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Adeyemi Adebayo
2026
MFA
SAB 221

aadebayo@umass.edu

paakanni.com

I walk often and occasionally raise a camera to take photographs. Sometimes, I ask a subject to let me into their lives. I collaborate with them. I'm interested in documentary photography and storytelling and currently, I'm considering migration and the environment. 

Bo Kim
2026
MFA
Painting
Clark Hall 202

boramkim@umass.edu

bobo2067.com

Bo Kim is an artist-researcher and educator based in Amherst, MA, and Northern Virginia. With roots in Busan, South Korea, she holds an MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from SAIC, and an MFA in Oriental Painting from Hongik University. In 2009, she earned her BFA in Paintings from Dongduk Women's University. Kim's work has been showcased in national exhibitions at notable venues including the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C., the Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University, the Korean Cultural Center in New York, NY, the Sejong Center in Seoul, South Korea, and the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, China. Additionally, she has held artist residencies at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI, and received The Studios at MASS MoCA fellowship through SAIC.

Michael Medeiros
2026
MFA
Other
SAB 119

mcmedeiros@umass.edu

www.poesiapottery.com

Michael Medeiros works at the intersection of words and artistic imagery, with a deep questioning of perceptive and conceptual experience driving his practice. Primarily a poet and ceramist, he also connects photography, printmaking, fiction and narrative non-fiction into multidisciplinary personal work and community public art collaborations. Mindfulness and the exploration of varied methods of creative understanding and implementation are essential aspects of his artmaking and teaching.

A 2021 graduate of the UMass MFA in Creative Writing, he is also certified by the Mindfulness Center at Brown University to teach the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course.

Josue Salazar image Josue Salazar
2026
MFA
Unspecified
Clark 202

josuesalazar@umass.edu

www.salazarjosue.com

Josue Salazar is primarily a landscape artist and educator based in Amherst, MA. He was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and immigrated to the U.S. when he was still in grade school. He lived most of his life in California, where he received his Bachelor's in Studio Art Methods from California State University Sacramento.

His art takes notice of when life isn’t so busy in such a fast-paced world and draws from those moments the content of his work. More recently, he has been focusing on his immigrant identity and is exploring how border communities can be represented better.
 

Ruth Baker
2025
MFA
Intermedia
SAB 125

ruthbaker@umass.edu

ruthiebakerart.wixsite.com/portfolio

Ruthie Baker is a photographer and mixed media artist working primarily with analog and alternative photographic processes. Her work combines photography, collage, poetry, and sculpture, exploring how analog photographic processes can be combined with other mediums to create something strange and new.

Ruthie is interested in capturing the mundane experiences of daily life, using poetry, patterns, and personal objects to examine themes of memory, tradition, self, and family. Her work centers on the emotional significance of modest objects and interpersonal relationships, as well as the fragility of human life.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies from Emory University and is currently a second-year MFA Candidate at UMass.

Anna Arielle Chapman
2025
MFA
Painting
Clark Hall 202

aachapman@umass.edu

AnnaChapmanArt.com

My art is a quest for healing and interconnectivity in a time of socio-ecological destabilization. I am passionate about the intersection of art, education, ecology and healing. I believe that interdisciplinary approaches to art are necessary to meaning-making in the context of the Anthropocene. I am inspired by post-colonial, post-human, Celtic, and indigenous perspectives, aiming to mobilize toward reconciliatory relationships to place, community, materiality, and voice.

I use both representation and abstraction to create an aesthetics of entanglement. In doing so, I engage a wide range of mediums and substrates, including wild-crafted paints to reflect the natural landscape and recycled newspapers to archive human affairs. On a technical level, I am formally trained through the Rhode Island School of Design and 10 years of subsequent independent study. If possible, I work as large as on a one-to-one scale with my subject matter to create an immersive, relational field between the viewer and the artwork.

CJ Hill
2025
MFA
Multiple
Clark Hall 202

chrjhill@umass.edu

www.cjhillart.com

CJ Hill is an artist who creates drawings, objects, and written narratives as a means of grappling with this strange existence. Before coming to Umass, CJ lived in Providence, RI. where he worked as an art handler, spent time at the sea, and lived cooperatively with other artists. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, and has exhibited in galleries in New York, Rhode Island, and elsewhere.

William E Johnston-Rutledge
2025
MFA
Animation
SAB 118

wjohnstoncar@umass.edu

wjohnstoncarter.com

Will Johnston-Rutledge (née Carter) is a multimedia artist whose work includes animation, documentary film, and autobiographical comics. His current work is inspired by the emergent behavior of birds, fish, and other collective species. He is interested in creating digital spaces that are sources of comfort and calmness and how simple rule sets can be used to simulate complex natural systems.

Hayle Lovstedt
Ceramics
SAB 117

hlovstedt@umass.edu

_ordinary_objects_

Hayle is a ceramic artist from Los Angeles, CA. Her work is concerned with form, function, and the integration of objects into everyday life.

Daniel Robert Willig
2024
MFA
Multiple
SAB 128

dwillig@umass.edu

danielwillig.com

Dan Willig is an MFA candidate who works across the mediums of sculpture and drawing. Raised in the suburbs of New York City, Dan’s work depicts the inextricable relationship between the environment and the individual. His practice investigates the social, environmental, and economic conditions that imbue feelings of estrangement, isolation, and longing in communities like his own.

Yaning Xing
2024
MFA
Intermedia
Clark Hall 203

yaningxing@umass.edu

yaningxing.com

Yaning Xing is an MFA candidate in Umass Amherst who works across the mediums of painting, drawing, and installation. Born in China's Shiyan, Hubei—formerly a booming, factory town—her work offers a window in to the lives of those conscripted by Chinese capitalist modernity—communities like her own whose ways of life have been forever changed by the relentless logic of capitalist restructuring.

Her art aims to break free of the stereotyped ethnographies of abjection, however, and instead to combine an attention to personal detail with a critical examination of larger social structures, striving to shed light on the creative, resilient ways that such people navigate their changing circumstances and fortunes—on both their hardships and their hopes. She hopes, moreover, to offer a window into the unseen and undervalued labor performed by women within such communities.

Eva Barajas

MA, Art Education
Ryan Jobb

MA, Art Education
Vanessa Kerby

MA, Art Education
Jason J Kotoch
Intermedia
Ryan Lavigne

MA, Art Education
Christine Lohan

MA, Art Education
Ross Momaney
Stacy Quinn

MA, Art Education
Leila Rahnamanoabadi

MFA
Multiple
Clark Hall 201

lrahnamanoab@umass.edu

Kayla Reno
Mahsa Saeed

MA, Art Education
Arleni Sanchez

MA, Art Education
Maria Sparrow

MA, Art Education
Jonathan Wilhelm

MA, Art Education
Yasamin Zamanieh

MFA
Animation