WEST COAST MFAIA NETWORK

Activities, news, interviews with WEST COAST MFAIA-WA alumni, students, faculty and guest artists in our network.

Joy Cosculluela (MFAIA-WA '14) is a performing artist, choreographer, and somatic educator and founder-artistic director of Wayfinding Performance Group, a group of multicultural women artists dedicated to excavating and reshaping personal material into the performing arts. Since graduating from Goddard College, she has continued to expand her work...

Lushootseed Language/Salish Lands Acknowledgement project
In 2019, alumna Deanna Pindell (MFAIA-WA '11) will lead her first major decolonial pubic art project on three Olympic College campuses in Washington state. Indigenous students at college and pre-college level will create numerous ceramic-and-concrete markers with Lushootseed words (the local...

Presenting a world premier solo concert, Fall 2017 guest artist and alumnus Neel Murgai (MFAIA-VT '10) will perform his latest experiments in overtone singing and electronic looping along side his sitar and frame drum. From droning, experimental soundscapes to chants, ragas and rhythms, Neel will lead the audience in a unique musical journey that...

In loving memory of Pauline Oliveros, American composer, accordionist and a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music, here is a video excerpt when Pauline visited us as our special residency guest artist and took us to explore the site for Deep Listening - the Dan Harpole Cistern at Fort Worden State Park,...

MFAIA faculty advisor Devora Neumark and I offered a group study in Decolonial and Indigenous Art practice last semester. The co-learning experience was truly collaborative, transformative, and inspiring in the depth of the work of co-constructing collective knowledge. Participants engaged deeply with questions of decolonial practice and the...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program faculty advisor Petra Kuppers was featured on Detroit Public TV's show, Detroit Performs, for her community art work about disability and dance at the Northville Art House.

Interview with dancer, choreographer, singer, performer and interdisciplinary artist Anjali Austin, 2015 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College.

The Evergreen State College Artist Lecture Series featuring MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program Director JuPong Lin on April 1st, 2015.

Goddard College MFAIA-WA Faculty Member Ju-Pong Lin presents her Commencement Speech for graduates of Spring 2014. Introduced by Joyce Gustafson. Sunday 13 April, 2014.

Interview with artist, curator, writer and interdisciplinary artist Anjali Austin, 2014 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College.

Interview with poet, playwright and interdisciplinary artist Librecht Baker, 2012 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College.

Interview with interdisciplinary movement artist Stacy Dawson Stearns, 2012 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College.

Interview with interdisciplinary performance artist Roslyn Tate, 2012 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College.

Interview with interdisciplinary ecological artist Deanna Pindell, 2011 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College.

Interview with interdisciplinary rural artist Karin Bolender, 2007 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College.

In 2011, Faculty Advisor Seitu Jones built with MFAIA-WA students a small rowboat named Lutra. He used this boat as a pedagogical process, and after this launch, often conducted advising sessions during residency in the little boat. Lutra continues to be sea worthy!

Testimonials

I really appreciated the challenge and the push to examine more deeply the things I was just doing inherently, looking at influences, and what compels me in what I'm exploring today. I came into the program knowing what my area of study would be, but I didn't know what would be revealed in that process. The insistence of looking deeper is what I think about most when I reflect on the MFAIA program at Goddard.

Participation in the program gave me the confidence to do that. I wanted to write more; now I have more reasons to write. I had some great breakthroughs. I feel more grounded and assured about my writing. I feel more confident as someone stepping forward and offering to the community: "This is my work, this is my philosophy, this is my approach, this is my truth — I invite you, I welcome you to join in and share."
Pat Taylor (MFAIA-WA 2018) https://www.jazzantiqua.org/


My experience in the MFAIA program had a profound impact on my artistic path. I entered the program as an actor, director, and teaching artist; I finished with a new sense of identity as a maker of original interdisciplinary works, and with a clear articulation of my artistic identity and practice.
I've joined Ping Chong + Company in New York as Artistic Collaborator in Residence. I enjoy ongoing artistic/community relationships in Alaska, where I lived when I started the program. I've continued to create original performance works, and I'm pleased to have university teaching opportunities.
Ryan Conarro (MFAIA-WA 2015) https://www.ryanconarro.com/  

 

After graduation I became a department chair changing the direction of a department I was charged to make over. Additionally, for two years I facilitated an art group every Sunday at a boarding school for young women affected by trauma and weekly at a men's treatment facility. I gained the confidence in myself to do meaningful work in the world. I claimed the identity of artist which gives me a certain amount of agency that I didn't have access to before. Artists are important people.
Ellen Greenblum (MFAIA-WA 2011)