Graduate Students


Olivia Arratia MFA '22

(b.1996, Los Angeles, California) Olivia Arratia is a photographer residing in Dallas, Texas. She received her AA from DCCCD Brookhaven and her BFA in Photography and Business from Texas Woman's University. Olivia’s focus is on alternative photographic prints, sculpture, and book art. Her work engages in the social, cultural, and religious aspects of Hispanic culture, as well as the design elements of where she was born and raised in Southern California. Olivia seeks to understand herself and her heritage better through the research of her personal origins and those who have come before her.

Sarah Dotterer

Sara Dotterer

(b. 1995, Richmond, Virginia) Sara Dotterer is an interdisciplinary artist who grounds all of her work in walking. As a walking artist, she emphasizes the power that being present within one's own body can bring to a person's attentiveness to the world around them. Within her work, she connects herself to the movements and memories of those she observes to showcase a world in which a heightened interconnectedness is possible. She began her artistic practice as a dancer but has since expanded into painting, drawing, mixed media, video, installation, and performance art. Her newest work, Ambiguous Loss: A Bricolage, translates the lives of familiar women through her memory and weaves them together with writing, collages, video, and performance into a digital experience to be experienced by the whole body. She received her BA in Studio Art and Anthropology in the mountains of Virginia at Washington and Lee University and then moved to New York City where she expanded her art practice while working at an advertising agency and a contemporary art foundation. She is now living in Dallas, Texas as a candidate for Southern Methodist University's MFA in Studio Art.

Taelor Fisher

Taelor Fisher

(b. 1990, Dallas, TX) Taelor Fisher is a painter and fiber artist with a B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University. She is interested in deconstructing interior spaces and challenging the function and aesthetic of personal objects and collections. She is embracing her studies of weaving and fiber arts by incorporating traditional and experimental motifs and patterns throughout her work.


Niva Parajuli, MFA '22

(b. 1991, Kathmandu, Nepal) Niva Parajuli is an experimental painter who aims to push the boundaries of painting by using non-conventional materials. His paintings often step over the boundaries of drawing and sculpture. With his paintings, he tries to highlight the phenomenon of migration, acculturation, domesticity and rituals. His paintings are heavily driven by experimentation and the processes involved. Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Niva moved to the US to pursue formal art education and training in 2012. He earned his BFA in Painting from University of Texas at Arlington in 2020 and has been actively exhibiting his work in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.