Joy Poulard Cruz is a multidisciplinary artist working in physical, digital, and social collage as a means to reflect on multicultural meaning-making. As an adopted person of color informed of their heritage as an adult, she mines her cultural identity and familial bonds for the raw materials of her art practice.
Category: Third Year MFA
Erin Mallea collapses natural and national history to examine larger taxonomies and systems of producing knowledge and memory within the American landscape. Contextual, processual, and often public in nature, Erin’s work implicates herself as an individual navigating local organizations, bureaucratic systems, archives, and institutions of memory.
Shohei Katayama uses art as a catalyst for environmental conversations. His work includes line drawings, sculpture, and conceptual installation art that examine the underlying patterns and forces of nature by showcasing unseen relationships in ecology. His work illustrates the disruption that occurs in ecological systems when one component is manipulated.
Nicholas Crockett’s work draws on experience in pop-cultural fandom and game development, and uses playful and often campy parody as a means of reconfiguring pervasive fantasies of power and excess. His work spans computer gaming, toys, role playing performance, and generative animation.