Finishing Grad School

It’s been a while since my last post. Things certainly have been busy.

As of Sunday, I am a graduate from the PNCA Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies program. It’s been an intense two years, studying, making, reading – all the while managing my full-time teaching job at the Art Institute of Portland, and trying to find time to spend with my wife and two daughters.

This whole journey started by running in to MK Guth at the Montavilla Farmer’s Market. We had known each other when I worked as staff at PNCA many years ago. I had been taking some very disappointing online grad classes with a school out of Savannah, and was losing interest in the pursuit.

Graduation was, of course, a very special event. My cohort have been my comrades-in-arms, and they all excelled at their work. I’ll miss the intensity and intimacy of working so closely with them. Getting the 2015 Thesis Award was a very pleasant surprise — I didn’t even know there was such an award. My kids loved the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers.

It’s done. May the student loan payments commence.

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