Date of Award

Fall 1-3-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Second Advisor

Harper Montgomery

Academic Program Adviser

Carrie Moyer


Gabino A. Castelán, tells a personal story of loss that influenced his artistic practice. He embraced this narrative to create two projects “Practice of Everyday Life-205 (PoEL-205) and the formation of a temporary collective called, Cultural Workers. He presents two case studies of twenty-first century artists, whose projects have business models that allow them to function in social roles during political and social turmoil. "Conflict Kitchen" and "Rebuild Foundation" provide context about running for-profit and not-for-profit artistic practices. Castelan writes about these projects' influencing his artistic practice in general.



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