Jen what her future plans as an artist are. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more visit Jennifers Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/junipertea/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
55:29
September 20, 2020
Andrew Blackwell MFA at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Andrew Blackwell. Andy and I both attend San Diego State University School of Art and Design. Andy tells us a little about what he has been up to this summer moving back to Little Rock Arkansas and doing some work on his parents kitchen. We also talk and try to make sense of the state of the world including the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and politics. Andy breaks down his experience as a graduate student at SDSU, why he chose it, the good, the not so good, and more. I also ask Andy about feeling successful as an artist and what it means to him. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Andy please visit his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bhboiseries/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
01:17:28
July 18, 2020
Noe Alonzo, Photographer, Neonnoir, Cyberpunk, Anime
On this MFA Chronicles podcast we talk with Noe Alonzo. We started the conversation asking Noe what are some of his recommendations and favorite anime. I asked Noe to give us a comparison of how Korea and America differ in terms of culture and the pandemic, he also told us how politics are viewed differently by both places. Noe also gave us insights into how he uses social media, what he sees as a successful practice and what he doesn't like about it.  Noe tells us how he balances his job of being and english teacher with his pursuits of being a creative, and why he likes the balance he has achieved. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Noe as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Noe please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noealzii/ https://noealz.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
46:45
June 17, 2020
Matthew Bacher MFA Candidate at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with fellow first year graduate candidate Matthew Bacher.  Matthew and I started off the conversation reflecting on the pandemic and Black Lives Matter and how we have been affected by them.  Matthew then tells me about some of his plans for teaching drawing in the Fall 2020 semester. I ask Matthew about his experience as a graduate student so far, what are some of the positives and some of the negatives of the experience. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Matthew please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matthew_bacher http://www.mbacherart.com/ Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color
01:12:01
June 15, 2020
Zac Keane MFA Candidate at San Diego State University
On this podcast we talk with Zac Keane. Zac is another cohort of mine at San Diego State University. We talk about the Black Lives Matter protests, the pandemic, and how they have been affecting us. Zac tells us about his experience at San Diego State University as a graduate student, why he chose to attend, what he likes about it, and what he struggles with. Zac also tells about his art, some of his influences, and moments that have informed him to become the artist he is. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Zac please visit his website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cpthardderps/ https://619thelineman.wixsite.com/woodworking Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color
01:16:35
June 11, 2020
Katie Kurkjy, Sculptor/Reincarnator of Broken and Discarded Instruments
On this MFA Chronicles podcast we talk to my old friend and sculptor Katie Kurkjy. I am fortunate to have this be the second time I have had Katie on one of my podcasts, the first time was on Word On the Street. Katie tells about her main influence to making her practice as an artist sustainable and the steps required to do it. We also talk about her having to reset her practice due to a back injury, what happened and what her plans are. Katie and I also took a moment to reflect on the pandemic and protests against police brutality. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Katie please visit her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sculptorkatie/ The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color
01:10:41
June 9, 2020
Jodi Rockwell and Shawn Landis of Rockland Residency
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Jodi Rockwell and Shawn Landis about Rockland Residency. In the first portion of the podcast we discuss how the pandemic has been affecting our lives, as artist, teachers, parents and more. We all met at the University of Washington studying art as undergraduates and share some memories of art and events that happened then and how those ideas have carried through till today. Jodi and Shawn also tell us what inspired Rockland Residency and what they hope to accomplish with it. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Rockland Residency please visit the website and Instagram: https://www.rocklandwoods.com/ https://www.instagram.com/rocklandresidency/ The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more.
01:21:39
May 25, 2020
Rachel Ness MFA Graduate from San Diego State University
On this MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Rachel Ness.  Rachel is a graduating MFA at San Diego State University. She tells us about her experience as a student at SDSU sharing some of the highlights and struggles.  We also talk about her reaction to the pandemic and how it affected her practice and career as a student. Rachel also tells us some of her hopes for her post SDSU career as an artist. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Rachel as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Rachel please visit her website: http://www.rachel-ness.net/ The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. https://www.mfachronicles.com/
01:03:19
May 16, 2020
Alexandra Valerio MA Candidate at San Diego State University
On this MFA Chronicles we talk with Alexandra Valerio. Alexandra tells us a little about her early education in Mexico and how she was able to express and discover her creative side. We get in-depth on how the pandemic has affected her life, some of the positives and negatives of the experience. She tell us about her career as a MA candidate at SDSU studying in the interior architecture department.  Alexandra also tells us what it was like working full time and going to school part time. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Alexandra please visit her website and Instagram: https://alexandravalerio.myportfolio.com/ https://www.instagram.com/the.a.flow/ The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. https://www.mfachronicles.com/
01:18:30
May 9, 2020
Juan Cabrera MFA Candidate at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles podcast we talk with Juan Cabrera. Juan is another MFA Candidate at San Diego State University finishing his third and final year as a graduate.  Juan tells us how he has been affected by the Covid-19 shut down and SDSU campus closing because of it.  We also learn about his work where it comes from and his original inspiration for it. Juan recently gave his thesis defense and tells us about the experience. I also asked Juan about his relationship with drawing and he gave us in-depth and thoughtful insights about the importance of drawing as an artist. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Juan please visit his website: https://juanmiguelcabrera.com/ The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. https://www.mfachronicles.com/
01:09:14
May 4, 2020
Michael Leavitt - Sculptor, Art Army, Tiny Happy People, ReMike
This time on the MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk with Michael Leavitt. Mike and I go back a few years, we spend a moment reminiscing on the good old days as part of AP Art classes at Benjamin Franklin High School in Seattle WA. Mike tells us how he has been dealing and reacting to the Covid-19 situation. He give us a breakdown of how he started producing his sculptures as action figures.  We also talk about where he is looking to take his artwork as he moves forward, and so much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Mike as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Mike please visit his website and Instagram: http://mikeleavittart.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mikeleavitt/ The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more.
01:09:30
April 18, 2020
Lauren Verdugo - Woodworker, Maker, Student, SDSU
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles podcast we are talking with Lauren Verdugo.  I caught up with Lauren and asked her about how she has been adjusting to life during Covid-19, what it has meant to her living situation and life as student and artist.  We also talked about her experience at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, and her relationship wit her mentor Larry White.  Lauren also told me what her hopes are for her post SDSU education. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Lauren as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Lauren please visit her website and Instagram: https://laurenverdugo.com/ https://www.instagram.com/laurenverdoodles/ The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. https://www.mfachronicles.com/
58:28
April 13, 2020
Meredith Habermann MFA Candidate at San Diego State University
On this MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk to Meredith Habermann.  Meredith and I talked about all sorts of things relating to art. First we got into how she has been reacting and responding to getting kicked off campus because of Covid-19 and also how this situation has affected her art and her in general. We talked about how she defines herself as an artist, why she decided to attend graduate school and what that experience has been like for her.  Meredith is also the first guest I asked about her ideas around art in education something I hope will continued to be explored on the podcast. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Meredith please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.meredithhabermann.com/ https://www.instagram.com/meredith_habermann_ceramics/
01:02:11
April 12, 2020
Tim Demuth MFA Candidate at San Diego State University
"Hard work conquers all" - Tim Demuth On this MFA Chronicles Podcast we talk to Tim Demuth.  It wouldn't be a proper conversation with Tim unless we talked about the Seattle Seahawks. After we got caught up we dove into thoughts around Covid 19 and how he has been processing this time in our society.  We then get into his career as a graduate student, why he decided to become one and his experience at SDSU.  We also talk about what concepts he is works with, what inspires him, why art is important and what his future plans are. If you would like to learn more about Tim Demuth please visit his website: https://www.timdemuth.com
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April 4, 2020
Kline Swonger MFA Candidate at San Diego State University
On this episode of the MFA Chronicles podcast we talk to Kline Swonger.  We talked about how she has been reacting to Covid-19, how it's been influencing her current and future work, and how she has personally dealt with the pandemic. We also talked about how she sees herself as an artist, what concepts she is working with and some of her influences. Kline also tells us about her experience as a graduate student, why she applied and what she has gotten out of it so far. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Kline Swonger please visit her website and Instagram: https://www.klineswonger.com/ https://www.instagram.com/klineswonger/
47:28
April 4, 2020
Linson Huang MFA Candidate at San Diego State University
This is our first official episode of the MFA Chronicles Podcast.  We have our very special guest Linson Huang.  Linson is an MFA Candidate at San Diego State University. His focus of study is interior architecture.  We talked about adjusting to life as a student during the Covid-19 quarantine, how he defines himself as an artist/designer/architect, and the importance of being a good teacher.  We also talked about what he likes about SDSU as a graduate student and compared it to his career as an undergrad, as well as why he chose interior architecture as a major, and so much more.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you would like to learn more about Linson Huang please visit his website and Instagram. https://www.linsonhuang.com/ https://www.instagram.com/linson.huang/
01:00:45
April 3, 2020
Perception of Graphic Design Featuring: Arzu Ozkal
In this podcast I interviewed Arzu Ozkal for a project I did on the perception of graphic design.   Links: https://www.contrary.info/ https://www.mfachronicles.com/
21:25
March 29, 2020
Perception of Graphic Design Featuring: Phoebe Cornog & Roxy Prima of Pandr Design Co.
In this podcast I interviewed Phoebe Cornog & Roxy Prima of Pandr Design Co. for a project I did on the perception of graphic design.   Links: https://www.pandrdesignco.com/ https://www.mfachronicles.com/
24:04
March 29, 2020
Perception of Graphic Design Featuring: Philip Brun Del Re
In this podcast I interviewed Philip Brun Del Re for a project I did on the perception of graphic design.   Links: https://www.instagram.com/slim_chili/ https://www.mfachronicles.com/
17:39
March 29, 2020
Perception of Graphic Design Featuring: Willem Henri Lucas
In this podcast I interviewed Willem Henri Lucas for a project I did on the perception of graphic design.   Links: https://twitter.com/whlucas https://www.mfachronicles.com/
40:55
March 29, 2020
Perception of Graphic Design Featuring: Jonathan Mantell-Johnson
In this podcast I interviewed Jonathan Mantell-Johnson for a project I did on the perception of graphic design.   Links: https://www.jmantelljohnson.com/ https://www.mfachronicles.com/
21:23
March 29, 2020