— by Daniel Tucker, Graduate Programs Director

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.

Tim Goldsmith MFA ’19 is currently the artist in residence for ELLA Chattanooga, an arts organization working at the intersection of literacy, language and art in the East Lake community of Chattanooga. Through this residency, he is working with elementary students on a mural at their school, completing public art research and participating in collaborations with other organizations in the city.  He is also a curatorial intern at the Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga, a local gallery and arts non-profit, where he helped curate a series of exhibits over the summer months and moderated the inaugural artist talk/conversation for the “Bridging Art and Culture” series on August 1st.  This fall Tim is teaching a foundations course at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as an adjunct faculty in the school's art program. His MFA thesis project, “A Loving, Inquisitive and Critical Dialogue with the Book of Church Order of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)” will be the featured fall semester art exhibit at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, from October 9 – November 15.

Huewayne Watson MFA ’18 recently accepted a position as a lecturer in Africana studies in the School for Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

Jessica Szuchyt MFA ’17 had work in a number of exhibitions, including Minis at The Gallery @ Paragon Framing & Art in Phoenixville; 11th Annual Juried Exhibition at Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center in Philadelphia; Focus Under Forty at Rowayton Art Center in Norwalk, CT (where her piece, Mass, received an honorable mention); Strange Figurations at Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY; Nature of Being: Portraits at Deja 42 Gallery in Philadelphia; and Portraits at PAGUS in Norristown.

Yaroub Al-Obaidi MA ’19 did presentations at The American Association For State and Local History (AASLH) 2019 Annual Meeting in September, including "Connecting Art, Activism and Archives: A Case Study and Book-Making Activity " and "Bringing The Past Into The Present: Immigrant Storytelling Through Museum Tours. Al-Obaidi also was a panelist in Community Conversation about "The Pursuit Of Happiness" show, a part of 2019 Fringe Festival.

Jasmine Alleger MFA ’13 has an upcoming solo exhibition, Wanderlust: From Prague to Belgrade, opening Friday, October 25, 5–9pm at 3rd Street Gallery, 610 S. 3rd Street.

Suki Valentine MFA ’17 is preparing for her May 2020 solo show at Mémoire de l’Avenir Gallery in Paris, and was invited by Israeli artist Karmela Berg to participate in a group exhibition called A Thing To Remember, which starts as an online exhibit and then will become physical later this fall.

Rachel Wallis MA ’16 will be exhibiting the first panel of “Inheritance: Quilting Across Prison Walls” in the Envisioning Justice exhibition through October 12 at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and also has a quilted self-portrait in an Agitator Cooperative Gallery show in Chicago.

Christianna Fail MA ’17 is now working at Jefferson College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Laura Petrovich-Cheney MFA ’11 is in a group exhibition called Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron, curated by Gail M. Brown, through November 3, 2019.

Kristen Shahverdian MA ’19 recently presented a paper based on her MA thesis on a panel called “Ways of Seeing” as part of the Dance Studies conference in Evanston, IL.