Science Beyond the Laboratory: Opportunities & Challenges for Interaction Design


Thursday, March 03 • 5:30 • Room 113 A+A
Speaker: Dr. Stacy Kuznetsov, Assistant Professor • School of Arts, Media, & Engineering / Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts, Arizona State University

Dr. Kuznetsov will share her research on DIYbio* , a movement that aims to ‘open source’, tinker, and experiment with biology beyond the laboratory. Her work with DIYbio includes initiatives around the world, detailing the origins, practices, and challenges of these communities. By understanding the conditions—technological and social—that expand science practice beyond professional settings, she will offer touchpoints where interaction design can be applied to enable grassroots innovation to occur.

Dr. Stacey Kuznetsov leads the Social and Digital Systems group (SANDS ) , a transdisciplinary research collective that examines bottom-up participation in science, DIY (Do It Yourself) methods, and the intersections between art and technology. Stacey’s current work ranges from materially-oriented explorations (e.g., interactive screen printing, low-cost sensing, and hands-on making for citizen science), to fieldwork with communities in the domains of food science and DIY biology. She holds a Ph.D. from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that, she worked for Google in the start-up phase, and received her BA from New York University with a double major in Philosophy and Computer Science. Dr. Kuznetsov will be a visiting designer in the School of Art, conducting a workshop involving critically embedding computational media into the physical world. For more information please contact Jon Lukens,

*DIYbio = Do It Yourself Biology, a citizen science movement in which people
participate in biological science outside of professional settings.


Beauvais Lyons to present key-note address at University of Nevada


Beauvais Lyons will present a key-note address on the topic of “Prank Theory” at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium on Friday February 26th.

From the presentation abstract: “A prank is defined as “a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature, or to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner.” The prankster creates deceptions that reveal larger truths, while also calling attention to the relationship between creativity and mischief. Pranksters can disrupt our normative experience and the status quo, and can rupture our preconceptions about the world. As a form of creative rebellion, pranks can critique social, political, religious and institutional systems, and provide a tool for those who do not have access to systems of power. In this paper, I will offer a case for the cultural and artistic importance of pranking, which has precedence in the trickster and the court jester, but also finds expression during the past century in Dada, Surrealism, and Fluxus. Essential to many pranks is the use of irony as an aesthetic, social and political strategy – which links pranking to both parody and satire. Pranking crosses all form of culture, both high brow and low brow, and has currency in fine art, academic and scientific contexts, as well as the popular arts, from Candid Camera and Improv Everywhere to the MTV series Jackass. Given this range forms, how might one develop a theory of pranks? Are pranks a means or an end? What are the ethical implications of pranks? Do pranks offer a case for play as a form of cultural or political resistance? Finally, do pranks offer a case for the importance of humor in art?”

MFA Students exhibit work at CAA in D.C.


Please join us on Thursday night, February 4th from 6—9PM at The Fridge DC. ( at 516 8th Street SE, for a reception and alumni reunion celebrating Orange4. Orange4 runs from February 4-7. Gallery Hours are Thursday & Friday 1pm—7pm, Saturday 12pm—7pm, and Sunday 12pm—5pm. This annual exhibition, now in its 4th year, features the work of 18 graduate students currently in pursuit of their MFA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Previous Orange Exhibitions have been held at the UNIX Gallery in NYC,
Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago and White Box Gallery in NYC.

The experience of showing work in a public gallery is one of several experiences that help graduate students build their professional skills— a significant aspect of sustaining a successful professional practice as an artist or designer.

Featured in this exhibit is work from five concentration areas in the MFA UT program: Printmaking, Sculpture, Transmedia Design, Ceramics and Painting.

Dominic Terlizzi, AIR – Spring 2016

peaceableJanuary 28, 7:30pm Rm 109 McCarty Auditorium

“Terlizzi has made vigorous and bold abstractions whose geometry is like Constructivism made to the specifications of an internet-era ultra-maximalist … The abstraction in this work is a unique, dizzying structure built around the forms of the objects themselves. In spite of that and because of it the work becomes a complex system, not a ploy to be noticed through pretzel logic … in a crowded field of abstract painters.” _Jacob Feige

Dominic Terlizzi was born in Maryland and he currently lives and works in Baltimore. He received his MFA from Hoffberger School of Painting MICA in 2008 and a BFA from The Cooper Union NYC in 2003. Recent solo shows include Aver Vero at Vox Populi (Philadelphia) and Zero Hero Yolo Solo at The ICA/Chicken Box (Baltimore). He has also exhibited in London, New York, Washington DC and Delaware amidst other places.

About the Artist-in-Residence in Painting & Drawing at UTK
The Artist-in-Residence Program was initiated in 1982. Each semester an invited resident artist teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in the painting and drawing curriculum. The AIR program has been highly successful in making a direct connection to the marketplace of ideas that surrounds art centers such as New York City, Chicago, and LA. The artists we bring to campus represent a spectrum of current sensibilities in painting and drawing holding sway in the art world today.
The AIR is integral to the core of the graduate student and undergraduate student experience, and adds significantly to the vitality and vibrancy of the dialectic engaged by the various faculty and students of the School of Art.
for more information contact Assoc. Prof. Jered Sprecher at or 865.974.9396

Printmaking Graduate Students Selected for Chicago Exhibition


Lucien and Gatlin are currently in their second year of study in the MFA studio art (printmaking) program. Their collaborative project titled Nature’s Intent™, features an invented cosmetic company specializing in hair care products for an “acceptably natural woman.” Nature’s Intent™ investigates concepts of contemporary beauty standards, cultural identity and the history of media representation of women of color.

Founded in 1992, Woman Made Gallery cultivates, promotes and supports the work of female-identified artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and public programs that invite discussion about what feminism means today.

Lucien and Gatlin will attend the exhibition reception on January 22, 2016 from 6-8pm at Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642.

Jessica Gatlin:
Abigail Lucien:
Woman Made Gallery:

Ceramics Student and Alumni News

Kevin Kao, MFA 2015 had his work featured in Ceramics Now Magazine, Artist’s Interview & Feature, Spring 2015 and the 2015 book “500 Figures in Clay V.2” juried by Nan Smith and published by Lark Books. Kevin is busy working as an Apprentice at Moravian Pottery, Doylestown PA and as Lab Technician at Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA. This spring Kevin will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coker College, Hartsville SC.

Ed Miller, MFA Candidate in Ceramics had work included in eleven exhibitions over the past year including: “Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design Space”, Prague, Czech Republic; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Summer Group Exhibition, Deer Isle, ME;“MysteryLand”, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY; “Earth Elements”, Juror: Allison Newsome, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI; “Art in Odd Places”, New York, NY and “VMRC Art Exhibition” Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, VA. In addition to these exhibitions, Ed received funding to participate in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.

AJ Masterson, MFA Candidate in Ceramics had work included in eight exhibitions over the past year including: “Queering Our World” The Greenly Center Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA ; “2015 Seattle Erotic Art Exhibition” Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA; “Handmade Here” Emporium Center for Arts and Culture, Knoxville, TN;“Appendage and Torso” Dueling Galleries, Knoxville, TN; “Tiny Town” University of Illinois, Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL; “Silent Auction Benefit” University of Illinois, Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL, and “3D Lives!” Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN.

Aaron Benson, BFA, Summa Cum Laude 2009, is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL.

Adam Paulek, MFA 2004, was commissioned by Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center to make 100 cups for the kitchen and for a special event. Adam is Assistant Professor at Longwood University VA.

Printmaking Showcase Gallery Presents: “Ghost Prints”

drypointsThe Printmaking Showcase Gallery, on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building, is pleased to present “Ghost Prints,” a series of monoprints by The Dry Points, a band of printmakers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The exhibition will be on view during the month of November.
Formed in 2011, the Dry Points are a group of Milwaukee printmakers who model themselves after a rock band with the intention of having fun, rocking out, and producing “studio albums” of original, collaborative art works. Like a band, they consider their studio time together as “practice sessions,” where they “lay down tracks, or make marks, with an earnestness tempered by the swift play of spontaneity.”

“Ghost Prints” started as high-resolution enlargements of steel engraved portraits from The History of Milwaukee, from its first settlement to the year 1895, edited by Howard Louis Conard. Each member approaches a blank portrait and embellishes it using photocopies printed via acetone transfer on a 30 x 50 Charles Brand Etching Press. The transfers are then reworked with a variety of printmaking, drawing, painting and collage techniques.
Prior to being exhibited in Knoxville, “Ghost Prints” was shown at Milwaukee City Hall. Members of the group include N. Adam Beadel, Charles Dwyer, Stanley Ryan Jones , Zachary Rueter, Fernando Gonzalez, and Devin Owsley-Aquilia.

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