In 2008, CIIS transferred the MFA in Writing and Consciousness and the MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts to CIIS. Many dynamic artists graduated from the MFA in Writing and Consciousness and the MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from New College of California. We are pleased to highlight the accomplishments of these artists.Graduates of the MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts:
- Jennifer Chen, dancer, healer
- Erika Chong Shuch, choreographer, director, performer
- Tim Stapleton, writer, visual artist
- Susie Bright, performance artist
- Rochleigh Wholfe, visual and performance artist
- Jovelyn Richards, storyteller, actress, writer
Praise From Recent Graduates
“This program has benefited me as an artist by validating my position in the world not just by classifying myself as an artist, through my lifestyle and/or my work but by identifying me as a person who has pursued an art-based degree. I believe the difference in obtaining this degree rather than just letting my work define me is that I can now pursue teaching. For me, the difference in obtaining an artbased degree is that I am putting the message out there in the world that I have cared enough and value the arts enough to pursue and obtain a degree in Creative Inquiry, which can be applied to so many interdisciplinary practices…”
-Julianne Reidy, MFA 2008
“I specifically chose an interdisciplinary arts program because of my background in various performing disciplines, i.e. dance, voice and performing arts. Although I had a strong background in performance I wanted to focus specifically on the academic aspects of the performing arts. I wanted to study and examine in detail the socio-political influences that the Arts, in general, and Art as created by Women specifically, has had in America.
In learning how to use research as part of the artistic process I was able to broaden my knowledge of my main subject as well as all the subsequent support material with which to further enrich my performance pieces. I believe that this makes the artistic project extremely interesting for the viewer. It was said in one of my classes that the creation of the art is itself a method of research and this has never been truer than with my MFA presentation piece “At Long Last Lena.” The culmination of this project would not have happened without the Creative Inquiry Program. I was given the tools not only to create and expand upon my art but also the wherewithal to promote and market my offerings, a vital step that is often ignored or overlooked in other Masters programs.
Not only did I improve as a performer but my work with my teachers within the program enabled me to develop and create several curriculums that I will be able to teach with confidence and enthusiasm to future students. I have learned how to use mixed media to assist me in making my courses interesting, dynamic, thought-provoking and stimulating. My teachers were extremely adept in assisting me in my discoveries of new thought processes, the development of my own artistic aesthetic and supportive through out the sometimes painful process of creativity. Making art is rather messy sometimes. I would strongly encourage and urge those students of the arts who have a deep desire to explore, question, discover and create to participate in this program. They would be richly rewarded for their work.”
-Debbie de Coudreaux, MFA 2008