Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Bradley

Second Advisor

Dr. Katherine McAllen

Third Advisor

Paul Valadez


The twenty-first century economy demands a culturally-adaptable and technologically-innovative workforce. Despite the expansion of creative industry, at least half of academically-trained artists will work in fields unrelated to their studies. Statistics reflecting employment changes every three years parallel twenty-first century, pragmatic realities. Job seekers must consistently adapt and add to acquired skill sets to remain marketable.

Visual artists constantly engage in research and experimentation to move their practice beyond comfort zones. While many artistic processes can be learned through the internet, books, and observational study, the road to a career in academia must begin with a Master of Fine Art (MFA). To serve the needs of the twenty-first century academic artist, the MFA must be redefined by a pragmatic approach.

This thesis draws from the research and outcomes of Cristina Ann Correa’s MFA exhibition at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).


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