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This is a temporary community formed of undergrad students, grad students, faculty, staff, deans, and artists who have come together to shape the Center for Undisciplined Research.


Roz Crews, Founder & Director

Roz Crews is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2017-2018) where she is developing the Center for Undisciplined Research. Prior to this position, she was the Artist in Residence at Portland State University's Housing and Residence Life Department (2014-2017) in Portland, OR, and she worked in the curatorial department at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (2015-2017). She holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University, and she has a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Public Archaeology from New College of Florida.

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Nicole Lavelle
Designer in Residence

Nicole Lavelle is an artist and designer who lives in California. Her research-driven, project-based social practice yields experimental essays, visual narratives, and platforms for participation. She has an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts, and a BA in Graphic Design from Portland State University. She is an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where she was previously a Graduate Fellow. Since 2015, she has been Artist in Residence at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, where she co-hosts PLACE TALKS, a lecture series about location.

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Taylor Maroney, Graduate Ambassador

Hi, my name is Taylor Maroney and I am a first year MFA painting student at UMass Dartmouth. My creative history has primarily involved figurative oil painting. I have chosen to be involved with the Center for a chance to move past the borders of my canvas. I am here to assist those that want assistance, and I am here to learn and grow from the experience of the exchange. You can find me here:  Fourth floor of Star Store, MFA painting section, corner studio, window side.

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Daniel W. Everton, The Bad Ass-torian

I am someone who loves history, in all it's facets. It is legend, it is fact; it is mythical, it is practical. I feel history tells us not only where we were, but how to deal with the now. I am also a Social Justice Rogue, being mixed and perceived as white lets me navigate the illuminated spaces instead of the shadows to do my work up front and center. I recognize that privilege.

I want to work with the Center for Undisciplined Research in upholding independent research, growth, and art. I believe in the principals of the Center, as well as it's research ideas. I feel it is a creative, valuable way to work with social justice and fields of interests. In terms of what I can bring to the Center, I think that I can be a great sounding board to first-year students - I have admissions advised many a people, as well as tutored. Where I work is also a resource for the people of the Center as well. What I would like to do is research local history more, and also expand my knowledge and capabilities around the arts. I am a good photographer and writer, but I want to be better. I would also like to learn to figure draw. 

I am badass, and a historian. Bad Ass-torian.


Bhen Alan, Visual Aesthete

My real name is Mark but I am known as Bhen. It's a Filipino thing. I am a junior Painting student at UMass Dartmouth, but I don't just paint. I also love sculpture, interior design, drawing, photography, fashion, singing, dancing, acting, and I walk as if I'm walking on a runway show. I have been exposed to all corners of visual and performance art from the Philippines to Canada and here in United States.

I have chosen to be involved in the Center for Undisciplined Research to make connections, include myself in the community and be part of a creative group that brings meaningful projects in the campus and around the area.

Let's draw life size, let's talk fashion and let's get our feet moving. Approach me and we'll create something exciting and something aesthetically pleasing. 


Ariana Leo, UMD Senior Photography Major

Ariana Leo was born and raised in the Creative Capital, Providence, R.I., and believes that the city in which she grew up has influenced her artistic vision and personality in many ways. In the summer of 2017, Ariana interned with Boston-based commercial photographer Carolyn Ross, as well as portrait photographer Sheri Costa of SMC Studios in Swansea, MA. Ariana's photos and formal analyses of various public artworks around the UMD campus appear in CURE's "PUBLIX." She enjoys all types of photography, and other visual and performing arts as well.


Jillian Ratcliffe, Photographer

Collector of cobalt blue glass objects. A trickster with her identical twin sister. Assigned photographer on world-traveling trips. Defender of bees. Jillian can be found working in her improvised photography studio. Prior to becoming a photographer and graphic designer at UMass Dartmouth, Jillian dreamed of being a pastry chef and owning her own little sweets shop. Her love of baking and decorating has carried over into her food photography projects with many more ideas living in a ‘to do’ list. For now, she divides her time between school and her photography job at a local toy company.

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Dennis Fox, Graphic Designer, Photographer and Peer Art Mentor

My name is Dennis Fox, I am about to be a Junior Graphic Design Major with a minor in Photography. My major interests are political art, portrait photography, and theatre. I have recently been hired as a Peer Art Mentor for CVPA to work with freshman, as well as been rehired as an RA for the Creative Minds Community in Chestnut Hall. I am currently in my third theatrical production, " Rock of Ages", something that I have found gives me purpose. In addition I work as a designer at the SAIL Office working on posters that are marketing our events around campus.

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Adeline Thibeault, Lead Textile Designer

My name is Adeline Thibeault. I am a Junior at UMass Dartmouth majoring in textile design. My major interests include embroidery, Costume/clothing design, and sustainability. Through my art I hope to inspire others to think creatively about what they wear and expand on what it means to be a fibers artist.
Through the Center of Undisciplined Research I am allowed to continue my work as a student and gain experience working collaboratively. Collaborating and sharing ideas is a large part of what I believe it means to be an artist.

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Sawyer Pollitt, Jack of All Trades

Sawyer Pollitt was a junior biology major at UMass Dartmouth before he found his true calling as a historian who loves looking at, talking about, and drawing maps. He is the current secretary and president-elect of 20 Cent Fiction Production Company where he has also acted in the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th annual Rocky Horror Picture Show in various parts. Most recently, Sawyer wrote an article on CURE as a staff writer for the Torch and helped found the first student chapter of the New England Healthcare Engineering Society. His goal is to help spark an artistic, theatrical, and cultural renaissance on campus.

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Amanda Leeland, Photographer

My name is Amanda Leeland and I am a photographer from Massachusetts. Before becoming a photographer, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Now that I have spent a few years learning about photography, I am enjoying my life working with art. I love spending time in nature and going on adventures during my free time. As a photographer I often challenge myself with learning new skills and exploring the ideas that I think of.  I hope to improve my photo skills and reach my dream of traveling as a photographer.


Jesse Sullivan, Visual Editor of Undisciplined Research

Jesse Sullivan is from Rhode Island, and is a painting student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He wrote this bio of himself on TextEdit at 4:30 on Monday, November 13, 2017.  He is excited to be a part of the Center for Undisciplined Research and aims to help the Center with the creation, dissection and publication of images. He enjoys drawing, Stranger Things, Providence, De Chirico and computers.


Ellen Mueller, Interim Deputy Tactics Enthusiast for the Task Force on Scalable End-User Processes

Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment and capitalism as it affects daily life. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida, and recently published a book with Oxford University Press, Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design. She is also working on a new textbook entitled, Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles, which is scheduled for 2018 publication with Routledge.


James J Tooker, More than just a Graphic Designer

Hi! I'm James, a young college kid trying to become a graphic designer! Playing multiple sports, taking fine and applied art classes, and even acting for 3 years in high school. It’s easy to say that I love getting involved with a little bit of everything. I plan on majoring in graphic design, I am part of the Honors Program at UMass Dartmouth, and I play football here. Music is my inspiration when I make art. All I need by my side is a speaker or headphones and just enough room to dance and move around as I do my thang!

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Lauren, Resident Tattoo Apprentice and Local Cultures Staff Writer

I'm Lauren. Twenty years old, a first year illustration major at UMass Dartmouth as well as a tattoo apprentice out of a local shop in Buzzards Bay, MA. Tattooing is often seen as an exclusive or self-absorbed career in art. My goal is to break that tradition. I hope to study ways to incorporate the community in my art and career through the Center for Undisciplined Research and be able to contribute to the bigger picture. Aside from art, I love coffee, breakfast food, music, and writing. Feel free to contact me: Instagram: lauren.mp3


Brian Towne, Director of the Student Art Project and the Undisciplined Liaison to Underachievement

Brian is the Director of the Student Art Project which is aimed at improving the look of the campus through student art. The concept of the Student Art Project has been a passion for Brian for the last two years and he is excited to see it come to reality.

Besides directing the Student Art Project, Brian is the President of the Student Government Association, Senior Resident Assistant in Elmwood Hall, Treasurer for the Class of 2018, Senator for the College of Engineering, Member of the UMass Dartmouth Chapter of the NAACP, Orator for Fishbowl, Delegate for UMass Dartmouth's Model United Nations Delegation, and a Senior Software Engineering Major. Generally speaking Brian goes out of his way to avoid responsibility and prefers using his time to binge watch his favorite shows on Netflix.


Brittni Ann Harvey, Curator and Project Manager

Brittni Ann Harvey is an artist living and working in Rhode Island. Her recent exhibitions include a group show 'Zing Zam Blunder!' at Harbinger Projects in Reykjavik, 'The Paperweight Show' at Fisher Parrish in NYC, a two person exhibition 'An Inconvenient Hoax' at Farewell Books in Austin, and a solo presentation 'Sentinels' with Pretty Days, a nomadic exhibition platform. In addition to her personal practice, she maintains a focus on public art initiatives. She recently received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Armani Marquez-Chaves, Brainstormer

I’m Armani Marquez-Chaves, a first year graphic design student at UMass Dartmouth. Prior to coming to UMass Dartmouth I went to a vocational high school where I studied graphic design. I am interested in adventuring, food, and art as a whole.

I often challenge myself to try new things constantly; this may range from Spartan Obstacle course races in a rainbow tutu and rainbow knee high socks, to the newest video game that has recently come out. I hope that my wide variety of interests may bring new ideas to the Center as a whole. Feel free to contact me:

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Rebecca Hope, Illustrator

I am Rebecca Hope, an illustrator and writer. I never knew I wanted to pursue art and writing until the end of my junior year in high school. It was sort of like an epiphany, hitting me in the face like a brick because it had been there the whole time. I was just in my own head at that point. Now, being a first year at UMass Dartmouth, I am grounded and making my dreams come true.


Tim Rose, Innovator

Tim is a UMass Dartmouth student pursuing a Computer Science degree. He has many hobbies, but spends most of his time writing code, playing piano, and making films. He’s always searching for the next best idea and taking any opportunity to create it. Tim was Born in Massachusetts and lived there for about 11 years before moving to South Korea to finish his middle and high school years. During this time span, he developed a few websites, including one for a large scale Model UN conference in Seoul. He also filmed/edited over 60 videos. In fact, his video, “Bird Pushes off Poor Turtle,” became viral and aired on multiple TV programs. In his free time, Tim likes to play jazz piano and sing when no one is around. You can see what he’s currently creating on his website at


Dena Haden, Art and Social Engagement Advisor

Dena Haden is a visual artist that lives and works out of her studio in Berkley, MA.  She earned her BFA in from UMass Dartmouth and her MFA from the PAFA in Philadelphia. She is the co-founder of Groundwork Creative Space in New Bedford, MA and is the director of the Boston Critique Group, an artist collaborative in the Greater Boston area. Her artwork has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally and is part of numerous public installations.  Most recently her work has been exhibited at the Automat Gallery in Philadelphia and is preparing for an exhibition at Index Art Center in Newark, NJ in 2018.

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Ben Urdi, Student Artist

An art student who is studying to be an animator. Studied at Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School for four years in design. A hiker and camper who has traveled far. A leader and Eagle Scout who has participated in many community service projects. A former member of the Business Professionals of America and competed statewide.

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Gina Pantalone, Contributor

Nice to meet you! My name is Gina and I am a first-year student at UMass Dartmouth majoring in photography. My growing love for photography started with always taking pictures of various places I’ve traveled to or things I thought looked pleasing to the eye as a means of recording, whether it’s for a memory or something I can use for inspiration on a future project. I want to turn that into a career by doing editorial photography and continuing to take photographs of my travels. Previous experience consists of black and white film photography in my senior year of high school as well as painting from time to time.

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Jason Loete, Scout

Jason hopes to fill the place with so many people’s voices and ideas that Roz will have to pluralize the title of this whole shebang! A perennial supporter of the arts, Jason spent numerous years on the stage acting, directing, then teaching while still acting and directing, then adding non-profit arts administration to his to do list, for various theatres throughout the country. He enjoys collaboration and devising.

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Rachael Abrantes, Creative Director of the Newsletter

I am a Senior Graphic Design major at UMass Dartmouth with the hopes of working in layout for a major print publication. I enjoy working with type and image together to create both harmony and juxtaposition. Therefore working with the Center for Undisciplined Research will further my love for juxtaposition and bring about creativity from places not yet researched in type. 

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Mark Kayanja, Lupus Rex

My name is Mark Kayanja, I'm from a small town called Dracut. Located in Mass, 10 minutes from Lowell, MA, 10 minutes from New Hampshire. I'm the 5th oldest of 9 siblings. My passion is to do whatever makes me interested. Helping people. Finding insight. Food. My title is Lupus Rex...for I enjoy standing out from my peers


Megan Abajian, Consultant

Megan Abajian is the Assistant Dean and Studio Art Foundations Director at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts.  She received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Indiana University Bloomington and her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Megan has been teaching in higher education for over a decade. Her focus is on the first-year studio foundation program, student success, advising student cohorts, curriculum development, and assessment.  Her studio practice investigates the culture of craft stores. She has recently developed a washi tape addiction.

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Pat Nee, Illustrator

Hi! I’m Pat Nee it’s nice to meet you. I am currently a freshmen at UMass Dartmouth
and majoring in Illustration. I’m originally from Weymouth, MA and I’m a fellow
contributor to the Center. I love to draw, listen to music, travel to new places, dogs, little
coffee shops, Instagram and much more. I love getting involved in the art community
and what better way then the Center for Undisciplined Research :)


Dylan Podesta, Naturalist and Interspecies Communication Officer

I am a junior Painting student at UMass Dartmouth, but have always been drawn to the sciences. I hope to make a meaningful connection between my artistic background and enthusiasm for scientific inquiry while working with the Center. I am interested in pursuing research related to the flora and fauna of our campus, our impact on the species we share the campus with, and their impact on us. This research may (or may not!), take the form of field recordings, observational drawings, surveys and interviews, performance, or creative writing. For questions, I can be reached at


Nicole Winning, MFA Student at UMASS Dartmouth

Nicole Winning is a MFA student at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, specializing in ceramic sculpture and clay-based performance art.  Her works have shown in several museums, university galleries and private galleries spanning over eleven states in the USA.  She has works in the permanent collections of the Saint Peters Arts Center in St. Peters, MN and in several individual collections.  In addition to her artwork she has a Masters in Eastern Philosophy and is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist.  Her daily Transcendental Meditation practice, Hatha Yoga sequences and her freedom to express through the arts are her foundational platforms for living from the heart.  As they intersect and weave through her and her life she finds herself in different mediums and ways of expressing her inner truths.  Whether it is through a performance, a sculpture or an afternoon tea with friends she tries to continually find spaces to birth new insights into herself as a woman, artist, human being, and her relationship with the vast world around her. 

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Zachary Sass, Entrepreneurial Advisor

Zachary Sass is a Small Business Management major from Wareham, Massachusetts. He is also the president of the Charlton Student Entrepreneur & Startup Club (CSESC).

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Rebecca Uchill, Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liaison

Rebecca Uchill is an art historian, curator, and critic who recently joined the UMass Dartmouth department of Art Education, Art History & Media Studies—where she is having a great time, thanks in large part to projects like this one. She is web editor of Art Journal Open, an independently-edited, peer reviewed journal published by the College Art Association.

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Harrell Fletcher, Advisor

Harrell Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from the California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at UCSC and went on to work on a variety of small Community Supported Agriculture farms, which impacted his work as an artist. Fletcher has produced a wide variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990’s, and his work has been shown at institutions around the U.S. and internationally. Fletcher is a Professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he is the director of the MFA in Art and Social Practice, a program he founded in 2007.

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