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Graduate Students

Taylor Benoit
2021
MFA
Studio Arts Building 123

tfbenoit@umass.edu

Richenda Cope
2021
MFA
Clark 202D

rcope@umass.edu

Avery Forbes
2021
MFA
Studio Arts Building 117

aforbes@umass.edu

Avery Forbes

Avery Forbes creates work that explores what we lose when we mediate social interactions through our devices, and aims to make visible and unignorable the pressing social issues that we often prefer to distract ourselves from. Consumer culture has a way of inspiring ennui rather than unrest. Avery's work aims to make the small indignities and injustices more visible, and inspire action

Nima Nikakhlagh
2021
MFA
Jessica Scott
2021
MFA
Fine Arts Center 454

jessicascott@umass.edu

Jessica Scott's Website

I am a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, installation, collage, theater and photography. My work addresses concerns of bodily autonomy, human rights, transnational feminisms, and transformations of the flesh through imaginary, literary and practical means. For the past 15 years I have designed and performed for Broadway shows, in a 1000-gallon aquarium and the Pacific Ocean, internationally, in living rooms and everything in between. I am currently a 2nd year MFA Candidate in Studio Art at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally from San Francisco, I received my BA from NYU with a focus on Political Science and Community Organizing. The values communicated to me through a mixed-race, women-led, working class family are present in all my work: written, visual and performed. I am now based in Amherst, MA and New York City.

Chaehee Yoon
2021
MFA
Studio Arts Building 121

cyoon@umass.edu

Amanda Boggs
2020
MFA
Studio Arts Building 128

amandaboggs@umass.edu

Amanda Boggs' Website

Amanda works in the mediums of performance, video and installation. She is trained in embodied practices (modern dance, yoga, physical theater, gymnastics, and varsity athletics), in visual arts (photography, film, and video), Eastern Philosophy, and ten years as an Off-Broadway performer in the harness-based aerial show De La Guarda.  Her background in aerial practices have given her a unique, kinesthetic understanding of the world on both horizontal and vertical planes. In her work, she explores concepts of identity and human connection through experimentation with drone technology and embodied practices.

Kathryn Fanelli
2020
MFA
Negar Ahmadi

MA, Art Education
Sally Curcio

MFA
Studio Arts Building 118

sallycurcio@umass.edu

Hannah Duggan

MFA
Studio Arts Building 119

hduggan@umass.edu

Ryan Jobb

MA, Art Education
Vanessa Kerby

MA, Art Education
Cima Khademi

MFA
Clark 202b

ckhademi@umass.edu

Abbey Paccia

MFA
Studio Arts Building 119

apaccia@umass.edu

Kayla Reno
Jonathan Wilhelm

MA, Art Education
Ryan Lavigne

MA, Art Education
Christine Lohan

MA, Art Education
Stacy Quinn

MA, Art Education
Arleni Sanchez

MA, Art Education