Student Spotlight: Paul Nunn (MFA '19)

Paul Nunn (MFA ‘19) 

How did you find the Arts Leadership program? How did you know it was right for you?

I always knew I wanted to pursue a graduate degree but was unsure what direction I wanted to study. 8 years after I left the Washington State campus, with some life experience under my belt, I knew it was time. After researching a myriad of programs in the Puget Sound region, this one looked really promising. I was really sold on it after attending the 2017 spring Arts Leadership Conference. The quality and diversity of the programming coupled with the energy of everyone in attendance made it an easy decision.

What has been your favorite experience while in the program so far? What experience has been the most valuable?

I would say my favorite and most valuable part of the program so far has been bonding with my cohort, and networking with the alumni and 2018 cohort.  Everyone has unique career objectives, and it’s been really nice to hear the stories of progression from the beginning of the program to someone mid-career. The professors (some of which have gone through the program) tailor the content of our classes to fit each groups’ interests. 

You're an artist! Tell us a little bit about your work and or process of creating.

There are a couple bodies of work I have focused on in the last few years. The first, is my hand cut stencil and spray paint practice. I take photos, drawings, or found print images and using a variety of methods, cut/transform them into stencils. Then use the stencils to paint on a variety of surfaces, the most popular being my proprietary multidisc record backers. I’ve very actively shown and sold pieces of this variety since 2007.

My other more mysterious body of work is a series of combined paintings that involve found objects, collage, and acrylic painting with abstract and figurative elements. I have a large series that I’ve been working on for a number of years. I’ve sold a select few of these playful, sometimes interactive, pieces to collectors, and showed one large work at What The Festival in summer of 2017.

What are your goals for 2018? 

Starting in summer if 2018, I plan to start pursuing my visual art career full time. It has taken a considerable amount of planning and saving but I will be able to leave my current full time job (and commute) to pursue my practice full time. I’m looking forward to having the time to develop my personal brand and explore the Seattle art scene at my leisure. Having more flexible time to dedicate to my practicums, create art, and assist other artists in commercial pursuits of their practice will make 2018 one for the books!

If you would like to see Paul’s work, click here!

Alumni at Work

    Nina Yarbrough (MFA '16)
    Capital Campaign Associate, Seattle Opera

    Ben McCarthy (MFA ‘14)
    Director of Individual Giving, SIFF

    Meini Li (MFA ‘14)
    Advancement Manager, SYSO

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