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School of Visual Art and Design

Graduate Students

Nakisa Abdollahbeigi

M.F.A. Studio Art 

Nakisa Abdollahbeigi's work is deeply connected to her own personal experience of the culture and politics of her homeland of Iran that probe both personal and political experiences by integrating historical motifs with imagery taken from popular culture and contemporary media. She uses elements of the relationship between individual stories and collective memory. In her practice, rooted in her country’s experience, she explores the possibilities of representing Iran.

Website: nakisaabdollahbeigi.com/
Instagram: @nakisa_b_art
Email: nakisa@email.sc.edu

Nicholas Brutto

M.F.A. Studio Art

Della Bryant 

M.A. Media Arts

Della Bryant is an animator who is interested in creating motion within new media and video games.  With research and pieces focused on understanding the impact motion can have on communication and expression, she hopes to improve, create, or inspire a new form of communication within a non-verbal channel.

Website: predellable.myportfolio.com/
Email: debryant@email.sc.edu

 Patrick Burke

M.F.A. Studio Art

Patrick Burke's work employs the use of formal qualities to give the viewer a sense of unbalance and tension. The artworks he creates are made to compare their fragility to the human psyche.

LeAnna Coetzee

M.A. Media Arts

Ponder Davis 

M.A. Media Arts

Ponder Davis is a narrative filmmaker with a strong photography background.  She is dedicated to making beautifully photographed motion pictures to tell compelling stories.

Email: pd1@email.sc.edu

Nellie Grey Eckert

M.F.A. Studio Art

Nellie Grey Eckert was born in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood convincing family members to call her by her middle name. She currentlyresides in her parent’s hometown -- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -- and graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Studio Art, a BA in Graphic Design, an academic minor in Photography, and an academic minor in Art History. 

Website: greyeckert.com

Katina Hope Eckert

M.F.A. Studio Art

Katina Hope Eckert is from Durham, NC. Her current practice includes creating digital and traditional illustrations, drawings, and paintings, and her work surrounds the themes of identity, heritage, and the imagination.

Website: katinahopeeckert.com

Email: keckert@email.sc.edu

Alexis Frasier

 M.A. Studio Art

Alexis Frasier is a designer interested in creating illustration designs based on cultural equality. Her work and research explores the concepts of culture identity, unity, justice, and expression.

Website: alexisfrasier.com

Zach Frehse 

 M.A. Studio Art

Nicole Gerth 

 M.A. Art History and Museum Management Certificate

Nicole Gerth is an art history student with an interest in 18th-19th century paintings and museum practices. Her Master's research will focus on the topic of Romanticism in relation to a current museum collection.

Email: ngerth@email.sc.edu

William Gordon

M.A. Media Arts 

Kimmie Hilton 

 M.A. Media Arts

Cassandra Headden 

M.A. Media Arts 

Cassie Headden is a multimedia production specialist interested in television and documentary production. Her research and productions will focus on interactive documentary production. 

Website: cheadden.myportfolio.com/about-me

Email: cheadden@email.sc.edu

Lauren Kennedy 

M.F.A. Studio Art

Lauren Kennedy is an MFA student with a drawing concentration and a minor in painting, interested in anatomical work. She explores ideas about the artistic process and the struggles that come along with it.

Email: laurenak@email.sc.edu

Jiratchaya (KJ) Kranjanaviboon 

M.F.A. Studio Art

KJ is a student from Thailand interested in sculpture and pottery. Her artworks are inspired by animals and nature. She is also interested in photography. 

Email: kranjanj@email.sc.edu

Calvin Kramps

M.A. Media Arts 

Anna Grace Lafaye

M.F.A. Studio Art

Victoria Lent 

M.F.A. Studio Art 

Victoria is a ceramics student interested in environmental stimulus and the effect it has on how we perceive our surroundings. Her research revolves around psychological studies on environment and its effect on evolution, as well as botanical life.

Alex Manley 

M.A. Art History

Alex Manley finished with a Bachelor's in Studio Art, with an interdisciplinary focus of craftsmanships, and Art History. She will continue on for her Master's in Art History with a focus on political art of the 20th century.

Email: armanley@email.sc.edu

Catherine McCravy 

M.A.T. Art Education

Chelsea Miller 

 M.A.T. Art Education

Amanda Morgado 

M.F.A. Studio Art 

Amanda Morgado creates mixed media installations in order to build immersive environments. She uses these installations to explore themes of space, light and shadow, and hybridity between traditional and technological processes. 

Abbie Nance 

M.A. Art History

Abbie Nance is interested in Asian art, particularly that of Japan. She will conduct research exploring Western views on Asian art and the impacts Asian art had on Western artists.

Kelley Pettibone 

M.F.A. Studio Art

Kelley Pettibone is an artist interested in drawing, printmaking, and mixed media.  Her works explore conceptual investigations of time and mortality.

Website: kelleypettibone.com

Email: Kelleyfp@email.sc.edu

William Pittman

M.A.T. Art Education

Will Pittman is a house painter, carpenter, song writer, and visual artist.  Will is interested in portraiture, expression, and how artists learn to master their medium.  Will’s influences and teachers are local artists John D Montieth, Daniel Richardson, and Vic Carrabotta.

 Email: williammcsheridanpittman@gmail.com

Rebecca Rebl

M.A. Studio Art

Rebecca Rebl focuses on using meaningful design to create elegant editorial publications. She has years of experience in marketing and photography, and a weakness for beautiful typography.

Jordan Sheridan

M.F.A. Studio Art

Jordan Sheridan is an MFA Candidate at the University of South Carolina, with a concentration in painting. Her work is focused on her dynamic understanding of the social and political realms in which she exists as both a mother and woman.

Grace Anne Whitmire

M.A. Art History

Grace Anne's research focuses on depictions of clothing/costume in seventeenth-century Dutch art. This interest in fashion history also extends into the process of reconstructing  extant garments. 

Email: graceaw@email.sc.edu 

Armand Woodley

M.A. Media Arts

Armand Woodley is an aspiring animator with a focus on 2D Animation. His studies look to analyze motion, fluidity  and action within the medium.
 
Email: awoodley@email.sc.edu

Abigail Williams

M.A.T. Art Education


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