Carrie Patterson, Chair
Associate Professor of Art
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Alumni Where are they now?
Matthew Fishel (studio art, 2001) completed an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Originally interested in painting, Matthew has expanded his practice to include animation, video, installation, and digital imaging. He is a frequent contributor to RedStarKGB, an ongoing collaboration of filmmakers in Baltimore. His own film, "A Short Film Regarding Possibilities", was selected by the Maryland Film Festival in 2006. See his work at http://www.matthewfishel.com
Craft, Commerce, and the Environment: Art in America’s National Parks
Abstract: My St. Mary’s Project is the result of a two month long trip across the country, where I traveled to twelve different national parks. It is an investigation of twentieth century and contemporary art that is sold in the national parks or in the gateway towns just outside the park’s boarders, with a specific focus on craft. I chose to separate my SMP into three different essays that focus on the three main factors that influence the artists in these areas: Craft, Commerce, and the Environment. These three essays eventually took the form of three artist’s books, hand bound and accompanied by the visual information that I gathered during my trip: photographs, pamphlets, et cetera. All three books are supplemented by the same introduction and although they can be read separately, much of the information is interwoven and they are intended to be read as a whole. Included in this archival documentation are my introduction, each essay, my presentation power point and script, and the covers of the three books.