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2020 First-Year MFA GRADUATE Students ART, ART HISTORY & DESIGN / UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Jason Carley

Industrial Design

Hometown

For the last ten years I've called Chicago home. I grew up in Long Island, NY.

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

The loose structure of the program is really exciting - allowing you to navigate your own way through the many resources the University has to offer. Through my work, I'd like to collaborate with the Idea Center, Office of Sustainability, and the Colleges of Engineering and Architecture. The faculty has been really supportive, not just in guiding me in my pursuits but also in preparing me to teach.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration, or career?

Fail quickly.

Where do you find inspiration?

Nature has many things figured out already - we just have to slow down and observe.

What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your design supplies?

Loud music (with minimal ads).

If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

Monet's water lilies

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Freshly baked bread, really good butter and a glass of wine.

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

I left my design consultancy job to join a startup. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

Alexander Carmen

Ceramics

Hometown

St. Louis, MO

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

The facilities, faculty, and overall reputation of Notre Dame.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration, or career?

Through the ups and lows of creating Art, if you get stuck continue to push through and make work. Eventually you will hit a breakthrough.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration from working around multiple people; feeding off and contributing to the overall energy present in a space. I am always seeking to expand the community of fellow artists that I surround myself with. Through this process, I'm trying to have a symbiotic relationship where our work is constantly evolving and expanding into new territories.

What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies?

Music.

If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

The Garden of Earthly Delights by HIERONYMUS BOSCH.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sirloin steak.

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

I traveled in a van from Ohio to California with 10 people I had only known for a week.

Grace Hamilton

visual Communication design

Hometown

South Bend, IN

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

My family all lives around here, it's close to Chicago, and the focus on design for social good.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration, or career?

The creative process is not a straight line.

Where do you find inspiration?

A lot of different places, there's an instagram account called @hoodmidcenturymodern where many of the photos feel like they could have been taken in South Bend. Some maybe are...idk the point is I love all the old type and buildings in South Bend.

What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your design supplies?

Music.

If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

The Kiss.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Coffee?

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

Moved home from NYC because of Covid and never went back. So, this!

Geneva Hutchinson

Photography

Hometown

Blacksburg, VA

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

The size and structure of the program, as well as the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration, or career?

It’s not always about the finished product, but about the process that went into it.

Where do you find inspiration?

Powerful women, the sun, and spirituality.

What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies?

La Croix.

If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

Cossacks by Kandinsky.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chipotle bowl.

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

Moved to Indiana without ever having visited! Or, driven 3 hours to a concert and buying tickets 5 minutes before we got there.

Amelia Mendelsohn

Painting & Drawing

Hometown

Kingsland, GA

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

The program’s focus on supplementing studio work with art history and the opportunities for professional and artistic development.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration, or career?

Messing up can be a great learning experience.

Where do you find inspiration?

I get a lot of inspiration from my upbringing and my hometown. I take photographs whenever I’m home just in case I want to incorporate something into a painting later.

What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies?

Music!

If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

CAKES BY WAYNE THIEBAUD.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tiramisu

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

I dyed some of my hair pink and immediately regretted it.

CHARLES "Chip" Sox

Sculpture

Hometown

Gilbert, SC

What is it about the program that appealed to you?

Its reputation and the expressed emphasis on professional development.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration, or career?

The best advice I was given was to take time off between my undergraduate studies and graduate studies in order to gain life experiences and a new perspective on making art.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration through my craft and the ability to bring forms to life through a chosen material.

What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies?

A playful and productive energy! …and sometimes music.

If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

Duchamp’s “Fountain”

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pepperoni pizza!

What's the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

Getting my first tattoo… still no regrets.