CURRENT MFA STUDENTS
JODY THOMPSON / MFA 2019
Jody Travis Thompson was born in Sulphur, Louisiana and began painting at the age of twelve when he was enrolled in private painting lessons after showing an aptitude for rendering and representation in oil paint. Thompson received his BFA in Studio Arts with concentrations in Painting and Drawing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Thompson’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions, as well as being included nationally in the private collections.
HANNAH MCBROOM / MFA 2019
Hannah McBroom graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting. Her work explores themes of transgender embodiment and the body. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Chautauqua School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in international and national shows including Manifest’s Tapped, the International Painting Annual #6, and a recent solo show in Fayetteville and Kansas City.
ZIBA RAJABI / MFA 2019
Ziba Rajabi was born in Tehran, Iran and holds a BFA from Sooreh University. Her works have been included in a number of exhibitions in both Iran and the United States. Working primarily with painting, she is focusing on the idea of public and private spaces, manipulating the access of the viewer to the layers of information.
JOHN FUNDERBURG / MFA 2020
John Funderburg was born into a a family of painters and received his BFA in painting from Arkansas State University in 2015. Working with oils on panel or acrylic on canvas, Funderburg synthesizes his love for nature and technology into expressive landscapes and boldly develops figures that inhabit a changing artificial environment. He has won numerous awards throughout his undergraduate career.
THOMAS COFFEY / MFA 2020
Thomas Coffey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Harding University. Coffey's work explores the dissolution of the figure to create feelings of lost time and faded memory. He has been featured in exhibitions in Arkansas, Washington, Oregon, and California, and his work has been collected by Universal Pictures and included in private collections across the United States.
ALLI LEMON / MFA 2021
Alli Lemon was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 2013, she has also lived in Chicago, IL and Colorado Springs, CO. She received her BFA from The University of Memphis where she also received the Dean's Creative Achievement Award for the College of Communications and Fine Art. In 2015, she was a summer resident at The Yale School of Art at Norfolk.
TAYLOR LOFTIN / MFA 2021
Taylor Loftin was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1993. He received his BFA in Painting from Memphis College of Art in 2015. He is interested in creating paintings and assemblages that exist in a constant transitional state between finished and unfinished, raw and refined, art and craft, painting and object.
CASSAUNDRA SANDERSON / MFA 2018
Cassaundra Sanderson was raised in Branson, Missouri and graduated from College of the Ozarks with a BA in Fine Arts, emphasizing in Painting and Ceramics. She has been in group exhibitions including: Sketchbook West in Laguna Beach, CA; WomanMade: NWA in Bentonville, AR; Boger Gallery: An Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition in Point Lookout, MO; the White River Art Exhibition, MO; and the Taneycomo Bridge Art Exhibition, MO. She has received many commissions to paint and draw portraits, as well as scenery of the Ozarks.
As Director of sUgAR Art Gallery, she has curated the exhibit, In Which We Dwell, displaying the work of emerging artists: Hilary Baker, Tyler Beard, Andrew Blanchard, Adam Ekberg, Matthew F. Fisher, and Ron Lambert. This Fall, she curated Illogical Animus: A Survey of Artwork from Banned Countries, consisting of six International artists and spanning video, ceramics, glass powder installation, and painting.
MARYAMSADAT AMIRVAGHEFI / MFA 2017
Maryamsadat Amirvaghefi was born in Tehran, Iran and completed her BFA at the Sooreh University, Tehran, Iran in 2013. Her work spans various media including painting, drawing, video, and sculpture. Amirvaghefi's work has been included in exhibitions at venues such as the University of Missouri, Lindenwood University, St. Louis Artist Guild, and the CICA Museum in South Korea. In addition to her studio practice, she curated 2 exhibitions featuring both Iranian and American artists.