Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2011

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Isabel Barbuzza

Second Advisor

Anita Jung

First Committee Member

James Snitzer

Second Committee Member

Susan White

Third Committee Member

David Dunlap


My individual journey as an artist has allowed me to develop in what can be considered two societal extremes; growing up in condensed suburban Southern California to living in rural mid-American Iowa. This change in settings caused me to question how the environment one grows up in influences his cultural and social perspective. Within this environment exists a support structure of family, friends, and community who also play a large role in how an individual's perception develops, including concepts of honesty, integrity, and ethics- but to what extent? This question of how different circumstances and interactions define our beliefs and values is the heart of my artistic practice.


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Copyright 2011 Joshua Steven Black

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