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2015-2016 Graduate Student Accomplishments

“Nature’s Intent: The Super Silky Sho’nuff Showcase" by Jessica Gatlin and Abigail Lucien

For the past four years the Graduate Committee in the UT School of Art has tracked the professional accomplishments of our current MFA students. During the 2015-2016 academic year we continued to build on a strong record of achievement. In 2015-2016, 94% of the students had one-person exhibitions in Knoxville and the same percentage of students had a total of 146 one-person or group exhibitions that took place in venues outside of the state of Tennessee. One quarter of the graduate students presented their work in international exhibitions and nearly this many had published works, including one updated book. The graduate students were also awarded 32 highly competitive national fellowships, residencies and awards. To learn more, you can read the entire 21-page report.

Image: “Nature’s Intent: The Super Silky Sho’nuff Showcase,” a project by second-year graduate students Jessica Gatlin and Abigail Lucien was presented at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in March for the 2016 SGC International Conference. They also presented a version of the project for “Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body,” a group exhibition on representing the black female body at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago in January 2015.

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