Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Patricia Mink

Committee Members

Michael Anthony Fowler, Tao Huang


The artist, Laura Ann Schroeder, discusses her Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, Witness, Revival, Testimony, which was installed at Tipton Gallery in Johnson City, TN from March 2, 2023 through March 31, 2023, with a public reception held on March 24, 2023. The exhibition consisted of a collection of sculptural works and installations that evoke scenes and memories from the artist’s childhood. This body of work deconstructs the traditional family dynamic and the private domestic space through recreations of everyday life. The artworks are primarily made with repurposed consumer textiles and techniques like stitching and quilting that have historically been considered “women’s work.” Through the process of creating this body of work, the artist analyzes how past moments culminate to affect her understanding of gender, spirituality, and personal identity.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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