Justin Armstrong (M.F.A. painting; B.F.A., painting, 2016) approaches visual content in terms of materiality, surface, and effect. In his painting practice, he juxtaposes line and color to create intense perceptual encounters, while in his digital work, he focuses on thematic transformations of appropriated images. He has shown at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and Gutstein Gallery in Savannah, Georgia. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he lives and works in Savannah.
Born in Evansville, Indiana, Kyra Schmidt (M.F.A., photograph, 2017) is a visual artist with a passion for contemporary art practice and theory. Her artistic work promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to picture-making that explores old and new photographic processes, installation, and sculptural possibilities. For Kyra, the medium of photography offers the potential for civil transformation by opening up new relations between us and the world. Her primary goals are to share this enthusiasm and knowledge with others, and to facilitate creative collaborative working environments among students and peers.