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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com. Instagram: lauren.mp3
Brittni Ann Harvey, Curatorial Specialist/Fund-Raiser
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
Holly 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 email@example.com
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).
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.
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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