singularly most competent...

I am writing you on behalf of Robin Speas who will receive her M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico this spring. I have worked with Robin for the past three years serving as the chairman of her M.F.A. Committee on Studies.

Robin is one of the singularly most competent people I have had as a student at U.N.M. She brings an intense focus to any project she undertakes and consistently demonstrates a high level of design and craftsmanship in her work.

Her ability to move between various media while maintaining such high standards is unparalleled in our graduate program. She has a particularly deep history in working with wood having run her own business in New Hampshire. Her focus in our program has been on ceramic sculpture in which she is technically proficient and in the last year she has developed an interest in and ability with welded steel. There is no doubt in my mind that she would do an excellent job of managing labs in any of these media.

Robin’s sculpture, while eclectic in media, consistently focuses conceptually on the relationship between the human body and the spirit or soul. This interest has lead her to an investigation of the human body as architecture and the inclusion of a faculty member from the Architecture Department on her Committee on Studies. In short, her work is intelligent, well crafted and poignant in its comments on the human condition. As a measure of the regard our faculty has for her work, Robin received the best of show award at last year’s graduate exhibition.

I recommend Robin to you. She would be particularly suited to a program looking for an artist with the ability to cover a range of three dimensional media and a job description that included managing the 3D labs. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding her candidacy.

Bill Gilbert
Assistant Professor, Ceramics