Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Tema Stauffer

Committee Members

Michael Anthony Fowler, Vanessa Mayoraz, Kelly Porter


The photographer discusses work in Blue-Collar Backroads, a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibit held at downtown Tipton Gallery from February 1st through February 18th, 2022. The exhibit consists of 17 archival inkjet prints selected from the artist’s two-year exploration of rural backroads as a vehicle for creating images. Using aesthetic traditions of large-format film photography, the photographer poses questions of identity, place, memory, and the intentional pursuit of meditative practices in art. Non-photographic influences are listed, including Claire Wellesley-Smith and Elizabeth Catte. Photographic influences include Joel Sternfeld, Rachel Boillot, William Christenberry, and Mike Smith.

A catalog of the exhibit is included at the end of this thesis.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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