Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Craig Drennen

Second Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Third Advisor

Joseph Peragine



Saving Face is an exhibition of portrait imagery of famous or infamous figures created through drawing, painting, writing, and assemblage. It is a formal exploration of portraiture that also attempts to reconsider cultural personas by presenting them in new form. The act of creating art work through multiple approaches presents different modes of expression, potentially raising additional interpretations of the subject. Often, the public images formed of these subjects are based on singular events portrayed by the power of mass media. Saving Face is an attempt to artistically question these narrow and limited viewpoints, and raise considerations that may differ from mass perception. These alternative forms are intended to create a space for expanded perception of the subjects.


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