MFA Exhibitions on Display This Month

The works of three graduate students will be on display this month at the Masters of Fine Arts Exhibitions in The Gallery at UTA.

Matthew Patterson, Iris Bechtol and Clinton Rawls will each present work during the inaugural MFA thesis exhibitions, showcasing achievement in glass, film/video, photography and intermedia installation.

“The originality of the exhibitions resides between the dynamic intersection of object and image and the equilibrium of well-directed theoretical structure,” said Associate Professor Nancy Palmeri, who serves as graduate advisor for the MFA program. “Following no formula, the work … expresses the power of interplay between media.

“Their works are ironic, playful, striking, engaging, composed, tense, subversive and beautiful. They suggest a visual account of each artist’s ongoing transformation and individual studio practice.”

Patterson’s exhibition, a collection of glass and mixed media pieces titled “Mementos”, will run  April 5-9. Bechtol’s intermedia exhibition, titled “Lots (of things), but nothing (I could use),” will be on display April 12-16. And Rawls’ collection of film and video, titled “I Like to Watch,” will run April 19-24.

Palmeri said the exhibitions are an ideal representation of the Art and Art History Department’s newest degree program.

“Their art reveals the scope and diversity of the artists within the MFA program at UTA, who are superbly balanced between the complex hemispheres of traditional and media-based art,” she said.

All the exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Gallery at UTA is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Builing and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

A complete schedule for the MFA exhibitions:

Matthew Patterson
Exhibition Dates: April 5 – 9, 2010
Reception: Friday, April 9, 5-7 PM

Iris Bechtol
Exhibition Dates: April 12 – 16, 2010
Reception: Friday, April 16, 5-7 PM

Clinton Rawls
Exhibition Dates: April 19 -23, 2010
Reception: Friday, April 23, 5-7 PM

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