Announcing a new MFA in Social and Environmental Arts Practice led by Patrisse Cullors. Social and Environmental Arts Practice focuses on the intersection of art and activism. Specifically, it explores art in social change and the application of art as a change agent.
Artist, organizer, educator, and popular public speaker, Patrisse Cullors, is a Los Angeles native and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network, Founder of grassroots Los Angeles based organization Dignity and Power Now and Founder and Chair of Reform L.A. Jails.
In 2013, Patrisse co-founded the global movement with the viral Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter which has since grown to an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world fighting anti-Black racism. In January 2016 Patrisse Cullors published her memoir, "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir." Her memoir became an instant New York Times Bestseller.
Patrisse has been honored with various awards including: The Sydney Peace Prize Award (2017), Black Woman of the Year Award (2015) from The National Congress of Black Women, Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century Award (2016) from the Los Angeles Times, Community Change Agent Award (2016) from BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Inc., Women of the Year Award for the Justice Seekers Award (2016) from Glamour, and ESSENCE' first-ever Woke Award. Patrisse recently graduated from USC's MFA School of Roski and Design.
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Noé E. OLIVAS (b. San Diego, California, USA) Noé Olivas is a Southern California-based artist. Through printmaking, sculpture, and performance, he investigates the poetics of labor. He considers the relationship between labor as it fits into the conceptions of femininity and masculinity in order to play with and reshape cultural references, narratives, myths, traditions, and objects, ultimately employing a new meaning. olivas received his MFA at University of Southern California in 2019 and BA in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego in 2013. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
“I strongly believe in the words of Bell Hooks from her book Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope: “Education as the practice of freedom affirms healthy self-esteem in students as it promotes their capacity to be aware and live consciously. It teaches them to reflect and act in ways that further self-actualization, rather than conformity to the status quo.” As an artist and educator/healer, I look forward to putting hooks words into our daily practice collectively at Prescott MFA program,” said Noé Olivas.
STAR MONTANA Star Montana (1987.) is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She was born and raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, which is predominantly Mexican American and serves as the backdrop to much of her work. Her work has recently been exhibited at Charlie James Gallery (2019, 2016); Residency Art Gallery (2018); LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (2018); Occidental College (2017); The Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts at the Mexican Consulate General of Mexico (2017); The Main Museum (2017); Ballroom Marfa (2017); and Vincent Price Art Museum (2016). Montana will be an artist-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2020. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, and an Associate of Arts in Photography from East Los Angeles College.
JAKE FREILICH Jake Freilich is an artist and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. With a practice primarily rooted in painting, his work questions paint’s capacity for performativity. Currently Program Director and Instructor for RAD in The Neighborhood at University of Southern California, Freilich has worked in studios including Lawrence Weiner Studio and Charles Ray Studio. He received his MFA at University of Southern California in 2019 and holds a BFA from Bard College.
ALEXANDRE DORRIZ Alexandre Dorriz (b. Los Angeles, CA) is a research-based artist informed by interdisciplinary photographic approaches towards textile archiving and preservation, specifically his maternal family’s history of working with and collecting textiles for four generations through the Iranian Diaspora. His current body of research is in breeding silkworms to model localized economies, investigate memory seriations in fiber and interpret silk protein as a time-based, photographic medium in an ongoing studio installation, entitled Economies of Small, or the Location of Capital (2018), broadcasting live at http://Occidentalism.us . Recent writings and lectures include "My Two Favorite Colonizers Have an Awesome Group Show : Genghis Khan at the Ronald Reagan Library for Temporary Art Review" and "Auto-Orientalism and Trauma" presented at the 4th Annual Middle Eastern Studies Symposium at California State University, Chico. In 2016 he began editing an online open-forum for anonymous confessions and narratives behind the shame of conscientious White/Euro/Anglo-washing of identities, entitled “http://whitewash.directory.” Dorriz holds an MFA in Art (2019) from Southern California University. He received his BA in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.
ANITA FERNÁNDEZ Dr. Fernández’s areas of teaching and research include social justice education, Ethnic Studies and teacher education. As a former high school English teacher in Tucson, she is devoted to preparing activist teachers who are both compassionate and critical and put their students’ lives at the center of their curriculum. Dr. Fernández is locally and nationally involved in community and professional organizations that focus on Latinx rights, social justice activism, critical pedagogy and transformative teacher education. Her publications include works in Equity & Excellence in Education, Multicultural Education, Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, Journal of Association of Mexican American Educators and Rethinking Schools among others.
Dr. Fernández is the Assistant Dean of Prescott College, Tucson, and the Director of the online graduate program in Social Justice and Community Organizing. She is the co-founder and Director of the Xicanx Institute for Teaching &Organizing (www.xicanoinstitute.org), an urban education consulting collective, and the co-founder of La Tierra Community School (www.latierracommunityschool.org), a K-8 Expeditionary Learning school in Prescott. Dr. Fernández is based in Tucson, AZ.
ZOE HAMMER Dr. Zoe Hammer's teaching and research centers on the political economy of globalization and the cultures of neoliberalism, contemporary theories of social inequality and social change, and Critical Cultural Studies, which emphasizes the role of culture in both challenging and reproducing social systems. Zoe views instruction as a collaboration between faculty and students and her primary teaching goal is to equip students with the capacity to participate in shaping their society critically, reflexively, ethically, and responsibly. Through her graduate course work and subsequent teaching and research, Zoe has developed an interdisciplinary, experiential approach to analyzing the societal role and every-day practices of political activism and community organizing in relation to the reproduction of social inequality. She is particularly interested in understanding the ways that power is organized through practice across national, economic, ethnic, racial, and gendered boundaries.
Evaluate nature, culture, society, and the environment through the arts
Featured Class - 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the fundamental theories and concepts of art as social and environmental practice. The course embarks students on developing a practice leading to a program capstone work to be presented at the end of the programs
Featured Class - 3 Credits
Taught by Patrisse Cullors, students will study performance as a competing practice in the traditional art market. Students take a close look at queer, trans, women, and artists of color who have used -and currently use performance art to challenge the art canon.
Featured Class - 12 Credits
Studio Practice work can be fulfilled through mentorships and/or online courses as approved in the degree plan. Students in the creative writing track can take all 12 practica credits in offered online courses or as mentorships in that field.