Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Mira S. Gerard

Committee Members

Anita Deangelis, Catherine A. Murray


The artist discusses his Master of Fine Arts exhibition, Present Access, hosted by The Carroll Reece Museum on the campus of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, from April 2 through April 25, 2007. This exhibit contains works that span his four-year tenure in the graduate program and represent several iterations of the artist's exploration of the landscape as metaphor and discovery.

Subjects discussed explicate the development of thought and process leading to the pieces presented in this exhibition. Topics explored include the importance of form, material, media, research, personal history, experience, and memory. Also considered are the influences of contemporary artists such as Tula Telfair, April Gornick, Toba Khedoori, Ying Kit Chan, and Rackstraw Downes; the poetry of T. S. Eliot; the ideas of Theoretical Physics and philosopher Paul Crowther.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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