Graduate Profiles

Sam Mack (MFA 2019)

Sam obtained a BFA from the University of Missouri in 2014, and recently completed two years as a post-bac at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"my work is the result of an interdisciplinary studio practice and does not have one material focus. i view my works as a collection of questions or components of an essay that rely upon one another to build a comprehensive dialogue to question, trouble, and destabilize constructs of gender, sexuality, and taboo. i build works that relate to the body. the works are ambiguous and often personal, existing within the in-between space of traditional art medias of video, ceramic, written text, painting, and installation and the contemporary spaces of the internet and social media. through their ambiguity they ultimately refuse methods of categorization. i utilize tactics of trompe l'oeil in order to play with potential functions of a recreation, taking an object or language out of its original context by reproducing it in a different material and collaging it into a new form, challenging ways of viewing objects. my work suggests a corporeal engagement and a consensual and active voyeurism that allows the viewer a space for investigation."

Chris Rodgers (MFA 2019)

Chris Rodgers, a native of Charleston, WV, received his BA in studio art from West Virginia State University in 2012. Upon earning his degree he moved to Beijing, China where he was an English instructor for one year. He was a post-baccalaureate student at Kansas State University from 2014-2015, where much of his work referenced his experiences of living in Asia. Recently, Rodgers completed a graduate level semester at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. 

Anthony Kascak (MFA 2020)

Anthony Kascak graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He has spent the past year in Syracuse, NY working as a studio assistant and post baccalaureate student at Syracuse University. Recently, he was a resident artist at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Anthony’s work is a way for him to explore concepts of shame and desire revolving around his multi-cultural and sexual identity through sculptures that reference desserts and celebratory objects.


Nicholas Dison (MFA 2020)

Nicholas Dison graduated from California State University Long Beach with his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Ceramics. He is influenced by his travels to Italy and has been inspired the baroque aesthetic. Dison uses clay as a medium to create objects that can be sculptural, figurative, or conceptual—and that question traditional ideas of how art is defined in relation to how it is made. His works combine the fields of ceramics, craft, sculpture, and painting.

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Joanna Pike (MFA 2021)

Joanna Pike was born in Portland, ME. After she discovered her love for clay at an early age, she received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2011 and has since gone on to attend residencies across the US and Canada, most recently at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Joanna makes decorative objects that explore the intersection of humor, aesthetics, and taste. A sense of playfulness and irreverence permeate her familiar, yet reimagined objects. 

Minah Kim (MFA 2021)

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Minah Kim, originally from South Korea, received her BFA in 2014 and MFA in 2016 from Ewha Womans University in Seoul. She has spent her time inside and outside of the studio participating in the exhibitions, research, and contribution resulted from the interest in contemporary philosophy and critical theory. Referring to the architectural and minimal silhouette of bodies, Minah visualizes the abstract form that has openness inward and outward. 

Eric Andre (MFA 2021)


Born and raised in Akomadan, Nothern part of Ashanti Region, Ghana. Eric Andre graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Art with Ceramics as the Major in 2010. Andre became a Teaching and Research Assistance in 2010/2011 academic year in the Ceramics Section during his National Service. For the past 7 years, Andre has been serving as Studio and Lab Technician in the Ceramic Section. 

Eric Andre’s works mostly deal with interior and exterior decor focusing on conceptual sculpture pieces, fountains, events awards, vases, and mixed-media artifacts. Inasmuch as these artworks serve beautification purpose, they portray conceptual themes that discuss some of the cultural practices (values and norms), Socio-economic elements, we least give attention to; as well as national issues that are most politically inclined.