Rowland Ricketts, Assistant Professor
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Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural materials and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook in 2005. Rowland’s interests span the relationship of materials, process to place and the role of tradition in contemporary craft. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, Fiberart International, and Snyderman-Works Fiber Biennials.
Megan Abajian, Visiting Assistant Professor
Megan Abajian received her BFA in Studio Art from University of Texas at Austin and her MFA with a concentration in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her recent work incorporates attitudes of the Rococo with the atmosphere of eighteenth-century France to guide formal decisions and abstractions. Gluttony, greed, and beauty to the point of suffocation are all ideas that interest her. Density of ornamentation, its burden on the structure (organic or ideal), and its exposure of the human form and its condition has the potential to create discomfort in the familiar. Abajian thinks of her paintings as internal cosmology. She builds biomorphic abstractions using a variety of media.
She has exhibited in the South and Midwest. Abajian currently teaches Introduction to Textiles and Introduction to Studio Art at IU.