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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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
1:17:28
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
46:44
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
1:12:00
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
1:16:35
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
1:10:41
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.
1:21:39
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/
1:03:18
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/
1:18:29
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/
1:09:13
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.
1:09:29
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/
1:02:11
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
49:45
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/
1:00:45
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/
21:24
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