Preferred Name

Joliza Terry

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Art, Design and Art History


Lisa Tubach

Gregory Stewart

Susan Zurbrigg


Moving to Harrisonburg proved to be a culture shock for me because in the past, I had lived in areas where the levels of diversity were different and allowed me to feel more at ease. I faced the issue of feeling uncomfortable in a new-found environment and felt compelled to start a dialogue about my experience through my artwork. It was imperative for me to find a way to create a community for myself, and by doing so in my artwork, I have thrived from my experience of feeling out of place. I began making work about self-image, family and community in order to give myself a place in the community. It was important to remember that a location is what you make it, keeping in mind that home or community starts from within. After starting the dialogue about diversity, I found that living in this new area became much more comfortable.