Class of 2019 Oral Defense Schedule!

April 29, 2019

MFA Applied Craft + Design Oral Defense Schedule

Jason Rens

Monday, May 6, 9:00AM

Jesus Beach

A joyful sacred site offering blessings, joy, and hope. The project celebrates the work of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Portland Art and Learning Studio (P.A.L.S.)

Ronna Fujisawa Monday, May 6, 12:00PM


Provisional articulates my voice as a woman, mother, and artist through the gesture of knitting, painting, and shadow. The transformation of materials from soft to hard and light to dark, speak of the provisional qualities of knitting, painting, fluctuating emotions, and human nature.

Brittany Rudolf Tuesday, May 7, 9:00AM


How do we return to a place [of comfort] we can’t recall ever inhabiting? COLLAPSE traverses through the everyday territory to collect moments of relief, to rediscover the self in spite of, as a condition of, and along side the periphery of stress. It is a temporary rest-stop - an alternative reality room of one’s own.

Molly Ryan

Tuesday, May 7, 12:00PM

Mourning Ritual

Mourning Ritual is an exploration of grief and the use of ritual as a tacit gesture of honoring our past and present. These topics are explored through engaging in a meditative-like studio process combined with the intentional manipulation of modest materials to evoke the durational experience of loss.

Joe Robinson

Tuesday, May 7, 3:00PM

East Creek

East Creek is a historic, 20-acre forest art studio and retreat in Oregon’s coastal mountains. As the current owner and steward of the East Creek property, Joe Robinson furthers ceramic education through the continuation of the traditional craft practice of anagama wood-fired ceramics. Firing in a kiln designed in the 9th century and build before his birth, Joe builds connection through tradition.

Lilia Hernandez Galusha Thursday, May 9, 3:00PM

Cuentos Viajantes

Cuentos Viajantes is an archive that documents stories focused around the immigrant experience. Through mixed media and storytelling, Lilia Hernandez, a 1.5 generation Latina, narrates stories of growing up and existing in the U.S.