Graduate Students


Lauren Alexander

Lauren Careese Alexander (b. 2000, Dallas, Texas). Lauren is a mixed media artist focused on bringing joy through her playful ceramics and paintings. She pulls from her own happy sources of nostalgia, comfort, and excitement to provide brightness and solace to a dark and hurting world. Lauren uses an abstract cloud form as a vessel for displaying these positive motifs, as clouds have always been a strong source of comfort, connection, and joy in her own life. She utilizes illustrative techniques and simple stylistic qualities as a subtle nod to her childhood and her love of cartoons, books, video games, funny characters, and bright colors to further push elements of positivity and playfulness. Lauren received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Tyler, where she has also completed a public mural that is on permanent display, and has exhibited in various galleries nationally.

Sarah Dotterer

Sara Dotterer

(b. 1995, Richmond, Virginia) Sara is an interdisciplinary artist and dancer taking an embodied approach to researching the overlap between urban ecologies and digital technology. In ecology, ecotones are overlapping boundaries between ecosystems that nurture the greatest biodiversity, and Sara is particularly interested in the ecotones between urbanity and nature, mind and body, and human and digital technology. Her work is filled with ecotones as she develops photos that are blurry with low contrast, and sound and video that are hard to discern due to overlay. Her artistic language moves across various media from writing to collage to projection to spatial installations. She uses diverse materials that often blend into one another– harder materials (sticks, plaster, aluminum, rocks) and softer ones (leaves, scrim, paper) to create immersive and contemplative spaces. Sara received her B.A. in Studio Art and Anthropology at Washington and Lee University. She is now living in Dallas, Texas as a candidate for Southern Methodist University's MFA in Studio Art.

Scott Gleeson

Scott Gleeson

Scott Gleeson is an interdisciplinary artist and curator reimagining art’s social function in the contexts of war, migration, inequity and climate devastation. His art and curatorial projects on such topics as combat trauma, labor justice and Indigenous sovereignty engage spectators in direct participation and dialogue while destabilizing persistent ideologies of media specificity.

Since 2020 and working in isolation in the remote mountains of Colorado, Gleeson has revived the lost medieval method of gesso pastiglia, a technique once reserved for adorning sacred paintings with gilded relief. The artist pushes the material to its fullest potential, creating mirror-burnished biomorphic abstractions that speak to urgent questions of embodiment and materiality in the digital age.

Gleeson holds an M.A. in art history from SMU and has been recognized with grants and fellowships from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Oregon Humanities and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.


Taryn Turner

Taryn Uribe Turner (b. 1997, San Antonio, Texas). Taryn is an artist whose paintings/drawings primarily explore the relationship between the human experience and nature.Her work is informed by stories of her matriarchal border family culture and growing up as an only child in the rural Texas Hill Country. Through painting, she seeks to remember a sacred presence from the clutter that naturally evolves with experience and learning. Driven by an intellectual passion and a poetic nature, she collects symbolic and figurative images trying to understand the narratives and connections we tell ourselves. Bodies of water, animals, the underground, femininity, and landscapes of Texas and Latin America are all motifs in her work which are subsumed to tell a visual evolving story.Taryn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in Liberal Arts Honors triple majoring in History, Anthropology and Art History in 2019. She received an A.A. in Studio Art in 2021. Several of her artworks have been exhibited in various Austin venues.


Matthew Weimer

Matthew Solon-Lee Weimer (b. 1996, Arlington, TX) is first and foremost a painter and secondly a film photographer, preferring to live in the moment and the finesse it possesses. His work explores sexuality and sexualization of male figures through the Pink Boy world, full of it’s Queer Homoeroticism. He loves to play with the mind of the viewer and invoke their interpretation on what is actually happening; but is it really happening or is it just their dirty mind forming things from their subconscious?

The execution of how he paints invokes a sense of fantastic in the world the figures exist in. The abstraction of objects borders in the realm of Impressionism, or in the term he uses “fudge it,” especially in relation to painting parts of a figure.

He received his B.F.A. in Painting with Honors from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2021.