— by Daniel Tucker, Graduate Program Director

Above image: Phragmites harvest. Photo by Robert Zverina.

Moore’s Graduate Studies community consists of unique programs in Socially Engaged Art, Socially Engaged Studio Art and Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations that prepare motivated people of all identities with the skills, knowledge and resources to become professional artists, designers and teachers. Here are exciting updates happening with graduate students past and present, as well as faculty members.

Katy Molinaro MFA '22 was recently accepted into the virtual 2021 215|610 CONTEMPORARY Juried Exhibition of regional emerging artists, juried by Christina Vassallo, executive director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, for Delaware County Community College.

Betsy Kelly MFA '22 has some work in a juried digital show put on by the Play+Inspire Gallery in Los Angeles and The Teaching Artist podcast. She was also selected as one of eight artists to do an Instagram live studio visit with the Teaching Artist Podcast in conjunction with the show.

Yaroub Al Obaidi MA '19 was on a panel with Sarah Kavage for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education on Braiding Phragmites: Richard L. James Lecture. They discussed building a traditional Iraqi guesthouse, a mudhif, at the Schuylkill Center, one of the first such structures in America. It will be built entirely out of Phragmites, an invasive wetland grass that threatens ecosystems worldwide and is one of the most abundant plants in the Delaware River watershed. 

Dawn Kramlich MFA '13 is in the exhibition Capitolism: The Normalization of Political Violence in the United States at Maus Contemporary in Birmingham, AL.

Suki Valentine MFA '17 hosted a roundtable discussion in conjunction with her exhibition, Sous le pli/Under wraps hosted by Memoire a Venier.

Tim Goldsmith MFA '19 has just been appointed to Public Art Chattanooga for a one-year rotation of service through 2022. Tim is also currently working on a collaboration with the Arts Therapies and Well-Being Program at CHI Memorial Medical Group in Chattanooga to create a series of murals at three hospital campus locations in the Chattanooga area. For more information on the project, visit @timgoldsmithartworks.

Adjunct faculty member Hammam Aldouri has an essay on Hegel forthcoming in Hegel Bulletin titled "Hegel's Concept of the Familiar: Toward a Philosophical Study." 

Adjunct faculty member Anna Drozdowski won an Art Is Essential award along with several other past/present/future faculty, including Carolyn Chernoff, Theresa Rose and Li Sumpter. She also spoke on a panel at the Print Center.

Moore's 2020 Walentas Fellow and new MFA faculty member Alicia Grullón continues to show her solo exhibition Please Don't Let It Be Too Close, which opened January 22, 2021, at SPACES in Cleveland, OH. She recently participated in the panel Ecofeminisms at the College Art Association. 

Graduate Program Director Daniel Tucker presented at the College Art Association panel “Designed by Quarantine: Space and Place in the Current Global Crisis.” He also presented on his interviewing practice at The Northeast Modern Language Association roundtable on “In Their Words: The Interview as Research and Practice.”