Final Thesis Work


In Process Shot of Senior Thesis Work: “Hand-Wrought“, 2014.

In the link below, you will find the final writings of my Senior Thesis from the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Program.  Please, take some time to look over this document, as it explains my body of work over the last two years.  It also will give you some insight on the photo above, “Hand-Wrought”, my visual thesis project.  Thank you to all of those who have followed so closely!  It has been a lovely journey through the DAAP Program, and I’m very much looking forward to the journey that starts through this summer, Penland, and at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Art On.

Mackinley Motzer Final Thesis


Commission Photos

Final Stools

Final Stools created on commission for Cincinnati artist, Katy Tompkins. 2014.

Blue Bow Stool

Blue Bow Stool, 2014. Commission for artist, Katy Tompkins.

Green and Black Knot Stool

Green and Black Knot Stool, 2014. Commission for Cincinnati artist, Katy Tompkins.

Hot Pink Clover

Hot Pink Clover Stool, 2014.Commission for Cincinnati artist, Katy Tompkins.

These are the final works commissioned for Cincinnati artist, Katy Tompkins.  More information to come on the date and place of the exhibition in which these works will be shown!   It was a joy to work with her on these sculptures, and I hope to be commissioned or asked to collaborate in the future!

Commission Opportunity


Recently I was asked by fellow artist, Katy Tompkins, to aid in making work for her upcoming show in March. Having known Katy for two years now I have had many work opportunities with her up to this point, but none to this degree. I was thrilled to be offered and accept the opportunity to say the least!

In the photo above you see a sample of the work I have finished thus far. I’d like to save further images until the final works are complete. The job she assigned me was to turn her idea into a reality. She asked if I could locate the materials needed, and begin covering the legs and seats of these vintage bar stools with various materials, but focusing on nylon fishnet stockings. There are going to be three of these stools, and they will be featured in her upcoming show. Once final photos are posted I will share the date, time, and location of this opening.

Thank you for taking the time to follow my artistic processes and jobs. If interested in following more closely, look to my Instagram: artistinspired0217

Exhibitions Thus Far

Over the past few months I’ve been fortunate enough to show my work in a few different galleries and other venues.  At the beginning of September I was also able to have a show at Niehoff Urban Studio, conveniently located on Vine St. in Cincinnati.  The works shown consisted of my woobie sculptures along with photographs created by Garry Glenn Photography.  The turn-out was fairly decent considering the competition of galleries that were also showing that evening.  Although no pieces were sold, the entirety of my business cards were taken!

After some time to make new work, my fellow sculptors and I held a show in our local gallery, The 840 Gallery.  Each of us put in our newest work(s) to show our progress over the past nine weeks of the semester.  I chose to include the newest woobie, Activation Experimentation, and my other fiber sculpture, Internal Traditions.  I’d say the show was a success and the turn out was much more than I expected.  I was also able to discuss the meanings of my works even further with some of my fellow artists that have been following my progress.

Lastly, I am showing again as of tomorrow evening.  For those of you in/near Cincinnati, please do your best to stop by!  The 3D studios in DAAP are showing our latest works at the American Sign Museum located on Monmouth in Cincinnati.  The showing is from 6-9pm, and the museum will also be open and free to the public for the evening.  The works created were inspired by the signs that are installed in the museum, and some of the works actually utilize the signs that were in storage.  The piece I plan to show (which was installed yesterday) is one of my largest works to date, measuring around 35ft in length, perhaps longer.  It also has a nice, unexpected flare that enhances my work!  I’ve very much enjoyed the preparation for this show, as it has inspired me to challenge my concepts and aesthetic.


Thank you to those who have continued to follow my progress! I hope that for those of you who are able to attend tomorrow evening, that you’re nothing but thrilled with what you see.  ART ON.